It seems like only yesterday that this trip to Haiti was just an idea. But, here it is only nine days until departure!
For those who have followed this blog you know I was fearful of so many things: the frogs, the unsafe water, the mosquitos, no hot water, consuming only rice and beans with occasional chicken feet for daily food, and sleeping under mosquito netting. My biggest fear of all was of the emotional impact this would have. Visually seeing so much pain and not being able to take it all away is still a concern of mine.
Until…..I began looking at the photos from past trips to Haiti. The children are smiling. The adults are gracious and thankful. There are beautiful children everywhere! And, I’ve been told that God will never be more real to me than when experiencing a worship and praise service while in Haiti! So many blessings are waiting to touch our lives when we enter that sweet land of Haiti!
I’ll close out today’s thoughts with this. One of our team members has never flown and she was very anxious. Another expressed his fear of flying on a small, crowded plane. Yet another spoke of his anxiety knowing we will be embarking on a journey with so many unknowns. Then, a teenager on the team spoke to his mom and asked a simple question of faith. “Do you know where you are going when you die?” “Of course! I’m going to heaven!” Then, came the words we all needed to hear.
“This trip is a win-win. If all goes as planned, countless people will be blessed by this trip. And, if the worst fear comes true — if death should occur — you’ve reached the goal. You’ve won the prize. You will enter into the gates of heaven!”
“Fear not, for I am with you.” Isaiah 41:10
Haiti, we are almost there….and we’re all wearing smiling faces because we know with complete assurance that “all is well.”