Heartfelt highlights in Haiti....
A team of young women stayed at the House of Joy in January 2016 (and a few of them came back for a three week stay in June/July 2016!)...teaching English, tutoring, doing arts and crafts, playing games and sharing God's love with the girls, the elderly and surrounding villages. As their faith matured, so did their hearts for Haiti and its people.
Be prepared to have your heart melt as you read below what each of the young ladies hope to share with you--their sincerity of their faith and the love for the mission is evident. We are so thankful for these young ladies and their hearts and in their being part of the girls lives at HOJ.
Brooke E.: Many people are confused when we tell them where we are going for a week. They question the safety and the risks. But what they don't consider is the life changing experience that Haiti brings. Yes, it can be dangerous. But light is made to invade darkness. Haiti brings me so much joy and the impact made on the team and on the people reached is incredible. Haiti is my second home and my heart aches to be with my second family.
Eden B: It seems like the world is quieter in Haiti. You can actually hear God teaching you and see the joy of the Haitian people! We were even able to see God do miracles in our group and see His hand in everything that happened on that trip. I can't wait to go back!
Paige S: A lot of events happened in Haiti, but nothing compares to hearing God loud and clear, telling you exactly what He's called you to: to shine His light. God was definitely working through this amazing experience. I must remember that the mission doesn't stop when we land in Springfield- Haiti was just the training ground.
Hannah H: When I used to hear about people who would drop their whole lives and move to a foreign country to be missionaries, I was always a little confused as to why. Why would they give up their lives in America to go to a dirty unknown place? But after going to Haiti this Christmas break I totally got it. I would go back in a heartbeat and stay forever if I could. Haiti stole my heart.
Julianna F: The best experience in Haiti was really just being there. Every day was perfect; everyday we served. It's not just the orphaned girls or the desperate people in Turbe - not even the elderly in the nursing home that make me want to go back so badly. It's the fact that it was real living - God showed me day by day what life, our purpose on earth, is truly about.