Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Well, I'm home. I got to sleep in my warm, comfy bed without dogs barking, chickens bawking, or people snoring. I also got to enjoy a real, hot shower. I felt kind of bad doing it, but it felt great. I'm still wishing I could be back in Haiti though. I miss it a lot already. Especially the group I was with. I got to know a lot of new and awesome people and I now have a new brother in Christ. He was one awesome guy. Coming back is hard. I don't want to loose the things that I learned over there. I want to be changed forever. Being back taught be how spoiled we are as Americans. We are soo spoiled! And blessed. Thank Jesus for what you have. You may think you don't have a whole lot, but compared to most of the world, you have tons. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. I felt them.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:27)
The picture above me is a Catholic church that was destroyed in the earthquake. Look what's still standing.. (:
Today was probably the most impacting day of the trip for me. First, we went to church which was amazing. It was soo cool to see these people who have little to nothing, worship God with their WHOLE heart. They didn't hold back. They don't worry. They look to God for everything. It was incrediable. Then we came back and changed then we went on our tour. First we went through the town that we came up through and I thought that was bad. Once we got to Port au Prince, wow. I was devastated. We saw the biggest tent city which holds 60,000. Now, that was devastating. The people would take whatever they had, scraps, clothing, sheets of metal, anything to make their "homes". And they're still happy! We complain about every little thing. We have to have everything to make us happy. Now tomorrow I'm going to go home to my house, bed, shower, water, food, protection, shelter, and what are they in? Barely anything. It really opened my eyes to how much of the things I have are "needs" or "wants". Something else I noticed a lot this week and forgot to put in my earlier posts is how beautiful they are. They are all soooo stunning! All made in God's image. Their smiles are as bright as the sun. These people amaze me.
God really showed to me this week, especially today, that I want to do much more with my life than sit at my house and be comfy. I want to be able to live intensely for Christ. I want to take risks for the One who hung on the cross for me. He gave His whole life. Why shouldn't I? We'll see what God has planned out for me. He can do some amazing things..
Saturday, April 10, 2010
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)
Today was a good day. I spent a lot of time with God today. And soaking up some pretty sweet rays (: I got a tad burnt though.. Today was kind of a lazy/free day. This morning I sat out on the deck and read my bible for like three hours. Then we went to this restaurant thing with basically all American food. Daddy and I shared a banana split (: After that we went to these little hut things where they sold souvenirs. It was very interesting. The people would like attack you to try and sell you things. Daddy would bargain with them until they wouldn't go any lower, it was quite interesting. When we got home I read for a while again then dad, David, and I thought we would hike up the mountain one more time. When we got to baby no pants we had some fun with them. David showed them a new handshake which was really cute. Then when we got to the very top there was a bunch of kids. They told David to do some push ups so he did. They then told daddy to and being his silly self, thought he would just fall on the ground. That made them laugh a lot. It was a fun today. I don't think I want to come home..
Friday, April 9, 2010
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)
Wow, last night I was sitting under His glory just in awe. How much more evidence do you need that God is real? Look up to the sky on a clear night and you tell me how those got there. I was sitting there for about a half hour and He showed me how glorious He really is. I saw six shooting stars in one sitting. The one He really wanted me to see was in between two big clouds and it was absolutely stunning. They all were. Every single one. And He knows them each by name. Wow, I worship one BIG GOD.
Today was our last day at the clinic. It went very slow to me but it was a good day. One mom brought in her baby girl who was six months old. She was 9.5 pounds. She looked like she was newly born. When I was treating her for scabies, I thought I was going to break her she was so little. Her arms were probably as big as the width of an Oreo. I wanted to just cry. Pray that the mother will take care of her and she will grow up into a strong young woman. Tomorrow we will be organizing the clinic a bit, then probably go on a tour. Then Sunday is church and I don't know what. Then Monday is return to home. I'm not sure that I want to leave yet though.. I really love it here. I guess I should come home for the sake of mom, papa, and mema though. I am hoping I can come back here again soon and serve our awesome God. Thanks for the prayers everyone.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Today was like yesterday again. I felt by first earthquake! Last night at about one AM we felt the beds shaking. Anna said it was a 6.1. We didn't feel it a whole lot but it was cool. I had a lot more scabies patients and a lot more of counting pills. When the adults come in for scabies they need help getting their backs so I do that then they do everything else. I decided that I've seen more womens breasts in the past few days then ever in my life. And it's enought to last. I think I'm done with that part. A sixteen year old brought in a baby today and wanted to give her up for adoption but decided not to. Pray that the baby will be cared for greatly and she will grow into a beautiful woman of God. I interviewed Willam today for my journalism class as well as for church. I didn't really want to be in it but oh well. A little boy about three or four came in today and he had scabies, dry skin, and sores all over. While I was rubbing the lotion on him his face was so sad. I felt so bad for that little one. He was so precious though. Pray that his skin would heal up nicely. The mountain climbing keeps getting easier and easier. We tried running up for a minute or so and we very soon decided that was a mistake. We wanted to throw up after that, haha. There was is this little boy who is always on the road on our way home and he never has pants on. His new name- Baby No Pants. There's also a hot dog tree that we see everyday too. Pretty sweet stuff. Pray tomorrow that we will be able to see as much patients as possible. It's our last day at the clinic. Thank you Jesus for picking ME to go on this trip. I am truely blessed. Thank you everyone for the prayers.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
"For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for Him."
Today was much like yesterday. We did a lot of scabies treatments again. One little boy about three or so came in to get one and while I was rubbing the cream on him all he did was giggle. Most of the children cry the whole time, but not him. He was filled with joy. So precious. A mother came in with her fourteen day old baby. Wow, was she cute?! Yes! I really wanted to just take her and bring her home for me and mommy (: When the babies check up was finished a guy from our group prayed over her. Man, that was awesome. You could feel God's love come out of that man. It was incrediable. Pray for all the people we had to turn away today. There was probably two-hundred we had to turn away. Heart breaking.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Today was the first day in the medical clinic. Wow. I mostly helped with scabies and I "popped pills" for a while. Not the kind of popping pills you would think, popping them out of their containers. The women that came in the clinic with the babies blew me away. They were probably my age or younger.. Wow. The scabies was pretty intense. Some of the children weren't that bad but then there was ones with scabs all over and just balled while we were putting lotion on them. It was so sad. I wanted to just cry. Also, I got to listen to a heartbeat of an unborn baby! It was soo sweet! Man, I love babies. A group of us got to hike up the hill to the clinic and wow. It was pretty intense. We took a short cut up a really steep hill. These two fifteen year olds, about, passed us wearing flats and had a big basket of cabbage on their heads. We felt pretty out of shape. Keep praying that we will be able to Shine Jesus' light to these people. Again, it blows me away how smiley they always are.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Well, after a long day we arrived at Wilams home. The ride here took about forty five minutes maybe? There is so much distruction in the city and we weren't even in the worst part yet. That comes later. There was people walking in the streets packed with cars and had no care in the world. They are HAPPY. With the very little "stuff" they have, they're happy. Look at how much we have and people complain about the littlest things. I'm not saying I don't, because I do, but wow. We take so much for granted. We all need to sit back and count all the blessings that God gives us each and every day. Keep praying. Tomorrow we will be going up to the clinic to work. Jesus, let us touch their lives as much as they're going to touch ours.
One funny thing that made me laugh quite hard, when we were on our way to the house I saw a little boy, around five years old, go over to the wall of a building, pull down his pants and pee. Right on front of everyone! It was hilarious. Especially because it made me think of Caden. Hehe, love you Cade!