“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.
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.
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…”
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.