Recently the team from New Life Church in Oxnard, CA spent a week in Haiti working on the office building at the church and loving on orphans. Barbie Wolf on the team wrote a post for our blog, this is her Haiti experience:
Nehemiah 4:14 “After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
When Nehemiah got the call for the Lord to go rebuild Jerusalem’s wall, it was more than a hundred years after the city was destroyed! The Babylonians left nothing standing, and they completely demoralized the people of Jerusalem. When the opposition became the fiercest, Nehemiah spoke to the nation, beginning by reminding the people not of who they were, but of who God is — “the Lord, who is great and awesome.” Nehemiah was able to rally the city, and they were able to rebuild that wall, despite overwhelming opposition, and in an astoundingly short time.
I cannot imagine how much more demoralized Haiti would have been if “we” (and by that I mean, people from all the continents of this earth) had waited more than a hundred years to come help rebuild it! I am so grateful for the heart of those that were already here, in orphanages, churches, and schools, desiring to help build the children of Haiti; but I am even more grateful for those that came as soon as the runways were open! The opposition was fierce. The labor had to have been intense, and the task must have seemed impossible.
Fast forward to February 2012, just over two years since the quake, and there has been such immense progress! Haiti is truly becoming “a beautiful Haiti” right before “our” eyes. Our “team” (and by that I mean, the entire congregation of New Life Community Church, in Oxnard, CA) sent two teams in the spring of 2011, and our third team is currently in Haiti. Half of the team that’s here are returning for a second time, and we’ve been overwhelmed by how much progress has been made, and in such a short time! There was no stopping the tears of joy that poured down our faces as we drove through cleaner streets of Port-Au-Prince, as we stood on the property at Torcelle and gazed at the structures in place, and as we visited the Girl’s Orphanage! It’s been so beautiful to see our team’s hearts as they get a glimpse of God’s heart for the children of Haiti. While I was here in May 2011, I developed a relationship with a young lady named, Geraldine. I left Haiti with her on my mind, and tears in my eyes. A short time after arriving in the United States, I contacted Mark because I wanted to sponsor Geraldine through school. When we arrived last week, I was quite excited to see her again, and to check in on her progress with school. Many of the team members that are here with me have developed such passion for the children here, and want to sponsor more children through school. I can’t express how happy this makes my heart! I truly believe that with education, discipleship and the love of God, dignity will be restored to this nation.
Is the work here finished, or almost done? No, not by a longshot! Nevertheless, God is being made evident to the beautiful nation of Haiti with every brick that’s laid, with every nail that’s driven and every hug or kiss that’s being given with His heart. The teams that are here, and have been here, are proclaiming who God is — “the Lord, who is great and awesome” and the Haitians are being rallied, their spirits revived, their hearts restored — one by one. We are so incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing through Foursquare Haiti, to rebuild His people, and reveal His glory to this nation.
-Barbie Wolf Oxnard, CA
If you are interested in sponsoring a child to go to school, please contact us at Foursquarehaiti@gmail.com