The Roads We Take

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The Roads We Take

We have driven down this tiny road through the mountains several times, but I have yet to take this road and not had a team that has not busted out in song on these mountains. You can't help but worship the Lord in these mountains of Haiti. He knows the large family that lives on that strip of road who did not have a roof. He allowed us to help them install a roof on their home that would shelter their beautiful babies from the wind and rain. He knew they were there. He knew their need. He provided. He gave energy to complete the roof. He allowed us the privilege of serving these people. We must praise Him!

“Shout to the Lord all the Earth, let us sing

Power and majesty, praise to the King

Mountains bow down and the seas will roar

At the sound of your name

I sing for joy at the work of your hands

Forever I’ll love You. forever I’ll stand

Nothing compares to the promise I have in you!”

Shout To The Lord - Chris Tomlin

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Unmet Expectations

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Unmet Expectations

During my time spent serving in Haiti, the Lord taught me about His justice, His perfect provision, and how He uses everything to orchestrate and portray His glory. Going into the week, I had specific expectations. I expected the Lord to provide many opportunities to verbally communicate the gospel. However, upon arrival, the Lord made it very clear that, that was not the greatest need for the communities we were serving. Food was what they needed, so food is what we rallied together to give. Although the need for food was grave, after we distributed it I was left feeling like we hadn’t done enough. We didn’t verbally communicate anything. Then, in the midst of my doubting spell, the Lord gently revealed that although my expectation was not met, His orchestration of being the physical representation of Him loving and providing for his children was so much better than anything I could have imagined. My week in Haiti was hard, beautiful, and rewarding. This was my second trip to Haiti, and the Lord has just continued to show his beauty in the people there and the way he moves through them. 

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Perspective

A friend of ours shared an article on perspective on Facebook the other day.  The next day, I am sitting in a Haitian church and the pastor was teaching on Colossians 3:15-17.  In his message, he was teaching on thankfulness.  Wow! I am in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and God is teaching His people about being thankful for what little they have.  This is a people where the annual income per capita is $350 . 

God crushed me! I had just gotten off the phone with my wife about Christmas presents for our kids and what our budget was for this year.  What new Lego set we need to get Max, what new painting supplies that Mia needed, what kind of rollerblades to get Carli, or what new phone accessories that we might get Lexi.  And then after church, I walk outside and see this.

Man these kids are so excited about a plastic bag, sticks tied together, and strips of plastic tied together to make the kite string. This week God has been teaching me about perspective.  About how we can help a family eat in Haiti for a month by just skipping a meal out to eat, about $50.  How Haiti is falling into a huge food shortage as they recover from Hurricane Matthew. The price of everything has skyrocketed and people all over the country of Haiti are starving.  Please pray with us that God will have believers in the US to stand in the gap for their brothers and sisters in Haiti, by supporting them in their time of greatest need.

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