As you read this post, I am waking to
my second full day in Haiti. My family and I have come here for a
week-long mission trip with an organization called "Healing
Haiti." What I have witnessed in the time that I've been here is
difficult to describe..."polarizing" is one word that comes
to mind. It is hard to believe that one place can be both devastating
and amazing, heartbreaking yet incredibly beautiful, horribly
poor yet spiritually rich. It is essentially everything, all at
I think about the time we spent preparing – remembering to take our malaria medication, ensuring we had the right shoes, packing 16 suitcases of donations, and waking in the middle of the night to catch our flight. I worried about forgetting something.
Reviewing our itinerary, I was reminded that we would spend the week holding sick and dying children, providing pool therapy to the disabled, bringing fresh water into the tent city, working at an orphanage, and helping out at the general hospital. I worried about being ill-equipped.
And then we arrived, and in minutes, my fears of not having the resources and skills disappeared. I realized that these beautiful people don't care what I packed or if I am prepared. They just want my heart and my love. In return, they have given me back so much more than I ever expected.
I am closing my night out now, listening to the Haitians sing in their church several blocks away. It is the most beautiful music I have ever heard. For me, it's a little slice of heaven.
Enjoy the photos below. I will be posting regularly on my new Facebook page, which you can find by clicking here. In the meantime, I am going to continue to walk in faith rather than fear...it really is the better choice!