"Love your neighbor as yourself."
The two greatest commandments: Love God. Love people. Do we really practice this? I'm not talking about the way the world defines these verses. The attitude that anything and everything goes and nothing can be wrong because its all about how you fell is stupid.
I'm talking about the love Jesus described in His word. Love is patient, kind, etc. It's humble, setting others above yourself. It's unconditional and unbiased. It's accepting people for who they are and where they are at but caring too much to allow them to stay there. It's iron sharpening iron, making each other better. It's authentic and vulnerable and honest. It's the church being the hands and feet of Christ, demonstrating the love of the Creator for His creation.
We leave tomorrow for Haiti. It's hard to believe that the time has finally come. Over the months, it's been a distant point on the horizon. It finally caught up. My prayer is that our team will love one another and that lasting friendships emerge from this trip. I hope we lean on each other for encouragement and challenges. I pray we don't return the same.
I'm also praying for the Haitians we will meet and interact with, that we will make the most of every OPPORTUNITY! I'm praying we will love on kids whose parents abandoned them because of circumstances or death. I'm praying that we will encourage the missionaries already on site who have dedicated their lives to these people. I pray that the adults and families trapped in a cycle of voodoo would see Jesus is the only way. And, I pray we will strengthen believers.
Pray for us. Pray with us. Be a part of what God does this week!
Pictured above is part of our team at our Haiti fundraiser: Jonathan, Christy, Mike, Emily, Erin, Vanessa, Brandon, Bill, Brad, Heath, Stephen, Meera, Laura, and Kariss
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