I want to continue the story of our Haiti mission trip and speak to you today about day two of that life-changing trip.
On the second day of our trip we again went out into the village, but with a different objective in mind. That day we would deliver solar lights to families who did not have electricity. These lights would allow the children to do school work at night and would also provide for a little protection from the aggressive mosquito population by using the built-in citronella heat strip and the provided repellant disk to place in them.
As we walked throughout the mountain side and in the village itself, a common phrase began to ring from behind fences and homes. The local children would call out, “Hey You.” It was the only English some of them knew and they would smile from ear to ear when they got your attention. This became one of my favorite things as we interacted with these amazing people.
The children were so welcoming and always made you feel like you mattered. They were drawn to us, not because we were giving them stuff, but because they were really curious about us. You could tell they were looking for interaction and when you showed them a little bit of love they would simply attach themselves to you. There were many occasions where I wanted to stuff them in my suite case and bring them back to America with us. They captivated our hearts and put a smile on our faces every time we were around them.
While visiting a local home and delivering one of the lights; we encountered a little girl who had an abscessed tooth. Her jaw was swollen to around 4 inches lager than its normal size and you could tell she was in tremendous pain. My heart immediately went out to her and my spirit said, “Pray.” I asked her mom if we could pray and she agreed. I called the members of our group over and we laid our hands on her and lifted her illness up to God. We then shared about our faith with the family that had gathered and went our way, deeper into the village. We passed out several lights and were able to witness to many of the people in the village.
At the end of the day we were again all very tired and when we got back to the camp, we took showers, ate supper and tried to go to bed. It was hard to go to sleep that night due to the thoughts that were racing in my head. All I could think about was those children that had so deeply touched our hearts during the day.
But let me fast forward two days and share the most exciting thing I’ve ever witnessed in my 15 years of ministry. Two days later we returned to that same house where we had passed out a solar light and prayed for that little girl’s abscessed tooth. As I stood there talking to the grandmother, a little girl walked up to my wife and I with a big smile on her face. I thought to myself, that’s a beautiful little girl with a beautiful smile. My wife got my attention and said, “This is the little girl we prayed over two days ago.” I stepped back and took a deep breath. It was true, this was that little girl and her face, and her tooth were completely healed. She had no pain and the swelling was gone completely.
My God is still in the healing business. I will never again doubt that God can do anything. When faith meets the impossible, the impossible becomes achievable.
My life was forever changed in this little Caribbean country. My faith grew deeper and by determination grew stronger. I hope and pray that all Gods people will understand, that with God all things can be accomplished. There is nothing too hard for my God. Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is.
God bless and I’ll see you again next week with another incredible story about our incredible God.
Wade Phillips is a pastor and evangelist with 3in1 Ministries.