Today everyone woke up well rested and refreshed after a good night’s sleep.
I’d like to take you back to last night for a moment. Dr Manno, our host, took us on an amazing walk through the neighbourhood. The mountain views were breathtaking yet the simplicity of the homes was heartbreaking at times. We walked by the many homes and people on the street, and we were delighted to see all the smiling faces and returns of our greetings of “Bon Soir” which means good evening in Creole.
I felt just as observed as the Haitians did…not uncomfortable, just observed. As we made our way up a small hill, Dr Manno explained to us that the house we were about to see was built with some of the money from our family of churches.
The house was built for an elderly couple who were living in what I would describe as a small hut. He asked the woman if we could visit the house. She quickly disappeared and changed into a dress. It seemed like it was a sense of pride in her appearance and she wanted to be dressed appropriately to host us.
Some of us were able to glance inside this hut, which had cement blocks built around it and appeared to be the beginning of the new house. It’s like a house inside a house. All of their belongings were neatly placed on what seemed to be a mattress on the dirt floor inside. We thanked the couple and left the area.
It was difficult to see, but I couldn't help but feel their gratitude and see their happiness in what was done for them. No impatience, no frustration because their house was not completed…just smiles of gratitude. On the way back to Dr Manno’s house Evan mentioned how awesome it would be to finish this house while we were here. With prayers answered, we found out today, that we are all going to work on the house tomorrow afternoon!
I believe these are the things that God wants me to see, people with so little, yet they seem so content.I am not here to save anyone…perhaps it is the other way around.