By Chris P.
I decided to go to Haiti for a few reasons. I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti 4 years ago and came away from the experience resolved that Haiti’s problems are too overwhelming for me to solve, BUT I realized that I could help people, and that was no small thing. Have you ever been in a time of need and had someone reach out just to see if you are ok? It feels good just to know someone cares, that someone better off is willing to take the time to reach out. God can handle the big stuff, but I can certainly make a contribution in a small way that means a lot to the people I meet.
By Susie F.
So many times during the trip, I was moved with love and compassion for the people and the kids. It made me realize the importance of doing my part, somehow making a difference.
By Liane D.
Why go back over and over? It shows the people in Jacmel that we care and we love them and we want to help however we can. It deepens your walk, it helps you learn to be more grateful, it gives you a bigger picture of need in the world, puts your problems in perspective,and takes your focus off yourself.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”. And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
I want this to be my prayer in all areas of my life, to always be seeking the Lord for his plan and purpose for me.
By Tony M.
“Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice”
Haiti is such a conflicting place where stark choices are lived out in everyday life;where good is constantly confronted by evil;where temptation is fed by abject poverty and despair;and where those who walk with the Lord are clothed in bare feet, while those who don’t ride on the back of injustice.
By Jay T.
I felt a bit awkward and uncomfortable at first but also my heart jumped when Paulina “adopted” me. I have NO idea what drew her to me or how I was expected to roll with it so I just soaked it in.
By Celeste M.
In church on Sunday when I was reflecting back on all of the poverty that we had seen while driving through Port-Au-Prince and at the same time watching the people worship and earnestly praise God, and I asked myself what do they praise God for in their condition? And God answered immediately that His gift to them is the same as what he gave to me - EVERYTHING. All that I have materially is nothing I have Jesus Christ as my savior just the same as what they have.
By Matt B.
When I got a chance to sit down and have a large chunk of alone-time to myself, I went through a whole journey of how, on the surface, no matter where we are, life is essentially the same. Kids study for their school exams. Boys play soccer with their friends. People sweep their front steps of their houses.
However, after contemplating this for awhile, it became very real and very sad that life is not the same. I take for granted that my children will not have just one outfit to wear to school, or that when my son plays soccer, he’ll have fresh clean uniforms and new cleats and equipment every season, or that my porch attaches to a very different type of house, with running water, electricity that’s on everyday/all-day, and has a fridge and cabinets stocked with food. The stark reality of the very real dichotomy between our “similar” lives flooded me with guilt and sadness, and a very true sense of how truly blessed I really am. I cried and I cried hard, that moment changed me.
By Roxanne M.
Not sure who said this during our trip, but it stuck with me: Poverty in Paradise. I was also struck by the happiness of the people in the midst of their circumstances.
By Lola P.
To be able to give love and attention to the kids and seeing their hearts and souls being lifted up and encouraged. Building relationships, heart to heart even in a short period of time.
So cool to praise and worship together with passion and great enthusiasm.
Driving through the green, lush, beautiful mountains is a wonderful experience and great to see.
Will definitely want to go back.
By Dede M.
My first trip to Haiti was in August of 2010, 6 ½ months after the devastating earthquake. I can honestly say it was not a trip I was excited about, for many reasons. I had already planned a family vacation in Marblehead, MA and was looking forward to all a vacation at the beach encompasses. Rising at dawn to work on building a home in very hot temperatures with a group of people I vaguely knew in a country whose language is creole and is also not commonly known for its food and amenities did not sound like a whole lot of fun to me. But when our church announced the dates for “our” mission trip to Jacmel, which was the same week as the Marblehead trip and “just so happened” to cost the same as the house rental there, I knew that God was personally challenging me and, that even as much as I resisted the idea, I would be going.
What an amazing trip it was, on so many different levels. So much so, that I have now returned 5 times in the last 3 ½ years. And with each trip, I learn more about myself, more about God and more about the importance of the word “relationship”, which is the very heart and soul of a mission trip. It took me a while, but I came to understand that it’s not about what you physically accomplish, tho that’s always a good thing, but that it’s all about the emotional connection, with your team, with the people you’re serving and serving alongside, with the culture and the environment. And that thru a joint shared love of God, a perceived language barrier is no longer an obstacle, joy and laughter exist in the harshest of conditions and God is always truly with us.
I look forward, with an overflowing heart, to my next trip to Jacmel!