Friday, July 15, 2016

Day 3: water truck

I pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that is God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. Ezekiel 36:26-27

     Have you ever had the courage to ask God to break your heart for the things that break His, to see what He sees, to feel the way He feels and shed the kind of tears that He cries for His lost, lonely, and the brokenness of this world? That’s the kind of brokenness I seek from God. To Love the lost, the lonely and brokenness. Today our team visited a place called Cite Soleil, one of the poorest places in the world and delivered water to them. They may be in a place where they have no water, no electricity, or decent homes, but what they are rich in is the love they have for Jesus. If you ask a child or an elder if they know who Jezi (Jesus) is, most will say “yes Jezi”. My heart broke today for this elderly woman sitting all alone in front of her home when I was helping a little girl with her water bucket. When I left the little girls home, I went back to visit with the elderly woman for a little while. Despite the communication barrier, I embraced her hands and wanted to let her know how much she is loved. She had the most warming smile. I believe she understood but wish I was able to communicate better. She started patting her belly and patting her head but I wasn’t sure what she was saying so I asked one of our interpreters to come over to translate. What she was trying to tell me was that she was hungry and had a headache. I felt so helpless that there was nothing I could do.  All I wanted to do was to relieve her pain. Our interpreter said I could go back to the tap-tap and get her some aspirins. I was thankful that we could help with her headache but there was nothing we could do for her hunger. It makes me think, you may not be able to help everyone but if you can help one, a difference you have made. I am thankful I was able to help her in one way, if I couldn’t help with both. It was touching to see her reaction when I asked her if she knew Jezi. She lifted her hands in praise and said “yes Jezi”. When it was time for me to leave, she kissed the back of my hand with thankfulness…we connected. Two strangers from two totally different cultures were able to help each other. I showed her the love of Jesus and she touched a place deep in my heart. I guess what drew me to her was that she was sitting all alone with nobody around her and how often I feel alone while everyone else is living life. Later that evening Jeff sang us a song called, I Trust In You, which also touched my heart because it talks about how we’re not alone, that we can trust in God’s promises that He’s always with us. Today, the elderly woman and I were both joined together by God’s loving presents. God was definitely with the both of us today. What a blessed day I’ll never forget.     

Kim Juska

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