I have learned a lot from God…

I am very appreciative of how purposeful Healing Haiti is in crafting a powerful experience for the travelers while also serving the people of Haiti. I came away with a greater sense of hope about Haiti than I anticipated going in. Thank you.

“Family” time at the guest house. These 15 other people became my family within minutes of being there. It was wonderful. 2. The staff. They were absolutely wonderful. They were helpful and happy. They genuinely cared.

Strong, yet quite. We were allowed to experience everything through our own eyes rather than through their experiences. We knew we were watched over always so we felt soft yet allowed to interact to our fullest.

How to pray. How to love. How to enjoy the simple things. How to be happy even if I am sad. How to realize you can help someone with just a kind word or a smile. I have learned a lot from God.

Thank you for doing this with God and Healing Haiti,

Grace Village

Day 2 – Tuesday, October 6
Our first stop this morning was Grace Village, a school and orphanage about a 45 minute drive north into the mountains. We were surprised with the beauty of not only the view of Titanyen, but the school and supporting structures as well. Titanyen translates to “less than nothing”, which we found to be far from accurate. The village is void of businesses at the moment, but progress is being made thanks to the expansion of Grace Village. They have a community church and a bakery that will be open soon and employ 50 families. The school has over 400 students and 39 resident children. We were impressed with the organization, leadership and care put into every aspect of the children’s schooling and socialization. They also focus on sustainability, and have a hydroponic garden. With 15 acres of land, it will be exciting to see what the future holds for the community.

From there, we headed to the Haitian Mass Grave, a memorial that marks where hundreds of thousands were buried following the earthquake. We listened to our Haitian guides’ personal stories about the earthquake and prayed over the victims. While there, we distributed FMSC Manna Packs to the local children and adults. One of the little boys looked up at us and asked, “Do you believe in Jesus?”. And one of us replied back, “yes, we do”. He lit up when we asked him the same question in return and he replied “yes!”. For us, his smile and response represent the resilience of the Haitian people – despite extreme poverty, they are joyful and take pride in their country.

Our final stop was Shalom Orphanage. Compared to Grace Village, Shalom was small and simple with only 10 live-in children, but the children were just as happy. We had the opportunity to play with the children – we blew up balloons, colored, and played soccer. The children really seemed to enjoy the interaction, the hugs, and taking the hats off of the guys’ heads!

– Darcy and Elyse

Haddonfield Healing Haiti Team

Day 1 – Monday, October 5
Although the sun wasn’t up (and it wouldn’t be up for another few hours), 15 members of the Haddonfield Healing Haiti Team met at 3 a.m. to begin a day-long journey. Our travels would take us to Philadelphia’s airport, through Miami where we would meet our Minnesota team leader, Nick Wellen, and on to Port-au-Prince and a fascinating drive from the airport to the guest house that will be the team’s home base.
Referring to our words of the day, discussed following this evening’s dinner, each one of us are “delighted” to be undertaking this journey, although not without significant “trepidation.” We are “nervous” about what we will experience but, at the same time, “open” to personal and collective growth and “grateful” for the opportunity. Today and the days ahead will bring us face to face with the “disparity” we quickly found ourselves in as we drove through the streets of Port-au-Prince. All of us look forward to tomorrow and our first real day – meeting the children we’ve come to serve, distributing FMSC food and our donations, and giving all of us the opportunity to learn how to Iive a more mission-centric life.

Gerry, Linda, and Paul