It’s Thanksgiving y’all! I know this holiday has been commercialized to be centered around food and Black Friday shopping, but I’d like to urge you not to forget the little things.
I’ve just returned from serving in Haiti on my first medical mission trip, and I returned with a lot of memories, emotions, and souvenirs! The community we served was in Les Cayes, in a very mountainous (emphasis on VERY), and was absolutely beautiful. The biggest things I learned from serving is that the little things DO matter. I love a good list as y’all know, so I’ll list a few of the “little things” I observed and the lesson I learned from each one below.
1. Lesson: You never know how much being acknowledged and a genuine smile matters to someone.
Every person we encountered had a smile on their face and greeted us with hugs, cheek kisses, and so much love. I’m going to make an intentional effort to do better with not being caught up in what I’ve got on my mind and make sure I spend more time smiling and uplifting others!
2. Lesson: Hebrews 10:24-25
The community we served worked together to help each other by sharing information on the medical clinic, translation, traveling together, prayer, and food with genuine love and support.
3. Lesson: Always show gratitude in your actions regardless of your circumstances. Circumstances will always exist, but life is too precious not to give thanks. Acknowledge those that support and pray for you. Let them know that you value them.
Gratitude was shown to our mission team in multiple ways and it was truly humbling beyond what I could ever express in words. We were thanked in Kreyol verbally, hugged, kissed, and cooked a special meal. Preparing a meal for us was a huge financial sacrifice for the community, but they considered it an honor to share a meal with us.
4. Lesson: Trust God in all circumstances.
We’ve all heard this a million times, but if I’m being truly transparent this is difficult for me sometimes. God brought our team through bad weather conditions, miscommunications, tire blow outs, getting stuck on the side of a mountain due to 4WD failure, car sickness, running out of medications in the clinic and having to replenish, helping patients with unfavorable circumstances, and more. We were tested emotionally, spiritually, and physically, but God covered us and the community through every test.
5. Lesson: Show GRACE.
The mission journey is tough and it’s not glamorous. Our mission team was a group of individuals from different areas all over the country, different ages, and different ethnicities. The trip afforded us several opportunities to extend grace to each other as well as those we encountered with our words, presence, and assisting with the needs of others. I am grateful for the grace that has been extended to me by others and for God’s grace that covers us all.
Colossians 4:6 and 1 Peter4:10
I am grateful for all that support my blog and pray that you’re enjoying a healthy, blessed, and wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!
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