Sunday, November 18, 2018

Central Church Day 6 - Hope Rising

With all of the political tension surround us this week our plans have changed multiple times. Today however God Blessed us, not only with safety, but with beauty and joy, as we served an area in Cite Soleil with fresh water.
Words truly can't describe our experience, but a video (coming out Monday) can merely give you a glimpse at the hope Healing Haiti gives to these regions of Haiti. Regions where many water trucks wouldn't dare to go, and if they did it's only to sell their water, not give it freely. This organization does 7 stops a day, six days a week with 40 territories in Cite Soleil.

We worked hard to love on the community and focus on the joy and beauty in such a misunderstood place. Don't get me wrong there is plenty of rubble, hostility between territories. Yet underneath all the dishovel lies intricate cobblestone brickwork that, "someone at one time took the time to make and lay" for the future. Behind the unclean appearance, lies such an amazing joy and happiness that shines through in their smiles. So amazing to witness with this team.

Afterward, we rested int he sanctuary of Hope. Hope compound rests on top of generations of trash and remains. Hope is solar powered and home to an adult education program, church, schooling, Innovation Center, Sewing Lab, Feeding Center, and future home of a clinic. Mel said it best that Healing Haiti is very much helping Cite Soleil be the Phoenix, "The one that rises".
Below are our Words of the Day
Eryka - Humbled
Amanda - Happy
Nancy - Vision
Kate - Brilliant
Zach - Mustard Seed
Sam - Blessings
Tara - Faith
Melanie - Phoenix
Mike - Teamwork
Melissa - Reflection
Steve - Aprehension
Laurie - Laughter
Becca - Home
Rebecca - Family

Central Church Day 5 Full of Grace

Today was a day for Grace. We started with honoring the lives lost in the earthquake of 2010. On the outskirts of Titanyen, overlooking the ocean lies a hillside (St. Cristophe) that is the resting place of over 300,000 men, women, and children. There was such a beautiful silence as our interpreter searched for the words to respectfully describe where we were. The pain is still very raw to many.

There were so many who died that there wasn't enough room in the cemeteries to bury them all so the government decided to dig a mass hole and deliver them there. They then filled the hole and for 8 years have been slowing working on the memorial sight. After he finished sharing with us. The only thing we really wanted to do was pray with them surrounded the center square of the site. So that's what we did. Even though the site was very much unfinished (as many buildings are in Haiti), you can plainly
envision the memorial they want there for their loved ones.

We then went to Grace Village. A light of hope in the heart of Titanyen, this almost 50 acre lot is the home of over 60 orphans, 400 school children, and 3 missionaries and their families. There's an up to date innovation center donated by our very own Central Church, a beautiful playground donated by a city in Minnesota that's centered in the middle, a vegetable and herb garden, and the only local medical and dental clinic that is the lowest cost within a 4 hour radius.

Down the hill, in town, lies a local church, alongside the bakery and cafe. Fleri Bakery has 25 employees, all locally run. They sell their bread to hotels, shops, and to locals so they can sell it on the streets and get the profit to support their families.

Grace Village also manages many local programs to include an elder care that brings a warm meal to some of the elderly int he congregation of the church. If they need a ride to church, help getting to the clinic, or maybe some other practical needs. Healing Haiti through Grace Church walks alongside them to make sure they are cared for. During their daily trips today we got to sing, provide the meal, pray for, and wash the feet of 4 ladies in the community. We were honored and humbled to be able to share this memory with them. There is so much more to this beautiful city, but you will have to come see for yourself.

Below are the Words for the Day
Laurie - Commitment
Rebecca - Vulnerable
Sam - Community
Nancy - Healing
Steve - Expression
Eryka - Uncomfortable
Kate - Life
Melissa - Reverent
Zach - Charactorics
Amanda - Real
Melanie - Impact
Tara - Love
Becca - Inspired
Christa - Restoration
Michael - Intimacy