I had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua in 2017, and it was magical. I felt God's presence in a way that I'd never experienced before. The love, the laughter, and the smiles shared with the community was one I'll never forget. I was ready to get back on the plane the minute I returned to the U.S. When our church was assigned to Haiti this year, I was excited to visit a new country. Again, the week was filled with joy and full of God's grace. It's always a thrill to see the water coming forth from the earth, knowing it will change lives. God is good!
I enjoyed getting to know the community. They were curious about the drilling process and our team that came to share the week with them. Though we didn't speak the same language, we found ways to communicate - holding hands, hugs, smiles, or singing. It was hard to leave.
I will never forget praying over a 42-year-old man who had been lying on the cement floor of his home since May, dying of cancer. Our minister, a mission team member, lifted up a prayer for God's mercy and grace. It was difficult to know that the man was without the comfort care that we have in the U.S. But I believe God placed us in that community at that exact time so that he would know that others cared, and that his life mattered.