We serve an awesome Lord! We, the mission group, arrived in Haiti late Saturday afternoon, July 13, 2013. The next morning we were up early, loaded on the CODEP truck and transported for 1 & 1/2 hours to a local church up in the mountains. I asked my Lord, "Why am I here, what could I possibly learn from this experience"? The entire service was presented in Creole. I did not speak the language and the local parishioners did not speak nor understand English. The church was tin roofed, pole side structure in the open. It filled to capacity by the start of the service and even though I could not understand the language, I experienced an awesome, profound and humbling learning experience. The melody of a number of the hymns were recognizable but I could not sing the words as they were in Creole. Then my eyes were opened to a congregation of devout, happy, friendly people. Poor in worldly goods, but rich in their belief and worship of our Lord and God! This was all apparent in their body language, their eyes and their smiles. When the congregation greeting was performed, everyone mingled through the entire church, front to back, extending greetings to all. Especially noticeable was the effort, by all, to shake the hands of each of our mission group!
That morning, I leaned that our gracious Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ loves everything and everyone he created. In that structure everyone was the same. We witnessed the joy in the eyes and actions of the Haitians. One can be poor in worldly goods, but our Lord loves us all the same. I am greatly appreciative for this opportunity to visit Haiti with this fantastic mission group with the dynamic leader we went with.