mission trip testimonies
“God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.” – Francis Chan
We had our lunch on top of the mountain and ate delicious Haiti Mangos with gorgeous views of the sea and relax. Talk to each others about our experience in life and how visiting Haiti has impacted each one of us. Our day was full of joy!
When we climbed into the tap tap she said “orevwa Caroline!” and blew me a huge kiss from the gate. These young kids here in Haiti have so much love in their hearts, and they just want to share it. I am so honored that these children shared their love and friendship with me and my fellow team members this week. I could truly see God’s light coming from every single one of them in everything they would do. I can’t wait to take another adventure back to Haiti to serve the Lord once again in one of my favorite places in the world.
This is truly a life changing and eyeopening experience that I will never take for granted. Lastly, we all met up at Fleri which is a bakery ran by Haitians in the community but originally created and funded by Healing Haiti. Fleri means to flourish and the way God has worked with this opportunity in the community it is truly flourishing. We were able to eat and try their handmade pizzas which were so wonderful, I can see how they are flourishing with pizzas that taste this good. This concludes the day and truly one that I will never forget. Life changing. God is SO good.
“I saw a smile and sparkling eyes. I threw her up in the air and caught her. I squeezed tight, so happy, and giggle escaped from her. Her face lit up. I loved a little girl today…”
Piti Piti n’ap rive. These little by little steps have provided a solid foundation to continue building a “city from nothing” to something. Seeing all that Healing Haiti has done the past few years is nothing short of a miracle.
They taught us how to see the world. They showed us how to sign and corrected our wrong movements. The best part is they were learning a version of American sign language. Communication no longer felt like a massive barrier. 2 languages, 2 different countries yet we could communicate through a common thread. The Spirit of God was so tangible there. It was beautiful to experience. Gods love through creation is everywhere. I was reminded to take the time to step back and just enjoy it.
On our way home our team talked about what we saw and felt. How God was moving through this community by bringing living water. As we reflected during our circle time, we each shared our Word of the Day. Words ranged from, Healing, Overwhelmed, Play, Cleanse, Desperation and Grace. What an experience we will never forget.
We look forward to what God has prepared for us tomorrow.
After we prayed, the children burst forth into a worship song. The presence of God filled the place. Some of us couldn’t hold back the tears and they were streaming down our faces. It was difficult to stand in that moment and not feel like weeping from the power, love, and presence of God. I closed my eyes and lifted my hands and it sounded like an angelic host of angels singing praises to God. What an incredible blessing and surprise. The pastor prayed a blessing over us and thanked us for traveling and taking the risk to be there with them when there is so much political turmoil going on in the world. We were so humbled. The children hugged us tightly as we left and each one made sure to hug each of us!
Our mission was not to come to Haiti and solve anything. It was not to fix anything. It wasn’t even to try and change anything. Our mission was to come to Haiti and give them LOVE. And that is what we did……..and it was enough.
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