The American dream was once described as a husband wife, two kids, a dog surrounded by a white picket fence; ironically, this was the focus of our Missionaries final project. Though considered part of the American Dream, our group spent their time creating for the orphans a fence that represented the love, purity and protection of our Lord and savior. Taking their time, working through each spindle, the team slowly began creating an image of heaven hear on earth for those that the Lord cares and watches over. While orphans watched, the love and presence of Christ was modeled for all present, offering the children security, and teaching the missionaries patience and sacrifice and what it means to share love in a practical way through hard work.
A pleasant note to the Missionary Field was the delicious delicacies found in Haiti. “The food was very delicious each day”, Missionary Francois recalls. The meals were a combination of home cooked meals from the camp and local eateries. Accompanied with great people, the meals created stronger bonds with the people serving, as the needs of the missionaries and the people were closer discovered through dialogue.
Sunday, the Missionaries were treated to worship with saints in Haiti. The worship service was spirited and included a powerful message from Isaiah from with the congregation followed the minister from Bibles that were translated recorded in French. The building though small, was beautifully lit with the natural light provided from our Lord. This added to the worship experience in which our Missionaries praised God for the journey and for the provisions that made serving and worshiping possible.
Our Missionaries return to Houston from Haiti today, encouraged and empowered from the experience. Missionary Francois said of the journey, “If you haven’t been, you must go. Not all of Haiti is like you see on American TV!!”
The Mission Team of First Met; The Place Where You Belong, took the mission of our Lord from the states to the world by boarding a flight destined for Haiti. Leaving July 3rd the crew flew through Florida and landed into Port Au Prince. Upon landing, the Mission Team, led by Missionary Lynette Francois, were empowered by the Holy Spirit to serve the people of Haiti. Pastor Johnny asked Missionary Francios about being in Haiti, “Is there an emotional pull of compassion or just energy to serve and make a difference?” Sister Francois replied, “Some of both. Mostly, the missionaries are just eager to serve!”
The first assignment for the Mission Team was to serve residents at a local orphanages; one named Bienvenue aux eta Blissements deL’Institution Mixte Decilia Francois. Their immediate task was to unload, load and deliver food to the residents and then serve the residents of two local orphanages. Food is shipped abroad and then stored in a local storage, and then delivered as there is need by truck to a variety of site. Missionary Nehemiah lead the charge unlading food packages along side of Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) staff, We Care Haiti staff and local workers.
The ongoing project of the BGCT and We Care Haiti is to serve the Orphans foods that are high in nutrition. Insuring that youth have healthy foods is key to development and insures that they are physically healthy and able to withstand disease and or sickness, extending their lives, and most of all, shows the love and care that our Lord and Savior has for his children.