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An Alternate Route to God’s Plan for the Day

written by Lonnie Smith

You are probably familiar with the proverb, “We make our plans; God orders our steps.” And that is exactly what happened today.

Our team had decided to head to the markets for the afternoon, see how the local people work, and spend some time getting to know their culture. As our bus pulled to a stop on the side of the busy street, our guide led us down a road to an orphanage instead of to the marketplace.

It was at the orphanage that I experienced God in a whole new way. Kneeling on the floor with the children, I had the opportunity to tell them from Psalm 127 what a gift children are to the world. I also had the opportunity to tell them they have a Heavenly Father who is a Father to the fatherless and will never leave them or forsake them. As I explained to them Christ’s great love for children and how He said in the Bible, “Let the little children come to Me,” I witnessed their faces beam with fullness of joy.

I told them just like children in China and in Africa and in America, and all over the world, they are image bearers of God. Then I had the opportunity to pray and ask our Heavenly Father to provide for them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As I quoted John 3:16 to them, imagine my surprise when I noticed half the children quoting that verse along with me! I was reminded of the great work of the gospel that God is accomplishing through His people in Haiti.

I walked into an orphanage to bless children with the message of the love of God in Christ for them, but I left that afternoon with the biggest blessing of all – actually experiencing the truth of scripture in that very moment, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me.”

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Learning Humility from Haitians

 

written by Renee Caskey

Yesterday’s Mission of Hope devotional was on humility, and in the midst of my eagerness to serve these beautiful people, they served me.

Here’s the story.

Our team had the opportunity to spend time in our partner village, Titanyen, yesterday. We were scheduled to paint a house for a newly married couple – married just 10 days ago!

When we arrived at the house, I had to use the restroom, so our translator asked the homeowner where I could use the restroom. I was prepared to go behind a bush, road-trip style. Instead, the homeowner walked me safely to his latrine, over hills and near a large hole in the ground. Before we left the house, his new wife handed me a roll of toilet paper (toilet paper is quite a luxury in Haiti).

After I used the restroom, while the neighborhood kids played and giggled, I returned the roll of toilet paper to the homeowner’s wife. She grabbed my hand and led me to their makeshift kitchen. Inside she handed me a bar of soap and poured water on my hands over an old 5-gallon bucket.

I’ve learned over the past few days that the people of Titanyen must walk to a local well to pump water, and being that they live at the top of a hill, that would be a mighty trek. This woman used water she and her husband had labored to obtain to wash my hands! Here I am – at their new house to bless them by painting the walls, and she blessed me by providing toilet paper, soap, and water!

As I said, we had just learned about humility. And this could not have been a better picture of Christ’s love for me than in that moment.

 

 

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