As I spent time with the Lord I kept asking for Him to show me something new today, to give me a deeper understanding of being His child, and by God, He freaking showed me. Haha, so if you ever pray for God to do something in your heart..be prepared. I’m having a horrible time putting my words together tonight, so please be understanding!
As we started off this morning, we had expectations that today would blow yesterday out of the water. And as we all know, if you’re always on the mountain top experience, you can never appreciate the accomplishment of surviving the depths of the valley. For me personally, today was tough because the beginning of our morning didn’t go smoothly as any other morning.
We handed about 80 filters out today, stopping occasionally to explain the process of how to effectively use the filters. Because we are partnered with a team that lives here, they agreed to have leaders of each community checking weekly and helping with the filters if some people find themselves having trouble. Frustration arose because our team, made of incredible and strong leaders, all had an idea of how things should have been, but as Proverbs 16:9 states, “in his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” What I and some of my team failed to realize was as we were passing out filters to homes according to “plan” God was working so powerfully and mightily in a mans’ heart at the front of the community.
As I became overwhelmed in selfishness and frustration, my teammate Geno stopped me and taught me a quick lesson on patience with others. I had an idea of things that should have been done more “effectively.” But I also was not the one In charge. Geno let me, lovingly, know that God had this & I ultimately had to submit to God’s plans, not my own.
As time continued, Geno, Lisa, Janie, and myself continued to pass out filters until we no longer had any to give. When we returned to the bus, we learned that a voodoo priest (who was yelling when we arrived with much anger) was talking with Michael, Beth, and the pastor we work with from Haiti. In the midst of this Laura Billue realized we hadn’t prayed, so our team stopped and we surrendered the remainder of the day to God and His will. This moment changed everything.
Bondage was broken, unity was brought, and joy filled our hearts. As our team went onward to continue passing out water filters, we had no idea that God was about to change the day.
About an hour later, we came back to the bus & Beth informed our team on the events that occurred with the voodoo priest. She explained he was really upset we were there because a lot of missionaries promise things, but never return to fulfill them. After Pastor Lionel spoke with him explaining we have now fulfilled our promise twice, the voodoo priest accepted the fact we were different. Through all of this, he dropped to his knees and completely surrendered his life to God. He said he couldn’t make the decision right because he had to pass down the title of being the voodoo priest, but when we returned tomorrow he would make that decision and commit to Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. This was amazing for all of us!
I don’t exactly have words, so I’m finishing this blog in pictures!
Michael prayed with an older woman of a community that was so thankful we had come. This moment was when our translator told us,”I don’t know how you ended up here, but this is why God sent you.” The picture below is the only source of water this community had. Because the source was so filthy, multiple people have died of cholera and dysentery. Thanks to filter of hope, they now have clean water.
All in all, today was amazing. I have never been so stumped on how to descibe a day. God was evident through difficult moments and we were all reminded that He is the ultimate planner of our day. Our team has been bonding and growing to know each other much deeper. I’m so thankful to be here.