I. LOVE. Haiti!! Looking back, I can’t even remember when it started, but that was a long time ago, so we’ll just leave it at that.
Haiti has always (as long as I can remember) had a special place in my heart. I knew, if I ever went on a mission trip, it would be Haiti. But I never thought it would happen. I mean, none of us kids have been out of the country (until last year when Anna went to Guatemala), I didn’t have my passport, and haven’t came across an organization that I would want to go with. Oh, and money. That always is a problem. I had prayed about it on and off, here and there…and forgot about it.
Last November I was successfully wasting time on Facebook browsing, and saw that someone had invited us to like a page of this organization called “Breath of Life Haiti”. That immediately caught my attention!! I read everything I could on that page and liked what I saw. The organization is focused on women and babies (my cup of tea!!!!! Since I am going into midwifery!). They go to Haiti several times a year and teach a prenatal class to about 25 women. They had a trip coming up January 2015 and were asking for sponsors for these women. It is a one time $80 sponsorship so a pregnant woman can attend the two day class, receive water, a meal, vitamins and a baby outfit/blanket etc. You can write her a note and send a picture too.
I had decided to sponsor, and hadn’t really even thought about the fact that I might be able to go to Haiti with this organization. I was just super excited that I could do something to help and personally write a Haitian a note!
After a month-ish, corresponding with Ashley (the mission trip leader/organization president), she had emailed me and said she noticed that we sew and crochet (she clicked on the link to our Etsy shop that is in the signature of my email). Would I be interested in going on a future trip to teach the women there?
Months went by. I prayed about it (a lot), talked to my parents (sure I can decide for myself, but it is wise to listen to the counsel of parents!!) and kept in touch with Ashley.
One other problem that was miraculously solved….getting the time off of work.
I got my passport, church family had generously donated to help out with my trip expenses, lists were made of what to bring, we brain stormed on what to teach them to sew, sewing kits were put together, someone had generously donated over 175 yards of fabric and patterns were made.
People. I was going to Haiti!!!!!
—to be continued—
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