Haiti (Joshua Jurjevich)
May 27, 2011
As we were preparing to land in Haiti and got to an altitude low enough to see the island, I was stunned by the beauty of the country. I was impressed by the huge mountains and the blue ocean surrounding it; Just magnificent! The scenery changed a bit as we landed though!
As soon as we landed in Port-au-Prince, we witnessed a multitude of people asking us for money. We saw the poor conditions that they lived in. My heart really went out to them as we drove past many tent cities, but I knew we were in Haiti to provide much more than just the earthly needs. We were there to share the love of Christ and provide them with the opportunity to hear of the Gospel!
I love what Peter said when he came in contact with a person in need.
He said “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6)
As the week went by, we got a chance to be involved in some very special moments. One of them was when Eric Tellefsen (one of the guys on our the team) shared the good news to a group of 10 kids or so and each one of them accepted Jesus in their hearts. It was so awesome to see how simple the gospel really is! This impacted me in a big way. It reminded me of the mandate that Jesus has given us, which is to make disciples of all nations!
Another memorable moment was when we were attending church on Sunday. The worship was so powerful; You could really feel the presence of God in that place as we were all singing songs in Creole and English! Just so cool knowing that we are all the apple of God’s eye no matter what race, language or nationality!
Coming back into the US was difficult in a sense that I felt I really wanted to see the needs of people around me. Even though it’s harder to see the needs of people here, I learned that some of the same needs there in Haiti are here in Clayton. People are still searching for something more in this life and we have the answer! So let’s be the light to our city and, in turn, we can impact the world for Jesus!