It’s the last full day of our trip, and the sense of wonderment, sadness, spirituality, humor, adventure and fulfillment have only increased. Our well thought out itinerary has completely collapsed during our trip, as the road we set out on has taken unexpected twists and turns every day.
Yesterday’s loosely scheduled visit with a local priest caused such a change in our itinerary that even the director of our guesthouse came looking for us. But what a welcome twist in the road it was. Besides getting a tour of all the work this priest is doing in Haiti, we ended up seeing and learning so many things about his work, getting invaluable insight into Haitian culture, and we even learned some things about ourselves. This colorful, innovative and Christ-filled priest welcomed we four strangers into his world, and we parted having made another wonderful new friend in Haiti.
Today started out appearing to be a more “ordinary” day in Port au Prince. We planned to hit the road early and head up to Reiser Heights to see the completion of our new roof at the school (yes it’s done!),
but God had other ideas for us.
On our drive back, I had such a strong image of all the mountain families in the area walking down this long road to church every Sunday, leaving their one-room shacks, their dirt floors, their few possessions, and their extreme poverty and coming to worship God. And gladly, they seem to find every step of that walk worth their while. What an inspiration.
So that was where our road took me this week—on a wonderfully joy-filled, and spiritual journey filled with surprising twists and turns. But the
journey and twists and turns didn’t exhaust me. Rather, they rejuvenated me and gave me direction to continue our Reiser Relief ministry. And I’m certain that my wonderful uncle, Father Reiser, who traversed these roads long before I did, was helping to lead me every step of the way.