Time change is always a toss up in Haiti... Some years they observe it, others not so much. This change on top of an already loose "Haitian time" always makes for an interesting morning at church. Not to mention the possibility of our phones auto or not auto updating the time could make for a crazy beginning to the day.
This year we actually got to spring forward and although all of our phones said different times, we finally figured out the actual time. After a yummy breakfast, we headed to the church. As we pulled up, many of our younger boys lined the driveway waiting to see our team. All of the boys were excited to see all of us, but especially our smallest team member Jude. We made our introductions, and then we took a brief tour of the property and scoped out where we would be working the rest of the week.
Once it was about time to start, we headed into the church. We had a beautiful service. It's such a small picture of what heaven will be like when all nations will come together to worship the King as we sang worship songs, prayed, and listened to the scripture readings.
Jeff then got up and preached about putting your trust in God. We studies three stories to display great examples of trusting in the Lord. We learned about Abraham's trust in sacrificing Isaac, Moses' trust in crossing the Red Sea, and Jesus' trust in the garden as He prayed for the Lord to remove the call placed on his life. It was a wonderful time of reflecting on our level of trust in the Lord's hand.
After church we were able to play with some of the boys for a little while. We met a new 3 year old boy, Erick, who now lives in our home. He is a very shy and timid little guy. He has only been at the boys home for about a month. We are excited to have him in our home and see how the Lord will work in his life. We know because of past experience that his countenance will soon change as he is exposed to followers of Christ who will love him, care for him, and point him to the One who loves him more than anyone else. The One who has lovingly placed him into our care in order to provide for his needs. We are so blessed to be a tiny part of the Lord's story in his life.
We left the boys home and headed to our home here. We spent the rest of the day getting to know our teammates better and playing with the family here. There may have been a water gun fight in the midst of a basketball game. All in all, we've had a great day.
We start work on the mission house tomorrow. Here are some things to pray for:
1.) Pray for our day of work. Although we don't have a solid plan, the Lord does. Pray that we will be His hands and feet wherever we go and in everything we do.
2.) Pray for our safety as we travel back and forth to the boys home and as we work.
3.) Pray for relationships to be formed. Pray that each of us will feel drawn to someone specific to spend time with. Pray that the language barrier wouldn't be an issue in ministering to our new friends.
4.) Pray for Erick. Pray that during his transition to our home that he would feel the love and care that can only come from the Lord. Pray that he would sense a difference in the people in our ministry family and would seek out the reason.
Thanks everyone. We are incredibly humbled to be here and wouldn't be able to serve here without your support. We appreciate you!