Thursday, May 31, 2012

Day Two

It was the end of day two but too exhausted to blog so I am cheating and blogging the morning of day 3

Day 2 was typical organized chaos in Haiti.
God's light was revealed and shined bright. He is ever faithful!!!

The main mission today was to get medical help for two elderly. With God's grace, we were able to get help for one.

We had an elder woman who is immobile and had maggots in her bed sore along with fleas and ants. Thankfully we were able to partner with Global Outreach, another mission organization and provide medical help for the wound. Give spiritual help to the soul and lots of love to the woman, Antonia.

It really is all about sharing God's love and caring for these elderly. Medical help is necessary, but spiritual impact is really the ever lasting focus.

God's light shined bright because today in only ways God can orchestrate, we were able to connect with Global Outreach and another mission group, New Life Children's Home. All work with elderly in some form or fashion in the village of Titanyen. I forsee God working in amazing ways to coordinate all three of us to make an even greater impact with the elderly. All in God's glory and timing!

It's a new day dawning - God is faithful - do we really need more than that?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday, May 29

Today was our first day back in Haiti on a "maintenance run".
It is a humbling experience and one that brings me to my knees as I rely solely on God because there "aint' nowhere else to go".
The needs are so many.
The resources so few. Struggling to even get clean water to 10 elderly on a daily basis.

Approached today to add 2 more ill elders to the program.
Inside I cry because we cannot do it.
Outside I politely smile and explain we do not have the money or capability to care for two more at this time.
What would Jesus do goes around and around in my head.
I know we can't help all
But what if the "all" is your father or uncle and you are told "no" by a smiling white person who goes home at night with a full belly and water to drink?

Working with the elderly is no Sunday school picnic - full of smiles and laughing children.
It is hard work, brutal honesty and reality of impending death.
Then again, going to the cross to save us, forgiving us of our sins, knowing we will turn around and sin again - that is what gives me strength and hope and focus.
Our Savior did more for me than I can even fathom.

He will show his face again tomorrow providing strength and focus and just what we need when we need it! More importantly, He will be ever present with these amazing people and elders. Praise God for what he is doing here.     

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 20, 2012 - Prep for the next trip

My niece and I are getting ready now to go back to Haiti for a "maintenance run" where we check on each elder and make sure the program is running as smoothly as possible.

There is an air of anticipation. We leave lush green spring here and go to chaos and dust in Haiti.
We leave comforts and food a plenty and go to survival and the site of an elder going without food for days. We leave the land of 10,000 lakes and go to a country where water is "gold".

My prayer for Holly and Susan in Haiti:

Safety and comfort - you know the need Lord
Challenges and stretching - yours alone
Eyes W I D E open
Hearts quietly broken
Compassion ripped unabashedly free
Serving hearts - Minds like Christ
Joyfulness - Praises and Glory to God
Selfishness gone, washed away at least temporarily
Replaced by care for others
Seeing God   The Son    The Holy Spirit

Susan Schwope