Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Day 3-Water Day!
We started our day with a wonderful breakfast of eggs, oatmeal, fresh fruit and delicious hand-squeezed mango juice. Our devotion this morning was about hope, reminding us when doubts fill our mind about the God we serve, we should hold onto hope and cling to His promises. This helped prepare us for our task ahead.
After yet another bouncy ride in our tap tap, our convoy arrived in Cite Soleil--along with the water truck containing 3000 gallons of clean water for the people there. Before we delivered the water, we were given a tour of the Hope Church and also of the exciting additions that came this year. One of the projects is a solar powered sewing pod that will provide the area women a place to use their skills to make diapers, receiving blankets and other needed items for the people of Cite Soleil. Through donations, they have also been able to set up a technology pod that will be used to help educate through state-of-the-art technology. Their long-term plan is for their program to expand to include all ages so that a foundation of education can be provided for the children of Cite Soleil. The instructor is a native Haitian who shared his touching story of how he was led to Hope Church. His passion is the teach and God has provided a way to do so.
After the tour, it was time to start water day. As soon as we walked into the city, we were greeted by many endearing children. The women and children lined up with any vessel at all that could hold water. We took turns filling buckets, holding children, and carrying water. The task was daunting, but the Lord lifted our spirits and empowered us to be His hands and feet. We were able to provide water in two different areas in Cite Soleil. Some would call the situation in the city devastating, but the people there lifted our spirits with their smiles, the innocence of the children, and their sense of community. The day was hot and exhausting, but as we reflected we felt renewed, grateful and blessed to have had the opportunity to serve the people there.
This evening we had a chance to visit a local artisan market where we purchased unique items that supported local Haitians. We relaxed and enjoyed each others' company at the pool as we reflected on the day. Dinner tonight was a traditional Haitian meal including fried plantains, potatoes, rice and beans, pikliz, and chicken legs.
As we end our day, we need to remember that the Lord is our living water. We can be His hands and feet to fill buckets, but He is the living water.
Isaiah 44:3- For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants.