Haiti has been tranquil and at peace for the most part recently. So, it came as a shock when I heard that the road to Port was going to be blocked on the very morning I'd be traveling to Port for my flight home. By God's grace, I had checked with the WFL people to see if they'd be driving to Port on Friday morning. They were, but it'd be early. I leaned toward taking the bus and being on my own. After that conversation, however, the WFL people called me and said that they were taking off the same afternoon in order to avoid being stuck at a roadblock the next day. I rode along with them and arrived at Port well after sundown. It wasn't my plan, but the change ended up giving me an the chance to meet with two pastors I met in Colorado. It was an important time together, and wouldn't have happened had I stuck to my plans. God's plans are always better.
I had the distinct joy of hearing some kids recite the first and second levels of the ASAPH Bible Academy verse memorization program in my final days in Pas-bwa-dom. They had been slow to get started. As my last week approached, I offered the kids a final chance to recite. One boy came and recited the verses very well. I gave him the red ASAPH ribbon and the book that'll help him learn the other levels. He showed it to others, and two days later other kids came and recited. Four ribbons awarded so far. The ASAPH Bible Acadamy program causes kids to come to me asking to recite Bible verses. That is not a bad way to spend my time. In those one-on-one times I can really see where kids are in their spiritual lives and nudge them forward.
Now I'm back in the USA...a country pushing itself away from God. It's palpable almost, the degree to which this culture is driving itself away from Jesus Christ. After months of being away from it, the 'campaign' is so blatant to me. Every message from media is: "You, you, you. It's all about YOU." A sad way to live life.
Missionary in Haiti.