Leaping into the Unknown

There are many things you can ponder whilst riding a speeding moto going 55+ miles an hour on a bumpy dirt country road. 

A particular realization struck me after the moto hit a rather large speed bump in which I caught air...

[Moto taxis are the best form of transportation in Jeremie. With every ride, there is opportunity to share about why I came to Haiti, share about Jesus, and develop relationships.] In this particular photo, I am riding with my good friend, Edo. He loves to have his photo taken. 

There is absolutely nothing that can prepare you for the roller coaster ride you jump on once you step out in faith and join God in the work He is doing in an unfamiliar place. The biggest thing to recognize right away is the work starts with YOU, and IN you, in ME. No matter the amount of preparation, classes you take, books you read, or even hours spent in prayer before taking the proverbial leap off of the cliff into the unknown with God, you can be sure that He has many, many, MANY unexpected, unforeseen, and completely heart wrenching yet magnificently transforming things in store. The key to transformation, however, is welcoming, embracing, and actually ASKING God for MORE of those unknown things.

"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."  - Jeremiah 33:3 -

*He does this so we can be changed, moved, and WOWED by Him, for His praise and glory.*

"How great are His signs, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation."
~ Daniel 4:3 ~

 I can attest to this firsthand as I recount all of the amazing things God has done in the short two months I have been here in Jeremie, Haiti.  God has brought amazingly purposeful relationships into the lives of myself and my Haiti family. He has healed many people of physical ailments including one young man who struggled with severe pain in his leg, and after one of my teammates prayed for him, the pain was completely gone! This tangible experience with God lead another young man who witnessed the healing, named Mario (you can read about it in detail on my teammate Mike's blog), to surrender his life to Jesus. He along with several others have dedicated their lives to Jesus, and have recently been baptized, JESUS!!!

We prayed for this woman and her son while out on cultural immersion with our translators (aka friends, blessings from heaven). She moved to Jeremie from the Dominican Republic and has not been able to find work. Her son suffers from unknown sickness in his head, doctors have not yet been able to help him. She was incredibly encouraged and touched by the Holy Spirit as we prayed for her. She started weeping when we prayed God's love over her. JESUS!! 

Many other people have been prayed for, encouraged, healed, have heard the gospel presented, given their lives to Jesus, along with many who are just plain curious about us as we walk around saying "Bonjou, Bondye beni'w!" ("Good morning, God bless you!") to everyone.  The biggest testimony is we keep coming back.

Mari Michelle. She gave her life to Jesus the day before this photo was taken and she let me come and speak with her about Jesus in her home. 

So many have been touched through prayer, displays of kindness,  and the fact that someone is taking the time to sit and talk with them, especially when we make efforts in broken Creole.  "Dezole zanmi'm yo!" ("Sorry my friends!").

The market is a busy place where "machann" or merchants sit all day to try to make a few gourdes to feed their families and themselves. This is Dorkas, she spends all day in the market with her family selling a variety of products. She greatly enjoyed my efforts of speaking Creole with her. 

Even though it hasn't been easy, God has touched my heart in supernatural ways with living among the Haitian people here in Jeremie. He fills me with His love for them every day, as I pray and intercede on their behalf. I absolutely cannot do this without Him. Life here is hard, there is a lot of sorrow, pain, anger, and distrust, my heart breaks daily for those who are living poverty stricken and without hope. He is "breaking my heart for what breaks His," and I am so grateful I GET to be used by Him here. But in the midst of all of that there is joy, there IS hope, and there is radical love to be had by an all- pursuing Savior.  He is already at work here, and has been working in me as well, healing my heart from long past inner hurts, showing me how He is going to use the transformation right now to comfort others who are hurting, to draw them close to Himself and show them the real, tangible love of the Father. For His ultimate glory. Hallelujah! 

*Yes, He is so good to do the excruciatingly unexpected, but completely necessary in your life.* 

"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

~ Philippians 1:6 ~

So as it was, all of this came to me on a terrifyingly fast moto ride in which thoughts of perhaps seeing Jesus that day did run across my mind. God DOES unexpected, unforeseen, and completely heart wrenching yet magnificently transforming things. That is an absolute truth.

Embrace that truth today. 

God has reminded me that I am a work in progress, I don't have to strive, or force anything, but I can trust that He IS and will CONTINUE to do a good, fabulous, extraordinary work in me. We are ALL works in progress and our amazing Father promises to complete that work until the day of Christ. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Are you? 

 

 

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About melissa

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Melissa is a Rock Ambassador serving in Jérémie, Grand'Anse, Haiti. She is part of a dynamic discipleship team that is raising up a generation of world changers in Jérémie. Her passion is seeing others grow in their identity, gifts, and relationship with God. She holds a degree in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University and is a graduate from the IMPACT195 School of Ministry.