by Terri Thompson
Editor’s note: Our Haiti mission team recently returned from Chabin. A few of were asked to write their thoughts on how the trip went. Here’s Terri’s story:
The 2019 Haiti trip was full of surprises. We were supposed to be a team of 19. Because of political unrest in Haiti, 4 people could not join us on a later flight, so we were 15. We had several other schedule changes and plans that did not work out. We encountered passport confusion, sickness, no luggage for 3 days, 2 days of being “on hold” and lots of uncertainty.
The largest change to our plans was being turned away from the community of Chabin where we serve. There was a large roadblock, some tension on the street and a rock thrown at the team van. We had to turn around and go back to the safety of the CCH housing. I believe God used that change to challenge us. Would we turn away and leave the country? We could have. Would we stay and serve?
We stayed, and we prayed. God worked.
The next morning 7 young men, including the one who threw the stone, came and escorted us back to Chabin. They moved trees, branches and rocks that were on the roads as part of the countrywide protests. That day those young men worked with us as we built a kitchen for the church. That night we invited them to dinner with us. We could extend grace and forgiveness to those young, frustrated men. We listened to their stories. The rock had nothing to do with us, but God used it. Also, because of the protests and our team going back after the roadblock, we had deeper conversations and connections than we’ve ever had before with our friends there.
Throughout all the changes and challenges, the team remained united, committed and joyful. I believe I can sum this trip up in this verse:
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”
We learned that things in Haiti and in Chabin are even more difficult than we knew. I believe God is using Evergreen to “preserve many people alive” - with food, education, encouragement and by seeing and hearing the Gospel of Jesus demonstrated to them consistently. I was proud to be a part of this team and to be a part of what Evergreen is doing in Haiti.
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