This morning we begin the last day of this most unusual Mission Trip to Haiti. Unusual for me because there are 4 churches from Cobb County involved in aspects of this trip. North Star, Ceadercrest, Burnt Hickory, and of course Piney Grove. Unusual because Glenn, Chris, and myself are a team within a team. Unusual because we ended up for about half of the trip staying at an all inclusive resort on the Caribbean coast. This was even more noticeable as came back from working yesterday to walk into the ritzy resort covered with mud, grime, and concrete. But I think the most unusual part of this trip is that I am not the decision maker on the trip. Serving as a worker, advisor, and I pray a great support to the team I have been truly blessed.
What is the same as all trips? The overwhelming need of the people. The spirit of the team, and the blessing we see as we work. And of course the same as for all trips, the overwhelming presence of the Lord, and the closeness we feel to our God as we do His work.
I am just putting up two photos this morning. One aspect of this weeks work that has been very difficult for us is getting material to work with on the job. The mission home we started the construction on high on the side of a mountain about 3500 feet above sea level. The road in is poor and it ends about a 1/2 of a mile before the building site. Yesterday we had about a dozen workers helping us by carrying 50 pound sacks of cement and sand the 1/2 mile steep and muddy trail all day to get us the material.
Yesterday morning I gave an English Bible to Merch a worker in the material supply house as this young man was a great help to us. He is a Christian and very much had a desire for an English Bible. I gave him my travel New American Standard Bible.
The other photo is the group of workers when we finished yesterday afternoon. We gathered to praise God For the work that had been accomplished. I prayed for each of these men to come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. What a joy to serve the Lord in such a beautiful place.