Every mission trip is different, and this one is no exception. I have been to Haiti 4 other times, and each time God has blessed me to see things through His eyes like I have never seen before. That makes me no better or worse than others who have or haven’t experienced a mission trip, and one to Haiti in particular. But it has given me a glimpse and affirmation of what God wants me to do for Him, and that is serve the people of Haiti.
Ezra Vision Ministries was blessed to send 11 missionaries on this one trip alone. We arrived this past Saturday, and got acclimated to the climate and area of Haiti where we have been staying near Chambrun, Haiti. To say it is a rural part of Haiti would be an understatement. To say the people here are not warm and friendly would also be so far from the truth – I could spend the rest of my time describing their insatiable love for God, Jesus, and Christians at large.
EVM is building its first of many schools, starting in Onaville, Haiti. Our prayer and plan is to open this one this coming September when the school year officially begins.
This morning, we had the wonderful opportunity to be in Onaville, and got to support another mission team who needed someone to lead in singing with the children during a Vacation Bible School. We sang 3 songs, all in Creole: “Soon and Very Soon, We are going to see the King,” “Jesus Loves Me,” and “Love Lifted Me.”
Singing songs at VBS. We actually sang in Creole!
To see the love and hope in the eyes of the very same children who will, for some, have their first experience in a structured school setting this coming September, was both eye-opening, and informative for what God has in store for the people of Onaville. Through the generous contribution of our donors, EVM, will open the “Institution Chrétien Mixte David Steward,” in September 2014.
One of the children who will be attending “Institution Chrétien Mixte David Steward” this September
Two songs come to mind after this particular experience; John P. Kee’s song, “There’s a Lily in the Valley,” and Chris Tomlin’s song, “I Will Follow.” Those songs say a lot about what God is doing to, and prayerfully, through me.
Children who are now living in abject poverty, will have the opportunity and ability to gain a Christian-based education. God showed me that He can be a “Lily in the Valley”–even in the lowest of valleys! I have resolved once again to serve him through EVM, and however else He decides to use me.
Thanks for reading this blog, and I pray God’s richest blessings on you. Please pray and support Ezra Vision Ministries through whatever means God lays on your heart. There is a mighty work to do in Haiti, and the true “Lily” is there too!
In His Grip
Ronnie Hawkins, Jr.