The Fine Details

....and this was only mid-day on Day 1.

Today our team spent the morning at the Compassion project site where we had an orientation (complete with kids dancing, singing and welcoming us with hugs!) and began our renovation work. The morning was full of moments like above, while the second half of the day was spent painting the majority of the future-computer lab. We were told that this lab would not only be for the specific project we were at but also for surrounding Compassion projects who wanted students to do computer-type learning.

We debriefed at night as a team, had a time of sharing highs/lows, talked about some of our “highs and lows” throughout the day. The team shared about many of the things God has shown them in just one day here in Haiti. Very neat!

As I was flying from Miami to Port-Au-Prince yesterday afternoon, typing out some thoughts, this song came into the rotation:

So I’ll stand
with arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all
So I’ll stand
My soul Lord to you surrendered
All I am is Yours

I was convicted that I was making this trip about the particulars. Through all the logistics, counting team-members, making sure everyone was in line and accounted for, I was putting  my identity as the “leader” and ensuring things were running smoothly. Instead of echoing that simple chorus at the onset of this trip, I was standing… but I was standing on my own strength and self-worth.

Instead, I want a prayer of mine (and our team) this week to be “surrender”.

One of the great things about going on a trip with Compassion is the ability to “experience” without the burdens of worrying about logistics and fine-details. They take care of nearly everything and give the teams they host space to hear from God.

So, I resolve to just that: give space and invite — invite God to have His way and raise up His name while we’re here in Haiti.

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Any song on-repeat in your rotation right now?

8 Comments

  • Tom

    April 3, 2012

    LOVE the pics…brought laughter and joy! Surrendering to God does bring joy that can be shared. Praying for God’s will to be done on this trip and all hearts impacted for eternity. Thanks for sharing with us!! Sorry, will have to defer to others for the musical inspiration…blessings and joy!

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  • Ken Murphy

    April 3, 2012

    Dustin, Thanks for sharing your experience. I know God will continue to whisper and speak in very person ways. You guys are prayed for and loved!

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    • Dustin

      April 26, 2012

      He still is… even now 3 weeks later. :)

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  • Jason Vana

    April 3, 2012

    I love that song – and it’s on repeat in my head right now! Otherwise, How He Loves and Your Love Never Fails are constant repeats for me.

    It’s awesome to read what God is doing in and through you on this trip! As a leader of multiple trips myself, I know how easy it can be to fall into “leader” mode and miss what God might be trying to do in you personally. Make sure you take that time to let God direct you personally.

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    • Dustin

      April 26, 2012

      Your love never fails… totes agree!

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  • Moe

    April 3, 2012

    Hillsong FTW! I haven’t listened to music in 4 days. My ears are tired. :/

    Take lots of pics man. Tell us a story with images.

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    • Dustin

      April 26, 2012

      Thanks Moe – took your advice and took lots ‘o pics… :)

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