Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Haiti Trip 2016 Part 2

On the day before we left Haiti, we took some time to go to the seashore. 
I love the beach and always have.
This was different of course.
This is Haiti.

Beautiful water... and beautiful people...

This sweet girl in a yellow dress wanted to help us find sea shells....
I asked her where her parents were and she told me "at home."
I hope that was the case...
A lot of children walk around by themselves...


Monday, August 22, 2016

Haiti Trip 2016

I have been back from Haiti for about 2 1/2 weeks....
It seems surreal.

Before I left, I felt a burden to take in every second of the trip and to take it slow in my mind because I knew everyday would fly by.
I told myself to enjoy every second, even the hard ones, and to write every night when I got back to the base.  
I stumbled across this quote from Jim Elliot- "Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God."
That is how I went into my trip and how I have been trying to live since I came home.
It is so easy to get so busy that you mindlessly go from one event to another.  Even during a mission trip.
Our journey to Haiti was everything we wanted and more.
We enjoyed seeing some of the same kids that we connected-bonded with and some new ones that have since came to the orphanage.  The numbers are over 100 now.  

It was joyful but yet sorrowful.
It was beautiful but yet ugly.
It was happy but yet so sad.
It was long but yet quick.
It was exactly where I wanted to be but yet at times I needed to flee from the sadness.

The above picture is of one of the new boys.  I don't know his story. So many kids and so many stories as to why and how they got there.