Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mosaic Village


In case you haven't checked out Mosaic Village yet, I wanted to spend the next few days highlighting some of the things the Lord has strongly impressed upon our hearts as we move to Haiti.

Mosaicthe art of assembling small, oftentimes broken pieces into something beautiful and useful.

While living in College Station, Texas God has grown our love for the church and for community.  We have been blessed to have waves and waves of Aggies pass through our lives.  I've oftentimes whined and downright cried because of all the incredible people we have known who ultimately moved away.  They became constant fixtures in our lives just to graduate a few years later and say good-bye.  Difficult.  We always miss them.  After dearly loved college students move away I have actually vowed to never love another Aggie.  And then new Aggies weasel their way into my soul.  Dang Aggies.

While God was stirring our hearts about missions and particularly for Haiti, we knew He wasn't asking us to leave our connection with the church and with the people we knew (through the church, or through this blog) to go and do our own thing in a new place.  I'm not saying that's not what God calls some people to do, but as we prayed God gave us a vision for connecting the people here to the needs in Haiti.

Like it or not, in one way or another we're inviting you all to come with us.

Broken pieces.  Each of us.  Haitians.  Americans.  All broken.  In need of restoration.  And yet God desires to take those pieces and create something beautiful.  Art.  A lovely picture of the gospel.  Redemption.  That's what God does.  He redeems all that has been broken and unusable.

God has given us great peace and excitement about the ways He wants to use each of us to bring hope to Haiti.  We believe He wants to use us all to do something beautiful in Haiti.  We believe God wants to use Haiti to do something beautiful in each of us.

I know many of you love the church.  You love missions.  You want to share the gospel.  You want to live it out by caring for the least of these, giving a voice to the voiceless and defending the cause of the oppressed, poor and the orphaned.  Let's be honest.  What we want to do and what we actually do are sometimes different stories.  Maybe you've struggled, like the rest of us, to know how or where to live out these things that Jesus is always talking about.  Maybe you don't know where to start.  Haiti isn't the only place to care for the poor, share the gospel and love the orphan.  However...it is a great place to do those things and we want to invite you into this beautiful country in some way or another.

We really see our family's move to Haiti as a way to put "feet" to each of our desires.  We believe Haiti is going to give us each a place...a tangible way...to live out our convictions.

More to come about how to be involved through prayer, giving, advocating and serving...

For now, we have a favor to ask.

Will you help us spread the word about Mosaic Village?  Will you let your friends, family members, Aggies and former Aggies know about how they can be involved in serving Haiti?

It would bless us incredibly if you'd get the word out about Mosaic Village in some way or forward a link to Mosaic Village to anyone you think would be interested in loving and serving Haiti in some way.

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In other news...I stayed up way too late the other night remodeling this blog.  If you come here by way of a reader, I want to invite you over to the real deal to check it out today.  Is it just me, or would every mother sit and stare at pictures of her kids all day?  Oh how I adore those cuties.

4 comments:

Megan Fletcher said...

how did you remodel your blog? (program, template, that sort of thing) It looks very nice and those photos are awesome! Great job Ryan and nice job, God, on those cuties to photograph! I especially like your new tab options across the top...very clever and sophisticated.

Hendrick Family said...

Megan..

I will try to put together the stuff we used to redo the top. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

I didn't use photoshop. If you can use photoshop, then that's probably the way to go. But...I don't know how to use it. Aaron is a photoshop wizard, but he was busy killing 350 chickens that day and I was a little impatient!

The tabs are new from blogger. They were really easy and in the design section on the dashboard Who knew!

Heather

cristina said...

looks great!

Anonymous said...

Just got back from Haiti at 3:30 this morning. Changed my life. The entire week I thought, "The Hendricks are moving here. The Hendricks are moving here. What will that look like?"

I know what to pray, that's for sure.

I love you,

Melodi