You Have Done Great Things!
We are in Haiti!
Our day started quite early yesterday, actually: a 4:30 AM alarm comes early when you don’t go to sleep until 1:30 AM (not the wisest move, but I’ll be on adrenaline and coffee for the week, right?!). It didn’t matter because I was expecting great things. With an interesting group of students (varying grade-levels, different personalities and backgrounds) I was quite-confident from the get-go that our team would mesh well and grow close very quickly. Boy was I right: immediately in the shuttle inside jokes and laughter abounded among team members. It was neat to see each student (and adult!) comes with a smile full of hope and expectation that God was going to move in our hearts.
We met our Compassion rep, Marty, before our connecting flight in Miami — such an encouraging and fun guy. What a blessing it will be to have him on our team for the week. I had only spoken with him via telephone over the last couple months, so it was fantastic to finally connect in person. Only minutes after meeting us, he was already a part of our group!
The rest of the day was a blur: landed in Haiti, claiming our luggage and navigating through the Port-Au-Prince airport (a bit chaotic), the bumpy ride to dinner and then a nighttime drive through the city on the way to our guest house. Everyone adjusted well and is ready for a jam-packed day tomorrow morning!
As I reflect back on my day and pray for tomorrow, I can’t help but be drawn toward this verse:
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joe; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them'”. (Psalm 126:1-2)
That is our prayer. We expect and want to see God to great things in the lives of Haitians we come in contact with and serve this week. On top of that, it is our prayer that each person our the team leaves with a renewed hope and perspective that God can and will do a mighty work in their own lives back home. Our work in Haiti will not end after this week — there will be people to serve back home in Atlanta, at school, at work, etc. Personally, I am expecting God to great things in the lives of my children. Specifically that He would use Jen and I as conduits to speak hope and truth into their lives.
Tomorrow begins an adventure that each one of us will never forget. We’ll begin Day:One of Compassion project. It will not only be the start of ‘mission work’, but also a spark that will ignite a movement of compassion and hope in each one of our students’ lives. I unquestionably believe that.
Please pray specifically and individually for: Jordan, Emily, Maddie, Emily, Caitlin, Emily, Roukaya, Ansley, Jordan, Ethan, Jamie, Jen, Marty, and Dustin.
(And yes, you read that correctly – we have a couple Jordans and three Emilys!)