Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Indescribable Haiti Trip Experience !


Embracing Haiti

Apr 29 - May 07 2011

Team Members :

Sathiya, Shameka, Rogjett, Veronica, Christina, Young, Isabella, Matt, Bijan, Marci, Lisa, Liz, Kelly, Erica, Rick, Richard, Dan, Twyla, Barbara, Karama, Kathy, Marite and Stephanie ! 23 amazing people from LA Country !



Day 1



Friday, April 29th - Our flight to Haiti was little overwhelming and rough ! But we made it there the next day. It was an eight hours flight. From LAX to Fort Lauderdale and from Fort Lauderdale to Port Au Prince, Haiti. Through the flight I got to know about my team members. It was an awesome time together. Realize GOD put together a team for a reason :)



Pictures out from the flight on our way to Port Au Prince, Haiti !















Day 2



I begin to complain about my flight and the Holy Spirit convicted me ! Mission trip is all about experiencing

what GOD have stored or planned for me not to complain or do what you want to do !! and I stop complaining. What a way to start my mission trip ?? Pretty exciting isn't it ! Our flight landed safely in Port Au Prince. Then we headed to the Immigration and Custom Service ! We were welcomed by a band group, there were from Digicel (phone carrier).



Got through immigration and custom. Collected our luggage and met the other half of our team who came with  different flight. We all greeted each another and walked outside to meet the HOM(Haiti Outreach Ministry) staff. While walking out I saw tons of people was waiting to help us with our luggage but we didn't handed it to them. We carried all to a truck called Tap-Tap. Crazy Ride !



I observed that there were a lot cracks and destroyed building from the earthquake on our way to HOM Campus.



Tap-Tap





It's a 4wd truck with top and two beach in the back. Would be very comfortable if the road is smooth.

Our ride was rough, smoggy, to many cars and motorcycles, holes, bumps, water pods and tons of people walking cross the roads.



I saw a disable guy crawling through the side walk. It was sad :( Well nothing I can do about it. Hopefully things will change soon in that country. I also saw ladies washing cloth by the drain and it doesn't look like clean water. I was disgust but I realize that is all they have. A question rose, how blessed we are living in America ? Bare with me I might ask that question millions time more throughout this blog :)



FYI The tap-tap's speed was less than 10 mph all the way !



After about 15minutes on the main road we entered into much narrower road to HOM campus, it begin to be even tougher to hang on. There were more holes, bumps, water pods and so on. Throughout the ride I saw people selling fruits, vegetables, toiletries and many little stuff. I learned that is their source of income for people in the village. Pretty humbling for me ! After a long 20 minutes ride we reached HOM. It was a relieve!



HOM

The School








Church  


HOM Campus consist of a Church, Clinic and School !



The men shared one room with tons of bunk bed with a small portable fan and net on each

My bed
On that evening we got a chance to walk around the village we were living at. I felt people smile
there was genuine and they were glad to see us. Our interpreter told us HOM built at least 150 houses
in that area after the earthquake. It was nice to walk around and see kids playing, people selling stuff, people talking in a group and many more activities.

Building in progress



One of the house built my HOM


Kids playing soccer


We had devotion on that night and that was it for the day. We went to bed ! 

Day 3 - May 1st 2011 Sunday

Woke up at 5am and left to Church at 6 am.  The church was packed with people by 6.30am. The worship team was on fire and totally moved me even though I didn't understand any word. They were praying and worshiping in Creole, but my Holy Spirit was totally talking to me and interpreting some of the words. It was awesome, first time in my life I heard GOD that loud. There was a moment where, Holy Spirit asked me to look around and see how the people is worshiping, I was shocked to see almost everyone were singing, hands up and standing. It amazed me. Holy Spirit revealed to me that they are worshiping their hearts out and I asked back what do you mean ? He told " that is all they have". I was struck by awe.

It was a 3 hours service, I was recharged and ready serve the LORD and HIS people. After the service we decided to go to one of the beach in Haiti. It was so beautiful place. Here are the pictures, it will explain the beauty of the country.






I had a great time there to see the beauty of the country. Hoping the government will use it as an advantage to develop the country. GOD taught me to be a willing vessel to be used by HIM at any moment. I learned to listen to him on that day. GOD used me to encourage and pray for other members/body. It was amazing moving experience to be used by GOD. We had dinner and devotion after we were back from beach. That called our day to an end.

Day 4



Started our day early in the morning around 6am. It was our work day !! :D All excited and ready. Around 7 am the school begin. It was so cute to see the kids lined up to sing, praise and take oath to start their school day. I was reminded my days at school. Here are some of the pictures:



Once that was done, we had our breakfast and left to our work place which was the church(destroyed because of the earthquake) we were helping to build. It was a rough ride for us because of the uneven road. It's probably was 5 miles away from the place we stayed but it took us about 30minutes to get. Once we got there I saw the church, it looks like nothing is done. There was only one building which was their store for the equipment and a tent used as sanctuary for Sunday service. They needed help to mix the concrete, transfer stones from a pile to a different area and cleaning the boards used to do the walls. Here are some pictures:



I went out with Stephen and Forest to get water for us from the purification plant they have at HOM Cite Soleil. It was devastating to see that city. It was dirty and highly populated. Here are some pictures:




Total frustration! I feel them !
This city also have high crime rate !! After getting the water we came back to the work place and I was helping them to mix concrete  for the wall foundation. It was tiring but realize that they needed the help. We were there till 12.30pm and went back to the other church for lunch. After lunch we got some rest and head out for a walk in the village we were leaving. I saw tons of beautiful smiles and great people. Here are some pictures:




It was an amazing day. We end our day with dinner and devotion.

Day 5
Work day 2 ! Went down to work place and help them to mix concrete and other minor stuff. Realized that there are only few full time workers and they are totally dependent on volunteers. I which there were more people like us there to help them to get the work done. It was a very slow building process. It might take them at least another 10 years to complete the construction. Around 12.30pm we went back for lunch. The day continued with sight seeing. We went to the Cathedral and Government Building ( Haiti's White House). They were destroyed because of the earthquake. Here are some of the picture:







It was devastating to see that the government didn't demolish the building to build a new ones. It's very dangerous for the resident who lives in that area especially the Cathedral where there is no fences or signs saying no entry and we were followed by people asking us for food and money everyone where go. It was hard for me to say no but I had too. Our day continued by going around the city Port Au Prince. Most of the building in that city was built and in business.I had this vision of going on a mission trip with my dad. I wish it will happen sometime soon. It will be an eye opener trip for him to see how blessed he is compare to other people have nothing to live on aspect GOD all alone. My understanding about GOD widen up too. It's not about the earthly possession it all about our heart !  We ended our day with dinner and devotion. It was an awesome day for me. I was emotional !

Day 6

It was another regular working day. This time I helped making drainage system using some ground dirt. It wheeler I used was heavy and I was tired after few trips. It was barely 9 am. I moved on with joining my other team member to work on the stone line carrying stone and passing to a specific area. We were working on the wall foundation. It was hard but I remember it helped me to build me endurance for labor work. It's all about being physically fit to do GOD's will. Time flew by we headed back had our lunch and we went out to one of the tent city close by. It was the hardest moment to see people leaving in the tent, where it rain almost every night. I was so sad. We played with kids and gave gifts that we brought from US. It was amazing experience to hand out the gift we brought at first but it got violence the Haitians started to pulling me for the toys. I couldn't take it anymore and gave the entire toy package to Stephen the full-time missionary from HOM ! He got in control. Here are some of the pictures of tent city:






 Day ended with devotion and dinner.

Day 7

Normal routine ! Breakfast, then work ! Continued with my concrete mixing. Took break because it was very hot. Few of my teammates decided to give snacks to the kids who were there. We gave granola bar, fruit snack and chips. They were excited ! It was a blessing to be a blessing to others. We saw the joy on the kids faces. We also played with the kids down there during our breaks. Here are some of the pictures:



On my break I was listening to my music, "here I am to worship" the kids recognized the music they started to sing that in their language and taught how to sing it. It was cool ! To know that we serve the same GOD. Our day was tiring. But I had fun. There were a married couple in our group I got a chance to ask them about their experience so far they share " they are working on making CHRIST as center of their relationship and this mission trip helped them to grow closer to GOD and building their relationship indirectly". That totally amazed me, reminded me reading the book "How People Grow", the author said spiritual growth is the way to grow in other area of growth. I came up with a joke that "once getting married the couple shouldn't go for honeymoon they should go on a mission trip". It's not a joke but the truth ! CHRIST should always be the center of our life in every area. My day continued with prayers for Haiti nation with few other friends. It was awesome. I felt that my prayer life is changing drastically because of this trip.

Day 8
Before we left !

It was our last day at Haiti before we leave. We had our breakfast and went to our work place and help for the last time at the work place. I give all the I have on that day. Worked really hard ! We have accomplished a lot on that day. When it was time to go I gave away my glove, some of my teammates gave their shoes and some other stuff. It was so nice to see people with giving heart in our team.