{Lessons from Haiti} Friendship.

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1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

I believe that our greatest call to action as Christians is to love God and love His people. When I say people, if I am being honest, I mean to say people like me. People that are equipped to live a middle class American lifestyle, can talk about all things pop culture, and know what I mean when I rave about the awesomeness of Target. These are the people I find easy to love. The people I believed God called me to love and support.

Five years ago that changed. God gave me fresh eyes and allowed me to fall in love with the people of Haiti. I fell in love with these people not because of superficial likenesses but because of similar conditions of the heart. As a result, one of my closest friends is a young Haitian man, John Robert. His life is much different than mine and much the same. As recent Sonlight graduate, he struggles with direction, dating, and peer pressure just like other high school seniors. John Robert and I both know that the Lord has redeemed our lives and showered love upon us. It is with this connection that we are able to love God and truly love His people.

Tell me: Do you have a friendship with someone that has taught you how to step outside of your comfort zone? If so, how have you grown from the experience?

PS- If you are interested in learning more about Haiti or how you can help, you can visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Love4LAllemand.

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