My day began with making french toast with our sweet haitian cooks and Jean!! Making french toast turned into Jean telling me I wasn’t beating the eggs right and that I needed to put a little more strength into it!! LOL! He is definitely a pro! I LOVED getting up, having a cup of coffee, a little quiet time with my Jesus, and making breakfast with the most AMAZING and sweet-spirited ladies! They are truly beautiful on the inside and out! They work so hard and I am truly grateful for all they do for us as a team.
We made two more truck stops that day. After the second stop we took a break and walked through Cite Soleil out close to the ocean. Every step I took I claimed the Nation of Haiti for Jesus. Children attached to us and we trudged through mud, trash, feces, urine, and disease. Our shoes sunk deep into the mess and at one point I was literally sick. Sick from the smell, but mostly sick from the fact that people live in this. How does this happen?? How is it that I live in luxury back home and these people live in filth? I don’t understand? And then all I could think was BLESSED; I am beyond blessed to live where I do and God began to speak to my heart, “Lauren I have blessed you so you can bless others. Be a blessing! Give HOPE. Show love!!” And then I remember that is what I have come to do; to be HIS hands an feet!
I will never forget the things I saw today. For every hopeless heart and lost soul, I want them to know they HAVE a future, they HAVE purpose, they are NOT forgotten, and their ultimate HOPE is found in Jesus Christ.