Tuesday, July 3, 2012

reflection - nancy galligan

The team had a restful night last night after their first day of summer camp. They spent some time together talking through their experience, really trying to process all that they have been a part of thus far, especially seeing all the strengths and assets present in the St. Anne's community as well as all the needs. It's extremely difficult to travel to a community for only one week knowing that you could stay for a lifetime, so thank you for continuing to pray for both the people of Labrande and our missionaries, specifically that through God's grace and our strategic partnership hope and restoration will be brought to both of our communities. There is certainly much evidence that relationships are growing stronger and God is at work!

Today's reflection is from Home Team member Nancy Galligan:
As I look back over the time the C2 - Haiti Missions Team has spent preparing for this week's trip, I remember talking about this being focused on learning and developing relationships with the people of St. Anne's Church. I read a book once that said Jesus studied the language, culture, and the lifestyle of his people for thirty years before he began his ministry. He understood their family lives and problems. I think our team in Haiti is using the same approach. As I have come to know each of them, I see them following the example of Jesus and stepping out into a new culture to learn and understand. I think we can get so caught up in wanting to help that we forget to take the time to do this. Our team, Ellen, JJ, Mitch, and Jeanette, have approached this trip so humbly and so openly. They amaze me in their ability to put aside an agenda and instead be open to truly being present in the lives of virtual strangers.

Ephesians 5:1-2 says, "Imitate God, therefore, in everything  you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ." I feel our team is doing this in Haiti. I pray they can keep their hearts and minds open like a child's to learn and understand all they can during this time. I know these weeks of preparation have been amazing for me and I will forever treasure the relationships that have grown from it. I look forward to hearing each of their stories when they return.

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