Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pictures from Haiti

The main road in AFTA Village

Rows and rows of tents
 I feel like pictures do not do justice to show what it is was like where we were working, but here is the best that I can show!  It was very strange to not be able to understand the language, and to need to use the translator.  Since I've learned Spanish, I usually AM the translator, so it felt out of place to have to wait for the translator as I spoke.  I learned a lot of phrases in Creole, like, "How are you?" "What is your name" "Good morning" and "Good afternoon."  I would use all the phrases I could before I turned to the translator for help.

Since there were only 2 translators for our team, there were moments when my group had to do without.  I was in the middle of the village and there was a kid about 8 years old.  I used all the Creole I knew, and then motioned to him if I could pray for him.  He nodded his head yes, and I prayed that God would bless him and protect him, and that he would grow up to be a man of God.  When I said amen and opened my eyes, there was another kid standing next to him.  I asked her if I could pray for her, and she also nodded yes.  Soon I had a line of kids waiting to be prayed for. I've never seen kids so hungry for God.  Usually when kids are lining up for something, it's because candy is being passed out, not prayers.  Before going to Haiti, I heard a lot of stories about it being evil place with lots of demonic activity.  However, I saw just the opposite.  I spoke with hundreds of people, and each one I talked to was a Christian who was desperate to be discipled and to be prayed for.  The people were humble and very hospitable, inviting us in to their tents, and going to the neighbor's house to get chairs so we could sit down.  As we passed people on the streets, we were constantly greeted by a "Bonjour!" or a "Salut!"

Like the Bible says, "The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few.  Pray for workers to be sent out into the harvest."  Pray for workers to go and disciple the Haitian people.

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