Hi all! Hoping this gets to you:) Wow..there has been so much to take in in the three days we've been here and I can't wait to receive all that God has ahead. What a blessing it is to witness His glory AND be a part of it. The bus ride from the airport to Haiti Arise was a whole experience in itself! No road rules here and horns are used for signaling as well as some choice words. Oh and pedestrians also have no rights lol. When I finally got to bed that first night I was beyond exhausted and more than frustrated with myself. Since leaving the airport I was bombarded with negative thoughts and complaining (thankfully only God had to hear these). The weather was a shocker to my cold blooded self, tiredness was overtaking me, clothes were sticking, and I was just plain uncomfortable, to top it all off, I got to fight my way through a paranoid sleep after seeing a spider the size of my face in my room (I can laugh about this now but in the moment it sent me over the edge. And thank you Kelly for checking under my bed!). I was angry at myself for all the complaining, I mean, I came here to see God and be His hands and feet. I knew He was/is here and I wanted so desperately to feel Him and His joy but I was stuck in my selfish mindset and missing Him. After God had brought this all to my attention I crawled back to the cross and laid it all at Jesus feet and He is so gracious to forgive hallelujah:) The next morning I woke with a new mindset determined to receive His joy so I read my devotional, Jesus Calling and here is a bit of what it said, 
 "Rejoice in this day that I have made, be careful not to complain about anything, even the weather. Begin the day with open hands of faith, ready to receive all that I am pouring into this brief portion of your life. This act of faith frees you from resentment and frees Me to work My ways into the situation, so that good emerges from it".
I was so amazed how perfect the timing of this word was and it just reminds me how God really knows us and desires to bless us with all that we need. By His grace I was able to enjoy the second day and really rejoice in being here. We started painting the tech school and even though we were just painting a room, I was overflowing with contentment and giddiness and even the weather seemed cooler. God is Good:) -Laney

 

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