On Sunday at 4 am I’ll meet with a group from my church to begin a week-long journey to Haiti. Ten of us are going through Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) to help wherever needed, probably doing light construction on a new high school.
The mission of Haiti Outreach Ministries is to share God’s Good News and the love of Christ through evangelism, discipleship, and assisting in meeting the needs of the impoverished in Haiti.
As a Christian, I feel called to go to Haiti. In 1999, my husband and I began sponsoring a child’s education through HOM. Turns out there is no public education available in Haiti and most schools are run by benevolent organizations. Fast forward many years later and I’ll get to meet the child we are now sponsoring.
His name is Agustin. He’s 9, just like my son. He may even be in this video clip. This was taken at the school he attends and which I will visit:
I’m prepared to be unprepared as I go to Haiti. It is a poor country, but rich in spirit, is what I hear.
There’s not a lot of electricity.
The plumbing’s not too hot, either. I hear we don’t flush our TP, rather it gets thrown out and burned!
We have been encouraged to pack lightly, and leave most of our clothes behind when we return to the U.S.
I’m not so idealistic to believe that this will be the best week of my life. It could be so hard that I never want to go again. But, I’m encouraged to try and help. And so I’m going!
I’ve lined up my blogging buddies to be highlighted on the blog next week, but I won’t be around to comment, tweet or use Facebook. I’m leaving my phone behind.
I’m marveling at how easy it was to go on mission trips when I was young. I just went. Now that I’m a wife and mother, it seems to be harder. Yet I would not want to use my husband and kids as an excuse NOT to go. So even though I’m scared, nervous, and excited, I’m going to Haiti.
I’ll end with one of my favorite Bible verses:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your path. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6