My missionary formation year at Covecrest (in Tiger, Georgia) was the greatest year of my life. And although I was hesitant to go because of my desire to only serve in Haiti, I can now say that full-time missions in Haiti would not be possible without the formation, healing, rhythm of prayer, and community that I received during my formation year.
Waiting a whole year to see this desire become a reality allowed me to step back and see God’s faithfulness and involvement in every little detail along this journey to Haiti.
Just to give you a little history: before we had this mission base in Haiti, Life Teen and Life Teen missionaries had taken 11 short-term mission trips to Haiti. It was during trip 12 that the Lord would begin to crack open the door that made a Life Teen mission base in Haiti a possibility. As usual, the first-year missionaries, including my wife and I, our mission director, and a Life Teen Board member, took a short-term mission trip. We went to Haiti, and it was there that we started to see God’s plan unfolding.
Upon arriving at the orphanage where we were serving, I was reunited with an old friend from youth group back in Boston who I hadn’t seen in 13 years. This friend of mine had since been ordained a priest in Haiti. Over dinner, we shared with him our desire to start a mission base in Haiti. This priest friend, Fr. Louis, now lives at the mission base with us and serves with us! Life teen was invited by Fr. Louis’ bishop to serve in Haiti, and as usual the Lord was faithful. The Bishop provided us with housing on this beautiful property which he named Blessed John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization. My family and I are so blessed to be part of this mission.
A year ago, the Lord placed Haiti on my heart, and I wanted nothing to do with it, but now my family and I live at a Life Teen mission base in Haiti! For a couple weeks now, we’ve been living in community with Haitians. They have become part of our rhythm of prayer, which has been bilingual, and we have gotten to know some people from the community outside of our base.
What we’ve been praying for, for over a year, is now a reality. This process has allowed the Lord to mold me, prepare me, and equip me for this mission in Haiti. As I enter week 3 of this 2 year mission (maybe more), I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for us and this mission base.
The next time God places something on your heart, pray about it, then respond, and remember God is faithful.