Mark 6:34- When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.
So He began teaching them many things. Friends, Our day started early at 6:45 for breakfast, 7:30 departure to the main campus, 8am tour of main campus, and 9:30 Haitian church service. Breakfast consisted of boiled eggs, cereal, PB&J, fruit, coffee, and water. We toured the Mission of Hope school, orphange, warehouse, and clinic, Today the Mission of Hope devotional focused on compassion. Webster defines the word as “feeling of deep sympathy for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to allevite the suffering.” Our team discussed the importance of seeing a person and their situation as Jesus did. In the United States, the poorest person does not even come close to what I’ve seen the two days in Haiti. Today we toured one of the Mission of Hope areas where blue tents provided after the earthquake were replaced
with block homes. When we arrived the children overwhelmed most of us. They wanted to be picked up, played with, loved upon, and cared for even if it was only for 20 minutes. As the group debriefed tonight, what we really saw were children with only a shirt on and no shorts, pants, or panties. We saw a few children with orange hair, which means they are malnourished. During our American church service tonight, a young man named Jean Paul spoke about how he arrived at the mission. His mother was a prostitute who died when he was 10. He stated quite frankly the blue tents was considered luxury to him because his house had a mud floor, sticks, with plastic or paper wrapped around it and metal for the roof, if they’re lucky. After his mother died, whom he loved dearly, he came to Mission of Hope. He’s currently in the 11th grade, the grades go to 13 in Haiti, and encouraged us to support a child’s education because it’s the only thing that will guarantee a brighter future in Haiti.
My friends, our eyes were opened today to our own selfishness, lack of greatfulness to God, and what many would consider over consumption. We are conserving water by only using water to rinse our bodies, eating whatever is placed before us, and honoring the culture’s dress attire. Our hearts were opened to see children with nothing playing on the playground and smiling. I was moved to tears and felt compassion for them and their families. We are challenged to see a need and discover how to meet the need and partner with Mission of Hope. Also, we were challenged to return home and be a mision of hope in our communities, work, and church.
I challenge you to show intentional compassion in your community for you are truly representing God. More importantly, do no allow the outside distract you from those you are called to love.
Bonswa (means goodnight in Creole),