Tips on How to Prepare for a Mission Trip to Haiti

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In addition to physical preparation for your mission trip to Haiti in 2017, prayer is an important part of getting yourself ready to make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ – pray that God will review Himself to you and teach you what it is He wants you to learn through this experience.

How to Pack for Your Haiti Mission Trip

To ensure your time on your mission trip is best spent, you’ll want to have these essentials:

  1. Valid Passport. A passport valid for six months from the date of entry to Haiti is required. Make a photocopy to keep packed separately just in case. A visa is not required for United State citizens traveling to Haiti
  2. Immunizations, Typical travel immunizations recommended for all people traveling to Haiti include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tdap and Influenza. You should also check with your primary care doctor to assure you are up to date with your routine vaccines and vaccine boosters including Varicella, MMR and Pneumonia
  3. Medications and Medical Supplies. These include your personal prescriptions, Imodium, malaria prescription, spare glasses and contacts, diabetic testing supplies, insulin, inhalers, EpiPen and medical alert bracelet.Some other over-the-counter medicines to consider are antacids, antihistamine, cough drops, Tylenol, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, sunscreen and insect bite cream.
  1. Travel Insurance. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover travel cancellation costs that are non-refundable, medical expenses that may not be covered by your existing health care insurance while abroad, medical emergency evacuations and lost bags, delayed bags and delayed flights.
  2. Flight Booking. Depending on how far in advance you book your airline ticket and where you are coming from, the cost is usually between $600 and $950 round trip. Mission Trips run Monday to Monday.
  3. Items to Pack/Items to Leave Behind. In addition to your passport, medications and medical supplies, there are some things you should bring and some things you should leave behind. This is a general list, and your leader will provide a more detailed list later:

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What to Bring To Haiti:

  • Spending money cash in small bills for your entry fee and shopping
  • A water bottle to refill during the day
  • Toiletries
  • Sturdy sandals or sneakers
  • Water shoes
  • Modest clothes for tropical weather
  • Modest one-piece bathing suit
  • Long-sleeve shirt or hoodie
  • A set of Sunday dress clothes
  • A flashlight
  • Your Bible

What to Leave at Home:

  • Valuables such as jewelry and electronics
  • Balloons or any candy that could be a choking hazard for children
  • Any candy that melts

Now that you have all the information you need to pack for your 2017 mission trip to Haiti, contact us today for all the details to make it happen.

 

 

Why Every Youth Group Should Experience a Mission Trip To Haiti

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 A Haiti mission trip offers a wonderful opportunity to serve God and grow your faith in new ways.  It allows a young person to really experience first-hand the power walking out your faith and becoming a disciple of Christ.

Haiti Mission Trips for Youth Bring a Sense of Unity to Your Team

A 2017 mission trip for your youth group will empower them as individuals and as a team.  The opportunity to serve shoulder to shoulder with one another creates a unique bonding experience and sense of team.  As a youth group, you will have the chance to share your day each evening in circle time.  When you begin to hear the impact of their journey, you are drawn into their story and become bonded like never before.  Serving together is the best way to build life-long friendships and memories that you will cherish forever!

Youth Experience Discipleship Outside of Their Comfort Zones

When students are outside of their comfort zone, something amazing happens.  They begin to realize their dependence on God and each other and that is when real growth can occur!  Real world living in a different culture crosses the comfort lines for most youth.  Meeting new people in circumstances never experienced before also requires youths to dig deep and see what they are capable of.  Serving on a Healing Haiti mission trip will challenge them, grow them, and bond them in deeper ways.

Youth Become Immersed in Another Culture That Opens Their Eyes and Their Hearts

A 2017 Healing Haiti mission trip will broaden the perspective of your Youth Group.  Despite social media and technology enabling kids to be more connected in the past, they can’t experience another culture without being immersed in it.

Seeing the reality of poverty through lack of water, food, education, and jobs will open their eyes to social injustice and the importance of making a difference.  God uses this experience to change our hearts and really ponder the question “What is God trying to teach me?” Now is the time to plan a transformative Haiti Mission trip in 2017 for your youth group!

Dèyè Mòn Gen Mòn

Dèyè Mòn Gen Mòn

“Rules are tidy. Grace is messy, unpredictable, unquantifiable. I can hold my life up against a set of rules and easily determine if I’m a good person or a bad person. I can do the same with your life, and I can do it from a distance, without having to mess with relationship and compassion and the grittiness of real life. 

Not so with grace. Grace risks its reputation to eat with notorious sinners. It sacrifices its schedule to help hurting people. Grace doesn’t allow us the luxury of aloofness. It doesn’t get so distracted with doing good things that it forgets about people. If you choose to live by grace and not by rules, you are in for some messy moments. But once you’ve embraced grace, you’ll never let go.” 

-Judah Smith, Jesus is _____

One of my favorite things to do here in Haiti has been to take long walks through and around Titanyen. The walks afford me the opportunity to observe and absorb the complexity of this community, remain in awe of the beauty I’m submerged in, and decompress and download my days here. As time goes by, I like to explore a little farther out and a little higher up the surrounding mountains. A friend and I have already determined which mountains we will conquer and the manner in which we will achieve that victory. These walks always remind me of the Haitian proverb “dèyè mòn gen mòn” which translates to “behind mountains there are mountains”

When I first heard this proverb I thought that it was a relatively unimaginative proverb since nearly anyone with eyes can see that yes, in Haiti there are literally mountains behind mountains. However, as I began asking around to hear what significance others attached to this proverb, it quickly become one of my favorite proverbs (narrowly beating outsòt pa touye, men li fè ou swe” meaning “stupid doesn’t kill you, but it makes you sweat”). While this proverb is topographically accurate, it also contains beautiful imagery applicable to life.

With sweat dripping out of every pore of our body and two miles (uphill) behind us, my friend and I had finally reached the top of a smaller mountain. While slightly out of breath (seriously, it’s uphill the entire way) we gazed out upon the terrain we had just walked and our new expanded view of Titanyen. Everything looked so small and yet so vast. The colors were so vividly distinguishable yet blended together to paint a stunning picture. The various puzzle pieces of scenery I had collected on the way up had now been perfectly placed together. I couldn’t shut-up about how beautiful I thought the view was and there was certainly no wiping my smile off my lobster-red, sweat-filled face.

On our journey to the top we were the recipients of some weird stares from people riding motos and trucks, we were rapidly becoming dirty and sweaty, and at times thought about turning around. I wished I could stop and explain to everyone giving us weird looks what we were doing, “you see, we want to see the view from up there.” However, we didn’t have the luxury of explaining ourselves to everyone (or anyone) we saw. In a fleeting moment they saw sweaty, dirty people seemingly on their way to nowhere. Suddenly, I was convicted. How often do I see others struggling up their personal mountain and cast a quick, seemingly innocent judgement? How often do I help them reach the top of that mountain so they can see what they’ve just accomplished? How often do I dwell on the achievement of the last mountain I’ve climbed and ignore the mountains yet to come? Lastly, have I forgotten about the grace I have been afforded?

The idea of grace is messy. It doesn’t make sense to our [supposedly] rational, rule-driven agendas. Grace can be just as hard to receives as it can be to extend to others. We’ve been given the ultimate gift of grace in Jesus; He doesn’t look at us and say “ah, nasty. Look at Jake struggling and sweating to get up this mountain” He looks at us and says “I’m here for you, I love you, and I’m proud of you; now lets get you to the top of this mountain.” I wonder what life would be like if I lived and accepted that grace out more often in all facets of life.

I still can’t believe sometimes that I get to do what I’m doing. I get to explore my passion of business and entrepreneurship while simultaneously working with others to get up the various mountains of our lives. These last few weeks have been very busy and exciting as the groundwork is almost finished to get Fleuri bakery, trade school, and pizzaria up and running. I can’t wait to watch God use these institutions to help families climb their personal mountains and allow them to stay together through economic empowerment. With the help of others and by the grace of God, I eagerly await to see the view from my next mountain.

-Jake