Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Meyers/Cornerstone Day 3 (A Day of Highs and Lows)

Our day began with another delicious breakfast of Haitian scrambled eggs, freshly squeezed juice, pancakes, and Haitian style oatmeal.  After morning devotions, we eagerly hopped in the "tap-tap" (so called because if you want to get off, you tap on the side of the vehicle).  Our first stop was the Haitian History Museum where we learned from our tour guide the history of the country's quest for freedom from foreign domination.  The atrocities done to the citizens of Haiti during its fight for freedom humbled us and reminded us of the sinful nature of mankind and our need for a Savior.  On our second stop we learned the history of Papillion.  This business was started by an American woman coming to Haiti to adopt a child only to learn that the child had parents, but they could not afford to raise that child.  As a result, she helped start a business that would allow her to provide work for the Haitians which would allow them to earn an income and provide for their children.  We supported their business by purchasing lunch at their cafĂ© and shopping in their boutique where they sell handcrafted goods (many of which are produced in their production area across the street).  While at Papillion, we learned of the power of an idea blessed by God to work a miracle in the life of God's people in Haiti.  Our afternoon was spent in ministry at the Home for Sick and Dying Babies.  We entered a large room with approximately 50 small, numbered cribs lined up with only a narrow walkway between each set of 4 and the cribs lining the wall.  In each crib, there was an infant (1 month to 24 months old) in varying stages of illness.  Our mission was to assist the lady workers by feeding, diapering, and holding these precious babies.  As we held these babies, we were able to pray for them, sing to them, and "Give our Hands to serve and our hearts to love (Mother Teresa)."  Matthew 25:40 says the following:  I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.  Thank you, Jesus, for this day of highs and lows.  -Linda