30 November 2015

this is Emmaus.

I was right in the middle of a post when something happened I want to share worse.

With Christmas right around the corner, lots of students have been submitting project assistance reports to throw small group parties, cook for Sunday school classes, buy t-shirts for their soccer teams, all good stuff.

But this morning a small group of students just submitted a report that brought me to tears.  Saturday they are going to a children's home for handicapped kids in Cap-Haitian to bathe 70 severely handicapped children, to cut all the boys hair, to braid all the girls, to feed them a meal and to share the Gospel with them.  To spend the whole day with them.

I've been enough places in Haiti to imagine what this home is like.  After visiting it, the students identified bathing the children as their biggest need after knowing Jesus.

Imagine with me for a minute what that looks like.

Looking through the list of students signed up to go, our best barbers and braiders are going...our best cooks....a few of our guys who love sharing the gospel with children.

I'm touched and humbled and proud by their desire to touch and be humbled and share Jesus.  To take a full Saturday out of their crazy end of the year to do this.  To put the whole project together themselves.

It is good, it is powerful, it is fun to get a group from the U.S. to come down to a kid's home like this and love on the kids for a week.  I KNOW it's way more fun to go and do stuff yourself than to support someone else doing it.

But the thought of how beautiful this will be: 

to have Haitian young men and women who love Jesus do it instead...
for a grand total of $251 USD for all 70 kids...
IN the children's language...
seeing what truly needs to be done and knowing truly how to do it...
braiding their hair and cutting it in popular Haitian styles...
not from a position of power...
building true relationships, that can then be sustained and continued...
sharing the Gospel in the most powerful and relatable way possible...
singing songs our students sang as children, too...
giving the children men and women they want to BE like...
man.

Do you support Emmaus?  Because that $251 to make this happen is YOURS.


It is a beautiful day to say "This is Emmaus".  

Because today it feels like saying, "This is Jesus."

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