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Haiti Reflections

All of America celebrated President’s day weekend by spending time with family, friends or visiting some relaxing far off destination. This year I did something out of the ordinary – I spent my weekend a part from family visiting the always fun-filled country of Haiti. This was my first trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti and it was both incredible and awful at the same time. Let me give you a little background to understand that statement:

A year ago River Hills Church was introduced to Maude Severre. She is a native of Haiti, but has lived in the U.S. for over 20 years. After the earthquake in 2010 she immediately went to Haiti and along with her sister (who lives in Haiti) they started an orphanage. This ministry is almost fully supported by Maude (she works two jobs) to support the 23 children there. Our church met Maude through a fellow pastor and sent a team down last summer. God began to open doors for more partnership with Maude and to plant a church in Haiti. This past weekend I traveled with our children’s minister and one of our small group leaders to scout a potential mission project for this summer, determine if we wanted to become a greater partner in this ministry, and interview pastors to start a River Hills Haiti church. During our four days in Haiti we experienced so many things – but let me clarify what I mean by incredible and awful.

The mission trip was incredible because we extended our partnership with the orphanage, met some wonderful new friends, saw God moving in the lives of the kids, watched as God opened doors to plant many churches and was able to dedicate each one of our orphans to the Lord. It was awful because the need in Haiti is overwhelming. Port-au-Prince is literally the most desperate and degenerate place I have ever been. The suffering is immeasurable and the magnitude of that suffering is immense. The people and their plight broke my heart.

I believe that God is calling River Hills to not only support this orphanage, but also to raise up orphans to change the nation of Haiti. But change cannot be effective unless the Gospel is infused into the culture. That is why I also am more convicted than ever that God is leading us to plant churches. Yes I said churches. I don’t know how this is going to happen – and I don’t know when. But I know where to start and I encourage you to partner with me, attend our summer mission trip and pray for God to do great things in this country.

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