Monday, October 20, 2014.
Today began early; the alarm went off at 6:52 AM, to be exact. Hannah and I both grumbled at the thought that we had to get up and that the city power had disappeared in our sleep. No city power meant there was no source of electricity. We decided to get up shortly after and the day finally began. We loaded up our white SUV and traveled the short 2-mile distance to the clinic to get ready for the day.
Hannah and I had spent much time on what scripture verse we felt that the Lord had laid on both of our hearts for this morning and we both agreed on Philippians 4:11-13.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
So often, we overlook verses 11-12, it’s so common to me and I realized last night that I tend to forget the true meaning. In this passage, Paul is explaining his trial while in jail. For the first time I realized that Paul is using the description of his Jail cell as a glimpse of Hell. Hannah delivered the verse with such passion and intentionality, that not only were we able to truly become vulnerable with the staff, but Ruth, our technician, was able to share her own personal experience.
Since being here, I noticed that the staff within the clinic really yearned for community. And now, because of this morning’s devotions, I was able to see a glimpse of that community built on a Biblical foundation.
The story that Ruth shared moved me to tears and reminded me why God placed me here specifically, while also encouraged me to continue to seek Him in all that I do, whether I am in the states or I am in a different country.
My first scheduled meeting was this morning at 9:00 a.m. I met with Dr. Martine, at her clinic and gosh, she was radiant! Speaking with her was a breath of fresh air; it was so nice being able to understand English! I never recognized the privilege and blessing it is to live in a country where English is the first language!
After our meeting, Dr. Wesly and I ventured out to paint our name all over town (Verbally, not literally). The next place that we visited was a medical center. We met with one of the head nurses. She had heard about Humbly I Serve, through word of mouth, and mentioned personally wanting to visit our clinic. We continued to converse and by the end, she was referring us to a church that was associated with the clinic. Then we waited for what seemed like an eternity, however when you’re on Haitian time, one must go with the flow. We finally sat down with the priest of the Catholic church and he explained the affiliations the church had with two schools. One was a public school and one private. The public school consists of about 700 total students. The private school through the church has about 400 students. Through God’s strength and patience, I will be screening all 1100 of them, teaching them the importance of eye care and hopefully starting a relationship with these people for a future partnership with the HIS Vision and Medical Center.
The Lord, these past few weeks, has not only showed himself to me through His beautiful creations, but time and time again he has echoed in the valley of the mountains, “I am where He called me for this moment.” Learning to be content in every and all situations has been harder than it sounds. Knowing and trusting are two completely different concepts. Knowing there is a purpose and also trusting God, even when you are unsure of his ultimate plan, has been the most challenging trial in all that I have encountered. God has shown such grace and mercy over me in my questioning and has taught me what the true meaning of humility really is.