As we continue to hear back from this years' Haiti team, we will be hearing a little more from Rob Runtz on some of the interactions that he was able to have with four young men. What a blessing it is to hear about the testimonies of these men. God is at work in the lives of those in the community of Gens de Nantes.
Rob’s Reflection Blog
Looking back on this most recent trip to Gens de Nantes, a few differences between this trip and my previous two trips stand out. For the first time in my experience, the team faced some challenges during our travel to and from Haiti. Yet through all of that, we knew that God was with us, and that He was guiding our journey.
Haiti in July is quite different from Haiti in March. The most obvious difference of course is that the temperature and humidity are significantly higher. Because of this unique difference, we had multiple opportunities to experience Haiti Thunderstorms, something that I had not experienced in previous trips. It was a delight for us to see the local kids playing and dancing in the torrential downpour.
It was very good to see familiar faces from previous trips, and to renew acquaintance with people we had met on past trips. While we did not have as many opportunities on this trip to make use of our knowledge of the Creole language, it was still fun to try to communicate with the locals in their own language.
For me, the highlight of the trip was that I had the incredible privilege and blessing of being able to work individually with four young men to help them write their testimonies, and to help them prepare to present their stories as part of the graduation celebration. It was truly inspiring to hear how one young man narrowly escaped death in the 2010 earthquake in Port au Prince, and how another young man was able to find forgiveness for his birth father, because of the relationship that he has with his heavenly Father. What was even more amazing for me was that these young men not only did their presentations in English, but with short notice they then presented their testimony in Creole, translating on the spot.
The future of Haiti is with their young people. It was a blessing to get to know some of the young men and women of Gens de Nantes, and to know that God continues to shape and mold young lives that have great potential to be the future leadership of this community.