Surf City Haiti - Hali

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I came into Haiti not knowing what to expect. The first things that come to mind when you mention Haiti is the poverty, hurricanes, and the dirtiness. But being here for even this short amount of time I see so much more; I see past all of those things. Haiti is the most beautiful place I’ve been. There are mountains everywhere you look, colors, fruit trees, and stars. Haiti showed me a new way of life that I never want to leave. They may have close to nothing here, but the culture and love that everyone has for one another is far greater than the sheltered, self-centered lives in America. Everyone here is welcoming and loving. The kids will grab your hand on the first day and never let go till the very last day. Even with the language barrier, the people want to get to know you. The dancing and the music you will hear and watch all day. All the friendly people who will wave to you and the excited kids with smiles.  God showed me so many things that I could never explain to someone who hasn’t been here.

Before we left the ground at the Miami airport, God let me wittiness a miracle. That was only the beginning. Throughout the week God taught me to put more trust in him by keeping us safe. Never once did I feel unsafe or in danger-even when I was in the red truck bed with 47 other people going down some wild roads. God sent us shooting stars and strength. Not only did I make strong bonds with the Haitian kids and leaders, but He brought everyone on the team together. We teased each other, laughed with each other, and grew with each other. We now will have experiences and memories we can all share forever, and that’s a powerful thing. I will miss Haiti so much; the place and the experiences and the people. Thankfully I will be coming back next year to do it all again, but for now, see you later.

 Packed into the red truck!

Packed into the red truck!