The word compassion is derived from the Latin words parti and cum, which together mean “to suffer with.” Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.
Compassion, Henri Nouwen
IT WOULD BE EASY TO LAY THE CLAIM THAT I HAVE GONE TO HAITI.
I chose to board the plane, buckle my seatbelt, and sit back as I was whisked away. Yet, to do so would seem to make me the main character/actor in this story. I wonder if this is healthy or even fully accurate when I/we become the centerpiece.
There are 6 of us on this team headed to Mapou, and though we have traveled on a plane, it is not us who chose; rather, it is God who has called and we are simply responding.
We hope this week to experience mercy and compassion…a compassion as Nouwen has described it in the above quote that is not only willing to suffer with, but a compassion called to be “fully immersed in the condition of being human”. I have a sense we might learn/receive as much about being fully human this week as any hope of teaching it.
I OFFERED THIS PRAYER FOR OUR TEAM BEFORE WE LEFT, AND I HOPE YOU CAN PRAY IT OVER US THIS WEEK TOO:
May God send us, like Christ, broken and poured out for the people of Mapou. May we not see brokenness, poverty, sick, or jobless; rather, may we be captured by the face of a human and in-so-doing, peer deep into the eyes of God.
BELOW IS A BRIEF OVERVIEW FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS IN ORDER THAT YOU CAN CONTINUE TO LIFT US UP IN PRAYERS:
SUNDAY: Worshiping in Port-Au-Prince with a local gathering.
MONDAY: Travel to Mapou… 6-8 long hours in the back of SUV’s being tossed back and forth on roads locals have said aren’t even fit for a goat!
TUESDAY – FRIDAY: Working in medical clinic along side Nurse Ailene (CCN has been employing Ailene, who is from Mapou, in the health clinic at Mapou since December). Other team members will host a 3 day Leadership Development training seminar for selected leaders of Mapou.
SATURDAY: Return to Heart-to-Heart Headquarters in Port-Au-Prince