CWO’s first missionary, Karen Pasquariello, continues with this post from her journal writings from July 1980.
This month marks my first year in Haiti. When I reflect on this last year, I realize two of the major lessons I have learned are reliance on God and the importance of having a positive attitude.
During the last few months I have experienced physical tiredness as never before. Living in a rather primitive culture, it is impossible to accomplish much by phone or letter as in the states, therefore, my days are often spent going from place to place and person to person. Going alone may mean several hours a day in the Jeep, driving on rugged roads or hiking over the mountains to visit our Haitian youth in their primitive homes.
I have experienced the truth of Isaiah 40:31 “yet, they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up with wings of Eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” I am thankful to the Lord for His strength.
Living in a culture that is surrounded by disease, poverty, despair, it is easy to feel hopeless and to sink into a complaining trap. Then one day I realized the more I complained, the easier it was to find more to complain about, which led to a negative attitude. Luke 7:45b says, “whatever is in the heart overflows into speech.” That truth helped me to tackle one problem, one day at a time, changing my attitude.
I am grateful to the Lord for the life lessons He teaches me.