In January, I announced that I would be moving to Haiti for a period of time and I was seeking financial help in order to make this vision a reality. Because of the generosity of several sponsors and supporters, I am here and able to work on projects with Light for Living International Ministries, Frontier Projects, The Touch of The Healing Hands, and other groups that work to make this world a better place.
I have been blessed, not only to work with children in such a great capacity, but to use my skills and God given talents to better a number of organizations on social and technical levels. In the past two and a half weeks that I have been on ground in Haiti, I have been able to travel, work in different Haitian communities, and do what else I love. I have been the designated photographer, social media analyst, website developer, newsletter and video creator, etc.
So, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your contributions. You have truly been a blessing to me and to the communities of Haiti. Below is my first newsletter, showcasing IC Cavaillon's first Vacation Bible School and all of the program's success.
Check out my July newsletter, detailing the empowering spirit of
Remember that post I wrote about love being a universal language? That proved true tonight as I sat in on a Creole prayer and worship service. I did not know many words at all and for most of the time, I just prayed to myself. I was confused for a while, but I picked up on the love of Jesus Christ. I began to catch words and phrases in songs such as “I need you, Lord,” and “Jesus, I love you.” I followed along in my Bible as the worship leaders read in Creole and was very pleased with the selected passages. John 14:14 was one of them and it was very easy to translate for myself. I hummed the songs along in English in my head and tried to piece together parts that I knew. I understood more tonight than I have in the past couple of days.
Determination is also a universal language. Betty, my roommate and I, are both working very hard to learn a language. Her, English, and myself, French and Creole. Although it is not easy, we work together and help each other every day to learn and to know. We are getting better each day. I am very grateful for this arrangement and for making a friend. It is nice to have somebody to talk to all the time. We are getting close whether it was forced or not. Forced is a strong word, so let’s go with prepared.
There are 11 days left until I hop on the plane and leave for Haiti for a six month missionary adventure. I quit both of my jobs, signed over my lease and packed up my house. I have gotten my affairs in order and have raised almost $7,000 to do God's work in the Land of High Mountains. Even though those seem like stressful life events, I am noticing that the most stressful thing about this ordeal is PACKING! Seriously! I never would have thought that packing for this trip would be such an overwhelming experience!
My biggest question is how do you pack for six months? How do you know exactly what you need for six months? I cannot just call my parents and ask them to mail me this or that. I've been playing different scenarios in my head and I keep coming up with different answers. What I bring is what I have to live with, so I have one chance to get it right.
I'm asking you all to pray for me. God, be with me!
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