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Living a Life of Service…..by Meredith Hall

Meet Nu Nu and Maniese (Mineez). Both of these women impacted me in amazing ways this week. Nu Nu let me crouch down next to her on the ground and scrub laundry with her using bare hands, a bar of soap, a large metal bowl, and water from the canal (which her 6 yo daughter carried back by the gallons). I sat with her on the muddy ground while a translator allowed us to have a conversation. As she scrubbed the clothes, her 6yo brought her the 12 month old to nurse while she continued to wash the clothes.

Maneise is a joyful 70 year old woman who taught me how to cook beans and rice in a skillet over an open fire between two one room huts that she shared with her son, his wife, and their four children. She told me her story of losing her husband and battling cholera over the past five years. Her life was marked with, what my first world mind, would call heartache and headache. But her laugh and smile lit up my heart and everything around her.  Not only did she teach me to cook but she sang in her loudest most beautiful voice, her favorite church hymn.

I️ am forever changed by these two women. I️ saw Philippians 2:3-8 lived out by watching, learning, and listening to their life stories.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  Philippians 2:3-8

They were humble servants putting the interests of others well above the comforts of themselves.  It impacted me a lot this week..”serving is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and humbling.  Living out humility can’t be done without serving. In serving, you will become more like Christ.”

It has been so humbling to watch these women and many others as they give themselves daily to the service of their families and community every day.  I️ pray for myself and my own family, as we head back to the comfort of our washing machines, ovens, and air conditioning, that we remember Nu Nu and Maneise and their humility and joy as they served their families in such a Christ like way and be moved to do so with my own family and community.   I’ll be honest, I️ serve my family but I️ don’t always have an attitude of humility and joy.

What are ways you are humbly serving others, and is it out of obligation or out of humility and the joy of your heart?

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Sunday Worship in Haiti……From Duff and Aidan Bourassa 

Worshipping Jezi in Haiti

It’s Sunday morning in Haiti, and we had the pleasure of worshiping God in a local church. It’s always fun to attend a service that is not in your native tongue, as you don’t quite know how God will speak to you. Just outside the Church, I was greeted by a young boy, he grabbed my hand and led me inside. He was young, but he did his best to translate the worship songs to me-he was such a blessing.

The church was open air, and it was hot, but that didn’t stop the locals from wearing their Sunday best.  Everyone sang and worshiped with so much passion; it was an excellent site to witness.

As the offering plate was passed, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Widows offering described in Mark 12:41-44. The Haitian people are plagued with poverty, yet everyone in the rows around me gave something to the offering.  It was so encouraging to see their faith lived out.

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Home in Haiti for a Few Days…..by Scott Kedersha

13 different families (33 individuals) arrived safely in Haiti for the fall Watermark short-term discipleship trip. Our day started bright and early (3:00am cst) and I’ve been amazed at how well all our kids (ranging from 9 to 16) have done. The adults have been awesome as well! We arrived safely at Mission of Hope and it’s just about time for lights out.

Tomorrow we’ll hit the road and travel to a nearby village to help serve with our ministry partner, Mission Of Hope Haiti, and to share the gospel in nearby villages. We’re excited to get to spend time with the people of Haiti.

As I reflect back on a long day, I’m excited to be here, but the complaints start to mount in my mind and heart – I’m tired, the bed is terrible, it’s really hot, and there’s no WiFi. And I’m going to miss some good college football games this weekend.

At the same time I remember how quick I am to grumble and complain. I forgot how Good God is and instead choose to focus on the negatives instead of the positive. Somehow I quickly forget the levels of physical and spiritual poverty all around me in Haiti and back home in dallas.

I’m thankful for Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Will you join us in praying 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 for our team, for the people of Haiti, and for the people of DFW?

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