Today held multiple lessons and we(Scott and Carling, aka Scarling) would love to speak on two of them.
Carling - Lets start with the fascinating trip that stated our day's adventures. most of our group had the opportunity to tour the local hospital in Petite Guave. As our van pulled in the gate of the small compound, you could immediately see how blessed we are in Canada compared to the unfortunate surroundings of the small collection of buildings surrounding us. Firstly, we learned that the family of the patients in the hospital had to provide all meals for the patients and do their laundry while they are there, and some families are not able to provide meals for their family member in the hospital, so the doctors and nurses will do all that they can medically, but the patients may still go hungry and malnurished! as we entered the first room, we were told it was the pediatric ward. Here, we found a mix of new mothers with their babies, sick children with uncovered wounds and unsanitary medical lines, and everyone's heart broke to see what appeared to be a 30week gestation newborn baby weighing no more that 3lbs! this frail, thin little baby girl was clinging for her life in the middle of disease. Knowing the medical advancements available to children like that back in Canada, there were no words to describe the injustice of the scene in front of us. As we tured the rest of the hospital you could see all the "wards" of the hospital were more or less mirroring the scenes of war hospitals. Unsanitary beds were packed in tightly and unsterile surroundings threatened each occupant of the overcapacitated facility. Our group had the wonderful opportunity to pray for some of the sick and provide words of encouragement. It was a powerful experience to see the greatful reception of our prayers and to feel the weight of the spirit of sickness relieved, even if it was just slightly. The whole group left the hospital with the same overwhelming sense of greatfullness for the healthcare we are blessed with in Canada and a heavy heart for the Haitians suffering.
In addition to visiting the hospital, God revealed very incredile truth to me(Scott) today. Throughout this trip and the planning stages I have been finding random pennies in unusal places. When I pulled my suitcase out of the basement it was completely empty except for one lonesome penny. When I opened up my new passport holder a penny fell out, and when I opened up my suitcase here in Haiti there was another one sitting on top of all my clothes. At home when you find a penny you just pass it by because it has no real value to me heck they dont even make them anymore. I knew God was trying to tell me something but I couldn't figure it out. Finally today all the pieces fit together. He took me to Luke 21:1-4 - "As Jesus looked up he saw the rich man putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 'Truly I tell you' he said, 'this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on" In Haitian churches when it is time for tithes and offerings a bucket is not sent around the pews, instead there are people holding buckets at the front of the church for you to come down and bring your offering to God. You see elderly women walk up to the front and drop in their 'two copper coins' into the bin and realize that this woman is giving her all to Christ. So many people in Canada give God their 'seconds'. The first of their money goes to paying bills, cable, cell phones, etc. and struggle to give some, if anything to God. Yet these women who have nothing live in such abandon and sacrifice to God. Another verse He pointed out to me was Luke 6:20 "You're blessed when you've lost it all. God's kingdom is there for the finding." This place has so much devastation and physical emptiness, but there is so much hope found in the second part of the verse. This right here is where God's kingdom is. This is where God is alive and well. There is such a thirst for Jesus in the Haitians. There is so much to take back home. I could go on for hours but I'll leave it here. Thanks for your prayers, we miss you all. Not going to lie though, we don't want to come home!