Just got back from my trip to Haiti early this morning and wanted to share some of my initial thoughts and updates with you all. Before I do, though, thank you to all of you that prayed and supported my trip! It was an amazing 10 days and God really showed up!!
- Poverty in Haiti is like nothing I have seen before. It is going to take years to see this country recover, not just from the earthquake, but from the huge lack of infrastructure that preceded the earthquake.
- I was so blessed by the attitude of the people of Haiti. They have such faith and optimism in the midst of some overwhelming circumstances.
- Walking through the grocery store today, all I could hear was the hundreds of kids we met in Haiti that would constantly be asking us for food. Lord, help them and help us be generous with our wealth!
- I know God’s heart breaks over the poverty of Haiti, but as I was there, I couldn’t help but think if God’s heart breaks in a similar way over our wealth?
- Although Haiti is in dire need, it was very evident that God is moving in this nation. It is not a nation absent of God’s work or His people. The church there is doing some amazing things!
- During our time in Haiti, we had 5 days of medical clinics. Over these 5 days, we were able to serve 775 people!! What an awesome thing to be part of!!
- The medical team that went with us was able to treat people with over $50,000 worth of medicines that were donated by companies and purchased with money donated by people here in the U.S.!
- This was one of the greatest testaments to how well our team of 23 people worked together: We had 3 days in a row of unexpected funerals at the church hosting our medical clinics. One day the casket was actually being carried in as we found out the funeral was happening. The team really rolled with the punches, adjusted and kept on treating people!
- We had one of the most adventurous trips on our way back from Haiti: 8 hour bus ride to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 2 hours of sleep. 12 hours in the Santo Domingo Airport. 1 flight cancellation. 3 hour flight to NYC was rerouted in the air and landed in Baltimore because of wind. 5 hours sitting on the plane in Baltimore. 4 hour drive from Baltimore to Pittsburgh. 27 hours of traveling with no sleep. What a trip!!