Preparing Our Hearts

As I sit down and write about our up and coming trip, I reflect back to  all the planning. My family has been planning for this trip for over a year! We talked about it, we prayed about it and then decided to act upon it. Although some in my family are fearful of stepping outside of their comfort zone, they are embracing what God has in store for us. We knew that God would provide a way for us to afford this trip as a family. He surly has done just that. We reached out to the community of St Michael-Albertville, MN to ask them to help provide the goods that we would need to make this trip impactful, God helped make that happen.  We partnered with Logo Stop, a small business in Albertville to collect shoes for the kids in Ranquette, Haiti. God did indeed provide for this mission. We asked friends and family to help provide our version of the Operation Christmas Child Boxes (ours are called Blessing Boxes). We were hoping and praying to receive 100 Blessing Boxes, we have been blessed to bring over 200 boxes on this trip. God again provided. We were able to pack 2 large boxes of girls clothes, 2 large boxes of boy clothes, 3 large boxes of shoes as well 5 boxes of Blessing Boxes for the children of Ranquette and Fermathe. We have been able to raise money to send each child home with a bag of rice and a bag of beans to share with their families. Last summer, I think this was the favorite part of day for most of the children. To be able to share food with the people they love. 

As I see the images of the children who are walking around with very large holes in their shoes, sleeping on the dirt ground, and are often hungry, I reflect and ask God, "why?"  I still don't know the reason why some people suffer so much as some people live a life of luxury. All I know is we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ. We are to do something. Anything! Mother Teresa once said, 

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Imagine if each person gave just a little of their time, resources or of themselves. I imagine a world that is more giving, more sharing and more loving. So I can say, along with my family, that is an honor to help the meek and the poor people of Haiti. We know we can not solve the problems there. We know that these things won't change their situation a ton, but we do know that the people we are serving will leave happier and know that so many people gave to them out of the kindness of their hearts. So I leave this by saying I have personally seen so many give from the heart to a trip they aren't going on, but believe in. That is amazing in itself. 

God bless everyone who gave for this trip. God bless all of you reading this blog right now. Christ IS working in and around this world. When I stop to take a deep look around, I see His good works all around me. 

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