Monday, March 08, 2010

Haiti Day 2 by Louis Chalmers

The day began with a beautiful sunrise over our roof top encampment.

We left for worship @ 6:30 after breakfast of spaghetti with sausage. The alleys and roadways were crowded with traffic and
Haitians dressed in their Sunday best on their way to worship.

I am amazed by the smiles, joy, and thankful hearts of these people who have suffered & lost so much. Their hearty
praise and worship would shame most churches and can only be rivaled by churches on the other side of the tracks.

Their men's group, dressed in bright white shirts and matching ties, performed a choreographed song celebrating God's deliverance of Moses and his people from Egypt that would rival those tempting Temptations.

I have heard for weeks of the joyful singing of the Haitian people and now have been blessed to worship with them twice and hear those blended voices sing words I do not understand but stir my heart because they praise our
Heavenly Father.

Lunch back at the Pastor Olistin's home was
fried chicken, Rice&beans, and their red potatoes salad made with beets.

We spent the afternoon visiting our teammates, with new arrivals the team has grown to 30. It is encouraging to hear each team members story of the
love of God calling them to come and serve the Haitians. Several ladies nurtured that island attitude by having their hair braded by the pastor's daughters.

We worshiped again with our Haitian congregation and were once again challenged by the joyful singing and smiles of our brothers and sisters. Pray for their continued courage, hope, and joy as they are
salt and light in this desperate country.

Tomorrow we join the rebuilding of a
local church. We will be working beside Haitian contract laborers mixing/pouring concrete foundations and laying concrete block.

Pray for our strength and safety and that we will be messengers of God's Love by our deeds and words.

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