Claim this verse… “Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!”
Could you say you have felt the past months the world is ‘upside down’? New troubles, surging unrest, unknown future circumstances. Not to worry! Through his love, God has made us MORE THAN conquerors. For this, God gave his son, the Anointed One! Claim the victory!
All that we had to haul with us to Florida, to return to Haiti, in a ‘mid-sized sedan’ rental car… Conquered! Victory!
The mural commemorates the commitment to disaster relief which MFI made during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and a more recent commitment to disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. It is magnificent and even more so after hearing the creative and physical details from Kevin, one of the MFI pilots. The scene depicts the vantage point the pilots have as they look out from the cockpit during flight.
“Byen Vini! Mr Craig ~ Se Christi. Nan Non Tout Staff MH4H La! We Love You Guys!”
(Welcome Mr Craig and Sister Christi. In the name of all the Many Hand staff! Nou renmen nou!)
So we can say the apartment was clean but… our stuff… covered in dust, even INSIDE the boxes. 😲 The momentary SHOCK of this daunting job that needed to be done was calmed as we were privileged to greet those we call family and friends on this side of the ocean. Every person… EACH ONE… said specifically with enthusiasm, “I have been praying for you and your family each day. ‘Bon Retou’ (literally Good Return) Welcome back.” Two friends in particular used the phrase, “Mwen swaf pou ou”, I am thirsty for you.
That made an impression in a land where thirst is SO extreme. We experienced a thirst the first couple of days that we had not felt the whole time of being stateside. Haiti is a land where people are focused on the necessities. The BASIC necessities. Water first, then shelter, then food, then clothing.
What a reassurance and a comfort to be greeted in this way. The welcome also included a bowl of hand-picked mangoes, (I ate three for supper) a couple of sizable spiders, and NO rats! One of the first things to put in place, (below) a brand new DEWALT shop stool with casters we have been coveting ever since our son had purchased one for himself.
(Notice the beautiful tile and paint! We are blessed beyond measure. We are beyond grateful)
As we talk to friends and MH staff and hear where people are with life’s present and future troubles, we are assisting with the plan for the restart of school which the government says will happen August 17 which will include some ‘compulsory procedures’. Because Haitians live in uncertainty on a daily basis, people are generally ‘cool’ about what is to come. “Bondye konnen”, God knows. MH will emphasize, as people of God, we are more than conquerors, we triumph because of HIS love which he brings through his son, our Lord Jesus.
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life, As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5
“Passing Ordinary Time” by Enuma Okoro, Nigerian-American poet
This ordinary time is gifted in its quiet marked passing.
Christ slips about calling and baptizing, sending and affirming,
pouring his Spirit like water into broken cisterns,
sealing cracks and filtering our senses,
that we may savor the foolish simplicity of his grace.
As we worshiped online this past Sunday with our son Jonathan at Pillar Church in Holland, MI the following song was sung, “In Feast or Fallow” by Sandra McCracken… seems fitting to share here…
When the fields are dry, and the winter is long
Blessed are the meek, the hungry, the poor
When my soul is downcast, and my voice has no song
For mercy, for comfort, I wait on the Lord.
In the harvest feast or the fallow ground
My certain hope is in Jesus found
My lot, my cup, my portion sure
Whatever comes, we shall endure.
Whatever comes, we shall endure.
When the earth beneath me crumbles and quakes
Not a sparrow falls, nor a hair from my head
Without His hand to guide me, my shield and my strength
In joy or in sorrow, in life or in death
….and this prayer was prayed… also seems fitting to share here…
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. AMEN