Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Life Giving Water

A boy. A girl. Unknown. Or just doesn't matter. What matters... love. 

Today, Easter Lutheran Church was graced by the love of Haitians. We delivered water, but they gave us so much more. We held, snuggled, played, hugged, and shared something so special with the kids that we all will be changed. Maybe we change the world by changing ourselves? 

I signed on to write about our day today in Cite Soleil. But, for once, I am struggling with words. Its difficult to write about the arms wrapped around you, squeezing enough to feel her breathing and her heartbeat against mine. It is hard to say what the smiles on their sweet faces told us. There aren't many words that can describe how water really IS life.

So we will let Jesus do the talking:

“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water?.......Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” - John 4


Easter Lutheran Church Arrival Day

We were having some Wifi issues last night so we couldn't get the first blog posted. So here is our blog from day 1 in Haiti.

As we arrive in Haiti and prepare for the week , I know that the emotions we hold are as different as each of our personalities. We are nervous, excited, uncertain, insecure. We are curious, scared, wondering, over-the-moon anticipating. We are all of these things and more.
I know that God is with us in the anticipation and God is in Haiti preparing a place for each of us. There are things we will see that will shake us to the core. There are relationships we will build that will last a lifetime. There are mysteries awaiting us that are too big for our earthly brains to comprehend.

It is God who calls us to this adventure.  
And God asks very little of us. 
Only one thing, really. 

Open minds to learn what God wants to teach us.
Open hearts to give and receive love.
Open arms to embrace those God puts in our path.
Open lives to be transformed and live into the future God has for us.

So let’s be open. To one another, to our Haitian brothers and sisters, and to God’s love that gives meaning and heart to all that we do.


Now we are heading out into Cite Soleil for a full water truck day! Stay tuned and we will check in tonight!