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March 2013 Medical TripEach time I am able to serve in Haiti, I am encouraged, refreshed and humbled. This trip was no exception.

I felt such a special bond between our team, and was blessed to serve with such a hard working and compassionate group. I learned so much from each and every one of them.

As we provided medical care to 10 local villages, we witnessed so much suffering and tragedy. It was difficult to see, yet God gave us strength beyond our natural ability, and filled our hearts with His love and mercy. I have learned over the past few years that Hatians do not complain or fall into self pity. Instead, they continue to put one foot in front of the other, and walk. It humbled me to see them persevere in such circumstances, and at times deeply convicted my heart.

IMG_0943I was so touched by a young boy who was born blind, and asked us to fix his sight. He shared with us how he has never experience joy, that nothing in his life makes him happy. We were able to tell him about Jesus, and all that He did for him, because he loves him. He surrendered his life to Jesus that day! His face lit up with joy after making that decision! He met the pastors, who prayed for him and then welcomed him to the family of God!

During our prayer and worship time one night, Roberto, A Hatian man who walks on his hands due to disfigured feet caused by Amniotic Band Syndrome, sang a beautiful song for us. Many of us wept as we listened to this amazing man sing and worship God despite his difficult life. After he sang, I witnessed the love of Christ, as two young men from our team carried Roberto in their arms to take a shower. My heart was so overwhelmed with Gods love and mercy!

Although I am no longer on a “mission”, I know that God has changed me to the core. I no longer want to live a life of selfish ambition. I know that my joy can only come from pouring the love God has given me, out onto others, weather it is in Haiti or at home.

His, Jill Granquist

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