Sunday, April 7, 2019

A day of Reflection and Sun


From Radiant Life - Michigan and Minnesota

Just like a regular Sunday back at home, we began our morning attending a church. This time it was not the one we are used to, for today we got to attend Rendez-Vous. Here we were able to wear headphones that translated the sermon into English for us. It felt a lot like a church service at Radiant Life some of us go to, back in Sturgis. The seats were filled early with people eager to worship and hear God’s word. We worshipped, took communion, and listened to a sermon about time. The basis of the message shared today was focused on how time is valuable. Filling your day with things that are not as important as they may seem, can take you away from your time spent with God.   
                                                                                    
After a wonderful service at church, we all loaded onto the Tap Tap to get ready for a bumpy, FAST ride. This time we were headed to Wahoo beach. Getting to be here opened up a totally different view of Haiti. The sun was shining like it has been all week. The ocean was gleaming and just waiting for us to take a dip into the refreshing atmosphere. From seeing a jellyfish in our swimming area to seeing Paul zoom away with our fearless leader on a jet ski, I’d say it was quite a fun experience. Aside from swimming and jet skiing, we kayaked, paddle boarded, played volleyball and relaxed while soaking up the sun. The time spent here allowed us to reflect on our past few days of service to the Haitian community.

Throughout the week I was able to watch each team member, including myself, grow miraculously in our faith. Most of us did not know every person before this trip, but we quickly became family as the week went on. Jokes from Tom, Tap Tap rides, and serving God as a team brought us together. We were able to share an experience that not all of us have gotten to have before. From delivering water to visiting orphanages, we saw God here in every direction we looked. Haiti is a beautiful place. I have not watched this place change from what it was before, for this was my first time. But I can clearly see God working in all the hearts of whom I got the opportunity to meet. I’d just like to say, “Hey you!” from the team of 10 of us Michiganders and Minnesotans, or so called the M&M’s. As we head home tomorrow, we will surely bring home our well worth it sunburns, and most importantly the memories we created here in Port Au Prince. I will forever be changed by this trip. Blessings to everyone. I am excited to continue to watch this place transform into the visions that God has laid out, and what the people here imagine it to be someday.

-          Brandi



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