I’m Forever Changed; Haiti.

I’ve gone through my pictures time and time again. I want to upload all of pictures that everyone took from the trip, but I’m not going to do that. This post is definitely picture heavy, but I want to be up front with something:

While they are a beautiful reminder of the experiences we all had, the LAST thing I want to do is see this as some sort of “trip” that I have pictures from and categorize it as something we did. If you know me at all, you know I love love love pictures [both looking at, and taking them], and I genuinely want to show you just a piece of what we experienced. The Holy Spirit is at work in Haiti, and the fact that we were able to see that is by His grace. I am so thankful we had the opportunity to meet the precious people at Mission of Hope and the beautiful people of Haiti. I am PRAYING BIG for the opportunity to go back for an extended amount of time.

This is what I’m getting at, when you look at these pictures, don’t just scroll through them and categorize this as a “cool trip” or a “good time” that we got to experience.

Every single person we came in contact with has a name, and was intricately created by God and His desire is that they would trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and have a genuine relationship with Him.

I could go on and on about this life-changing [and I don’t use that word lightly] week, but for now, I’ll get to the pictures.

[just so you know, if I add captions to the pictures, they will be above the picture, so that way you know what you’re looking at as you scroll.]

First: we had to meet at the airport at 6:00 am, so we left the house at 4:15 am because of airport parking and what-not. Thank you Dan and Lisa for the ride!

Port Au Prince:

Tent cities:

Mission of Hope:

Haiti is beautiful.

Where I slept

Our wonderful group before church

Christi and this sweetheart

Kara & Jeannine meeting the kiddos before church

We went on a tour before church, and this is part of the clinic at Mission of Hope

beautiful.

After church, we went on a tour of different places that Mission of Hope is expanding, and this is one location right on the water, gorgeous!

My brother & I. So thankful I got to experience Haiti with him.

Debbie, Andrea, Kara, & Jeannine – awesome ladies!

Rocky being…Rocky. 🙂

Haha, Dan!

Dan & Lisa – precious people. Grateful to call them friends.

Hannah with precious kiddos!

Clinic in a Can – this is something really neat that Mission of Hope does because not everyone can come to the mission to get help at the clinic, so these are mobile clinics that they will set up around surrounding villages in order to provide extended care.

Leveque – Mission of Hope’s 500 Homes project. This was one of my favorites – who am I kidding? ALL of it was my favorite. The blue “tent” looking houses are Samaritan’s purse temporary homes that were put up after the earthquake in order to house displaced families. There are 250 of those, but they are being taken down as the structured homes are being put up. It is so so cool.

Ryan and the kids and Leveque, they loved him.

Kite made out of trash – that thing flew for hours!

Kara visiting with a young girl at Leveque. This was one of the more heartbreaking moments of the trip, because we were able to tell out that this young girl was a special needs girl and the other kids in the village treat her differently. When we would visit with her, the other kids would try to pull us away and they would say “no, no” – I am praying that this sweet girl would be comforted by the Holy Spirit, and know that she is loved. Join me?

Look at those smiles!

This little guy loved Graham’s accessories.

I am continually reminded that the Lord created each and every person on this earth and we are called to be hands and feet to them. Look at his smile. You can’t help but fall in love.

Painting a house!

We rode in this!

Sweet Jeannine & me – what you don’t see is the picture we took right before this – we were laughing so hard…good times.

This is near a village on the beach that we helped pick up trash at. Pastor Patrice (the pastor at the church at Mission of Hope) was there picking up trash also and sharing with people the importance of finding value and taking care of the things the Lord has provided.

This family – wow. Oscar and his wife have 2 children of their own, and they are raising 18 orphans. Yep, you’re right – 20 kids. There is no help from the government with orphanages, and all of these children either lost their parents in the earthquake, or lost one and the other one didn’t want them. The faith of Oscar and his wife amaze me. It costs him $600/month to run the orphanage (including food, school costs, hiring 3 “mommies” to come in and help, etc.) Sometimes, he doesn’t know how he will pay his workers, but he knows the Lord will provide – what a man of faith; it’s so inspiring.

Debbie loving on this gorgeous girl

Rocky showing off his yo-yo skills

Christi was holding this little girl, and she started singing to her.

Ryan playing the “hand-slap” game.

Sweet little voices.

Jeannine telling the Bible story of Jonah & the whale. She did so great, and Charles (Hugens) translated; the kids loved it.

Kristi and the little girl that stole her heart.

Debbie & Hannah loving on kids at the orphanage

Me and Wesley

Soccer game in the front of the orphanage

See those cinder blocks right beside my foot? Yea. I kicked them. Twice. I am now acutely aware of why I quit soccer at such a young age.

The group with Oscar and his wife and kiddos – and other neighborhood kids!

I know at the start of the post I said it’s not about the pictures, and then proceeded to post tons of pictures. The pictures show people. It’s about reaching people with the Gospel and Love of Jesus Christ.

MATTHEW 28:19-20 ESV
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (bold & italics: mine)

ROMANS 10:14-15 ESV
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

2 thoughts on “I’m Forever Changed; Haiti.

  1. I am so happy that you and the group had the blessing of being able to go and serve. It is an awesome experience that does not seem to fade with time as most things do. As we say here at Serve One “Good Serve!”

  2. I love love love all the beautiful pictures! I seriously made the “awe that’s so cute” face at the picture of the little boy wearing your sun glasses upside down! While scrolling through this I began picturing me there! If you ever move there- I will for sure visit you! haha

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