Thursday, April 09, 2009

Thoughts on Unity...The Courtney's

Hi!  It’s the Courtneys’!!!! (Courtney squared)

It’s also Thursday and our week is coming to a close. It’s bittersweet because we’ve all fallen in love with Haiti and the wonderful people and relationships here. But, we are stoked to share all our experiences and the ways God has worked through us and taught us so much in these few short days.  Anyway, you may be wondering why we’re blogging together. Well, it has a purpose. It’s a metaphor for our unity as a team and body of Christ.

            When we first came together about six months ago, we were all pretty hesitant and unsure about all the differences between the people in our group…. So many different personality types…how in the world could we mesh?!??! Well, this week has disproved that theory. We are all such a huge family now. God couldn’t have planned a better team for this trip! We all encourage and build up everyone. It’s splendid because one of our goals was to work together as a team.

“As a prisoner for the lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4: 1-3).

            As you already know, we have had a lot of trouble getting here and we really felt Satan working against our plan and pushing us away from our destination.  However, we also could feel God working through it all and in the end, the enemy was defeated.  Without each other, our joy and our successes this week would not have been possible.

God has used our team’s unity this week to help us unite this culture in Jacmel, Haiti through a soccer camp. And hopefully, people here will continue to unite in Christ.

-Courtney Shepard and Courtney Stoner

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