Confession #105: Service is a Lifestyle
This past week our teens from Emmaus House were given the opportunity to serve alongside a short-term medical team.
They helped in the pharmacy, taught the children Bible stories, translated for the doctors, and assisted patients in the clinics.
Some days they were close to home while others they traveled hours away to serve those in need of medical care. But no matter where they were, our teens happily used their talents to serve those in their own country.
I know I like to brag a lot about the teens at Emmaus House. And just a warning, this is going to be one of those “proud parent” kind of blogs today. But I just can’t help myself. Our teens amazed me last week. Amazed.
A year or two ago, I could have never imaged the maturity I saw in our teens last week. Their compassion towards those in need, their flexibility, their humble attitude, their manners, and their desire to give of themselves without anything in return showed how much growth each one of them has accomplished this past year at Emmaus House.
Many of them walked away from this week inspired for their futures.
One day, while visiting a home for elderly and children with disabilities, Merly found herself overwhelmed by the needs of the children. As she walked around the room of children lying in their cribs, unable to walk or talk, she realized what God was calling her to do. Unfolding their legs, helping them to sit up, and feeding them their mid-day meal, she looked at me and said she wanted to spend her life helping kids like this. Now applying for physical therapy school in Port au Prince, she is excited to see how God will be able to use her to help children with disabilities here in Haiti.
Djooly, who translated for a doctor throughout the week, is now reconsidering his options for a future career. As we sat and looked at university websites last night he looked at me and said, “One of the things I loved most about the team is that they all have jobs they can use to help others. They came here to use their talents and they didn’t get paid for it. They just did it because they want to help other people and they can. I want to choose a job that will allow me to do the same.”
Throughout the week I was often reminded of 1 Timothy 4: 12 which says: Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Watching our teens in action assured me of their potential to cultivate change here in Haiti. Although they are considered young in their culture, they all are learning to set the example.
At Emmaus House, we are trying to raise up a group of young adults with servant hearts. So much has been given to our teens throughout their lives and now they are of age and maturity to give back. They still have a long way to go, but each one of them has come so far already on their journey. Your support of Emmaus House is producing strong, faithful young men and women who have the potential to make changes here in Haiti. And this past week, I was blessed to see the fruits of your giving. As a supporter, you are making a difference here in Haiti, one teenager at a time.
Thank you to all the members of the medical team who mentored our teens through the week. Your friendship and example has made lasting impressions on all of us. Even though you came to heal physical aliments, you also inspired and motivated a group of teens. Thank you.
Service is a lifestyle, not a pastime. This is what we are trying to teach the youth of Emmaus House. And I am so excited to say that I think they are finally starting to get what this means.