Today was a wonderful culmination to our week in Haiti. We attended church with the Deaf community in Leveque. The sermon was about Jesus' feeding of the five thousand with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes; a topic we had discussed in devotion time just a few days earlier. We also witnessed a man and a young boy declare their saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Following the service we went to the Haiti Deaf Academy home in Cabaret to play with the students there. They were as thrilled to see us, as we were to see them. The young girl from Cite Soleil who had recently enrolled in HDA seemed to be doing very well. Many of us purchased handcrafted items from the HDA store and had photos taken with the student who had crafted the metal art or painted the picture.
There were photos to be shared with the students from past trips. They were excited to find their own faces in the group shots or realize that they could keep the individual photos. The activity bin was helpful with its supply of floss for braiding friendship bracelets, jump ropes, and bottles of bubbles. The trusty "Elephant Game" was taught and played with much laughter and eagerness by the children, no matter their age.
We all felt sad when the team and the students realized that our time together was coming to an end. At the same time we felt our mission week was now completed.
We will return with memories that will never leave us. We know part of our hearts will always remain here in Haiti.
Ephesians 3:20, 21
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to His power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.