2 years ago today, tragedy struck Haiti. 2 years and 2 months ago I was in Haiti for the first time. I fell in love with a country and a people that first trip. Little did I know that the unthinkable was about to happen. So many lives and homes lost in that fatal earthquake that took place on January 12, 2010. I haven’t had much time to blog lately, let alone blog about our recent trip to Haiti, but today seemed as good a time as any.
In Les Cayes and Boyer, where we spent most of our time, we really didn’t see any devastation left from the earthquake. If anything we saw improvements. There were many more motorbikes that people rode around on, Crocs on feet, and a few more paved roads. We did take the opportunity to drive to Port au Prince on our way back to the airport and that is where the devastation still prevails. Tent cities, rubble, sickness. Haiti still needs our help and prayer. I think God is going to use Haiti in a might way. It’s amazing how they’ve overcome this the way they have.
Here are a few highlights from our trip. It was so nice to be able to be able to build upon the relationships we started 2 years ago. I think we all agree that was our favorite part. Our projects were very successful. We held an eye glass clinic, built school benches, and held services for the women, children, and teenagers.
It’s just amazing how much clearer you think in Haiti with no distractions. It’s almost like a vacation because you get to focus on the Lord and it just seems to easy there. Nothing else is fighting for your attention.
I REALLY REALLY enjoyed getting to meet all the children who are apart of the Hope for Kidz program and have sponsors from our church. Almost everyone on our team sponsors a child in our village and it was so cool to be able to see them all meet for the first time. Be able to give them a little gift, see where they go to school, meet their family. What other program allows you to do that?! It was awesome.
And I just can’t get over the beauty of Haiti. The People.
I hope everyone would take time today to pray for Haiti. This country still needs our help and although you may not be able to go, you can still pray. (or you can sponsor a child 🙂
I pray that Haiti will not be forgotten. I pray for the missionaries and RMI over in Haiti who do such a wonderful work there and have been obedient to your calling. I pray for the hearts in Haiti to be changed. That the earthquake would have a lasting effect and that it would be a good one. I pray that I will be forunate enough to go back again one day. To continue building up our small village of Boyer and to be able to see it grow.
You can click here to see the rest of the pictures from our trip.