Faith, Life, Missions, Music

Mission Trip to Haiti

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This November I will be headed to Haiti on a missions trip. I have always wanted to go on a missions trip and serve, but just never did. I believe that the Lord is saying now is the time. I had plans of going to the Dominican Republic or even Africa. Haiti was not my first choice, had it not been for the prompting from the Lord I would not be going. It was a hard pill to swallow, it lead me to pray in hopes that the prompting was a mistake or misunderstanding. Boy was I wrong. In all honesty I was scared for I had heard so many unpleasant stories about this country. But God worked things out by allowing me to speak with those that had previously been on this mission trip and had stories to share. I am grateful for those stories because they put my mind and heart at ease. This made it clear enough for me to hear that God had already given me the answer to what I had been praying about. After that is was about speaking to those in charge, getting the application and filling it out, sending it off and attend the meetings. I meet some of those that will be traveling with me and on October 23 I will be meeting the rest of the team.
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From November 14 to 26 I will be in a village in Cabaret serving the people in Haiti. In this area that I will be staying in there is a church, school and orphanage. Our team will be running the medical clinic and a pharmacy. We will also be giving out food supplies. Our time will also be spent with the children in the orphanage on the compound. God has been preparing me and I am looking forward to the life changing experience that I will get from being in a different culture and environment and the relationships I will be building while I am there.
I realize that I will not be able to pay for this trip on my own so I am asking for your help. I need your help to reach my goal of raising $1600 by October 19. Any amount that you are willing to donate would be greatly appreciated. I am also asking for your prayers for team that will be traveling with me.  I have started a GoFundMe page you can check it out at Https://www.gofundme.com/2pqdfrw and please share this with others. You can also go to Mission to Haiti Canada for more information and to read previous blog post.
Faith, Life, Music

God Speaking

During the week of August 7, I saw how God was moving in my life. I saw Him drawing people to me and me to them. This usually is not the norm for me. But I was on a mission. I would ask and He would answer by presenting people to me to help me along the way. I’ll share with you what happened last week. I had set a date to meet up with someone for coffee. I’m not a big coffee drinker. As I was driving I was listening to music on my iPod. Sometimes the radio is too much for me. To tell you the truth alone time in my car allows me to connect with God through prayer and worship. So I’m driving doing my thing and this song comes on. It doesn’t sound familiar but it immediately grabs my attention. For the rest of the car ride this song is on repeat. It brought tears to my eyes. Take a listen then continue.

 

You see God was speaking to me. Let me continue to explain.

So I arrived at the location early and found us some seats. Seeing that I hadn’t been to this coffee shop before I went to look at the menu. I needed to make sure that Green tea was on the menu. A few minutes later she arrived.  We both ordered and sat down. Let me give you some back drop on how this day all came about.

I was introduced to her back in June because I was inquiring about a missions trip. She began to give me some info and said that she was going back at the end of June for 3 weeks. We then became Facebook friends. When she got back we messaged on Facebook and I told her that I would love to hear about how her trip went. We saw each other a few times in church making small talk. One day I mentioned to hear that I was writing my story and she asked if she could read it. I said sure. At the time I didn’t think much into it. So we set a date and time to meet up. It is not to often that I share with someone who I am not very close to. I am guarded in that way but I felt that it was safe share with her.

Our conversation started when I asked her about the very first mission trip that she took. She had returned in late July. Just listening to how God was moving in her life gave me hope about my situation. At some point in our conversation there was an awkward silence and that’s when I handed her the piece of paper with “My Story”. I just asked her to read it. I was facing my fear. I was doing something that I thought I couldn’t. I will admit that at first I was apprehensive. But the prompting I got to do this was strong. I didn’t understand the WHY but did it anyway. Thoughts of what will she say or even think started playing in my mind. I quickly shut them out. As she read I watched her facial expressions. It looked like tears were welling up in her eyes. She paused looked up at me and said “your story resonates with me.” I was shocked. You see although I didn’t know the WHY God did. She finished reading and said that I had a powerful story. She shared a bit of what she was going through and had gone through. It was such a good afternoon. Although we didn’t know each other well God connected us on that day.

I was able to share my story with this person. I am hoping to share this same story within my blog one day.

I thought I would share some of the Lyrics from the song;

Have you ever cried a tear
That you could not explain?
Have you ever met a stranger
Who already knew your name?
What if it’s Him? What if it’s God speaking?

Who knows how He’ll get a hold of us?
Get our attention to prove He’s enough
He’ll do and He’ll use whatever he wants to
To tell us ‘I love you’

His ways are higher, His ways are best

Though sometimes strange

What could be stranger than God in a manger?

Who knows how He’ll get a hold of us?
Get our attention to prove He’s enough?
Who knows how He’ll get a hold of you?
Get your attention to prove He’s enough?
He’ll do and He’ll use whatever He wants to
To tell us ‘I love you’

God is speaking, ‘I love you’

Life

Thank You

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“Thank you” to all those that have read a post or commented on one. I am thankful for all of you. Reading your blogs have inspired me, sometimes given me the motivation to post a blog that I wasn’t sure about. I love the openness, and honesty that your blog brings. The way that words are so descriptive that they pierce your soul is so refreshing. Although I am new to the blogging world I have felt so welcomed and that is thanks to you. May you all continue to write and inspire others to put themselves out there and live life.

“Thank you” for allowing me to be a part of your world and thanks for being a part my world.

Life

The Invitation

Last year I answered the invitation. Who knew the journey that it would take me on.
A group of 13 people, who I didn’t know. Who I now hold in high regard, whom I have come to trust. Although fearful; I could let them in without fear of judgement. Who have given me the room to grow beyond measure. They have given me tools and a desire to have a closer walk with the Lord. They have allowed me to see people in a different way and to see myself differently also. Their acceptance has made me brave. I can’t wait to share my story of how I was redeemed by Christ. I was brought from a place of darkness into his marvelous light. I saw Jesus in them, and now I see Him in me.

This is an open invitation. What will your response be?