Hey friends, I have big news to share!
I have officially accepted the position of “Logistics Coordinator” at Mission of Hope: Haiti! This means I am moving to Haiti at the end of this month (September 28th to be exact) for 12 months. I am overwhelmed with gratitude, amazed at this opportunity, and excited to serve the people of Haiti through this organization that I love and support.
If you’ve been a reader here for a while, you probably have seen something on the blog about Haiti – either the 2 short term mission trips I went on in 2011, or the 3 month summer internship in 2012. Each time I have traveled to Haiti it has been through MOH, and I am honored to be on staff now. (You can see a recap of my summer in Haiti HERE).
If you are new to the blog, here is a quick summary: Mission of Hope’s vision is:
“As an organization following Jesus Christ, we seek to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti.”
This vision is reached through multiple methods including Church Advancement, Christ Centered Education, Nutrition/Feeding Program, Heath Care, and Orphan Care.
My role as Logistics Coordinator is to intentionally mobilize mission teams to serve the Haitians and to share the Gospel in the most effective and influential way possible. The Mobilization team works closely with Church Advancement to send teams into the villages and to partner with local churches and communities so that life transformation is happening through the Church and God is receiving all of the glory.
I get so excited about this, y’all. I look back on the amazing church (Grace Fellowship) I have been on staff at for almost 8 years (WOW!) and see how the Lord has been preparing and equipping me for this transition. I have been surrounded by people who encourage me to pursue Christ and follow Him seriously. People have modeled what a life devoted to Jesus looks like and have mentored me and walked through pivotal moments of life with me. I have experienced spiritual growth and a deeper understanding of the GRACE & TRUTH of Jesus Christ; my passion to share this Truth was cultivated at GFC. Looking at the staff (who is more like family) at GFC brings me so much joy. Thankful doesn’t even begin to describe the way I feel to have been a part of that church family, and they will be the place I call my church home. What a great place to grow up! 🙂
Transitioning over to Mission of Hope is a dream come true, and I could go on and on about how excited I am about this new season of life, but I’ll refrain from writing a novel. Here is what I do know: this season of life is not about a great travel adventure or landing a dream job – but rather building Christ’s Kingdom in the ways He has provided and equipped me to do.
It is the same for you – do what you can with what you have and where you are. Look around you, God has planted you where are for such a time as this. Be intentional in your conversations, your time, your friendships…always looking for God glorifying ways to live. I am FAR from understanding the way this looks day in and day out, but I am learning…slowly but surely, I am learning.
If you’ve read this far, congratulations. I haven’t written this much in a while. 🙂 From the bottom of my heart, thank you for caring. Thank you for supporting. Thank you for reading. Thank you for praying.
I will continue to blog throughout my time in Haiti, and would love to hear from you. You can either comment on my posts on this blog, or email me at racheldurban (at) yahoo (dot) com. If you are interested in financially supporting me, click HERE for the link to the MOH missionary support website and then you can select my name from the drop down menu. If you are interested in becoming a monthly supporter, that option is available on the website as well. I would be happy to explain more if you have questions – feel free to send me an email!
You are loved,