We started day 2 early. After breakfast, we loaded the trucks to head to Gonaives. We stopped outside of Port au Prince to pay respects to the hundreds of thousands who lost their lives in the 2010 earthquake. One of our Haitian guides shared his story of living through it and what life was like during that time. I’m humbled every time I step foot on the ground where so many were just dumped in a field because there was no time to bury them all. As our guide put it, “It doesn’t matter if you were rich or poor, Haitian or not, upper class or lower class, you were buried here.”
We left the gravesite and took the winding road between the coast and the mountains to the northwest of Haiti. We made our way through street markets full of people buying and selling, we drove through small towns and big towns, through the mountains and farm lands to make our way to Gonaives. We were greeted at the guest house by applause and shouts of “Welcome home” from the Coreluv interns. The weariness from the hours of travel seemed to melt away as we backed the truck into the gate.
We headed out to Myan after we unloaded all of our bags. When we arrived, we were greeted by local children who followed us up a hill to pray over the orphanage and their village. Mike Reizner, founder of Coreluv, shared the story of how God provided miracle after miracle to take a dream He placed in his heart to turn into the orphanage and school that was below. He also shared the parts of the dream that had not been realized yet. We then prayed for, prophesied over and blessed the area of Myan. As I prayed, God reminded me that He is Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides.
We went down the hill and walked through the gates of the orphanage. I watched as members of this team grabbed these orphans in their arms and began to love on them and play with them. Within minutes, one young child had fallen asleep on one of our team members. The others began to play chase, ride bikes, and held the kids. After some private time with the orphans, some took them out of the gates and started a soccer match with the local children. It was hot, dusty and we were exhausted from traveling, but everyone played with the kids.
After a few hours, we made our way back to the guesthouse, got cleaned up and had dinner. Afterwards, we met on the balcony for nightly devotions. We were reminded that everything we had done that day with those orphans was an act of worship. When you love the least of these, when you give them a cup of cold water, you’ve done it unto The Lord. Singing is a type of worship, but true worship comes from our lives and actions. We honor God most when we live like He wants us to.
Mike shared the story of Moses and the burning bush. He was called to deliver his people, but he had run away from his calling and got stuck in a routine in the desert. When God told him to go back to Egypt, he asked God four questions:
1. “Who shall I say sent me?” He was really asking God, “Who are you?” God responded, “I Am That I Am.” He was basically saying, “I’m all you need.”
2. “Who am I that you would send me?” God believes in us when we don’t believe in ourselves. He has orchestrated our lives to live out our calling. He’ll search and find us to return us to our calling.
3. “What do I do?” God responded with, “What’s in your hand?” Everything Moses needed to accomplish what God had for him was already in his hand. God took that shepherd’s staff and turned it into a snake, split the Red Sea, brought water out of a rock and so much more with it.
4. “Who can go with me?” God had already sent Aaron to help Moses. God never gives you a calling without giving you people. He puts relationships into your calling to guide you, support you and help you.
Each of us are called to do something. We are called to worship God with our lives. He has given us the tools we need and the people around us to help us accomplish it. We simply need to quit making excuses and hiding in our routines to keep from doing it. Our lives honor Him most when we fulfill what we were made to do. Our lives become worship when we walk in accordance with our calling. Each of us were made to worship with our lives.