Great Conversations Plus Nothing in #Haiti

4 Nov

The morning began with great bold coffee at the Kay Bo Rivye (Creole for house by the river) and some stick-to-your-ribs kind of oatmeal. Then, we were supposed to be working on painting some large interior portions of the house. But in Haiti, things usually turn out a little bit differently than we plan. Today was that kind of day.

A few in our group went into Jeremie to pick up paint and cement and to complete a huge variety of errands, and several of us stayed at the house to do a few simple repairs…that took us almost no time at all. Then we waited…for about 5 hours for our remaining members to return. Needless to say, the day wasn’t the most productive. At least not in the typically American way that oftentimes significance is defined.

Instead of getting tasks completed, I had some heartfelt conversations with Vilex. He turned 28 today and is one of the best men that I know. He is the future of the Haitian church and culture. And he is the real deal. I asked Vilex what kind of Haiti he really dreams of living in. I asked him what keeps Haiti hundreds of years behind most of the developed world. We had some incredible conversations but most importantly, we just went with the natural flow of the day (degajer, as Haitians call it). What I’m learning on this trip is that sometimes the most productive thing we can do is to slow down and listen to the hearts and dreams of the people we’ve come to serve.

Today was a good day. And I have a feeling that this is really close to how Jesus would have spent this day, too. That makes me rest easy tonight.

Peace,

Neil

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