I wish I could tell you what joy fills my heart to greet our returning and new students today.
After working and ministering hard all summer, many of them who would have been entirely alone in their efforts had it not been for our Faithful God, they are deeply celebrate being TOGETHER, being back in this community this morning.
You could hear the men's dorm chattering into the wee hours of the morning (our N Irish guests are rubbing off on me with all this "wee" stuff!)
After living hard all summer, they are kissing the cooks with vigor, thrilled to be cared for once more, to stop worrying, just for a moment, about where the next meal is coming from. For most, it is the first time in months water runs when you turn the faucet, the first time they've had a fan and power to run it since May.
After praying hard all summer and pouring out still harder, they are back in the place we ALL call a very special home to be poured INTO while they continue to pour out, and seeing Aldy and kissing Rose-Altha and catching up with Jean William and seeing Rujerry and Maurice slapping each other's backs heartily...it all just blesses my heart.
It IS a dry and weary land and our students this morning look dry and weary and thin. The Haiti I described in my last post is their Haiti, too. More than I will ever know or understand.
And I am so thankful for this chance to love on and care for them physically and socially and spiritually.
But better still, there is a water at Emmaus that does NOT run dry, and I celebrate most this morning that that is Christ, and that He is here, and that the joy most felt this morning is HIS.
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