Wed, Mar 10, was the warmest day of our stay in Haiti. It was hot and sunny which felt good to everyone since we knew soon we would be coming back to Iowa weather. Kristie Mompremier is helping some of the young women learn English so Wed afternoon our group had the chance to sit under the gazebo with a thatched roof and be part of the class. We were paired up with a 'student' and sat together, asking each other questions in English. One of the gals I conversed with had lost a brother in the earthquake in Port au Prince. She told me that she would be finishing school in 2 years and then would like to go on to University. I asked if she was thinking she would like to go to Port for University (That has been the most typical place to attend University), she was definite about her answer, "NO".
Before supper we had a special 'concert' given by the Youth Choir from Maranatha Church who had received the new T-shirts earlier in the week. What a gift they shared! Following our evening meal, we gathered outside our dorm and toasted marshmallows over hot Haitian charcoal to make S'mores! Another treat to top off the week.
Our final day, Thursday, began at 6 a.m. as we went on a prayer walk to deliver blankets to some area families. By 7 a.m. we were back to the dorm and getting ready to ride in the back of the truck to go visit Andre, a man with an amazing story of becoming a Christian after a life of deep involvement in Voodoo. Over many, many years, Andre had committed many harmful acts against many people, including murdering JeanJean's father when JeanJean was 12. In January of 2010, Andre became a Christian and God forgave him for all he had done. Andre is a NEW CREATION in Christ. We all squeezed inside Andre's house with his wife, daughter and mother-in-law as JeanJean translated for Andre how he has been changed and is now living his life for Christ. JeanJean read a scripture from Psalms and said he is so glad he is able to come into Andre's house and read the bible together with his brother in Christ. The miracle of Andre's life being CHANGED as well as JeanJean's example of forgiveness are SO powerful. This story that was shared with us has left us renewed as well. After we were back at the dorm, I shared with JeanJean that this had been such a powerful story to hear, telling JeanJean that his example of forgiveness was remarkable. His humble response was, "that is what Christianity is All about." Another voice from our group added, "It's nice to see forgiveness in ACTION." What a way to conclude our week FULL of amazing experiences. We go wanting to DO, Share, Help, in whatever way God can use us and this is how God blesses us!!
Our last couple of hours was spent scurrying around trying to sort out the many things that we brought to leave with the people of this area. Sorting things that are clean from the things that need to be washed. Kristie Mompremier will have the task of distributing many of these things to the people that are in need. Also, saying our last goodbyes to new wonderful friends, friends in Christ and thanking them for all they had done for us. 10:30 a.m. came, time to load luggage and the team into "Blueberry", the Mompremiers truck. Then drive the rugged road to the airport in Pignon to wait for MFI, Missionary Flights International, to land so we can be on our way back home. HOT and SUNNY, waiting at the airport, a few familiar faces from Pignon were there to say hi and goodbye.
Take off in Pignon, land in Cap Haitien, then Cap Haitien to Ft Pierce, FL. A bit of a 'roller coaster' ride at first but less turbulence after a while. An easy pass through Customs then finally to our motel...How can a hot shower feel like the BIGGEST luxury in life? We pray the impact we may have had in Haiti will carry on for some time to come. We know the impact Haiti had on us will last, hopefully a lifetime.
Because of God's grace, shown to us with the help of this group of prayer warriors, YOU, Thanks for taking this journey together, Love in Christ Jesus from: Christi, Karmen, Heather, Sharon, Dawn, Paul.