Thursday, April 12th...the best day ever! Julie, Amy, Shelley, Mary and I had the priviledge of making home visits to the elderly of Titanyen. We visited several adorable seniors, living in their home, all showing us their prized posession, the audio Bible in Kreyole. We LOVED the women who despite their fraility, are still taking walks in the countryside, for meditation, or to look for a few herbs. And the gentleman who proudly showed us his goat and 2 baby kids. We had matchmaking on our minds, and relished the thought of what a little social event might do for the lives of the people we met.
It is obvious, that having a purpose and sense of community, keep these people healthy. And the Lord is front and center in all of their lives. The laying on of hands, and praying got me to a high I hadn't experienced for a long time. In fact, I was so high, so full of the Spirit, that I hardly remember what came out of my mouth. I just wanted to hug everyone and share the love God was putting into my heart.
Then in the afternoon, we had the honor of delivering the first of many meals to come. The delight these respected elders showed, as they ate their warm meal, and drank clean water from a cool metal flask, will never leave my mind. One woman, previously too weak to pull herself round, found the strength to roll over just to dive into her meal. The smile on her face said everything, and so did her attitude! Whereas previously she cared not a lick about her semi-naked body, she now asked about the dress I had offered her, and stated "that's a good color for me"...
We left a solar light bulb from Nokero (no kerosene) with a woman who has no protection at night, and are hopeful it will prove to be a blessing, so more can be dispursed.
The next morning, we met these same people and more, as they came to Grace Village for their physical. While the rest of the team did the "medical stuff", Julie and I started the mini-massage service. Timidly, they accepted this offer to receive some lotion and muscle stimulation, not knowing why these blancs felt it would be good for them. We started at the back of the line, only to find the gentleman going in to see the doctor, fussing because he would miss his turn! What a priviledge, what an honor, to serve these people in this way. And what a blessing, for me to have been in their presence, and to see the joy of God in their eyes.
When can I do this again!!!!
Thanking God for this opportunity and reliving it every day...
Karen Allen Failinger