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“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world” Romans 1:8.

Mési

Mési

Mési. It’s the name of the Haitian in the picture. Mesi has toughened hands because he blesses the church with physical labor. He helps haul generators, builds just about anything, and is always available to help around the church. He doesn’t say much. In fact, there’s not much he says beyond, “mési.” It sounds like, “mercy.” It’s also how to say “thank you” in Haitian Creole.

Hope for Haiti wants to say “mési” and thank you for your prayers, encouragement, support, and for volunteering.

We say, “mési” for caring for people you may never meet, for praying for children on the website that aren’t sponsored. Thank you for praying for our teams who visit.

“Mési” for your encouragement. Thank you for sharing Facebook posts, for reading blog post updates, and for responding. Thank you for encouraging Haitians who visit the United States. Thank you for the invitation from your church to hear a Haitian guest speaker. It is encouraging.

“Mési” for your support. Hope for Haiti has no overhead fees. This can be controversial, but we believe you give so that others may meet the Lord. We want to honor your intentions and give every cent to the Lord’s work in Haiti. We may not have giant advertising campaigns, and yet God still moves on hearts to support a child financially, or to build a church, or provide funds to give a Haitian pastor his first Bible. We constantly thank the Lord for donors.

“Mési” for volunteering. We have sent hundreds of pounds of clothing, school supplies, and vehicle parts. As you may know, there’s not really a Haitian postal system. All these things must be hand carried. This is done by people who hear the word, “go.”

And they do.

Sometimes it’s to meet their sponsor child. Other times it to help on a project your church has headed up. Our volunteers go to do what couldn’t be done while here in America: to hug a child who is being raised by their 13 year old aunt, to paint chalkboards, to have a meal in a place where you might not understand the language. They want to sing a song they know in English while the worship leader sings in Creole. They want to see the school supplies in use. Our volunteer doctors and nurses give medical attention.

Each of our volunteers go to give, but often times, they come back with a lighter suitcase and a lighter heart. The demanding issues at home are small and temporary after a visit. Our volunteers often come back changed because Haitians are extremely giving. Haitians give their time with glad hearts. They’ll give you eggs and fruit to thank you for coming. It might be their only meal for the day. They’ll haul huge stones barefoot while it’s drizzling to build a walkway to the outhouse because they don’t want your shoes to get muddy. Haitians will hold your hand and smile as if they don’t have a care in the world as you walk with them past shack housing. Haitians are giving, but we wouldn’t know that without going to visit. We thank you for your gift of time. Thank you for volunteering.

We thank the Lord you respond to the call. Mési.

“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ” Philemon 4-6.

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Posted January 5, 2014 by hopeforhaitiws in Four Values

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