Each month, we are adding in a section called My Mission Trip, where we ask mission trip participants to share about their experience with Missions of Love and their time in Haiti.
Horse Cave, KY
Q: Is this your first mission trip? A: No. I went on a couple of mission trips while in college; one to Louisianna to provide aid to victims of Hurricane Andrew and another to Missouri to clean up flood damaged homes.
Q: How did you get interested in missions? A: Over 23 years ago that I felt that God had placed on my heart to go to Haiti one day and serve in missions.
Q: How did you hear about Missions Of Love? A: I received a text from my brother-in-law who heard about a need for a dental hygienist in Haiti. My heart skipped a beat. I knew it was the time!
Q: How long was this MOL trip? A: 10 days
Q: What was the primary purpose of this trip? A: To be a part of the first dental to offer services at the newly built MOL Dental Clinic in Jolivert, Haiti.
Q: Were you able to accomplish that? A: Oh, yes! We saw 96 patients and performed 269 patient services in six days.
Q: What did you think of the Haitian food? A: The food was amazing! I loved the fried plantains,fresh fish, chicken legs and fresh mango. Beans and rice were a staple and always good. Blaude the compound director was wonderful! He brought in a special cook to prepare meals for us and tried to have meals that were familiar foods to home. He was always looking to please us and he never failed!
Q: Was there an experience on this trip that touched your heart? A: I experienced a humbling moment in Haiti near the end of my trip. We hiked up the mountain behind our compound early one morning to see the sunrise. On our way up we saw in the distance two women laying on their backs praising and worshiping God and then waving a white cloth in worship. It was so precious to see these ladies worshiping before the break of day high on a mountainside. I’ll never forget it.
Q: Do you feel you connected with the Haitian people? A: There were so many precious people that I met while in Haiti. They showed love to me by welcoming me to their community through hugs and smiles. When we would leave the clinic in the evening, sometimes we would be greeted by some of the young girls from the village. They loved to braid hair. And my blond hair was very different from theirs, so they enjoyed playing with my hair!
Q: Would you like to return to Haiti someday? A: I do believe I will be back. I feel a great door has been open to serve there among wonderful Christian people with Missions of Love. Haiti has been in my heart for a long time. God planted that seed and I believe that planting will grow.