The first time I went to Haiti, I was on a spiritual and emotional high the whole time. I was not sure what to expect this time, but I had a feeling it might not be the same mountain top experience it had been the first time. I struggled a lot during this trip with discouragement- questioning whether this little program is really doing any good. I was very tired during most of the trip and I just plain missed my family. Ten days was a long time to be away from my husband & youngest son. I also saw many things that just broke my heart. I witnessed and experienced the spiritual battle in Haiti. I was and am abundantly thankful for all those who prayed for me and for this trip. I felt God’s protection surrounding me.
Despite the struggles I experienced, it was really a great trip, filled with many moments of joy!
I loved having the opportunity to spend some “down time” in Carrefour Poy, which I did not get on my last trip. I had time to watch the children play, to talk with them, to hold them. These are some of my favorite memories!
It was a huge blessing to meet with all of the sponsored children as well as some of their families and hear a little about how The Bridge is making a difference in their lives.
I loved sharing this experience with my middle son, Brennan. I loved watching him communicate and make friends with all the children in spite of the language barrier.
Seeing all the people I met on my last trip was a treat. So many friendly faces, and I count it a privilege to get to work with some of them.
It was great driving around with Gilbert. I received the benefit of his wisdom and learned a lot about Haitian culture & ministry in general. It was also exciting to brainstorm new ideas of how we can continue to help the school in Carrefour Poy with him & dream about even bigger things for the future of this ministry! I will be writing a little about some of those things in a future blog post.
What a blessing it was to watch our youth group & the leaders ministering to the children of Carrefour Poy. There were so many little difficulties on this trip (and a few big ones), but I rarely heard complaining but instead witnessed a lot of smiles and the love & joy of Christ pouring through our team to the children they were ministering to. And in a few of the team, I had the privilege of witnessing the spark of God’s call in their hearts to do more. I can hardly wait to see the outcome of those sparks!
So many wonderful and exciting things happened on this trip… too many for this one blog post. I will be sharing more about those exciting things in the near future.
Read more about my trip in this post about The Children and their Families.