Van. Prayer. Contemplation. Slow Immersion.
Van- The YMATH team spent a good chunk of time in the van driving to Port-au-Prince. It was great bonding time with a lot of social media jokes.
Prayer- It is clear to me that short term mission trips need to heavily involve prayer. AIM has no problem honoring and engaging (intercessory) prayer. Today we were a part of a pastoral meeting where the local Haitian pastors prayed for one another, shared their stories, and vocalized their physical needs. I was floored because I witnessed a team of pastors praying with such zeal because praying with zeal means they are honoring God’s work in Haiti. Prayer is powerful and effective. Prayer is our way to fight back and push back everything that is opposing or interfering. I am getting a sense from the Haitian pastors that God wants to answer their prayer because God is good—He is very good all the time.
Contemplation- I found myself really “quiet” today as I stared out of the van window. I feel like an over soaked sponge and it is only day 2.
Slow Immersion- Today we only got a glimpse of Haitian reality. We heard a story from a wonderful gal who was stuck in the earthquake rumble for 2 days and she lost both of her sons. We prayed for her and her husband and God met them in their broken and confused state. It was powerful.
Also I had an opportunity hanging out with some of the children. I get why Jesus had such a deep compassion for little children. The kids that I hung out with had an innocent hopeful and joyful laugh that made me laugh.
Today’s pace was perfect. Tomorrow we fully immerse and engage.