Children are innocent. My children, your children, and the children of Haiti. It is so easy for them to love what they have, or more often here what they don’t have, because as children you really don’t know any better. The children we visit at the orphanages love us, they love to be hugged, they love to play patty cake and ring around the rosey. They appreciate the smallest toy car or doll just as much as the new water filtration system. One keeps their tummmies safe while the other helps them smile. It doesn’t matter how big or small the gift, even if it is just a hug. What would my children or your children say if on Christmas morning you only were able to offer them a hug?
Today we visited two orphanages. One gentleman, Gene, brought something called salvation dolls with him. The dolls were hand made by a family friend. They told the story of being in the dark without Jesus, and in the light with Jesus. They taught about the power in the blood of Jesus. They taught about sin, salvation, growth, and heaven. There was a doll for each one of the children today, and they heard this story through one of the very gifted translators that the mission provides. The teens (10 between both groups) played with the kids. Soccer and tag and patty cake. It was wonderful to bring these children a little bit of hope and to also take a lot of hope with us as we go. The Lord works in such amazing ways. We think we are helping these children but it really is the other way around. He is working in our hearts also. Maybe even more than we are for them.
The hardest part of the day was at 8:30 this morning. I knew it was going to be tough and had been praying and mentally preparing myself. Tuesday mornings the widows and single moms and crippled men come to the mission. They hike up to the top of the hill to meet with the pastor. When it is time to leave they are all given a bag, or a box, filled with enough food to feed them for the week. Laura also put a back pack with a tooth brush and tooth paste in the bag for them.
So They sing songs of praise, and then Pastor asks them to talk about what The Lord has done for them this week. A group of about 45 people and they all start talking. One lady was able to start her thanks out with song and continued her story to say that The Lord had healed her. She had something wrong with her breast and was going to have to have it removed. She was healed. Praise The Lord. Another lady who was also widowed, named Milleaina, also sang out praises. She was praising The Lord for the gift of life. She has no family, no one to take care of her, and no home to live in. Yet she was provided for. When she was hungry somehow she had food. The story that hit me the hardest was that of a single mother. Her name was Allysion (sp). Her daughters are in the 10-12 year old range and neither can walk. She recently moved down from the mountains to the village next to La Digue. The previous directors of Lifeline helped her out a lot with doctors and food and shelter. She has no husband, the father of her children not in the picture. I sobbed through her entire story. She is a pillar of strength for her girls. Teaching them about Jesus and doing all she can for them through prayer. My next mission will be to come home and do whatever I can to raise the money to build these two women houses. I will forever have a special place in my heart for these very special women of the village of La Digue. Madame Baguette got a new pair of shoes today and it was like she got a million dollars. I have a picture I will post of that, because a very special neighbor brought that pair of shoes to me to bring to someone in need in Haiti.
These women, these children, and their faith in our Lord. The Lord that we all share, regardless if we have a zip code or not. He is the same God. The obvious differences lie in our possessions and our basic needs. The differences that are not obvious at first sight are the differences in faith. Milleaina is thanking God each and every day for living. She slept on the ground near the street last night but she woke up praising God for the gift of another day. What is the first thing you do when you wake up? Do you thank God for all of the things that we as Americans take for Granted? Do you thank Him for your safe clean running water or your air conditioning in your vehicle? How often to say Lord, I love you. ?
We are blessed in the country that we live in, and there are good reasons why we have the things we do. I am not sure how long this blessing from our Lord will last, so please do not take it for granted.
The devotion today was from Psalms 1. Acting like a christian and actually being a christian are two different things. When you are a christian people will see you, they will see the blessings that you have, their hearts may open to Jesus, they will want what you have.