It’s funny how music and certain songs can reignite old memories and generate strong emotions.
It was early morning and a special singing group was at my church in Brownsville, Oregon for our once-a-year outdoor community church service. As the group warmed up, they sang Chris Tomlin’s song Forever. “Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King, His love endures forever. For He is good, He is above all things, His love endures forever. Sing praise, sing praise.”
Instantly, I was back in Terre Blanche. It was early morning on my first team and I was listening to Haitians in the courtyard of the clinic singing this very song. I was brought to tears then and even now as I think about it.
I can’t hear that song without being reminded of Terre Blanche and all the wonderful brothers and sisters there. It is special to hear the beautiful voices of Haitians echo through the clinic in the early morning.
Haitians are amazingly strong and resilient and have endured daily hardships. Today, despite the political and civil unrest, the Covid outbreaks and the lack of food and safety, those in the church in Terre Blanche continue to praise God. They exemplify the words of the song, “From the rising, to the setting sun, His love endures forever. And by the grace of God, we will carry on, His love endures forever. Sing praise, sing praise.”
God has been at work in Terre Blanche over the years and it is evident. I am so thankful that He has given me and my family the opportunity to partner with Him in supporting Haiti Foundation of Hope financially and on medical teams. It is an amazing blessing.
Because of the unrest and safety concerns, HFH has not been able to send teams to Haiti for more than two years now and I, like many others, am anxious to go again. But whether I ever go again or not, I know full well that one day I will stand before the throne of our loving Lord and Savior with brothers and sisters from Terre Blanche and sing praises to Him. “Forever God is faithful, Forever God is strong, Forever God is with us, Forever, Forever.”
by Ron Whitted, HFH board member