June 13, 2011
The entire His Little Feet staff had the privilege of traveling to Haiti about two weeks ago with the choir children as they returned home from their tour of the United States. It was a memorable time for all. One of our staff members, Brooke, reflects on the experience and the closing moments of the first His Little Feet choir.
What an honor it was to be able to bring the children home to Haiti- to see the place they call home and to meet all the people they hold dear. Hope for Haiti Children’s Center is just that- as soon as you walk through the gate, you see hope. This place the children call home is a haven, a place where the Lord is working in the midst of hopelessness.
It was such a blessing to see the excitement of the children as we eagerly awaited the vans to pull into the compound. We rejoiced in the gasps of joy and excitement as all 15 children piled as quickly as possible out of the vans to greet everyone they hadn’t seen in almost 7 months. It was without a doubt a joyous reunion! Tears, hugs, and stories abounded!
The children had their last His Little Feet performance on their home soil in Haiti. As they sang the song “Blessed Be Your Name” the lyrics, “You give and take away, You give and take away, my heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your name,” rang in my ears. Oh, what a privilege He has given to each of us- traveling with all 15 of these children. And as, in a sense, He has taken them away from us, I know my heart and many others touched by these precious ones will forever more choose to say, “Lord, blessed be Your name.”
After 6 days in Haiti quickly passed, the time came to say our goodbyes. It was a special time- everyone knowing what was looming before us. Right before it was time for us to leave, each of the Aunties and Uncles tried to express with words how dear the children were and how honored we had been that the Lord chose to place each of them in our lives. Also, we shared how incredibly proud we were of them as well as sharing words of encouragement and wisdom as the Lord led. It was a bittersweet time- a time I shall not forget, a time overflowing with His blessings and His faithfulness.
Thank You Jesus!
Serving Him with you,