What a Blessing

April 24, 2007

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Written by Susan W. Cook, February 2007 team member:

What a blessing it was to be in Terre Blanche for the medical clinic dedication on Feb. 25, 2007.

I had returned to Terre Blanche for the first time since October 2001. I was quite amazed at the work that has continued in this village since that time. I went from tent covers, outhouses and make-shift shower heads to a concrete cover in a nice dormitory, portable/flushable toilets and running water from nice shower heads and ceramic tile and sinks.

The Haitians have so much to be proud of. This is their community with a little help from us. I have never been surrounded by so much love, encouragement, happiness, joy, peace — I can go on without saying more. I know the sorrow and suffering continues but we have so much hope now. This will always hold a special place in my heart. The work of everyone is untouchable. My heart remains forever there. I see a community thriving and striving to work for themselves. The best way I can sum this up is a community that is “supremely elegant and continually relevant.”

The whole community has pulled together to form this union of essentials. We Moravians have drawn a circle large enough to take in a great number of people leaving us this motto — I often think of our brothers and sisters in Haiti:

In essentials, unity

In non essentials, Liberty

In all things, LOVE

In closing, I often refer to this passage from Psalm 19 — This reminds me so much of Terre Blanche, Haiti: “The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaiming His handiwork.”

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