“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11
The last part of the above verse is so applicable to Haitian children who benefit from a daily feeding program at their school and hopefully applies to you as well. A ‘well-watered’ garden is a source of true beauty and abundant bounty. I recall planting my initial garden with the assistance of Pierre at our office in Petionville and introducing him to the practice of watering the young plants and then also as they grew to maturity; it was something new to him. Looking at a garden where vegetables were planted in composted soil and watered and then at a Haitian garden where vegetables were just planted and the farmer waited for harvest were vastly different. The same can be said for the children who are raised with the Hope from a relationship with Jesus and a daily meal of beans and rice and then look at those who are standing on the outside of a school, looking in; a vast difference. May we bring Hope and food to more children in Haiti. I am closing today with words from the second verse of the hymn ‘I AM forever Who I AM’ from Kurt Von Kampen.
We buy and sell, we lose or gain; our fortunes shift like sun and rain. Sustain our lives, reward our toil with bread and honey, wine and oil. Save us and others from our greed; You always give us what we need. I AM forever WHO I AM. Above you, beneath you, around you and within you; be still and know that I am God.
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay