Life in Haiti has it’s ups and down, just like it does anywhere else. For some reason, life overseas looks so cool and glamorous when you see it on someone’s Instagram. Through heavily filtered pictures it’s easy to leave out the stuff we don’t want people to know. The truth is, life in Haiti is literally anything but glamorous. There’s lots of things that are hard to swallow. There’s many days when the absolute last thing I want to do is go to clinic. The clinic seems wonderful and the people seem so genuinely grateful when you see a photo of it on Facebook, but in reality, it’s so taxing. The needs pile up, people die or don’t get the care they need, we run round and round with doctors who charge us loads of money solely because of our nationality. It’s heavy. The responsibility is great and most days we run ourselves ragged trying to juggle it all. We have good days and bad days, but most days are just normal. We run errands, walk to get cokes from our neighbor, spend evenings dancing and laughing with the Rev kids, do check ups on our patients, and go to the grocery store. Living on the mission field doesn’t automatically enhance your relationship with God. At least, it didn’t for me. I think that Oswald Chambers said it best in his devotional My Utmost for His Highest.
The height of the mountaintop is measured by the dismal drudgery of the valley, but it is in the valley that we have to live for the glory of God. We see His glory on the mountain, but we never live for His glory there. It is in the place of humiliation that we find our true worth to God— that is where our faithfulness is revealed. Most of us can do things if we are always at some heroic level of intensity, simply because of the natural selfishness of our own hearts. But God wants us to be at the drab everyday level, where we live in the valley according to our personal relationship with Him. –Oswald Chambers
Here’s what he’s saying, things are easy to do when we’re on the mountaintops. When we see God for who he really is, in all his glory and splendor. When we’re on that spiritual high living for God is super easy. But, we all know that we don’t stay on the mountaintop forever. In reality, the majority of our life is lived in the valley or climbing the mountain. This is exactly where God wants us to be, in the valley and climbing the mountain, where we realize our desperate need for God. Without him, anything “good” that we do isn’t truly good. In the valley things might not be easy, but in every day faithfulness I see God. When I get out of bed and make the decision to do things I don’t necessarily want to for his glory, I see him working in my heart. The Holy Spirit gives me exactly what I need, to do what he’s called me to, always on time.
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Today marks a month till Meredith and I move back to the states and I’m definitely feeling every kind of emotion. It reminds me of 2016 when we were preparing to move to Haiti and I was experiencing some of the same emotions. The first year that we lived here was probably one of the hardest years I’ve ever had. Everything was new, my family was trying to get settled, trying to make friends, and attempting to learn a whole new language. Honestly, I didn’t like where God had placed me. I had to pray God would give me a burden for the people and let me see them through His eyes. After a year, I finally began to see God building a community and family here for me. When I first moved to Haiti if I’d never set aside my selfish desires and I’d just stayed comfortable, I would’ve never experienced God the way He desired for me. Now three years later, I’m moving back to America and I know it’s going to be just as hard as it was moving to Haiti. I’m going to have to make new friends, have new experiences and it’s going to be a new way of life. I’m learning to embrace change and see God’s goodness through it all. I invite you to join me in embracing where God has you and learn more of who He is through wherever he has you in this season. Makayla
We had a very busy summer and as it has closed we’ve watched interns return home, children go back to school and our schedule slowed down a little. In August, a friend came to Haiti to rebuild our generator. In a matter of days, Johnathan and Emily got the generator up and running. They had not only done maintenance on a piece of machinery but they had ministered to us also. Without knowing it, they had not only fixed a power source for us but they had ministered to us also. You may not realize how your kind words or just asking “How is your day?”, lets us know just how much you care.
I had a pastor friend tell me once, that every moment is a ministry moment. I used to think that meant that every moment should be about ministry or being “churchy,” but in fact, I found out that it means that we need to be open and willing to sometimes ask how someone’s day is and then be quiet and listen. As I look back at this year, I applaud all of you and thank you for ministering to us. Whether it was through prayer, coming on a trip, or just reaching out on social media, it means a lot to us. Thank you Troy