But once you leave the walls of this compound, another world exists. One of survival. One of the eternal search for water and an escape from the heat. We all climb into the old, cracked-seat, dirty van and slide the windows open. The manual transmission van jerks to a start and we coast through the gate of the compound. Leaving our comfortable hotel and 'luxury' behind. We head to the children to day one of Vacation Bible School.
'The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.' John 10:2-3
I am so grateful to be in their presense.
To hug them, touch them. Hold their hands.
They giggle at me and smile a smile I don't know if I've ever seen before...It is a smile of complete childlike joy.
'Perfect love casts out fear.' 1 John 4:18I think it's a face I saw once, when Carlisle was 3-years-old and we were at Disney. But the object of her affection was something not-real. A fake princess.
'And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.' Colossians 3:14
'We love because he first loved us.' 1 John 4:19
Sometimes we are under the tarp, but with little breeze and 200 kids in an area smaller than my living room, it's HOTTER than HOT.
She's a dancing, translating, kid hugging, smiling, laughing, SWEATING machine. She clearly feels about the kids the way I do. She's saucy. Like a saucy, Haitian, 24-year-old Evelyn. She loves the Lord. And the girl can DANCE.The sun has become my source of constant reminder of how life here is SO VERY VERY simple. Stay out of it.
I ask them if I could please drink it.
I don't wonder whose it is. I don't ask. And I don't care. It's hot.
When I walk back over to our new blue tarp home, I feel terrible.
Terrible that I can sneak somewhere and sip a drink. Even a hot drink.
Terrible that I don't have enough to share. All of a sudden I want Jesus here. To break the loaves and the fishes and feed our little 5000. But of course, Jesus IS here. Message from Brian: Evelyn's prayer for you this morning, "Dear God, thank you for Mommy and that she go, and that she help the mommys and daddy's that don't have brothers." Maybe she's a little off on her details...but she's got the jist.
Jesus prays in the book of John for all believers...'Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.' John 17:24