"Our last trip to Haiti has been my third. Like every other trip, I am reminded of all that God has done since we started on this journey some three years ago.
The first day and a half that we were there seemed to be uneventful due to the lack of transportation, but this gave Brother David and I a chance to talk about building, labor and some of the other needs that would be coming up concerning the orphanage project. We got to know each other very well and enjoyed each other's company (being that neither one of us spoke Creole and limited French). Nevertheless, we enjoyed ourselves - sharing ideas and possible ways to make the orphanage as self-sufficient as possible.
The Lord was setting things up for us so that we could be efficient with our time; the various meetings we had lined up went smoothly and proved to be fruitful. Many people gave us a helping hand and were ready to help us in the future.
We met with a doctor who agreed to help us access the health needs of children. He came to the orphanage and gave us some insight as to what we would need as far as an examining room and/or a nurse’s station. We also met with a man who raises chickens and rabbits in order to see what we could do to raise the orphanage's supply of food. He was certainly very helpful and gave us many good ideas. Even more, he told us what happened to him and his family during the earthquake and their struggle to evacuate when their house collapsed.
Later on a Sunday morning, we paid a visit to the mountain village of Garrette. There, Brother David and I visited the children during their Bible study service and they sang for us. How this made our day! We enjoyed the outpouring of love that they offered us. On our way back to the US, we traveled to the Dominican Republic by bus to meet up with Pastor Charles. There, God used us to minister to the congregation who, in turn, shared the Word with us as well. Our last night at the church, the pastor took up a second offering to pay for our transportation back to the airport the following day. This was a blessing we didn't expect! Brother David and I looked at each other - with our eyes full of tears - realizing that, although we came to bless others, we were the ones being blessed. This touched our hearts and further gave us a sense of bonding with the people.
As I reflect back on the whole trip, I realized that God is doing a special work in all of us; opening our eyes to things that we might not have seen in the natural. God was also filling our hearts with his love to share with all our brothers and sisters. I can't wait to go back to do God's work and to share God's love. No matter what the cost, it is an honor to be His servant."