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Haiti – Day 4

“God I invite You to break my heart and make me cry for the things that make You cry.”
This morning started off slow with a spaghetti/spam breakfast. Quite tasty…and spicy! After breakfast we took a walk down to Jackson’s farm and then to the location of the market. It was empty as market day here in Ferrier is on Tuesday.
My project today was to go repair two contaminated water wells. Because we didn’t get back in time from our tour, most of our team was left behind, so we missed out! We then ventured to the school just in time to be a part of the morning flag raising ceremony. This was SO awesome! The kids basically have a small pep rally each morning just before raising the flag with songs and dancing.
Because we didn’t have much to do, Jackson decided to put us to good use. We loaded into the back of his pickup and made a short drive to the mechanic shop where the well rig truck was being repaired. Upon arrival, we quickly learned that there would be no well digging for us on this trip! The engine was completely dismantled and being overhauled.
As we were there, the sun began to literally bake all of us. There was no place to take cover! After 45 minutes of misery, Jackson was ready to go. Thank God! After all, I believe Jackson brought us there to put the pressure on the mechanic to finish the job. Just a mile up the road on our way back to Ferrier, the truck ran out of gas. We were at least 3-4 miles from Ferrier and dreaded the walk back. Out of nowhere, Tatiana confidently said, “Lord we need You to multiply.” In literally seconds, the truck died for the third time right next to a woman selling gas from one gallon jugs on the side of the road! God is faithful! To add to the care He provided for us, Mike decided at the very last minute to jump in for the ride and take a chance without having his passport. He ended up being the only one with Hatian money to pay for the gas!
After returning to Ferrier, we had lunch. Red beans and rice…again! I never would have dreamed that we would eat this much while on a mission trip to Haiti? After lunch, while others were taking a siesta, a few of us guys decided to put up the tent on top of the house. The tent is much like a carnival tent that was purchased in the D.R. on our way in. This would be our bedroom tonight and hopefully some cooler conditions!
We then went with Jimmy and Janet to help celebrate the earnings made by the co-op women who made trinkets, jewelry, and bracelets that are sold in the World Cup Cafe at Mission Waco. They made $247 which equals to ~$1500 in Hatian dollars. This was very exciting and the money will be reinvested for more women to start this same process.
Afterwards, a few of us decided to walk down to the new school site to see how much progress was made since our last time there. WOW! These guys are getting it! They have done more with little to no tools than we Americans can do with all the technology in the world. The barbed wire fence was done and cactus was going up! The ditches were done and foundations are about 1/4 of the way done for the wall.
We returned to the house to have our daily evening fun with the kids. They had loads of fun today with the jump ropes and playing soccer.
Supper was the almighty peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. After supper we all walked down to the church for a hygiene awareness meeting with the villagers. This is where God totally broke my heart today. As we began, the kids opened us up by singing “How Great Thou Art” in their creole tongue. Are you kidding me? How can these people sing this song with so much heart, spirit, and honesty while basically struggling for life daily? I am convinced that I am not qualified to sing this song anymore until I start to know what it means to totally depend on God for everything. How else can I know just how great He is? As the night went on, we shared songs with them, and they closed us out with two songs. I finally put my head down and told God that I was getting ready to lose it if they sang one more song. I’m sure He would love nothing more than to take me to that place, but He spared me for tonight 🙂
As I write tonight from our dinner table, I glance over at Ricky as he listens to music from his laptop. It’s as if he knows the generator will be turned off soon and doesn’t want to miss an opportunity. “God I pray you give Ricky the resources he needs to attend university and become a doctor.” Ricky has really been a blessing to me on this trip!
“God I invite You to break my heart and make me cry for the things that make You cry.”
“For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. — Psalm 51:16-17 (ESV)

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