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.
Reblogged this on Children Are Our Future Now! and commented:
How wonderful this must have been. We are all the same though our skins are a different color. Some of my best friends are Afro American now in Las Vegas, NV. I treat everybody the same.
I wish more people did.
Paulette L Motzko
There is nothing like personal contact and experiences. God bless you Wendy, and The Bridge.
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