”And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Thy servant is listening .’ “So Samuel went and Jay down in his place. Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuell Samuell ” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Thy servant is listening “(1Samuel 3:9-10).
Like Samuel, I am hoping and praying that there are two people who are listening for God’s voice. I don’t
know who they are or if they are even reading this article. But I believe in faith that God is calling
at least two more people to join us on His mission trip to Haiti next June.
You see, there are six of us from our church and two others who are outside our church who would like to go. I am very grateful for each one, but the group airfare rate is for 10. Our goal is to send 10 persons.
While I could advertise the trip to Haiti to the entire East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, I have not taken that step yet . The reason why I haven’t is that the vast majority of the funds raised so far has been from our church members. It just seems like the right thing to do to offer these last two openings to church members.
Some of you have asked, “What will you be doing?” And the answer is we don’t know yet and probably won’t until after the first of the year. Praying Pelican, the organization we are going with, has been and will be sending groups out this fall and winter to Haiti. What projects still need to be completed and what teams are still applying for next summer will not be known until then.
I have asked for it to be in a rural setting and I know our team will be connected with the needs of local pastors. We know there will be kids, either associated with the church or school or simply in the village and we do plan to bring small gifts for them. I’ve also mentioned to Praying Pelican that we are open to light construction (e.g., mixing mortar and carrying rocks!). And, since our group at this point is less than 15, we will be joined with another mission team to work on project(s).
Beyond the practical though, is the unseen work that God wants to do in each of us who goes. I expect to be challenged. I expect that we will have our faith stretched. I expect that our understanding of who God is and what He is capable of doing will be expanded. I believe that when we see God in Haitian faces, we will realize just how big He is and how much He loves and inhabits His people
So I guess what I am saying is maybe you think it is a crazy idea for you to go to Haiti, maybe you think this isn’t something for me – “I’m too old.”, “I’m too young.”, “I’ve never been out of the country.”, ” This is so out of my comfort zone.” But, are you listening? Are you listening for God’s voice? Maybe, just maybe, you’re one of the two persons He’s calling.
Lotus McCleery, for the team