"I wanted to give a brief update on my internship in Haiti over this summer. It was amazing to watch the way the Lord moved throughout the five weeks that I was able to spend in the country that has captured my heart. Here is an overview of what we did throughout our time there. We distributed over 300 lbs of rice and beans, gave out shoes, we hosted classes where we taught the girls how to make paper beads, and painted chairs for the children’s church in Fontamara. We were also able to visit three orphanages and were able to spend a lot of time with the children! We traveled out to visit the churches of Les Cayes, Fond Blanc, Jacmel, and Fontamara.
However, over the five weeks, one of the most important things that I was able to learn was how to be self-reliant in a third-world country. From hand washing laundry, functioning without electricity and internet, learning how to convert and function with a different currency, cooking, cleaning, and even buying items at the market, I was able to grasp how different it is to live in a third world country. Although this was not easy at times, I was accompanied by a wonderful team of Haitians that were very patient and helpful throughout the entire process. This team was also crucial in helping me become more fluent in Haitian Creole, and I am so grateful for them. It was a great trip. I was able to spend a lot of time with the precious children and see what life in Haiti is really like.
God worked in ways that words cannot express. Throughout the trip He was constantly teaching me of His faithfulness and grace. On the days when the 110° weather was discouraging me, the Lord was there to strengthen me and sustain me. On the days when I was feeling helpless and burdened by the poverty around me, God reminded me that He was there in the midst of their suffering. On the days when I was overwhelmed by the kindness of the Haitian people and the goodness of the Lord, He was there. In every situation the Lord remained faithful. Honestly, if I was asked to tell the one thing that I learned from my five weeks in Haiti, it would be that: God is faithful (Bondye fidèl in Haitian Creole). I loved being able to spend five weeks in the country that has captured my heart, and I am looking forward to going back again soon!
Thank you for your prayers and support!"