One of the things I love about serving as a missionary in Haiti, is that we get to do this as a family. There is no bigger joy than to see our kids serving, loving, playing with the people of Haiti.
Every time we visit a church, we are guests and are expected to give a greeting. Rob and I always have something in mind that we want to say. We always encourage the kids to say “Bonjou” in the mic but never force them. Usually Braden is the only one eager to talk in the mic, and he usually gets a great big laugh from the congregation. Hearing a little white boy speak Creole is not an every day occurrence and it always brings much joy!
The last time we visited a sister church, I asked Drew if he wanted to sing a song. He has learned how to sing “Our God is an Awesome God” in English, Creole and German at school. He quickly said no. A few Sundays ago, as my alarm was going off, Drew was at the side of my bed saying “Mommy, I am going to sing today.” I was half asleep and it took me a few minutes to realize what he was talking about. Seems he had been thinking about singing since the last time I asked him and decided that day was going to be the day. He told me he was only going to sing in Creole because they don’t know English or German. I thought that was a good approach!
When the time came, he didn’t get cold feet! This isn’t the best picture, but it’s the one I’ve got of him singing. I also am including a picture of the congregation. He did a great job!
I remember my first solo in church very clearly. I was the same age as Drew (7) and my Dad encouraged me to sing as well. I still remember the look on his face every time I sang. I knew my Daddy was proud of me. I understand that pride now. It’s not a sinful, selfish pride. It’s a deep joy at seeing someone you love dearly using God-given talents and overcoming fear to serve the Lord and love His people. Drew did that. And this Momma was full of joy. May God be glorified.