June 6, 2011
It wasn’t that long ago when it looked like the 2010-2011 His Little Feet tour wouldn’t even happen.
Mike and Christa had spent weeks in Haiti trying to secure the temporary release of the 15 children. There were countless obstacles in the way, and every twist and turn seemed to present a new reason why the tour simply might not be possible.
But we all kept praying, as did the children. And we all continued to trust that God was in control and would orchestrate things for good.
Well, God was true to His promise. In mid-November of 2010, the 15 precious children from Haiti arrived to Colorado. Since that day, these children have experienced, learned and taught us more than we could fit in a dozen blog posts. But a quick list would include:
– Performing in over 50 churches across the country
– Completing the His Little Feet discipleship program
– Diligently studying in English and French
– Attending Art Camp and Sports Camp
– Graduating from the His Little Feet Life Training Academy
– And, most importantly, growing in their faith and walk with the Lord
On Thursday, May 26, the His Little Feet team celebrated the conclusion of an amazing, blessing-filled year at the first annual End of Year Banquet.
During this heart-warming evening, Mike and Christa, as well as all of the on-the-road staff members (Aaron, Brooke, Carrie, James, Jennifer and Rachel) shared some of the incredible (and hilarious) moments they experienced on tour. The team thanked the countless people who volunteered their time to make the tour a success.
Members from sister organizations, including Compassion International and America World Adoption, were in attendance as well, marking a powerful year in partnership that resulted in over 500 children being sponsored, 50 families pursuing adoption and over 50 individuals going on an overseas missions trip. Praise God!
But, as usual, the stars of the show were the 15 children from the His Little Feet Children’s Choir. Each table had the pleasure of interacting with one of the children, who told of their favorite experiences from their time in the U.S.
And before the night was through, Pastor Eric Ludy commissioned the children, praying that God would continue to work in their lives and use each of them to further His name in their home country and around the world.
What a phenomenal celebration to end a year that started with so many challenges! God truly does use difficult times to show us how faithful and good He is.
Last week, the 15 children returned home to Haiti with much celebration (and a few tears). But we know that this is not goodbye, and we look forward to seeing how God uses each of their unique personalities and talents to impact the world.
To all of you who prayed for, supported, hosted and encouraged us this past year, we sincerely thank you.
And to Moise, Loudrige, Likendley, Nephthalie, Ederson, Falencia, Johnson, Djoulie, Cassandra, Francia, Jefferson, Daphney, Kesnel, Esterline and Dianelie – the amazing kids of His Little Feet – thank you and we love you. We will never forget you or the work God has accomplished through you.
You have reminded us that, when we trust in Him with all our hearts, He will make our footsteps firm – no matter how “little” those footsteps might be.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
– Isaiah 52:7