We are blessed to be a part of God’s work in Haiti through our support of Haiti Outreach Ministries. And we are blessed to have members and friends who travel to Haiti to work alongside Haitians while providing medical treatment and installing roofs on homes. You can help support our trip with prayers and financial contributions. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to off-set the cost of purchasing medical supplies, providing construction materials, and covering some trip expenses. We anticipate great need in Port-au-Prince following the recent hurricane, and so your support is especially appreciated this year. For more information, please contact Kim Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may drop checks off at the office or into the offering plate. Please designate that they are for the Haiti 2017 trip. Thank you!
Haiti Work Mission
Medical workers and skilled or semi-skilled construction workers are needed for a medical mission trip to Haiti in 2013. For more information, contact Reid member Dr. Ed Boland.
A word about Haiti
Haiti is the most populous full member-state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-bloc. It is the poorest country in the Americas per the Human Development Index. Political violence has occurred regularly throughout its history, leading to government instability. Most recently, in February 2004, a coup d'état originating in the north of the country forced the resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. A provisional government took control with security provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Michel Martelly, the current president, was elected in the Haitian general election, 2011.
The island has had a history of destructive earthquakes. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 and devastated Port-au-Prince. The highest reliable death count was estimated at 220,000. The Presidential palace, Parliament and many other important structures were destroyed, along with countless homes and businesses, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. The country has yet to recover from the 2010 earthquake (and subsequent incidents).
Dana Matthews Cook
During the past year or so, I've considered the word blessing and what it means to be blessed...most commonly, we hear each other expressing blessedness in relation to our perception of good things in our lives...for me, it's the health of my children and me (and more particularly, that they don't have cancer!), its the freedoms that we enjoy and the material resources that we have readily available. And so I've been wondering, well before our trip to Haiti, about those whose whose children do receive the cancer diagnosis, those without a sense of physical security, of those who don't know where their next meal is coming from. Are they less blessed, I wondered?
And so my conflict continued in Haiti as our days in the make shift clinic entailed children who complained of stomach aches not because of a growing tumor or ruptured appendix but simply because they were literally starving to death...it was a culture without the most basic resources of food and shelter that we take for granted. Where is their blessing, I asked?
But Sunday came and our opportunity to worship with those we had gone to serve eased some of my conflict. As I witnessed the joy in worship and the pride in giving from what little they had, I was able to reconcile that blessing isn't about an abundance of good health or wealth but rather, about our recognition of our need for God and for the opportunity to be in relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. So what now? Was I to just leave Haiti with a lighter spirit and trust that their blessings are simply different than mine? I don't believe that we are so easily off the hook. As believers, we have been commissioned from the gospel of Matthew to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." We are not called to return to our abundance of blessings and forget about those with less...we are called to extend our blessing to others and be the hands and feet of Jesus while trusting that His promise to "be present with us always" is the blessing for all of us.
Thank you Reid family for the support that was given for the medical mission to Haiti. The trip was a life changing experience.
When our airplane landed in Haiti we went into the airport and I felt total chaos. Pam, Harry, Kim and Adam knew the ins and outs. Not having a clue, that was good for me. Stay in a group, pay attention, go, go, go and we went fast.
Our ride got us to our home for the trip. That night I asked the Lord to let me feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and I slept in peace. I know the Lord was with us the whole trip. It was a blessing and an eye opener.
The next day was a beautiful sunny day and everyone was ready to get to work. Hundreds of people were waiting to see the doctors and nurses and to get medicine from the pharmacy. I wish each of you could have been there. It was one of the best moments of my life. The adults and the little children were well- mannered and patient, sometimes waiting for hours. In this mass of people you could feel the Holy Spirt at work.
As I stood in the back of the room looking around, my heart felt like it would pop, chill bumps ran down my arms and tears ran down my checks. “Faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love”, was all I could think about. The days were very busy, it was a happy time. We were God’s people helping and loving our neighbors. Getting to know my church family working, eating, having fun, and going to church together was wonderful.
My careers were teaching and counseling children and I was very interested to see what was happening in education. I got to see a new school. I was impressed. There is public education but it is not free so not all children get a chance to be educated. It is very sad. The people are very malnourished. They can’t afford medical help.
I saw Faith, Hope and Love in the eyes of the people we gave care, also, in all of the eyes of my church family from Reid. This trip opened my eyes so I could see Christ quietly working, making a difference.
This trip was a spiritual journey. Taking myself out of my little happy box and trying to look at how my life would be living in Haiti was an humbling experience. Being in the season of Lent, let’s look at the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Always remember, God has blessed us so we can be a blessing to others.