For Jessica and Daniel Marruffo this will be a much different education this year than their usual college classes. This dynamic brother and sister have decided to make Project 7 in Trou du Nord, Haiti their classroom for the next nine months. As children and missionaries and dedicated believers, I know they have what it takes to succeed. They are not afraid to dive into the great unknown. Corrie Ten Boom wrote, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
Many of us who have lived there smile at our extended stays in Haiti. The faces of the beautiful children quickly come to mind. We remember the ease of entering into a child’s world to play, create and just get to know them on their level. There seems to be more time in Haiti. Life is simple. A typical day involves work and rest. Playing with the kids is the number one form of entertainment available. Laughter comes easy, relationships are deepened and often this allows for sweet moments of affirmation and love. We are careful to let them know we are committed to them. They are the best part of Haiti.
All of that said, the Marruffo siblings will be giving up comforts. Communication isn’t always great, both with the Internet when trying to connect with loved ones at home and sometimes with our Haitian brothers and sisters because of the language barrier. We are all trying to learn each other’s language and I must say the Haitians are doing much better than the rest of us! Then there is the heat, humidity, spiders both big and small, mosquitoes, and did I mention the heat and humidity? But I personally found that as the comforts went away, the voice of God became stronger. It was a good trade off! There was more time for reading the Bible, meditation on His Word and wonderful prayer walks a couple of times a day. Even though I have been a Christian for 30 years, my time in Haiti deepened my walk with my Savior more than any other time. When the “noise” of everyday life was shut off, the never ending list of things to do wasn’t necessary and there was not easy access to multiple forms of communications, I joyfully entered into a period of peace.
1 Kings 19:12 says that He speaks in a still small voice. I’ve come to love His voice and I’ve learned to quiet myself so my heart can hear Him through reading His Word, prayer and worship. I just know that Jessica and Daniel will also experience Him in that way. There is something special about that land in Haiti. I feel the Spirit of the Father there very strong. I think it’s because of His heart for the orphan. He truly has become their Father and He sends each of us to be His hands and we happily wrap our arms around our little treasures!
Pray for Daniel and Jessica. There will be adjustment and they will feel the sacrifice of this calling. It will not be without rewards though. God is faithful and always seems to give a blessing to everyone involved! Mike and I get the honor of going to Haiti with them. We will all land in Haiti on September 27th. We will enjoy showing them all the benefits of their decision to serve in this way. It will be fun! Thank you for remembering them in prayer…this is guaranteed to be the best education they have ever had!
--- Relna Mansfield is the Project 7 Administrative Manager for New Reality International. She sends out regular prayer emails and would love to get you on the list! Simply email her at email@example.com with your request.