Ruined for the Normal is the tag line for the Haiti Endowment Fund. For months I have wondered and prayed about what that phrase would come to mean once I have met the Haitian women. Now I know it actually means many, many things! But one encounter in particular has stayed with me and I pray I never forget.
The last day of the conference the team sets up a Boutique for each women attending the conference. Thanks to many of you, we had hundreds of shirts and skirts hanging through the open-air sanctuary. They lined up by village and waited to be called in to "shop." Just before the ladies were to begin; our team stopped to pray over these precious women. As I began to pray, a little glimpse of my closet came to mind and my stomach turned.
As the women began to shop; my stomach turned. I knew my "normal" routine of getting dressed and perusing my closet would not be the same. The words "I have nothing to wear" should never cross my lips again. I pray every time I step in my closet I remember these sweet ladies and my prayers for them are far greater than my complaints of the contents in my closet.
All week I noticed that women are women....period. We love our girlfriends. Girlfriends support us though life, make it more bearable, and it's just more fun with a girlfriend! The Haitian women are no different. You can see in these pictures, they were girlfriends shopping together! They were helping each other pick the items out, telling each other they did or did not like an item they picked. Laughed as they tried things on and gave big smiles when the perfect item was chosen. I loved watching these girlfriends enjoy this together. In their difficult "normal" we (and you who donated) were able to bring joy with a piece of clothing...thank you for your generosity and love for these ladies!
I do believe I am ruined for the normal on many levels but it is a good feeling. It's a different posture in coming before the Lord to ask "What now?" "What am I to do with this?" My perspective has forever been altered for "the least of these." I pray that you and I, who have been given much, will find ways to share our abundance to those who are so precious to the Lord.
Thank you again for your generous support financially and prayerfully as you sent us off to be "Ruined for the Normal."
With much love,