Port-Au-Prince, Haiti December 5, 2010
“Listen! I hear a band playing music.” This is what I said to my Haiti Team Members as we excited the aircraft in Port-Au-Prince. The sound of music I heard was a joyful sound. It appeared that not even the wait to board buses to be transported to immigration was not a bother anyone because music was in the air. This is my third trip into Port-Au-Prince since the January 12 earthquake and this was the first time a band playing Zydeco greeted us in fact it was the first time any music was playing at the airport during my recent travels into Haiti. The music created excitement among the arriving passengers and made the immigration process go by quickly.
Upon leaving the airport we arrived at The Florida House where we will be staying most of the week and we were greeted by many of our Haitian Brothers in Christ whom we have come to know and love here in Haiti. It appears that God is using the people coming to the Florida House to sharpen many of these young men in their Christian walk and I can testify their walk with Christ sharpens me.
We soon left the Florida House to catch up with some fellow Louisianans that have been operating a medical clinic for the last week. We have two team members with us that work with WDSU News Channel 6 an NBC affiliate in New Orleans so they got to work real quick by videotaping and interviewing physicians and patients at the clinic.
We then left the medical clinic and went to the church of one of the Pastor’s who served as our interpreter in May. We really wanted to see this person today because a presentation was to take place with the giving of a gift to the pastor for the Church’s orphanage from the Haitian community of New Orleans. The presentation was made but the unexpected opportunity was afforded me to preach to the gathering. I preached from the Gospel of John Chapter 21 and upon extending an invitation the Holy Spirit moved into the hearts of ten people coming to give their life to Christ. The pastors we have been working with start the disciplemaking process immediately and this was no exception as they took the ten people and divided them up among disciplmakers immediately. This was a sweet time of seeing the Holy Spirit at work.
Our team returned to the Florida House and after having an opportunity to get unpacked we went and worshipped with others staying in the House. This time of worship was encouraging as volunteers testified about the work of Christ in their life and the life of others they have been encountering while in Haiti.
One of the teams will be leaving on Tuesday and they shared some expectations as they begin preparations for their departure. One of the things that people have been doing here at the Florida House is they have been leaving clothing for the Haitian people. The question came up about having the clothes washed before they give them to the people and the group leader shared that their interpreter said “Oh no do not wash them because we can pick them up and smell them and be reminded of the love you have for us.” Now, that is some kind of love to take some dirty, stinky clothes and be reminded that you are loved. 2:Corinthians 2:14 – 17 Holman Christian Standard Bible 14 But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ, and spreads through us in every place the scent of knowing Him. 15 For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To some we are a scent of death leading to death, but to others, a scent of life leading to life. And who is competent for this? 17 For we are not like the many who make a trade in God’s message [for profit], but as those with sincerity, we speak in Christ, as from God and before God. What kind of smell will share with others today?
Well, isn’t this a great reminder to us all of the Good News of Jesus Christ. He does love us and his word tells us in John 3:16 about how much He loves you and me.
If you do not know Jesus I pray that you will seek Him and invite Him into your heart today! If you do know him I encourage you to go tell someone about him today.
With a Grateful Heart,