My 16 year old just recently went on her first mission trip to Haiti. She wrote her story and I was so moved by it, I thought I’d share it here on my blog. I am incredibly proud of the young lady that she has become. Here are some pics and her story; a life changed in Haiti.
I’m so excited to tell you about my trip to Haiti. It was an incredible life changing experience and I was so blessed to be a part of something bigger than this world. It was a three day trip and to be honest, I wish it had lasted longer.
I got to form relationships with the orphan girls and it’s something undescribable. I have to say that one of my worst fears going into this trip was that the girls wouldn’t like me and did I get the shock of a lifetime. These girls were so loving and they just clung on to me. As soon as I walked out of a building, at least four of the girls came running towards me to hug me or hold my hand. One of the main things that blew my mind was how the language barrier didn’t seem to matter. I fell in love with these girls and they with me despite lack of words.
Another thing that amazed me was the fact that these girls had nothing yet they were so happy. They were so fascinated by the little things that we hardly notice or even find boring. It really taught me, personally, that it’s the little things that matter and that’s what makes all the difference in life. For example, while we swam in the ocean with them, the had so much fun just holding hands and going under water with me. Something like that we would find boring but they were entertained for hours.
Going into this trip, I expected to impact their lives but something I didn’t count on was these girls impacting and changing my life as well. I have to say the main thing I miss is all the affection I received from these girls. Constantly having someone hold your hand, or hug you, or play with your hair is definitely somehting to be missed in my opinion.
While I was there I was given the priviledge to hear one of the girls’ story. Wislove’s father kicked her mother out of the house when she was pregnant with her and told her to go have the baby with her family. After being prematurely born and living with her family for 3 months after the birth, she decided to go back to the father. When she reached home, she found that the father had already gotten another woman and refused to let her stay. Wislove’s mother had nowhere to go or no way to care for Wislove. Her mother took her to the orphanage that my church takes care of and just left here there. Of course, Mama Yo (the caretaker) took her in. Her mother now refuses to see her and Wislove is very small for her age. Despite all this, Wislove was one of the happiest girls I got to meet. She has the biggest smile and she’s just the cutest little thing you’ve ever seen.
I miss Wislove and all the other girls so much and I’m so amazed at how much they impacted my life. When we took them back to the orphanage and had to leave, the girls were crying and so was I and the rest of our team. Seeing the girls cry at our departure was just too much for us and everybody in the car cried for a good fifteen minutes. I am definitely going on the next trip to see these girls. There is just no way I can never see the girls that changed my life in such a great way.
I am so thankful to have experienced God’s love through these girls.