Leaving my friends and family was a bit harder than I had expected. Being home for a month is enough time to feel settled again. But I knew once I was physically back in Haiti I would be so happy to be back…and I was! I had arrived back into my home away from home. The first day was filled with me either being tackled or me tackling other people with so much love and excitement it was overwhelming! Haitians sure know how to welcome a person home.
On our first Sunday back a couple of us girls went to Maestro’s church. I realized that despite not always understanding what is going on during a Haitian church service, I had actually missed being a part of one. Some of the women from the women’s ministry were there and I about squealed in the middle of the worship service when I saw them. We couldn’t stop hugging each other. One of the women made a comment “you actually came back,” which just touched my heart to think that some may have thought I was leaving them forever. I am happy I was able to prove them wrong.
A couple days later we had a team form IMPACT come down for a two week trip – talk about jumping back into the swing of things! Half the people on the team were medical so we had scheduled some clinics for them to do and I got to help out…but I was in for more than I had bargained for. In the clinic we had setup four stations, 2 doing vitals (blood pressure and temperature) and 2 stations with a doctor who would do the actual assessment and give out medicine. The catch is that we only had 2 translators for all 4 stations. Thus I went from being the person helping count vitamins to an official translator. Ya I know I’m learning Creole quickly, but I am nowhere close to being at translator status. Here I have never done a clinic before, I don’t know any medical terms and yet I’m supposed to translate for these people!? Lets just say I was praying the Lord would suddenly give me the ability to supernaturally understand Creole and speak it fluently. The team was very gracious with me as I did my best to communicate in Creole. Surprisingly I did pretty well, I know I didn’t say everything absolutely right, but despite my limited vocabulary I was able to communicate with the patients. With me saying, “Lord, ready or not here I come…please catch me!!” it ended up being a stretching and exciting experience. Nothing like being pushed outside your comfort zone.
Another highlight this month was a special celebration at Maestro’s church. A man named Bill had come to Haiti last January on a short-term trip and had seen Maestro’s church. He felt God put a burden on his heart to come back to Haiti to help fund and build a roof on the church. The roof is beautiful! Bill also helped make new benches for the entire church too! With the roof finished, Maestro put together an evening celebration for the congregation to come together to celebrate and thank the Lord for his provision. The celebration consisted of a worship service followed by singing by the Abraham Association choir. It was an amazing time of the Holy Spirit presence moving within that tiny church. Not only did the choir sing beautifully but they also had complete genuine hearts of worship. After the choir finished, Maestro got up and thanked God for his provision, faithfulness and blessing. He had such a sense of pride for his church yet he so humbly gave God all the glory. Who knew that a roof and some benches could mean so much?
Well these are only a few of the stories I still have yet to share. I will try to be better about keeping you updated on my adventures and how God is working in Haiti. Please be praying for strength, energy and protection as our team is being hit with a lot of sickness right now. Thank you for all your encouragement and support while I was home in December. It was a blessed time of rest and confirmation of God’s purpose for me in Haiti.