The past two days have been filled with not only activities, but blessings beyond measure!
Yesterday started out as we loaded into our Tap Taps and headed out to meet the water truck. We spent the morning delivery water to Cite de Soleil. While we filled buckets, we played with children and shared Christ’s love with the families. The smiles and hugs from the children were endless and filled our team’s hearts.
After our time in Cite de Soleil, we toured Fleri Farms, the latest of Healing Haiti’s initiative focused on job creation. The vision for the farm is to create as many Haitian jobs as possible, both on the farm as well as in the community - selling produce to local businesses and partnering with other growers. It will also provide an opportunity for vertical integration, feeding the children in both Grace Village and Hope School.
The late afternoon was spent playing with the neighbor children, games of soccer, sidewalk chalk, bean bag toss, and singing together. The laughter could be heard throughout the streets and was warming to the heart. While language could be a barrier, the smiles are contagious and tell the story of friendships being created.
We finished out the day by visiting the children’s hospital, where we helped feed the children. As we held the children, we prayed over them for their healing and comfort. The moments spent holding a child and praying over them are tender, precious, and filled with the Holy Spirit.
We wrapped up the day by enjoying dinner together and time spent in reflection and devotion. Our team continues to grow closer, sharing all that God is doing in each person.
We woke this morning with another full agenda for the day. We once again jumped into our beloved Tap Taps and headed out, our first stop an orphanage. We were welcomed by the children signing for us. They sounded wonderful, only made sweeter by the smiles that stretched from ear to ear. We played soccer, colored in coloring books, and painted nails for most of the morning. It was so much fun to learn words in Creole and French as we figured out a way to communicate. Laughter could be heard all morning and high fives were flying. The special connections made between two people, when language is not common, is not only sweet, but so genuine. It is our hearts that connect through God’s love and each child is leaving an impression on our hearts that we will carry long after we return home.
Our team had the privilege to spend the afternoon at home for children of special needs. These small miracles were such a blessing - showering us with love and making us smile. We played musical instruments, built structures out of building blocks, played games with the parachute and sang to the children. The love was immeasurable, leaving all of us forever changed.
As our team reflected this evening, we shared all the places we see God in Haiti: In the beauty of the country, the eyes of the people, in the friendships created, the smiles of children, in the joy among so many, in the tender moments holding babies, in the new opportunities Healing Haiti is bringing to Haiti and the future God has in store for them. We feel God moving in this incredible place and we all feel Him moving in us. This week of blessings has forever changed us and it has been humbling to play a small part the past two days.