Being His vessel.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”  2 Corinthians 4:7-10 

It is difficult at times to admit that we are vessels created by our Heavenly Father to ultimately do His work.  Our vessels are needed to carry water, wine, dry goods and sometimes waste.  We each have been given specific ways to use our talents to do His work, according to His plan and in His precise time. 

When people learn about Trinity/HOPE feeding children they generally think about that in North American ways.  Our support is wired to Haiti and the school feeding programs administrators purchase the food and the cooks prepare the food over a fire and feed the children.  You’ve seen a few photos of children praying before they eat, washing their hands, carrying the plate and eating but consider what is taking place in the attached photo. 

There are so many different people in His plan that use their vessels to accomplish His work.  The two men in the attached are wading through a river carrying supplies to the Maniche School in the Les Cayes District where 246 children eat daily.  The taptap or small pickup truck couldn’t drive through this swift river and to reach this school and a person usually needs to wade through the river. 

Thank you for answering His call to provide support for this school and the other 90 schools that have Trinity/HOPE schools in Haiti.  When you give thanks add a special petition for the countless people in Haiti that make these feeding programs accomplish His goal of training young children in Haiti to be His missionaries.  The song “Have Thine own way Lord” which was written by Adelaide Pollard (1862-1934) is a great reminder of how our Heavenly Father continues to use the ‘special’ gifts that each of has to accomplish His will. 

“Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!  Thou art the potter, I am the clay.  Mold me and make me after thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.  Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!  Search me and try me, Savior today!  Wash me just now, Lord, wash me just now, as in thy presence humbly I bow.  Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!  Wounded and weary, help me I pray!  Power, all power, surely is Thine!  Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!  Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!  Hold o'er my being absolute sway.  Fill with thy Spirit till all shall see Christ only, always, living in me!” 

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