Note from Angela: I just returned from an amazing week long trip to Haiti. I had an incredible time and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you as I begin process all that I have learned. Thank you for all your prayers and support!
In his poem Only One Life, missionary C.T. Studd writes:
Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
Only One Life…Yon Sél Lavi
I just got back from a trip to Haiti where I was privileged to work with the Haiti Endowment Fund. I saw this principle lived out passionately and with perseverance. I witnessed the incredible power of unity, as 30 people gathered together for one purpose: To spend our lives for others in the name of Christ.
Despite the fact that both of my parents have worked on teams with HEF, I never felt compelled to serve in this way. You might be thinking, “Why Haiti? Why not help those in need right here in America? Why travel so far? Why should anyone serve in this way?”
I’ve asked many of these same questions. Anyone who knows me knows that my idea of “roughing it” is staying at a hotel with no pool. You certainly won’t find me camping. (Why do people like this?!) I like air conditioning, a comfortable bed, and a hot shower. Also I prefer that my room not come equipped with wall-climbing lizards, which is what I found my first night in Haiti. Traveling to Haiti has never been on my wish list. I don’t like bugs, heat, or long plane rides. Although I spent some time serving in Youth With A Mission (YWAM), I much prefer supporting foreign missions in any other way to actually going myself.
In the end, it’s really not about me. It’s not about my comfort or my discomfort. It’s not about my likes or dislikes. It is all about Jesus.
Are we willing to live this one life to honor the One who gave His life for us? My prayer is that, as I live this one life, people will know that whatever I do, whatever I say, however I serve, it will be all for Jesus.
Only One Life…Lived for Christ…Looking Forward to Eternity.
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12 NIV)
How can you begin to live your life with greater purpose?
Special Note: Although we all know of great needs all around the world and here at home, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and faces challenges by way of government corruption at all levels, and an environment that has been totally devastated by deforestation. Public health is atrocious, with only 50% of the rural population having access to any public water facilities. 80% of the country is below the poverty line, and hunger and malnutrition are rampant. If you would like to support this unique ministry I would encourage you go to the HEF website. If you are interested in helping to set up schools, assist in feeding programs, fund health clinics, well projects or many other ministries, you can earmark your donation specifically.