It’s Kari Bristol again. It is almost 10 pm and we just finished up our team time for the day. It was a long and fulfilling day!
Today our team was blessed to be able to participate in baptisms up at Healing Haiti’s Grace Village orphanage. There ended up being 2 team members (Tiffany & Shane Speltz), one Healing Haiti staff member, Gretchen the current American orphanage director, many Grace Village orphans, and a handful of kids from the town near the orphanage for a total of 37.
|Shane & Tiffany getting baptized!|
My husband, Kenny, had the privilege along with the spiritual director at Grace Village, Fan Fan, to baptize everyone.
|Gretchen with the girls.|
When we arrived the kids were already dressed (all in white) and worshiping. The music team set up the sound system right on the edge of the playground and we worshiped together for a while before the baptisms and then after them we passed out rhythm sticks and egg shakers and the kids went wild. It was a sight and sound to behold!
|FanFan doing his thing for God.|
My first connection was shortly after we got there. It was with a little 5-year-old boy named Joseph who just came to the orphanage a few weeks ago. I scooped him up and he snuggled right in. It wasn’t long before he laid down on my lap and fell sound asleep as the kids around him belted out worship songs and prayers.
My next connection was with one of the orphans that I had
connected with on my last trip. Her name is Gernadette. She is 14 years old and
was one of the kids that got baptized today. She had written me a lovely letter
saying how she prays for me each day and she drew me a beautiful flower. It was
great to spend some time talking with her and loving on her.
Next it was one of the kids from the town at the bottom of
the hill from the orphanage. She was 8 years old and wearing a tattered but
beautiful green dress. I offered to push her on the swing and for the next 2
hours she was stuck like glue to my side. We cuddled, hugged, exchanged lots of
smiles, and danced during the music.
|Lyika, Idammae, and Me loving on Joseph as he fell asleep.|
|Gernadette getting baptized!|
Then came the most memorable connection of the day. Hopefully Karen or Jeff Moen, our team leaders, will give all the glorious details of God’s supernatural synchronicity (Karen’s words of the day) that went behind getting Grace Village’s newest orphan, Yolencia, brought up to Grace Village today. She is a 12 year old beauty whose parents have both died. She has lived in poorest slum of Haiti called Cite Soleil her entire life. A place where there is no running water, no electricity, no toilets, no garbage pick-up, and where many kids run the streets all day because their parents can’t afford the tuition of public school.
|Yolencia on her first day at Grace Village.|
In John 10:10 Jesus says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
If you have never experienced “life to the full” come to Haiti and prepare to be filled to overflowing!