Day four saw the first part of our trip come to a close. For most of our team members, this would be their last day to serve here.To begin this Sunday morning, we spent time in worship with one of the local church congregations in Merger. We have actually helped this congregation in a few ways over the past couple of years and love to support Pastor Junior and the flock there. The worship in this little church is always so uplifting. Today they had a visiting speaker from another church who gave a great sermon on hospitality, stewardship and giving. They also gave us a chance to speak as well and we shared our love for service in Merger and how the people of the community show us great faith that strengthens our own greatly. Hardly an eye was dry on our team as we prayed with our Haitian brothers and sisters before leaving the little church building which is only labeled by a sign that is roughly translated, “The Blood of Jesus… POW! POW!” After morning worship we still had some work to do. We had been unable to get enough beans for all of the families we gave food to the day before, so we immediately commenced to bagging beans for a 2:00 food distribution from the Success Ministry office. Again, it was so touching when the people came to get their beans. Our team was now learning to say, “God Bless you!” quite well in Haitian Creole.
Once we were finished with the food distribution we decided to revisit a few of the people we had met on our prayer walk on the previous days, namely Annette and her family with the sick baby. We had enough money to purchase the some formula and baby food. So we again visited this family who was mourning the loss of their patriarch and struggling to care for this young child. They were very thankful for the baby food and our team members just spent time talking with the family and holding the baby. We really seemed to connect with them and expressed to them the love of Jesus and how He was the reason we were able to help. On our way back from their home we met an old man who had no family and was sleeping on the dirt in a rusty lean-to. We stopped and visited with him some and prayed with him. He expressed how all his family was gone and he did not really have anyone left on this Earth. His story touched many of us.Later that afternoon we took the team to one of the control access points to the ocean and let the team unwind a little. The weather was perfect, the water was beautiful, and our hearts were full of praise to God for bringing us to this land and leading us to many of the least of these that populate our planet.
Later that night we gathered on the roof of Pastor John’s house and shared the Lord’s Supper in a quaint little communion service. We sang songs together, prayed together, and shared the moments that have irrevocably impacted our lives for the good. Many tears of compassion and joy were shared. We have often found that believers seem to bond so well when missioning together for Jesus, and tonight this became very apparent to all of us. Some team members expressed how their lives have changed from the experience and how they did not want to leave. This is saying a lot because, while serving in Haiti, the natural response is to escape back to America, especially after a few days of bucket showers, warm drinking water, rough terrain, and being surrounded with abject poverty. One of the greatest joys as a team leader is to witness new team members experiencing the same heart for service, many of us have personally felt while working here.
Finally everyone made their way to their mats to get some much needed rest before the following day of travel.