Haitian Mountains and the Deacon

We are preparing for another trip to Haiti. This time we will leave missionary Jenny’s compound behind and head into the mountains to build a medical clinic. 

Haiti is a beautiful island country, filled with wonderful people. But it is also broken by corruption and dysfunctional infrastructure (it remains by far the poorest country in the western hemisphere). The potholed coastal roads become nonexistent in the mountains. Dirt roads lead to hiking paths. Which puts basic medical care out of reach, as this video explains:

Lucian hand-building a pew and bringing medical care to the community …

In scripture, there are two positions in the church: Overseer and Deacon. The position of Deacon is a repurposed a Greek word (the common language of the early church). But the Greek word does not mean teacher or leader, in Greek deacon (διάκονος) means servant.

Lucian brings the title back to its purpose. He serves the community. He opens the church. He literally builds pews so more may sit at God’s Table. He has redefined my vision of the Deacon. As Christ declares, he is the greatest among us. And I am excited to join him and learn the meaning of servant.

Matthew 23 — “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 1The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. 

We leave for Haiti on October 5th and will return on the 12th. I covet your prayers. If you are interested in giving to the medical clinic, please contact me. Jenny is in the middle of raising 100k for the project.

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