Reflecting on Haiti (Pt. 3)

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It’s been almost two weeks since we landed back in the States. And, I’ll tell you what, the moment we touched down in New York, it felt like we hit the ground running…hard. Before I opened my eyes on Sunday, the next morning, my mind and heart were still expecting to wake up to Haiti. The sound of  roosters crying for the sunrise; the sound of Marianne, the caretaker at the Institute, shuffling  past our door.  My favorite time of day in Haiti, was then, when the eastern sky was just starting to show tints of the coming day. Climbing the steps to the roof, I would catch my first view of the surrounding village, still asleep. And in that quiet, I was filled. Filled with love, spending those first moments of the day and that experience with my Savior. Filled with fresh hope, as He whispered to me, “I am big enough for your world and this world. When you feel overwhelmed, remember that I am not. I am here.” And my heart would be filled with anticipation.

Every morning, I was filled with anticipation to see those precious faces.

IMG_0358If you’re planning on going to Haiti, make sure you’re ready to leave a piece of your heart behind with the children. They are a constant reminder of the possibility of immovable faith among devastation, hope among hurt. But every time they climbed into our laps, reached for our hands, giggled through games, and chatted our ears off, I was reminded of this truth: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. So, in the early twilight, my prayers would rise up, asking God to let His love be made known through us to those children. The village kids at the Institute, the orphans at House of Hope, the students at Bord-de-Mer. God, may they know your love.

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 So, when I opened my eyes on that first morning back home, my heart saw their faces but my eyes flooded with tears. 

There is a song by Brooke Fraser called Albertine; in it, she shares her story of meeting a girl in Rwanda. The chorus of the song gets me every time. “Now that I have seen, I am responsible.”  What a beautiful burden to carry, one that reminds us to live on mission for Christ wherever we are. And God has chosen to use us as vessels of His love. Even this morning, I woke up hearing Rosalyn’s giggle and seeing Peteson’s smile. And still, miles apart, my heart will continue to cry out for them to know His love.

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We are sending another team to Haiti in June (20-27). This trip will be specifically focused on these children, showing and teaching them about God’s love. If you want to join what God is doing in and through Grace Church and Haiti, email me at alweaver@meetgrace.org. Applications are at the missions table and available online.

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Reflecting on Haiti (Pt. 2)

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“You need to understand…America says Haiti is poor. But Haiti says that Bord-de-Mer is poor.”

With those words echoing in my ears, we pulled into the small village near the sea. At the far end of the village, stands the small church that Grace Church helped to build.

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It was Sunday morning and the sound of voices singing praises spilled out of the doorway. And even though the language was foreign, their spirit of worship touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. We entered and were seated along the front of the small sanctuary as the people continued to sing praises, hands lifted and keeping the rhythm, no instruments necessary. I was reminded of Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman, “Yet the hour is coming and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” I closed my eyes, blinking away tears as they shouted “Hallelujah”. Here was a group of believers, singing joyfully, praising God for His faithfulness though I knew that many had no idea where their next meal would be coming from…And even though they had little, they were dressed in the finest clothing they owned.

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God forgive me for all the times I enter into your sanctuary, my lips singing praise while my spirit is still far off…Help us all to remember to worship in spirit and in truth…

They listened intently as Marlin Weaver, our team leader, shared a short lesson and then we entered into a time of prayer. Pastor Wilmain shared a few words to our team, asking us to relay a message to Grace Church, a message of deep thanks and joy for our new friendship. A message that as we continue to pray for Bord-de-Mer, Bord-de-Mer is also praying for us; that God would continue to work here at Grace. What a privilege it was to stand before such wonderful people and receive every member of the church as they embraced each of us, some also leaving us with a kiss on the cheek and a sweet thank you, “mesi, mesi…”

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Keep Bord-de-Mer in your thoughts and prayers. Pastor Wilmain specifically asked for us to pray that they would encounter a spirit of revival and transformation in their hearts. Pray that God would continue to add to their numbers and that many more would come to truly know Jesus Christ. Pray also that we, at Grace Church, would experience the same revival; that we would learn from the believers in Bord-de-Mer;  that we would be faithful in coming alongside our brothers and sisters in Haiti; and that God would be glorified through this partnership.

Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.  For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.  Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place.  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength,  ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.  Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.  Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
1 Chronicles 16:23-31
If you’re interested in being a part of the next team to Haiti (THIS JUNE!!), email me at alweaver@meetgrace.org

Reflecting on Haiti (Pt. 1)

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After arriving in Port-au-Prince and a short flight to Cap Hatien, our Haiti Missions team hopped into the back of the truck that would take us to our home for the next week, the Institut Theologique de la Grace. Very little was said on the ride to the Bible Institute. It’s a lot to process and take in, especially for those who have never seen anything like it. Personally, I felt that I was as prepared as I could be. I had spent a few months living in South America in an area that was branded by poverty. I remembered how jarring it is to be reminded of a different reality, so foreign to my own.

Still, when we pulled onto the bumpy road that would lead us to the Institute and I caught a glimpse of the children from the surrounding village running to meet us, my heart swelled. This is one thing I learned about Haiti: just as the hurts, the poverty, and hopelessness start to overwhelm, a hidden beauty bursts forth, a reminder of God’s great love. Before both feet reached the ground as we climbed off the truck, the children were reaching for our hands, hugging, and squealing with excitement. So much joy even in the humblest circumstances.


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I look forward to sharing more with you about our week in Haiti. And, trust me, there is much to share. Please be praying for the team members as they adjust back to the daily grind and reflect on all the things they experienced and learned while in Haiti and how that impacts life here at home. In the meantime, be encouraged knowing that the Lord is at work in Haiti and through missions at Grace Church. Each morning, since we’ve returned home, those precious children flood into my thoughts and I ask you to join me in praying for them, not just their physical needs, but that they would truly know Jesus Christ as their Savior.

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