As we were travelling to church in the mountains above the village of Fond Parisien, some questions began to arise from our team. Were we not already an hour late for church? Why were we travelling in trucks instead of a van or bus? Were we going to travel all the way to the top of the mountain? Instead of answering our questions and comforting our fears, our driver Dorlus offered up an enigmatic statement: “You will see as you go.” We got the hint. Stop asking your Americanized, fear-centered questions and experience Haiti the Haitian way- showing up and letting God take care of the rest.
Our team’s central Bible verses for the week were from 1 Corinithians 1 where Paul reminds the church at Corinth that if they boast about anything, it should be in the Lord. It served as a great reminder to us throughout the week that we had absolutely nothing to offer the people of Haiti from ourselves, but if we showed up and offered the love of Christ, God would take care of the rest. God was teaching us that we would see as we go.
And boy did we ever see. Every day was an answer to prayer. Could a team of 10 people (with a handful of awesome Haitian leaders) handle 300 kids at a small church outside of Mirabalais? No, but we could show up and let God do His thing. Could we sing, preach, lead children’s church and worship together even though there were significant language and cultural barriers? To which God responded, “Ever heard of Pentecost?” Could we build lasting, meaningful relationships in just a week’s time? Check. Could God give us a glimpse of what His kingdom looks like? Yup. Would we see a people who were unified in their efforts and resolve to rebuild after one of the worst natural disasters in human history? More than you can imagine.
On our way back down the mountain, Dorlus explained that if he had tried to offer an answer to our questions that it would have been incomplete. If we witnessed it for ourselves, however, we would have a much greater understanding of what we had just experienced. Part of us being called to go to Haiti meant that we had to just show up with our hands open ready to experience what God had in store for us. And because we would “see as we go,” we were able to boast about what God was doing through us- allowing us to help build His kingdom!