Sunday, July 10, 2011

Day 4 in Haiti

            Today, our groups went to Haitian churches.  The service started with worship.  Awkwardly and without a translator, we stood up with the Haitians to praise God.  As soon as the music started, I knew this something I’d never experienced before.  All of the Haitians participated actively and loudly.  The speakers blared loudly, emphasizing the obvious sound system problems, but the Haitians could care less.  They just sang louder!  I could tell that when the Haitians sang praises to the LORD, they held nothing back.  Unlike many of my teammates and me, the Haitians were not insecure of how they looked when they worshipped.  The moment that defined today was when my group sang our worship songs.  We didn’t sing like the Haitians because we held back.  It was a lukewarm version of their worship time.   
            Everything about the Haitian service convicted me that a lot of days, I settle for a relationship with God that is mediocre.  I don’t want to take my spiritual leftovers to a God who deserves all of me.  Tonight, Doug Freeman talked about taking your faith and making it your own.  I’m going off to college in the fall and am convicted that God wants me to go fully dependent on Him.      

            Thanks be to God for this day, what He has shown me and how He moves.  Thanks for the prayers!

            Love from Haiti,
            Katherine Gallion

Hey Everyone!
            I didn’t really know what to expect on this trip but now that I’ve been in Haiti I realize I have a love for these kids that I don’t even know (seriously I can’t even pronounce the names!). I tell the kids that I love them but the hard thing for me is knowing that ultimately I am going to fail them. Tomorrow will be my last day with the orphans and it’s extremely hard to say goodbye! I pray (and ask you to pray for me also) that I leave the love of JESUS with them because he is the only one who will never fail them and has unconditional love that I cannot offer! This week I met a kid who I wish I could bring home with me his name is Abner. I absolutely love him (mom and dad if you are reading this…we should come visit himJ) and it’s so devastating to see what not only he but all the other kids there have to go through! PRAY FOR THEM!

Love ya,
Kayla Gruenhaupt


  1. All of you are doing an AMAZING job of allowing God's unconditional love shine through you. Your stories and photos are inspiring. Thank you for sharing your stories with us and giving us a chance to revitalize our own faith. Many more than you know are holding you in prayer and deep in our hearts!

    Never forget this experience of God!

    TerriLynn Milller
    (some lady you don't know, but who already loves each of you dearly)

  2. Greetings Colonial Young Adults in Haiti! Your prayers and ours are in the throne room of grace! You are fulfilling Phil 2:3-5 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” You all are proclaiming that with His orphans! You are giving the most important thing you have to the Lord – your hearts! I am praising God for you! Barb Jurkovich P.S. Special hug to Molly P!