Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Haiti Two Minute Testimony

I will be sharing more posts about my recent trip to Haiti, and here's the first:

As a short term mission team our goal for the week may have been different, but our result was this-
We ended up encouraging and working alongside fellow brothers and sisters in Christ- from all over the USA and from Haiti. We treated people as equals and were able to appreciate each other’s gifts and strengths.

Realistically it’s very hard to convert people to Christ in a week’s time, but we were able to instead help the Haitians know we see them, know they are there, give them resources and groundwork for future outreach in their community, and live with them.

There’s something about working side by side with someone, sharing meals and bus rides and life and adventures, that creates a bond that reaches across the miles and says “God loves you. I love you. You are important to the kingdom.”

That’s exactly the message I would want to hear if my church community had been in a devastating, life-changing situation. I felt honored to be part of this group.

Philippians 2

New International Version (NIV)

Philippians 2:1-11
Imitating Christ’s Humility
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

 Who, being in very nature God,
   did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
 rather, he made himself nothing
   by taking the very nature of a servant,
   being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man,
   he humbled himself
   by becoming obedient to death—
      even death on a cross!

  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
   and gave him the name that is above every name,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father.

2 comments:

Melanie said...

Thanks for sharing Sarah! God bless yo for your service, I have read the testimony of so many Christians who claim their conversion was based on the kindness and love of another that happened YEARS earlier, I know you made a difference! Hugs!

Anita said...

Thanks Sarah this sounds like a trip that was a blessing to all concerned.
Blessings,
Anita