Today was a day of new experiences for a lot of us. Half the team started off their morning waiting for a plane in miami at 7:45am after daylight savings had occurred and the other half started off their morning getting ready for church and expecting to arrive back home to meet the rest of the team. We were all saddened by the fact that half our team would miss the only Haitian church service we would see. Oh how sweet it is to trust in Jesus, because the Lord proved his faithfulness once more! Haiti does not participate in daylight savings, so the time did not change for us. That means that the team leaving from Miami were actually leaving an hour early and were able to make it to Haiti for the church service! How awesome is the Lord? Woohoo!
The service was held in Creole, which is not the native tongue of anyone on the team. This gave many on the team to witness and experience the Spirit through seeing the actions of the Haitians worshipping and their unashamed love for Christ and service in the body. Our team was also able to see a housing dedication. Several families in the church had homes that were destroyed in the earthquake a year ago and through Hope's connection with the church, they were able to assist in building homes for them. It was neat to see the body of Christ come together and build homes for each other. We were also able to meet the boys in the orphanage and get to know them and learn Creole from them. It was a beautiful experience and many of us will keep the things we witnessed in this church with us for a long time.
Sunday as the Sabbath is taken seriously in Haiti, which means that it is a day of complete rest. It was different for some of us, because we aren't used to doing absolutely nothing for a whole day on a mission trip. It was a wonderful day as we had the opportunity to bond and rest and prepare for tomorrow. We anticipate a long day ahead, but we know that the Lord sustains and keeps us strong.