Today was our church's yard sale ~ all proceeds are for our Haiti Mission Team. We put alot of work into the sale...cleaning, sorting, resorting, hanging up, setting out, etc. Days of work.
The sale was to start at 6:30 this morning, we got there at 6:15 and folks were waiting on us. We hit the ground running and kept it up all morning. 6 hours & $2000 later, we were ready to shut down shop.
Blessings...folks that donate money even if they didn't purchase anything. Folks who were told their total was $5 & donated an addition $20-$50 dollars. Folks who said they would pray for the trip and the orphans that would be ministered too. Until....
One grouchy older gentleman. Who wanted to know why we weren't helping in Miss, why were we leaving the country, and flat out told us to forget Haiti and help our own people.
But we are helping in Miss., we are leaving the country because other countries don't have "gov. help", because children & adults are starving in Haiti, because they can't help themselves~no jobs, no opportunities, etc., because children were orphaned in the earthquakes & tornadoes, because the Lord called our church to Haiti long before last year, because we are committed to helping our fellow Christians living in harsh conditions, because Christians can make a difference in spite of an area full of witch doctors & voodoo.
Some folks just want to argue about everything...we didn't explain all of the above to him because it was obvious he didn't want to listen ~ he just wanted to drop his "poison" and leave.
I know that going to another country is not everyone's "cup of tea". But, when you go to a 3rd world country, you see the appreciation and feel the love of these people, you shop in their stores, worship in their churches, etc. You get a whole new appreciation for your own life. I have been very blessed by my 3 trips to Honduras. I have nothing to complain about, I am blessed.
And I have been just as blessed with my trips to Florida, Oklahoma, and here in Miss. People all over the world need aid. Where is the Lord calling you to help?