Life has been incredibly busy since we returned to Haiti the end of December. We miss our girls terribly, but there is peace in knowing that we are in the place where God wants all of us. He is teaching us through this difficult season. We’re learning to do ministry and life without them and how to parent from afar. It ‘s hard to watch your kids make tough decisions and fail while pushing them to rely on God in this season.
Next week, marks a milestone in Priceless Grace Ministries! January 30th the Malnutrition clinic will be 2 years old! Meredith began this dream out of obedience to God’s calling. She was just 18 when she began researching and planning and raising money for this endeavor. God has been extremely faithful to her. I remember her first day. A few kids had shown up the week before at the medical clinic that we knew would qualify for the program. Only a few showed up that first day and it was good because it eased her into this ministry. This ministry soon became a major focus for all of us as we all helped in the malnutrition clinic. Makayla and I helping with whatever needed to be done. Troy discipling the caregivers each week and helping dads as many of them didn’t know how to feed their baby or change a diaper. In 2017, eighty-nine kids were treated. We totaled 160 kids in the program for 2018, that’s almost double! With 10 million people in Haiti and half of them being malnourished, makes these numbers seem like a drop in a bucket, but to those 249 kids it makes a world of difference. Their bellies have been full and now they can learn and grow into what God wants them to be. – Gwyn
Update on Our Girls
Two months ago Makayla and I moved back to Zebulon to start college and work. Obviously, it’s been a huge transition. When we first moved to Haiti I was 17 and Makayla was 15. Now we’re both adults, going to college and working. We honestly can’t complain, we both have great jobs that are paying our bills and school is off to a good start.
However, there are a lot of emotions that we’ve been dealing with in the midst of learning how to be good adults. In the three years that we lived there, Haiti became our home. Living in an underdeveloped country challenged both of us in ways that we couldn’t imagine. It was devastating to see the consequences of a corrupt government, to witness people die from easily curable diseases, and to watch children starve because their parents abandoned them. These things are difficult to swallow, but they have made us more aware of the world around us, and conscious of how to help people in need. But there’s also lots of guilt, sadness, and anger because it’s easy to feel helpless now that we’re so far away.
I think that Haiti will always be home to us. In a sense, we grew up there. We learned about true strength and resilience from our Haitian friends, grew in our independence, learned the value of seeing things from another person’s point of view, and grew to understand how near God really is. His hand is so evident there, we could visibly see him working and performing miracles right before our eyes. My relationship with God grew so much. I learned to really trust him, I asked him a lot of hard questions regarding his goodness, and he answered in unbelievable ways. The theme of my time in Haiti was the art of remembering everything that God has brought us through. As humans it’s so easy to forget all the Father carries us through. The daily remembrance of God’s grace and redeeming love in my life changed my view of him completely.
Now I have to remember that here. Daily I’m in desperate need to remind myself all of the miraculous things that God has done in and around me. I quietly remember everything that he taught me, and how much he loves me and is with me, even in North Carolina. He’s the same here and in Haiti. He doesn’t change even though my circumstances have. In Psalm 78, Asaph is writing about all that God did and brought the Israelites through so that they always remember how good God was and is to them. In it he quotes the Israelites saying in their disbelief,
“They spoke against God saying, ‘Can God spread a table in the wilderness?’”
We are both allowed to be sad that we don’t live in Haiti anymore. It is a huge part of us that we will always remember, it’s our home. It’s okay for us to grieve the loss of that. But in this weird transition phase of our life, I believe that God can spread a table in the wilderness. I have to believe that God won’t leave us lonely that he will be enough even in the tough times. In faith, I’m choosing to believe this truth…God can spread a table of joy even in the wilderness. – Meredith
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