Mission of Hope Haiti
Mission Trip Experiences
If you've been on a Mission Trip to Mission of Hope, Haiti, chances are you had some pretty amazing experiences and "God moments". We want you to share those experiences with us and others. Just click the "Share your experience" button to get started.
Posted by Courtney:
I had the honor of visiting Mission of Hope Haiti on a mission trip in February of 2012. The experience has had lasting effects on my life and the way I see the world (and missions). The biggest takeaway from the mission perspective is that it is, in fact, obtainable as something that can be experienced by anyone. For years it seemed that mission trips were only for people who were able to devote several years in the field. Missions today allow for glimpses of life outside of our posh American existence, and the experience changes us. There were many things that affected me in deep ways over the course of my trip. While I was there, the Lord exposed me to the suffering of the people of Haiti. Yes, there is much beauty there - but the Lord saw fit to break my heart for the people of Haiti in such a way that they will always be a part of me. On Valentine’s Day, 2012 I walked in for a Tuesday night church service on the MOH campus and immediately felt something slam into my knees with what seemed to be tremendous force – even though we were shoulder-to-shoulder walking en masse. I looked down, and this beautiful toddler boy was there. I picked him up and sat down in the nearest seat. In less than 60 seconds he fell fast asleep in my arms. He remained there in perfect comfort, even rolling over several times, throughout the 2+ hour service. I cried the entire time. I felt the Lord telling me that my son was a little toddler boy in Haiti. This perfect Valentine was a gift - a message of what was to come. A VERY long story short, with about a million God moments along the way, it is now shortly after Valentine’s Day 2015 – three years from that moment in time that changed my life forever. I am happy to say that I am two years and four months into an official adoption process. A year ago October I was referred a little boy. A toddler boy. From Haiti. I am awaiting finalization of this adoption at some point this year. As I mentioned, mission experience changes us. Changes us in a good way. I would say it is definitely NOT about how you are helping others, but how others are helping you see the world with a clearer view and change your priorities in life from that point forward. It was an experience I will never forget. So often, as Americans, we think we can go in and fix things and 'save' others. The experience saved me. I truly look forward to my son coming home and for us to return to Haiti together when he is old enough to serve together in some fashion. We will always keep the people of Haiti in our prayers. I am truly thankful for the experience.
Posted by Carolina:
I am 16 years old and took my very first mission trip ever to Mission of Hope in June 2014. It was the most life changing experience I have ever encountered. While I was in Haiti, I worked with the medical mobile clinic. I saw so much pain and suffering and realized there is a huge need for medical help in Haiti. Since my experience with the medical mobile clinic, I believe God has called me to pursue a career as a missionary doctor. I am thankful for Mission of Hope and how God used them to display my calling in life. Mission of Hope has impacted my life by inspiring and encouraging me to become a missionary doctor to help bring life and health to Haiti. Apart from the medical side, Mission of Hope has impacted my life by opening my eyes to a suffering world outside of America. We see commercials on T.V. of starving kids and communities without clean water, but it's nothing like experiencing it first hand. Having the opportunity to interact with and just love on the people of Haiti made it so real. Before I went on my trip, I always thought of missions as more of a tiring job. I once read about a girl who left her family, moved to Uganda, and adopted a few kids. I remember reading it and thinking, "that girl is crazy, I would never in a million years want to do that." I thought about this girl and assumed she was miserable. But here I am, several months after my first encounter with missions and there is nothing I would rather do than give up everything and move to a country in need. Before I never saw the joy in missions. I didn't see the fulfillment that would come from helping and loving others. But now, I realize that there is so much joy and happiness in missions. There is a unique passion inside of us that is waiting to be released.
Posted by Hannah:
The first time I went to MOH I was a Freshman in college, and I went into it with the mindset that I wanted to go on a mission trip to change the world and also just to say I did it. Being at Mission of Hope COMPLETELY changed my life. Not only did the Hope House kids win my heart over like none other, but the people in the villages, church, and the overall ministry of Mission of Hope were all extremely beautiful and unlike anything I have ever seen before. I love watching the kids grow up with every Facebook post I see, especially the little ones. Each time I go to MOH, God reveals something new that I need to work on in my own life. Not a day goes by that I don't think about and pray for MOH, and the Haitians that are being impacted each and every day. The joy of the people in the villages is astounding. When it seems like they have little, their attitudes are the most caring and hopeful. I remember talking with someone in the village of Turpin, and this man told me that while he knows people pray for Haiti daily, he likes to pray for the USA because he has heard that it's harder to share the gospel here than it is in Haiti. Every time I board the plane to go home, and watch the mountains fade behind me, my heart aches more and more. Haiti definitely has my heart and it has changed me in so many unexplainable ways, and it's all thanks to Mission of Hope. The second time I went to MOH I made the decision to sponsor a child. I am now the proud sponsor of a precious young lady named Stacy, and I love her so much. Last Spring when I was there, I had the opportunity to meet her. I'm not a mother, but I know that God led her right to me, even if I wasn't the one who picked her for me. I have been able to correspond to her multiple times each year, and she has given me so much happiness, especially when I can't be in Haiti. Prior to going to Mission of Hope, I looked at missions as going in to a city or another country to help people who need it. Since Haiti is a third world country, I always wanted to go and hold cute little babies and tell people about the Lord and His love/grace. As soon as I got to MOH I knew that my outlook was so very wrong. Mission of Hope doesn't just help those in need, they are so much more. MOH makes food packets that feed hundreds of thousands each day; they have a prosthetic lab that helps the disabled when they are generally taboo to interact with; 3 Cords employs handicapped Haitians and products travel all over the world; they employ many many Haitians in the church, as security, at the schools, and other places across several campuses. The campuses themselves minister to people in all different areas of the country. I learned quickly that missions is not about me. It's about what God wants to reveal to others (and myself too) during that week that I am there, but also what God wants to continue to do in the lives of the Haitians after I am gone. Missions is not about me at all, it's about God and the people that are being ministered too through us. I LOVE seeing how much Mission of Hope is growing.
Posted by Jill:
My life has drastically changed since the first time of 3 staying at Mission of Hope. It changed my day to day mentality of how and what I think of, prioritizing to put others first no matter what. Haiti will always have my heart and Mission of Hope has captured my passion for Haiti to bring it to the next level of loving and serving others. It's not what you're doing what matters, but the building of relationships with the Haitian communities is what means the most to me.
Posted by Rebecca :
My trip to MOH has changed my life and each woman I brought with me. We all just heard God so clearly in Haiti about decisions and dilemmas back home, especially while we were falling in love with the people. Through this experience I realized my heart is more toward missions that are fully engaged in the country and the people, not just a mission that hosts missions teams. It blows me away how involved MOH is in every facet of Haitian life and the impact for Christ they've made!
Posted by Courtney:
A life changer for sure! I went to Mission of Hope in May of 2014 with a small group from church and it changed my outlook on life and strengthened my faith. I met amazing people with such strong spirits and I will treasure the experience always. Haiti will be in my heart forever.
Posted by Carmen:
Wow. Haiti! Mission of Hope. God's love. Powerful. All-encompassing LOVE. Those are a few key phrases and words that come to mind when I think of my mission trip to Haiti with MOH Thanksgiving 2014. This trip challenged me- to become a village champion in my own community and to give back to God 100%, 100% of the time. I pray that this trip changed lives the way it changed mine. God bless Haiti and MOH!
Posted by Audrie:
I went to Haiti summer of 2013, and it absolutely took my breath away. I never thought I would fall in love with it as much as I did! We built a school, served meals to children at VBS, painted houses, and played with the children of the orphanage. I got to grow closer to God and his son through seeing the beauty of His creation and worshipping Him. Without a doubt, I am coming back to Haiti through Mission of Hope - and I encourage you to experience this amazing trip also!
Posted by Jodie:
Words can not express the love that I have for Haiti. When I first signed up for the mission trip, I honestly thought that I was going to be a blessing on the people of Haiti. But what really happened was Haiti was a blessing to me. Relationships were created that I will forever love. This little girl names Loundine stole my heart. Although I have no daughters of my own, I totally consider her as my daughter. If you are thinking about going on a mission trip, I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to do. You will forever be changed.
Posted by Debilyn & Eli Hardaway:
The time we ( my 11 yr. old son, Eli & I and sister Julie )had was such a blessed experience. Looking around and taking in each village trip, I could see the most humble and uncluttered relationship with Christ in the believers living in Haiti. When I returned home I was overwhelmed by the "stuff" we think we need. God's word says, Christ alone is sufficient. That is a truth for them in Haiti. Salvation, trust, joy, peace, love, provision, grace, mercy.....life. The value of God's characteristics are truly in who He is and not in what the people of Haiti have, for compared to what we have in the USA, they have nothing. But for they who believe, they know they have everything. Thank-you Heavenly Father for more insight, and understanding.
Posted by Katelynn Roman:
I've been home for over almost a month, and I've taken so much out of my time spent in Haiti. The people are so friendly and proud, and the nature surrounding me was always beautiful. My experience through Mission of Hope was absolutely priceless. God humbled me in Haiti, and he's continuing to do so while being back home. I hope to return very soon. :)
Posted by JoEllen:
I had such a memorable experience while in Haiti with Mission of Hope. I went last Thanksgiving, and I still talk to my "brothers" from Haiti. There was absolutely no better way to spend my Thansgiving than serving the people of Haiti. I absolutely loved it. The thing that this trip taught me the most was that there is no greater gift than the ability to love others the way that Christ loves us. I made so many life-long relationships while in Haiti, and I wouldn't change that for the world. I'm very blessed to say that I'll be returning to the country that has my heart again this Thanksgiving.
Posted by Carolina:
I had the best experience while at MOH! I came on a mission trip st the beginning of June with my mom. The most important thing I learned while I was here was seeing the kids, many who had no shoes, clothes, or anything at all. These kids were running through hard gravel, through glass, and trash, with no shoes on or anything. But even though the kids have nothing, they were the happiest, most joyful people I have ever met. I realized that the material things will never truly fulfill us, but the love and joy of Jesus Christ is what will make us whole. I never knew what I was getting myself into when I came to Haiti. I expected it to be a one time trip, a great experience, and a good memory. After going, there was no way this could ever be a one time thing. I fell in love with the country of Haiti, and the loving people there. I can't wait for my next trip, and future involvement with the country of Haiti!
Posted by Diane:
I can't believe that it has been two months since I returned home from MOH from my two week medical mission trip March 15 - 28, 2014. I love keeping in touch with some of the wonderful people that are now part of my life, some of them since I was there last September too, like Etienne, my interpreter! I can hardly wait to schedule another trip! It was such a blessing to me and it was awesome to be able to bless so many with the way God has gifted me! Both trips for mobile clinics, I was also blessed to work with Dr. Alex! Love that man, all of the interpreters and other Haitian helpers on the mobile teams, and all of the MOH medical missions staff! You are all amazing! Thank God for sharing all of you with me!!
Posted by Donna:
I miss Haiti too! Arriving in Haiti for the first time and on my first mission trip, I never expected that I would leave with such profound Hope of The Lord. I cannot say enough about the joy I experienced with the people at Mission of Hope and the village of Minotre. Truly we saw the miraculous Hand of God working through His people to bring life transformation to every man woman and child in Haiti. Being with such passionate believers has made me passionate for my own community. My life has been transformed too .
Posted by Katy:
I was blessed to visit MOH February 19th-26th for the fourth time! Each trip just gets better and better. I have made amazing friends and fallen in love with this beautiful country. This trip I learned to take each day one at a time and keep my ears open to listen to God's plan. I love and pray for Mission of Hope!
Posted by dave:
Haiti was amazing! Went to give, received much more
Posted by MacKenzie:
I went to Haiti for the first time on a mission trip in July of 2013. I loved it down in Haiti. From all my experience, the one thing I've learned is that there is no greater gift then the ability to give. Whether it is a flower, smile or a simple pray. All forms of charity give us purpose and it is the BEST way to show your gratitude and awareness of the beauty life beholds. Right away the children in Haiti stole my heart. They just wanted to be loved and held. They didn't care who you were, your past or your stuggles they loved unconditionally. I see why Jesus told us to be like children. "If you can change a life of one child you can change an entire generation." I will never forget this great memory.
Posted by TaWana McAllister:
This trip was a life changing experience for me. I was questioning my faith in Christ when I decided to do this trip, through the counselors and the people of Haiti, I realized that I had nothing to question at all my faith did need to be restored it was always there. This experience will stay with me forever. I was able to come a week that I was alone, but I believe the lord meant for me to come exactly the week I did , I got some one on one with the families and was welcomed in their homes. The children in one of the Villages were able to get to know me and was very comfortable with me by the end of my trip. Everyone is place here for a reason and my reason is meant to serve. I will never forget this experience.
Posted by Jean:
During Village Time in Turpin, we followed our translator, Smith, back behind the school we had been visiting each day. Farmland. Beautiful scenery. Beautiful people. We met two sisters that day. The first, Louisetta, knew Jesus. Loved Him. Served Him. The second, Luciana, knew about God. Her family had all accepted Christ into their lives. She had not. Smith asked why. She said she didn’t know. My sister shared that God had sent us there to tell her that He loved her. That He cares about her. That He knows her. We asked if we could pray for her, and she said yes. As we gathered around her to pray for her body and spirit, I knew that what Sara said was true. The God of the universe. The one who put the stars in place. The one who moves the oceans. He loved Luciana enough to send us to her. For no other reason than to show her His love. For no other reason than to let her know He knew her. He saw her. Even if she didn’t choose Him. He chose her. So I continue to pray for Luciana. That she would accept this God that loved her so much to send a group of white people to visit her for the first time ever. You can’t walk among a people. Hear their hopes. Dreams. Fears. Struggles. You can’t walk among them and come away the same. Haiti changed me. In deep ways I haven’t yet figured out. As I talk with God, I know that there is more that will come. This will not be my only trip to Haiti.
Posted by Kathy:
My family and I went for our first mission trip to Mission of Hope. The joy you experience by serving others in the name of Christ is indescribable. We will definitely go again, don't wait for your chance to make a difference.
Posted by Eyvonne:
I went to Haiti for the first time in July 2013. I went with a group of 21 which included my sister Pauline. The Love of God is so strong it's rather hard to explain. This picture is my sister and me with Eve and Gidon who are also sisters we met in Leveque. I can't wait to go back I hope my husband and three sons will join me on a trip someday.
Posted by Eyvonne:
I went to Haiti for the first time in July 2013. I went with a group of 21 which included my sister Pauline. The Love of God is so strong it's rather hard to explain. This picture is my sister and me with Eve and Gidon who are also sisters we met in Leveque. I can't wait to go back I hope my husband and three sons will join me on a trip someday.
Posted by Olivia:
This was the most amazing trip I have ever been on. I visited Haiti in July of 2013 with one of my friends. I had felt that I was being called to serve in Haiti since I was 11. Eleven years later, my prayers were finally answered! I spent my time in Source-Matelas and it was the most life changing week of my life. The people I met will forever be in my heart.
Posted by Jennifer:
I went on my first mission trip to MOH in August 2013... I say first because I will be back. It was my first mission trip and my first time out of the US. The people I met and the experiences I had there, have forever changed my life! The staff at mission of hope, the kids that live on campus (Mackenlov is sweet), the translators, cooks, interns, and everyone else that we came in contact with while there were amazing! I definitely feel that MOH is doing a part to make a change... I feel blessed to be a part!!!
Posted by Brit:
I cannot sum up my experience in merely a sentence or two. No words will ever do my experience in Haiti justice. It's been a nearly a week since my group and I (PDX Unleashed) have come back from MOH. We're all having Haiti withdraws! For some it was their very 1st mission trip. For me, it was my 1st and definitely not my last trip. I went into the mission trip blind--not knowing what to expect or how to feel. I took a leap of faith with this trip. I've had a stormy past 6 months. In Haiti, I met God in the eye of the storm and felt joy in its rawest form. God truly is omnipresent and his grace truly is sufficient for us and all creation. I saw a love and understanding of Christ in the people of Haiti that changed me. It was so basic and pure. We love you, Haiti! PDX will see you soon. Bonye beni ou!
Posted by Leslie:
My group and I encountered several men tugging on a rope near the Bercy waters during our lunch break. Curious beings as we are, we decided to venture down and see what all the commotion was about. We were told by 5 - 8 men that they were pulling in a sword fish! AWESOME! We all began to help pull in the rope and about 15 mins later the men just dropped the rope. No way! We are not just giving up on this fish! We saw the fin and everything! One of the men said "I show you, come with me." We boarded a small wooden boat (probably not a good idea after the fact as curiosity not safety was at the fore front of our minds) and off we sailed approximately 200 - 300 ft off shore. We soon found that we were not dragging in a sword fish but a mile long fishing net. As we looked out we saw 15 more men still pulling in the net aka our "sword fish". They had buckets around their heads and were picking the fish off the net and throwing them in the buckets. Everyday, twice a day, (if I can remember right) these men pull in this giant/heavy net and get paid in fish. I get paid in cash and people serve fish to me at a fine diner or I shop for it at a store. I learned not only from this once in a life time event but this entire Haiti mission to be thankful. I learned that God will always provide to us no matter who we are or where we are at or what position we are in. So if I lose my job and all my friends and family I know by Faith that when I cast out my net God will provide. He will always be there for me and it is evident by every mission trip I have ever been on.
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My name is Sheila Cobb and I am from York SC. I took my first mission trip this year. I went with a team of 6 on July the 5-14, 2013. The experience was one that I will never forget. We had a chance to work with VBS while we there. I had so much fun working with the kids. On the second day I had a little one attached to me and that's when I knew my heart had melted. When I returned home, I found myself feeling like I had left a part of me there. I look forward to going next year. I pray that the people of Haiti continue to be encourage and know that God has not forgotten you.
Posted by Rachel:
I went to Haiti by myself back in March (I know that was a long time ago), it was an absolute blast and so glad I went through MOH! Since I am a college student and I went by myself I spent most of the time with either the interns or Willey, Olsen, Amos, and Marc (our translators). I guess what I would say is don't get so focused on the task's during your trip that you miss making relationships with the Haitian team you will be blessed with. The translators you will work with have amazing influence, talents, and dreams for their country, community, and themselves. Listen to them, Hear their hearts! I am so thankful for the relationships I made and that Facebook allows me to continue these relationships. God is SO SO good!
Posted by Jayme:
This year was my second trip to MOH. I had a wonderful week and was reminded over and over of the Joy of our Lord and Savior. I spent part of my week working with the medical team in mobile clinics and part of the week doing village ministry with my team. The thing that hit home the most for me is how sold out for and hungry for God my Haitian brothers and sisters are. It was inspiring to see. I must say I fell in love all over again with Haiti and I will never forget how the smiles of the children in the villages as we played, talked and blew bubbles with them. Nor will I forget the women who begged us to come pray for her ill daughter because she had faith that God would heal her!! I was truly blessed and ministered too maybe even more than I ministered.
Posted by Hailey :
I just turned 14 when I visited Mission of Hope, Haiti. My 2 younger sisters, my mom, and myself all travelled down to Haiti in May of 2011. My family first learned about Mission of Hope after our close friends the van der Marks moved down to the country to serve at the mission. My mom had promised my sisters and I that we would get a chance to travel down to Haiti before the van der Marks would come back to Canada. Well, in the month of May, we got the email from Teagan van der Mark saying that they were planning on moving back. We had a couple days to make our decision, and within 2 weeks, my family (minus my dad, as he had to stay back to work) was Haiti bound. Overall, my experience at Mission of Hope was... life changing. From playing with Pierre, Anjolie, Matthew, and Jeremiah, to painting a house in a local village... MOH left me wondering about how i should live my life. I really didn't pay much attention to my faith as a Christian before this trip. But after realizing how big of an impact accepting Jesus can really have on peoples lives... I just had to do it! Mission of Hope has enabled me to realize what I'm going to do with my life. I would like to go into "Development Studies' in university to further understand and learn about how I can help impoverished countries. Thank you so much MOH for changing my life. I cant wait to come back to the place where my prayers were truly answered.
Posted by Molly:
Haiti was the most spiritual trip that I has taken before. God opened my eyes in many different ways! The kids are such happy children! I love them. Can't wait to go back, I hope VERY SOON!!!!!
Posted by Shelby Swartz :
Back in 2011 both of my parents went on a missions trip to Haiti. They came back and were telling me and my sisters the stories about the people, food and culture of Haiti. They also shared photos with us. Since then I always wanted to go to Haiti. Then towards the end of 2012, God provided us with an opportunity, our church was having a call out meeting about a family trip to Haiti. I begged and pleaded my parents for us to go to the meeting. They gave in and allowed us to go to the meeting. So that Sunday of the meeting all 5 of my family members showed up to the meeting and that was when we decided that we were going to go to Haiti. We had countdowns on our phones from day 100 to the very last minutes that we took off in that airplane on our way to Haiti. We experienced many different things while in Haiti, like seeing someone walk for the first time in the prosthetics lab, seeing people accept Christ in their life, and pray with people.! The week flew by so fast that I couldn't even believe that it was already time to board our plane back to the United States. April 10th was the day that I gained a new perspective on my life. Haiti broke my heart. I gained a love for the people, food and culture of Haiti. Since the trip I have felt a calling to missions and being in 3rd world countries like Haiti! I long for that day that I am standing on Haitian soil again.
Posted by Anna:
This was my first mission trip. I came with my school. I can now say Haiti holds my heart. This is where I belong... I got home over 2 weeks ago, but I still find myself thinking about Haiti and the genuine people all the time... I just want to go back. I would even really enjoy a summer internship for the mission sometime. I can't wait until I can set foot in Haiti again. Haiti truly holds my heart.
Posted by Dominique:
I went to Haiti in July of 2012. I had never left my country before, but my church had this trip to Haiti so I went. My parents stayed home which was pretty scary! But, after I got to spend time with the kids I felt right at home. I made new friends and Haiti has , in my eyes, become my second home. Now this year my church is going back to MOH so I plan to go! I can't wait!Pa ka tann pou yo retounen Ayiti lakay mwen! Can't wait to return to my home Haiti!
Posted by Kayla Markham:
When I decided to make my first mission trip to Haiti, I didn't realize how much of an impact it would make in my life. I've always been the person willing to do anything and everything to help others, no matter what. Little did I know, my world was about to change. I arrived in Haiti with the expectation that I was going to help as much as I could, doing whatever was needed. The Lord had other plans. I was the one who needed the help. A year before I left for Haiti, I lost a child due to miscarriage. It left me lost, broken and empty. All feelings I thought would never go away. It wasn't until I picked up one Haitian child that the emptiness seemed to disappear. I asked the translator to ask him his name, his name was "Kevin". This just so happens to be my little brothers name. Instantly I knew God was working on ME. The child held onto my neck and embraced me so passionately, like a child would do to a mother. All this child wanted was for someone to hold him, play with him and love him. It brought me to tears to put h down and walk away. God helped me understand that my baby was in HIS arms doing the exact same thing. I am now at peace knowing I can and will have my own children one day, when the time is right. Haiti changed my life, and I can't wait to return in Janurary. Thank you to the mission of hope for all their efforts in showing the Haitians and all the people who visit the love of Jesus Christ every single day!
Posted by Kelly:
Nedge, my new friend, and unknowingly is now my teacher. I met her a couple weeks ago with a team, while building relationships and praying with the people of Sourse Matelas. As soon as I met her I knew she loved the Lord simply by the way she carried herself and by her infectious smile. After spending the afternoon together, she made me promise to meet her at Tuesday worship service that night at Mission of Hope. This is the night I realized that God was sending this ambitious 17-year-old girl here to show me what it truly means to worship. Service consisted of together, as the body of Christ, praising God. As sisters in Christ, she grabbed by hand and lifted both of our arms to God in worship. After singing her heart out, towards the middle of the night, pastor said it was time to pray. Since my Creole is not very good, she was helping me out. Nedge told me “It’s time to pray Kelly” I then told her I understood and bowed my head. This next part is where I was humbled in every way possible. She proceeds to tell me “No Kelly, when you pray you kneel on the ground before the Lord”. At that moment, I immediately dropped to the floor in full surrender to God. This girl has taught me more about intimacy with God than she will ever know. Worship is humbling yourself before the Lord, which means laying everything at His feet. Face down in full surrender to Him simply because of His great, loving, and peace bringing name. His presence is to be honored and cherished at all times in every circumstance.
Posted by Jennifer:
As I reflect on our 2012 trip, I can't help but SMILE knowing that the Haitian people are filled with joy and happiness. They do not have many possessions, shelter or food. Despite the harsh circumstances, the People of Haiti are Loving, Joyful, Kind and Faithful. It reminds me of my favorite bible verse: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22 You can enjoy this same freedom in your own life. We must learn that we can be extraordinarily happy while living an ordinary, everyday life. We can learn to be content with life as it is. We are blessed abundantly but we still complain. Learn to be happy and content with what we have and do not complain as much about what we don't have. If the people of Haiti can be happy with a little then we should try to be happy with a lot!
Posted by Shannon:
I went to Haiti for my first mission trip with my school over spring break 2013. Anytime I have to tell someone about the trip, I think I'm going to tell them about one specific experience but I end up jumping from one story to the next. God used the nation of Haiti to teach me and show me so much and one way that he used this place and its people was through the story of baby Wilson. This picture is of me holding this three day old baby who was rescued from a 20ft latrine, abandoned the day that he was born. The people in the village of Leveque found him and rescued him on Tuesday, and he was adopted by pastor William on Wednesday. This is Thursday, my last day in the village and I was humbled to hold this baby miracle. When I looked at this little boy, I was brought to tears. God's strong hand of protection was on this baby and he did not allow for him to be harmed, he only had two scratches! My God is strong and mighty, he is our protector and our refuge.
Posted by Jenna:
Wow oh wow, getting off the airplane and stepping foot onto the Haitian land was insane. Port Au Prince Airport is so so different. It was crowded and unorganized and claustrophobic. It was hectic and very small. It was so loud and crazy and it was all dirt road and people just hanging on the side of the road completely just standing there and trying to sell stuff. We found the guy in charge and we all loaded on a bus. There was so much honking and so much trash everywhere. There were no homes along the roads; all there was were tents and makeshift shacks. There are no streetlights, or paved roads, and people just zoom pass. Literally, every ten feet, you see free and roaming animals such as chickens, goats, cows, horses, pigs, goats, and donkeys. Tonight, is my first night here and all you see is darkness and a little bit of lights. It was very beautiful and nice out. The air felt crisp and fresh. I tired showering tonight and it was super stressful. You have to keep your eyes and mouth shut and you have to constantly turn the water off to conserve and not to mention, its freezing. Today was fantastic. I honestly haven’t laughed and smiled this much in a long time, and it felt good. This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time for me. We painted 3 homes, green, yellow, and blue. It was so cute to watch the little Haitian children watch us paint from a distance until we motioned them over to come help us paint. You could really see the light in their eyes. They really just want attention and to feel loved. They come up to you and hang on you. They grab you and hug and want to be held. It’s insane to think that Haiti is part of the same world we all live in…when people say it’s a whole different world, they aren’t kidding. I didn’t get much sleep in Haiti, but that didn’t matter much to me because I honestly don’t care because I just loved being there. It makes me sick to see how much I and others complain. I should not worry because I know I am safe, fed, clothed, loved, and housed. It really is so cool to see the hope and love for Jesus Christ in all of the young children. It’s so awesome to see the children of the villages follow you for miles just to see what’s going on. Basically, you like look behind you and see a trail of them following you. One memory, is watching the little children pray. They bow their heads and fold their hands and try to close their eyes, but I caught them looking up at me to see if I was doing and to see if they were doing it right. It was really hard and sad to see how much they really wanted water, because that is such a necessity and they go days without it. My trip to Haiti was so amazing and so life changing. It was such an eye opening experience. It was so shocking and insane to see how much poverty in devastation but despite all of that, the Haitian people have so much love, faith, and hope. When I first saw them, I thought to myself that they really had nothing, but really I have nothing. They have everything, they have hope and love and smiles and are just so thankful for each and everything in their lives. They don’t complain and just live each life thanking God that they are still alive. If I could just be as half as how amazingly happy they are then the world could be a better place. It was so cool to interact with all of the children; I taught them a lot of new things. It was cool to watch this little boy that I taught how to say ears, nose, mouth, eyes…etc in English and for him to come back the next day and run up to me and point to my face and say “nose” “eyes” etc.. He was so eager to learn and just be interacted with. All in all, I cannot wait to go back and encourage anyone and everyone to try going on a mission trip sometime in their life. Hope for Haiti
Posted by Amy:
Just got back from Haiti a week ago. This has been my third trip to MOH leading a group of high school students. It so amazing and awesome to see God at work in the students lives through the loving people of Haiti. Haiti is forever in our hearts and Gods transforming lives. Looking forward and counting the days until I return again in June.
Posted by Makenzi:
This was the first real mission trip I have ever been on and while I was working to impact these sweet kids lives they changed mine. I fell in love with the beautiful country of Haiti and I'm beyond eager to get back. Theres not a day that goes by that I dont miss their precious faces!
Posted by Ashten Lane:
This little girl, her name was Presley, came up to me in the village of Leveque. She took my hand (and my sunglasses) and I felt an instant connection to her. For the rest of the day, we were together. I would hold her, or she would walk beside me. She even helped me carry paint at one point in time. We couldn't speak to each other because of the language barrier, but I tried to get to know her with the little Creol that I knew. She was maybe six or seven. By the end of the day, an interpreter who was with us looked at me and said, "That's your baby." I felt tears come to my eyes as I smiled and looked at her. I prayed that God would take care of her and I vowed that somehow, some day, I would come back and find her. I thought that that day was far off, that I wouldn't make it back to Haiti for a while. When I vowed to go back, I thought I was making a promise for some distant time in my future. Little did I know, God had something else in store. That was a year ago. This summer, I'm going back.
Posted by Hillary :
I am from Ontario, Canada and have been to Mission of Hope twice (in 2011 & 2013...just returned 6 days ago!). I have met so many incredible Haitians, who have such a zest for life & a passion for our Lord! The Sunday & Tuesday worship services are, no doubt, the highlight of the trip for me. In fact, two weeks ago at the Tuesday service, we were dancing in the aisles with our Haitian brothers & sisters and singing at the tops of our lungs! Visiting Leveque was also a highlight. The children were SO thrilled to see us, and wanted to hold hands and be given piggy back rides! It was awesome to see the growth in Leveque as well. Overall, my time in Haiti has been life-changing and has made me realize how blessed we are as North Americans. Going to Haiti has even influenced my future career plans :-). The above photo was taken in Leveque nearly a week ago!
Posted by Joyce:
This was my first mission trip. my husband David and I went with our church. I was shocked for sure at the reality of what poor is. I wasnt there long when God opened my eyes and my heart in a way words cannot explain for though they r poor they are truly rich in the Lord!!!,but i will tell you this folks see us and say whats so different you guys are just not the same people i knew before you left. They are right God has changed our way of seeing people and life in general we no longer take for granted the many gifts God gives each day. We met a special little baby boy we fell in love with id love to bring him to the US but know this isnt a reality. We will return to Haiti asap so long as it Gods will. We now are home but our hearts are in Haiti and the people there treated us with so much love I felt like we were the ones being served funny how life works sometimes . thank you for all you do at the mission never stop what God has started because in Him great things are happening@!!!
Posted by Sarah :
My visit to Mission of Hope was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. God showed me how far-reaching and powerful his love really is. One of my favorite moments was traveling to the village of Bethel and having the chance to be a part of a young woman accepting Christ. God's presence was so evident at the moment and I will never forget it. Overall, traveling to Haiti was such a blessing for me to see God use ordinary human beings to do work in His kingdom.
Posted by Brittney:
I experienced Haiti last summer with my mother and younger sister. It was such a blessing to come see this amazing country and feel God's work and love pouring out both from us and to us during our time there. For me in particular, my best memory was an amazing little man I met while at VBS - his name is Jefferson Pierre, and he lives in Source-Matelas. He touched my heart and my life in a way that I had never experienced before, and I'll never forget those wonderful moments where God brought the two of us together.
Posted by Alexis:
In July of 2010, a few months after Haiti's deadly earthquake, I visited MOH for the first time. We spent the week loving on kids in different orphanages, distributing food in the tent cities, and bearing witness to the earthquake's destruction. That week really challenged my priorities, changed my perspective of what really matters in life, and shook me up, both spiritually and emotionally. I spent months processing that one week in Haiti and struggled to return back to my life at home. A year later, in July of 2011, I returned to MOH. One night that week, I sat on the steps of the guesthouse, looking out at the lights and the water, and I was overcome with strong emotion. I sat there and openly cried for an hour, remembering the destruction of the earthquake and the struggles of the past year, but also marveling at all the growth and healing that had taken place in Haiti and in my own self. In that moment, I was so aware of God's faithfulness. My first trip to Haiti broke my hardened heart and caused my life to dramatically unravel. The process of breaking and unraveling was difficult and painful. However, a year later, during my second trip, I could see how God had changed my heart and rebuilt my life for the better. My experiences at Mission of Hope dramatically changed my life, as it has done and continues to do for so many people.
Posted by Minette :
Been to MOH 4 times. My last trip were in Desember 2012 with my husband and 3 and half kids. Each time were a blessing especially showing my kids what real life is about. Looking forward to our next trip and building relationships with our friends in Haiti!!
Posted by april:
I've had the blessing of visiting MOH 3 times in the last year & am heading back next month. What a beautiful place Haiti is & to have the experience of seeing God's favor on MOH & meeting all the beautiful Haitian kiddos, worshiping our Creator with them, or just taking in a beautiful sunrise from the guesthouse roof, I really can't think of any other place I'd rather spend my time. What a gift it's been to love on God's precious people in Haiti & have them bless me in more ways than I can count! This is a photo from my trip with some amazing ladies in Leveque July 2012.
Posted by Jacki:
I had traveled to Haiti a few times before my internship but nothing could have prepared me for the summer of a lifetime! I spent this past summer at Mission of Hope as a MOH Hope Representative (Intern). From the girls bible study I got to have with a few of the Village of Hope girls to the multiple weeks spent at VBS sharing the gospel with children of all ages..God MOVED in mighty ways. I am forever changed because of my experiences in Haiti. Praise God for His provision over this beautiful nation!
Posted by Russ:
Our first family mission trip was with Mission of Hope in Haiti, and I must admit that we went with some fears and apprehensions, not knowing what to expect. I am thrilled to say that our time together in Haiti, and working with MOH, surpassed all our greatest expectations and has truly altered our lives. Our children, 11, 12, and 14 years old, didn't want to leave! Our hearts will forever be knit with the Haitian people and we can't thank MOH enough for making this opportunity available. By God's grace, we will be back...and the sooner, the better!
Posted by Ashley:
In April 2012, I went to Haiti and worked for Mission of Hope and I cannot even begin to express how amazing the trip was. Yes, it was a huge culture shock, but it made me really look at life different and count my blessings. It was amazing to just be there and work for the Lord and for the beautiful people of Haiti! I hope to go back soon!!! But I have to say, best part of my experience? Pierre.
Posted by Journey-Mei :
I don't think I can narrow it down to just one experience, but I just love how much joy the people in Haiti have and it's not because of early possessions, it's because of God. We all can learn so much from the Haitians. They have impacted my life and the way I live in so many ways. Every time I go, I leave a part of my heart there. I love how we go to make an impact on them but in reality, they make much more of an impact on us. God Bless Haiti, forever. <3
Posted by Sarah:
One of my favorite moments was experiencing the first day of school. Seeing the children's joy, and excitement for school radiate off their bodies while the flag service was underway was completely amazing and I am truly blessed to be able to have experienced that.
Posted by Hayden:
My mom has traveled to Mission of Hope many times with our church, and this past summer, I finally got to join her! My whole family went...my dad, mom, brother and myself! It was so much fun! My favorite part was walking through a tent village (with my family) visiting other families and praying for them. There were so many other girls my age and it is something I will never forget!
Posted by Jacob:
This past summer, I traveled to Mission of Hope with my church from Pennsylvania. My favorite part of the week was VBS. It was a blast to spend each morning with so many kids!
Posted by Jessica:
Tuesday night worship at the Church of Hope was so much fun! I had no idea they could sing louder and dance longer than they do on Sunday mornings! These are a few of the amazing team members I met while traveling alone to MOH. We had a wonderful time worshiping together with the people of Haiti.
Posted by Jeremy:
One of my favorite moments was when I arrived at an orphanage in Cabaret and several of the orphans began chanting and singing, "Jeeeer-raaaa-MEEE, Jer-Ra-meeeEEEEE" over and over and over. We all began dancing and laughing while more and more children began singing it. There was a beautiful moment when I realized how great it felt to be truly known, loved and accepted! Then God reminded me that this was just a taste of the millions and millions of angels chanting my name when I go home to Heaven!
Posted by Lindsey:
When I went to Haiti the first time in June of 2010, I met a girl at the Village of Hope Orphanage named Roseberline and she was so sweet! We had an amazing connection and every day I'd go by her, she would yell my name then come spend time with me playing with my hair and just having fun! It was so amazing to come back two years later and see her on the Mission and spend time with her. She was the same sweet little girl I remembered and it was awesome to see how God was working in her life!