You’re going where?!…Haiti…

For how long?…a week


This was the conversation I had with my husband, Ron. I promised myself that this year I would be more fearless and just say yes to new experiences. Well, here was my chance! So after lots of prayer and encouragement from Ron, I was on a flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti!

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There is this new thing being talked about amongst Christians called discipleship, in which an individual commits to journeying with another person or a small group of people.  It’s nothing new, but rather, it is exactly what Christ himself did. It’s how He built up His Church with much success. It is the model which He invites Christians today to follow. In our ministry here in Haiti we have seen success through this model. 

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I had this conversation with a teen recently at a Life Night in Haiti. Me “When you pray, what do you ask God for?” Ti-Malen: “To be able to find food every day.” I know enough about Ti-Malen’s life to know that she doesn’t eat every day. That was what prompted me […]

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Tite-Soeur was God’s reminder to me this weekend that He can use each of us for His glory, no matter what our weaknesses, excuses, or faults. All He needs is our yes, and He will fill in all of our weaknesses with His grace and His Holy Spirit. I am thankful to worship a God who cares more about what He can do through me, than what I say I “can’t” do myself.

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Many people ask what our everyday life looks like here in Haiti. Well here it goes, sort of. This is a typical day in my life, but everyday is really different. As a missionary, I try to maintain some sort of schedule, but I have learned to become more flexible and receive who Jesus places in front of me. 

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Oh this has definitely happened to you, it’s happened to all of us. You’re walking around a department store and suddenly– youcome face to face with one of those cheesy, framed, fancy font, colorful, yet intriguing every time, words that make you ask yourself; “Am I living?…Am I Laughing?…Am I Loving? Yes, I am talking about that frame that is or has even been on your very own wall somewhere in your home (If it hasn’t, then I am sure you have come across these words somehow) that contains the words: Live. Laugh. Love.

But there’s no need to be shy about it. It’s okay, like I said; it happens to all of us. It hits a deep spot in our hearts and we have dazed off in our past thinking about all the things we could have done differently and what we should start doing. We end up with a long list of regrets and things we want to do before we kick the bucket, as they say. But we then soon realize we are in the middle of a department store and think of just how many people are now staring at a person staring off into space in the middle of the seasonal isle, and go on our way.

Living in Haiti has impacted all of our lives here as missionaries. But, more importantly so– it has made clear the essentials to mission and of life we all seek to attain in our very own life: LIVE. LAUGH. LOVE.

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Meet Bibi. She is a soft-spoken, sweet woman in her 60’s who works in our kitchen. Her and her husband, Benoit were married in July after 40 something years together. They had their first child when she was 15 and 7 more after that. They have many grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. The morning of their wedding, they were both baptized and on Christmas Eve they received Communion for the first time.

Last week we were walking past Bibi’s house on our way to a home visit and decided to stop at Bibi’s instead. Her and her family scrambled to find all 6 of us chairs; they even had to go to a neighbor’s house to get enough chairs. Such hospitality and humility. 

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of going to the Feast Day mass at a small local prison in Haiti with Fr. Louis, Sean, and two Haitians from our community, Lourdy and Sr. Flo. I never thought in my whole life that I’d attend a mass inside a prison. It was incredible. We get to go into a place that many people never get the chance to. We bring with us smiling faces, hopeful hearts, and the light of Christ.

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When I left my job to become a Life Teen missionary, I was sad to leave the patients whom I loved so much, people with no memory who sit in wheelchairs all day. Now I get to enjoy a Haitian priest in a wheelchair, with memory loss, who I get to meet each day over and over again. God sometimes takes good things away from us only to give us even better things. I loved my job but I desired to be a full-time missionary. Now I get to enjoy the aspects of my job that I liked most while being a full-time missionary. God has gifted me with Fr. Dumas who brings so much joy to my heart. I am so thankful for the blessing he is to me, my family, and all the other missionaries at our base. 

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At our mission base, one of our biggest ministries is home visits. We visit local families, share the Word with them, and let it penetrate our hearts as we discuss what we’ve read. On these visits we also see various needs people have and try our best to alleviate them. Each missionary has favorite families they like to visit. For me, it was Ti Milo and Tyson, 2 different young men with severe physical disabilities, both homebound. People in such situations are very dear to my heart. 

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