Or rather we kinda wish they were heating up! We came back to Colorado for a visit starting in mid-May and it has been chilly. We left all of our jackets in Haiti for this trip expecting it to be nice and warm and the day we flew into Denver it snowed! Apparently we have been in Haiti long enough that we've forgotten that Colorado likes to snow in May. Speaking of which, if you didn't know we have been in Haiti since December 2013. That's coming up on 6 years this December! Time sure does fly by.
I mean seriously, who thought it was a good idea to send out those kids on the left to Haiti!
Well I'll tell you who, it was God, that's who.
We very well could have said that we were too young or inexperienced to go to Haiti and we would have been right. 22 year olds with a 4 month old baby are not exactly the best suited people to go out and change nations and get results. 22 year old me was just starting to learn about all the things that I didn't know! But the funny thing about how God works is that he rarely looks at our qualifications (and believe me there is no way you can lie on the resume God is looking at) but what he is looking for is whether or not you will be obedient.
Obedience > Skill
And why does obedience beat skill every single time? Because God is the one in charge of the results. The best and most eloquent speaker in the world can not save anyone. Sure they can inspire, or challenge, or bring convicting words, but what they can't do is God's work. We've all heard of churches with very good pastors that have dwindled and closed. On the other hand, I've had the privilege of witnessing 20 year old DTS students bring people to Christ with some of the most cringe-worthy, snore-fest sermons you ever heard. On the surface, you would think that the results should be flip-flopped, but God doesn't work on the surface.
As Americans we are almost hard-wired nowadays to try and improve our skills. Universities are pumping out more degree programs, adult and graduate studies are more popular, and things like masterclass, skillshare, udemy, etc are all the rage. Which is great! (In fact, Kate and I got ourselves a 1 year subscription to skillshare for our last anniversary) Learning skills isn't bad, but what I'm saying is that in God's kingdom the obedient see God get results.
At 22 years old, we were too young and inexperienced to change Haiti. But that's not the point, because if we really look at what Haiti needs, it's God. The same as anywhere else in the world. America, China, the Middle East, etc. People need God and God likes to work through our acts of obedience. So go be obedient, even if you are too young, too inexperienced, too scared, too _________________ (Fill in your excuse here).
God works through obedient people regardless of their skill level or age, so what on earth are you waiting for???
Oh as a side note, totally and completely and prodigiously unrelated. Kate and I are leading the Discipleship Training School in St. Marc Haiti this September. If you are between the ages of graduated high school and dead you are very welcome to come down and learn what it means to live missionally in the craziest 5 months of your life.