Yesterday, Seth Barnes made a connection with a key community leader and asked him if it is okay to host a worship and healing service for the people within the little cardboard/sheet city. He agreed.
This morning (our last ministry day in Haiti) the YMATH team showed up at 9:30am to perform a healing service. The worship music began and people started gathering….. It seemed like people were coming out of the wood work. I am telling you the Haitian Christians know how to worship and dance. It doesn’t matter your body size, age, and gender. If there is praise music, you are dancing and singing. After the worship music faded, the pastor instructed his people that they had visitors who wanted to pray for them. Rhett and I went to the front of the church and told them if anyone need any type of healing—mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional; to come pray with us at our assigned prayer stations. You can watch us “preach here”. Needless to say, people started flocking to each station. At one time, I quickly looked up and saw about 23 people waiting in line to be prayed for. It was insane.
Part of our YMATH team, individually prayed for over 200 people within a hour. I was moved and overwhelmed by their prayer needs. Many wanted healing for: malaria fevers, kidney problems, infections, to become pregnant, food, job, and physical pain in their entire body.
Half way through the prayer service other members of YMATH went to buy food and water for the tent city. It was really cool that YMATH not only met the spiritual needs, but also physical needs. Meeting both physical and spiritual needs simultaneously demonstrate the Kingdom of God here and now, in a very healthy and balanced way.
I am (being) transformed. Every day on this trip, God has deconstructed and reconstructed certain assumptions of the Christian faith, namely prayer, intimacy with Jesus, and faith. Transformation is painful, but so good for the soul. It is official: My faith and theology has been hijacked and shattered. Now I will spend many days/weeks/months picking up the pieces. In the van ride back home, I had a question for myself: What would my faith life be like if I stayed in Haiti? The Haitian Christian culture gives life and transforms my soul. I absolutely love how the Haitian Christians experience God. The Haitian Christians are now a part of my Christian faith journey.