Haiti. It’s hard to sum it all up. I’ve been procrastinating about this post because I usually have a lot of words and when I’m faced with Haiti I have none.
The people of Haiti are strong, vibrant and many have a deep faith that surpasses anything I’ve witnessed here in the United States. To listen to a Haitian pray is to listen to a dialogue with God. One that is unaltered by thoughts of self or the interruptions of this world. Faith in poverty is hardcore stuff. I’m trying to get real and ponder how I’d feel about God if he chose to take it all and leave me in a tent city with no husband and a couple of sick kids. I can just imagine God looking down on the churches of Haiti saying “Well done, I can’t wait for you to get up here and dwell with me.”
So what did we do in Haiti? The main objective of the trip was to immunize the kids in our orphan village, do well checks and give love. Over 600 shots later (multiples for each child) we completed the medical task of our trip. Many children were sick but we were pleased to see that the overall health of the village was pretty good. More than half of the children showed significant gains on their growth charts. Administering the immunizations was as painful for the team as it was for the kids. Fortunately they forgave us (maybe it was the new shoes and treats that came after the shots) and we enjoyed playing and hanging out with them the remainder of the week. We were also able to hold a community clinic and saw just over 400 people.
Here are some pictures from the week. I hope the love shines through. I can’t even begin to tell you how these kids etched their names on my heart. Oh and by the way, I’m headed back in three weeks. (=
Calvin deserves a HUGE shout out for manning the fort while I was in Haiti. What a man! He’s even up for doing it again in just a few weeks.
I would also like to thank some incredible people for giving support: I could not have gone on this trip if it weren’t for your generosity.