Why Go To Haiti
Showing and Sharing the Gospel in Haiti
July was a busy month in Haiti for our GO2Haiti Teams and Staff. Last week you received an email regarding an adventure from the life of the first team's members. This week the Pastor/Leader of the second team shares his heart from the second teams' experience. I trust this article will encourage and challenge you in praying for the GO2Haiti Teams and it will also encourage you concerning God's work among the Haitian people and how you may become involved. Now Pastor Dustin shares:
It didn't take long for our team to feel out of place and to begin recognizing the immensely different cultural context we were entering. We were walking down the runway to enter the airport terminal, baking in the hot sun, hearing a band playing in the distance. Once we entered the terminal, we were among the few speaking English and we were ushered into a crowded line to pass through customs. We had made it. We were in!
However, our joy in being through customs was short-lived because now we had to navigate baggage claim. In the United States, baggage claim is fairly organized and calm, but this was quite the opposite! We were thrust into a steamy room full of chaos, and we virtually climbed over others to lay hold of our belongings. We were sweaty, uncomfortable, and stressed out.
Finally, we all got our bags and exited the building. At this point, we had to find our ride while mobs of people offered to help us carry our luggage (for a small fee, of course). We eventually boarded the back of a large flatbed truck with wooden benches sitting on either side of the bed. Some of us could sit, but many of us had to stand for the ride to where we were staying. Fortunately, the ride wasn't too long!
We had met at the Columbus airport at 5:00 a.m. and we were finally arriving at our final destination at 5:00 p.m. after hours of travel and several seriously uncomfortable situations. We were patted down, had our bags searched, stood in the scorching heat, and fought to get through the airport doors. But we had arrived!
Why would 15 people make a journey like this to spend a week in a foreign country? Why would our team endure the heat, the limited use of toilets, the lack of electricity, and the risk of Zika, Malaria, or Typhoid Fever? What was our motivation?
As you can imagine, we all understood that we weren't embarking on a cushy vacation. We were spending a week in Haiti for the sake of the Gospel. We wanted to show the love of Jesus to many and share the message about Jesus with everyone we could. We wanted to help those we encountered understand that God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, and we entered Haiti as His ambassadors.
Sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel is natural for someone who truly understands what happened on the cross. It was there that Jesus took our sin upon himself and paid the full penalty on our behalf. He suffered a death He didn't deserve so that those who put their trust in Him could have true, undeserved, eternal life. Jesus gave everything so that we could be reconciled to God. It was because of this that we so willingly laid down our lives in order that others might hear and know that good news!
While in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, we spent time playing with kids and shared stories from the Bible with them. We also helped build a new dormitory for the young women living at the House of Hope Orphanage. Finally, we helped serve at a medical clinic operated by Three Strands.
However, the most important, impactful, and lasting thing we did while in Haiti was build relationships. We made friendships with men, women, and children who will remain in Haiti long after our departure date. We learned their stories, we were mutually encouraged, and we prayed for one another.
No project we could complete in a week could have anywhere near the impact of meaningfully pouring into lasting relationships that strengthen and encourage our Haitian brothers and sisters.
What made going to Haiti worth it? Knowing that we have the opportunity to build into people, make new friendships, and encourage others by showing and sharing the love of Jesus.. All those discomforts become insignificant when we consider the eternal blessing of being an ambassador for Christ in Haiti!
(Dustin Speaks is the Missions Mobilization Pastor for Grace Polaris Church in Westerville, Ohio. This article was posted on the church blog and is used here by Dustin's permission. He is in the photo above holding the baby.)
Pastor Dustin and Grace Polaris Church have become great friends and partners with Caribbean Vision Ministries. We appreciate their ongoing efforts to make an impact on Haiti for the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of their efforts and sacrifices lives are being changed in Haiti.And the lives of Team Members are being changed as well. You as an individual or your church can also make an impact on Haiti for the Lord Jesus Christ. Your prayers, your financial support, and your feet on the ground in Haiti as part of a Team can help to reach people for Christ and change lives for now and eternity. For more information on the ministry in Haiti visit us on our website at: caribbeanvisionministries.org or contact us at: email@example.com.