"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I'm found, twas blind but now I see."
This is the first stanza of my favorite hymn and after this last week it was the perfect choice for me to use for the first SCS Our Daily Bread Challenge. You see, back in November, my son went to Haiti on a work and witness trip to build a church and goat farm for the village of Baonyias, and hold a medical clinic for 2 days there for the villagers and surrounding villages if possible.
When the earthquake hit, several of his Haitian friends were unaccounted for for 24hrs - 48 hours. Slowly, the reports trickled in thankfully from Facebook; the seminary night watchman is safe, however his father-in-law was killed, the cook at the seminary broke both of her legs from falling debris, the maid for visiting dignitaries or mission teams was trapped in her collapsed house was rescued with both legs broken as well. My son's closest Haitian friend though remained missing the longest and was finally found, unhurt, although no one knows what has happened to his house. Frantz's biggest concern is for others, the ones who are hurting, those who have lost homes, family, lives, his can be replaced. It is these people who gave my son a great gift during his mission trip in November, a gift of love and an even greater gift.....showing him the faith of the mustard seed and that there is truly a God and that He does exist. My son had been somewhat doubting at that time, and they showed him otherwise through their daily lives and their love.
Now with everything crumbling around them, once again the Haitian people, my sons "family" is once again showing him God's love on TV. Yes, there is despair, hopelessness being shown, there is also love being shown on the TV as well. Fellow Haitians helping each other, loving each other, looking out for each other as well. If aid doesn't get distributed soon to all the people, it is the lawless ones that will get the most press, that will show the wrong side of Haiti.
"Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come, "Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will bring me home." Haiti is a beautiful country with beautiful, religious people with unfortunate poverty. However given the chance it could rebuild itself into a wonderful place.
Stamps: Amazing Grace Hymn, Grow By Grace
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Adirondack Espresso Ink
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Vanilla
Accessories: Top Note Die, Ribbon, Sponge, Stipple Brush, Martha Stewart Dove Punch, Martha Stewart Leaf Punch, Prima Vintage Flowers, Glue Dots, Dew Drop