Today we spent the day mixing cement with the Haitian men, visiting the burn clinic, which was heart-breaking, visiting the church and school, and then painting the school. It was so much fun playing with the kids and they were absolutely adorable. Earlier in the day I watched a young girl, maybe 18 months old, with severe burns all over her body. They soaked her wounds in a large bucket, and K rinsed her wounds. The little girl was in so much pain, but you could tell she was weary from the pain and exhausted from crying. If it wasn't for the burn clinic down here and the mission's efforts, these people wouldn't have anywhere to turn. In fact, many of them would have gone to the witch doctor and get some completely illogical treatment that would likely lead to the death of that person.
The latter part of the day was fun painting with the ladies and Terrance. Terrance and I have a kinship and I really have a good time with him. After dinner we had the blessing of hearing Chris and Cheryl's story and vision. Their passion and vision is so inspiring and just makes God all the more magnificent to hear about what he is doing in other people's lives. At our team debriefing that evening we got to share the highlights of the day and I actually mustered up the strength to be vulnerable with everyone about two words that have been on my heart for some time. The two words were "shame undone." If I can summarize how it immediately felt when God grabbed hold of me, shook me a little, and ignited his spirit inside me, it was the feeling of my "shame undone." I think we all have these deep buried regrets and sins that we've done in the past that haunt us, and when I let God into my life, it was like it was instantly removed. It was such an overwhelming experience that all I could do was cry. There's a song at church that nearly always makes me cry when we sing it at worship and the lyrics say "where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone," (Here is the song). But what was all the more amazing was that it all related back to Chris's story and how he communicated to us that there is no randomness. God has a miraculous plan for each and everyone of us. Sometimes it doesn't seem like a plan, but I feel like he's pruning us and he puts us through some tough things in our lives so that we can share those lessons and experiences with others and how He has saved us and how he can save others in similar circumstances.
Brandon LaRue is passionate about strength, nutrition, and leadership in people's lives. He believes it all starts with one's health and fitness, as this spills over into all avenues of life.