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Haiti – Day 2

Alright, so here’s the next day of my trip in Haiti! Hope you all are encouraged by my posts…

Haiti – Day 2 (July 13)

Terra Casse

What a day! We traveled from Hinche to a small village (Terra Casse) to run a medical clinic today. I had¬†so much fun. We started off in the medical group, where I followed Dr. Combs and helped him wherever it was necessary. There were so many people there who had minor and major medical issues. It certainly kept me busy! I was able to hand out vitamins, pain meds, antibiotics, and a bunch of other stuff. I also was able to mix an amoxicillin injection to give to a lady with an infected leg. It was really awesome, since I had never given a shot before. ūüôā Then we ate lunch and went to see the little village. It was¬†so eye-opening. I absolutely loved being with the kids in the village. Two girls came up to me and linked arms with me as I walked down to the lake. Then we played with the kids with frisbees, footballs and games/singing. It was warm and sticky, but so, so worth it. The hardest thing we had to do was turn the people away at the end of the day. Some had waited for months for us to come, but still weren’t able to get help. Later in the afternoon, it poured rain. It was such a blessing and totally cooled things off a bit. We packed the VBS backpacks we were going to hand out while it was raining.

Packing backpacks

   Packing backpacks

 

Soccer in the rain

Soccer in the rain

There is so much need out there. I feel that God is definitely calling me to serve Him in this tangible way (medical). People are so thankful to receive what they can. I am still amazed at how impoverished yet joyful and grateful these people are. I feel like the less you have, the more genuinely grateful you will be, as well as you wouldn’t feel the “need” for unnecessary things. I wonder what life would be like if we lived solely on essential things. Just being in Haiti makes me so less self-centered. I honestly haven’t given a second thought as to what people might think of me and more of how I can serve and show God’s love. I do not want to forget this day! (once again) I always want to remember the desperate need of these people and what I feel God’s call is for me. As I was working, I couldn’t help but think, what if they had just one more person to be able to diagnose and to heal? It would be possibly 30-35 more people who could be helped. I also want to remember just what being in Haiti is like. I haven’t been self-conscious¬†in the least. Everyone is so friendly and others-focused. I want to maintain this attitude in America: Being focused on others, not caring what everyone else would think.

Well, that’s it for now! Thanks so much for reading this…

God bless,

Kirsten

Two little boys from Terra Casse

     Two little boys from Terra Casse

Apartments being built after the earthquake    
Apartments being built after the earthquake

Me and my sister
Me and my sister

 

 

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Haiti – Day 1

Now, this occurred back in July, but I’m going to post it anyway. ūüôā As I said, back in July, I went on a missions trip to Hinche, Haiti through Haiti Endowment Fund. We spent 8 days running a Kids Camp and Medical Clinic. I was truly blessed and forever changed by the experience. Everyday, I journaled a bit about what happened through the day and what God was teaching me. I’m going to be posting these journals each time I get a chance to post. Hope you enjoy!

Haiti – Day 1 (July 12)

“Wow! What an unforgettable experience so far! From the airport and customs in Port-Au-Prince to cold morning military showers at the compound in Hinche. I pray I will never forget the things I’ve seen. Yesterday, we arrived in Port-Au-Prince after a red-eye flight (California to Miami to Haiti) and took a sweaty, 3 hour bus ride to Hinche. The poverty here is beyond unimaginable. From something as simple as a 3 wall cement house with a curtain for a door in the middle of the city to a hut made of bamboo poles with leaves across the top for a roof in the middle of the hills. I didn’t expect to see¬†so much devastation and poverty. So far already, though, God has taught me so much. As we were driving along in the bus yesterday, there were people everywhere. What struck me most was the joy that these people have even in their extremely poor and impoverished situation. I keep wondering why they get up every morning? What keeps them motivated and hopeful for the next day? All you have to do is smile at one of them and you receive a huge, beautiful smile in return. Even driving down the streets, you see little girls giggling and braiding each others’ hair. You see little boys playing and wresting with each other. Seeing that reminded me that they are just like us. They aren’t a God-forsaken,, “forgot about” country at all. God holds the life of each Haitian in this country in the palm of His hand and loves them just like He loves us. Just because they work harder than we ever do to make a very simple or meager living, doesn’t mean that God doesn’t know about or doesn’t love them. And that’s another of those convicting things. These people work¬†so¬†unimaginably hard in ridiculous temperatures. I may think I have it hard back in America doing chores in an un-airconditioned house, but compared to the four-year I saw today, who was hauling water from a filthy river in hot, humid weather, to a hut at most, it’s embarrassing to even admit that I complained about that. That’s it for now, but I know there’s more to say. I have a feeling this trip is going to be more about teaching me than anything else.

Lord,

I pray that You will¬†NEVER let me forget about the things I’ve seen. Please allow me to be moldable and teachable. Enable me to appy what I’ve learned to my life and to further pursue a relationship with You for the rest of my life. Thank you for showing me and teaching me what You have already. Continue to stretch me, teach me, and correct me. Enable me to be open to it and listening for it , not just while we’re here in Haiti, but in the days, months, and ears following. Lord, I love it here so far, the simplicity of life and the satisfaction in what you have. For selfish reasons, I pray that I will be able to return here again. I love you so much and I pray that You will shine Your love through me to the people who come to the village clinic tomorrow. Enable me to be Your servant with Your heart.

Well, that’s it for now! I’ll be posting the next journal soon. Everything is a bit choppy in these journals, but they are exactly what I wrote while in Haiti. Hope you enjoyed it! Please feel free to comment below, I’d love to hear from you! ‚ô•

Kirsten

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Airport at Port-Au-Prince

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Me and two little Haitian girls  

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