“But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests out hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4
I’ll follow You into the homes of the broken,
I’ll follow You into the world.
I’ll meet the needs for the poor and the needy, God,
I’ll follow You into the world.
Use my hands, use my feet,
To make Your kingdom come.
To the corners of the earth
Until Your work is done.
‘Cause faith without works is dead
And on the cross, Your blood was shed
So how could we not give it away so freely?”
I just love this song by Leeland & Brandon Heath. It really explains what my mission was in Haiti. It all started with me having a deep calling to go on mission trip for many years. It wasn’t until this trip that God said “GO”. So I did just that. I had no idea how it would be or how I would tested, but I knew that God was going to be with us during this trip. God really opened my heart to the Haitian people. Especially, the children at the orphanage! They really steal your heart and aren’t shy to keep it. I didn’t believe anybody when they said I would fall in love with the kids. How wrong I was! They brought so much joy to my heart and a day doesn’t go by without thinking about them. It was amazing to see what Pastor Medit and Gelda were doing with not just these children but with the whole community. God calls us to “Shine as Lights in the World” Philippians 2:15. To be Light Bearers – Philippians 2:12-18. And that is exactly what Pastor Medit and Gelda were. It is what I pray to be every day.
One thing I realized while being in Haiti was how much of a “bubble” I was in. I was raised in a Christian home so this trip really opened my eyes and my heart to God and to see that there is so much more out there in the world than what I know. It was amazing to see how God really uses those who make themselves available to Him. Just as it says in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” How important it was to make myself available to God. To let Him use me in whatever way He wanted. How I will strive to make myself available to Christ every single day of my life.
God really assembled such an amazing team this trip. I was truly blessed to go with the people I went with. Relationships were made that I don’t think could have been made any other way. Going to Haiti, I just left with just ideas and thoughts of what it would be like, what we will be doing, how God will use me and the team. And honestly, it made me a little nervous. But I came back with more than I could have ever imagined. This trip really fueled the fire in my life that burned for Christ. It opened my eyes to see that One that I so desperately need. The One my heart so deeply longs for. I am a true believer in everything happening for a reason and this trip definitely happened for a reason. I can’t wait to see what God has in store not just for The Tower of Refuge Team but for the people in Haiti. Another thing I can’t wait for are those smiles on the children’s faces. Oh how I long for when I get to hold them tightly in my arms. But until then I will continue to read and study Gods Word. I am truly excited to deepen my relationship with Christ and really get to know Him. BONDYE BENI OU!
Author: Naomi Feceu