This is the final week of preparation for our trip to Haiti. The excitement has definitely been building.
We had our final team meeting last Friday. One of the things we did was have each person share what they were most concerned or anxious about. Some of the things mentioned include:
§ Health & safety
§ Family back home
§ Being able to sleep
§ Language barrier
§ Leaving work behind
§ Able to make a contribution
§ Opportunities to witness
We then prayed about our concerns . . . giving them to God.
One of the things we’ll be evaluating during our trip is the possibility of establishing a long-term relationship with First Baptist Cap-Haitien, whereby we would send people on an annual or biannual basis.
Going on mission trips to different locales certainly has its advantages, but there is also something to be said for going back to the same place multiple times. Some thoughts about Haiti:
§ The need in Haiti is very great
§ As mission trips go, a trip to Haiti is fairly affordable
§ First Baptist Cap-Haitien has proven to be a reliable ministry partner
§ The church there can accommodate almost any size group
§ There are other U.S. churches we can partner with
I’ve been asked: Why go to Haiti when the needs at home are so great? That’s a fair question.
The most important response is that Jesus told his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations,…” (Matt 28:19). Even as he was ascending to his Father, Jesus said: “…and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
We tend to romanticize and idealize the early Church. The fact is, they were disobedient to the Lord’s command in that they stayed in Jerusalem. After all, the need was so great there, so why not?
The early Church did not spread out beyond Jerusalem of their own accord. They were FORCED OUT by persecution!
What this tells me is that it’s our human tendency to stick with the familiar. However, that’s not God’s will or plan for us. Do we need to minister here in Harlan? Of course. But, we also need to GO. So, we’re going.
Please take good care of each other while we’re away.