Our trip to Haiti has been so incredible that’s hard for me to choose one thing to write about. But I think what stands out to me the most is our last day there. Thursday morning we went out to a village called a message which is up in the mountains, basically the Haitian Jungle. We split up into two groups and ventured out with the translators.
Will, our Mission of Hope representative led our team on a walk, over a creek, and into the jungle. We walked for a while until we came across a quiet place by the water, under the shade of a big tree. An older woman come and sat with us as well as a young girl and her sleeping baby. Will and our translator Adrian started talking with them, asking them if they had jobs, what they did, and if they went to church. The older woman said that she didn’t go to church because she didn’t have nice clothes to wear and didn’t have any money to buy new ones. Will explained that God doesn’t see what you’re wearing when you go to church, he sees you, and you alone. And that’s definitely something I struggle with at home.
It’s easy to lose track of what’s important when there are so many things to distract you, to keep you from focusing on the gospel and what God has called us to do. In America, we have it easy with our cars and our closets full of clothes. We can go to church whenever and wherever we want and yet God still doesn’t see that. It doesn’t matter if we dress nice and can drive to church or if we trek through the jungle wearing nothing at all, God loves us exactly the same, and that will never change.
Written by Katherine Nelson