In particular, the women’s program has been a real blessing. Thirteen women have accepted me into their lives and have allowed me to work with them, learn from them and love on them. I see these women three to five times a week. I never tire of seeing them. These past three weeks particularly have been a blast now that I’m getting to know enough Creole.
God has been gracious in helping me learn Creole quickly– the Haitians are impressed. There have been times when I spoke a word in Creole only to realize I had never heard/used that word before; somehow I knew the right word at the right moment. I can now have a conversation with the women, hear some of their problems, ask about their children or just goof around with them.
Anytime I walk in they swarm me with big hugs and have huge smiles. And if I don’t show up to something when expected, they make sure to ask me why I didn’t come. A couple women even called me on the phone the other day simply to chat and see how I was doing. The ladies have started calling me Haitian!
I cannot put into words how much I love these women. It honestly will be hard to leave them for 4 weeks while I’m home in December. They’re already asking me which day in January I will be returning to Haiti. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of their lives.
In a book our team read for training, “On That Day Everybody Ate,” Margaret Trost talks about how she felt while serving in Haiti: “It didn’t feel like a burden. It was a fulfillment, the new purpose I’d been searching for. It was an opportunity to help others in a very personal way, and it made me extremely happy. I didn’t worry about the future or what it might mean. I felt swept up in the flow of something beautiful. I didn’t feel the need to question or worry about it. I just went with it.” This beautifully describes my relationship with Haiti. Living in a foreign country, experiencing a new culture, building relationships, serving and loving the people. None of this is a burden – it’s what I was made to do!
I was originally going to return to the U.S. in May, but I feel called to extend my stay in Haiti till August. Honestly, if God wills, I’d gladly live and serve in Haiti on a more permanent basis. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. Please continue to pray for me and for New Vision Ministries– for protection, discernment, and God’s guidance. God is doing amazing things in the lives of the people of Montrouis!