I’ve been living in Haiti about 18 months now & I’m getting better at Creole, but I’m certainly nowhere near fluent. So many of my Creole conversations include hand gestures, me asking them to speak slower, a few English words thrown in, & lots of laughter.
In Haitian church services, it is very rare that I actually understand a Creole Prayer. Our pastors & staff are so passionate when they pray, that I cannot break apart the words, process them, & translate them in my head quickly enough.
However, a couple of weeks ago at a Tuesday night worship service, I had my head bowed, & I literally felt like I understood Jacques’ (a local Village Champion) Creole prayer as if it was being spoken in English. I looked around, making sure that he wasn’t speaking English. It was, in fact, Creole. I stood there intently listening; I heard everything.
I heard him pray for each & every department here at Mission of Hope. I heard him pray for his bosses, his co-workers, the pastors, the guesthouse staff, the maintenance & security team, the orphanage, etc. I heard him pray for our Executive staff & I heard him pray by name for so many people. I looked up again, to be extra SURE that he wasn’t speaking in English because I was so surprised I was still understanding. When I looked up the second time, I saw Jacques was on his knees, passionately praying for us all. My eyes quickly filled with tears as I 1) understood what he was praying, 2) saw the fervency with which Jacques was praying.
He was praying for unity, for passion, for protection, for courage, for strength, for health, & for love for His people. He was on his knees passionately praying for his country & for the Lord to work. This sweet man prays for these things, often.
The past few weeks, the Lord has reminded me of the incredible importance of prayer & the joy of praying. Praying is something we get to do. I absolutely believe the Lord has specifically placed people in my life so I can simply have the honor & responsibility of praying for them. Oh, that I would be fervent & steadfast to pray for the people the Lord has placed around me.