Mission Spotlight: Haiti
By: Shannon Locke
As I sit out on my deck, procrastinating beginning my second spring course, my thoughts are with my Haitian brothers and sisters. Three weeks ago today, I was on my way to Grand Goâve, Haiti with absolutely no idea of all the wonderful things I was about to experience. It is so difficult to come home and try explain this indescribable and life-changing experience. It was such a privilege to be welcomed with open arms, and smiley loving faces from the moment we arrived. Even amidst terrible living conditions, the Haitians have an appreciation for every single day and receive pure joy from simply loving God. I arrived home having a greater understanding of the power of prayer, and what it means to truly love both God and others. My faith is strengthened, and God has taught me that even though we come from completely different situations, we all work together as many different parts to form one body; the body of Christ. How cool is that? So although a big piece of my heart was left in Haiti, I anxiously await the next opportunity the Lord provides for us to meet again.
Here are some of my favourite pictures from my trip!
Some photos taken on our bus ride from Port-au-Prince to Grand Goave.
One of our worksites in the mountains, the view was breath-taking!
Met a lot of little cuties while house building and was taught how to mortar by Emanuel… he was kind enough to only laugh at my lack of skills a few times.
This was the progress after two days. The house-building period takes three days, and then a waiting period is needed before placing the roof to ensure that everything has dried properly.
May 21st was flag day in Haiti! The school kids were practicing for the parade. It was so fun to watch!
So of course we had to join in!
The joyous worship was incredible. Hard to believe it was a three hour service!
Although this little one thought it was long!
Praying over the food they were receiving.
Team members working in the clothing depot.
The Medical Team!
They saw over 600 patients in five days!
Every child that attends the Lifeline school gets a hot lunch everyday….as long as they bring a bowl!
Our work team at the House Dedication. Sid and Glenna were able to build a home for their sweet sponsor children and what an honour it was to be a part of this special day.
Simon’s sweet new sponsor child Clifton.
They loved their new sunglasses!
We went to visit Clifton’s home. He is currently living with 12 other people (extended family), in a very small 10X10 space after his home was destroyed in the earthquake in 2010. Simon is working on fundraising the necessary funds to build his family a new home as soon as possible.
Our Wonderful Team!
“The body of Christ has many different parts, just as any other body does. Some of us are Jews, and others are Gentiles. Some of us are slaves, and others are free. But God’s Spirit baptized each of us and made us part of the body of Christ. Now we each drink from that same Spirit.” ~1 Corinthians 12:12
If you’d like to see more pictures check out this link here: http://simonreid.pass.us/haiti-2015
Also here is the link to Lifeline Christian Mission for more information on the type of work that is being done in Haiti and also many other countries: www.lifeline.org
For more about Shannon’s adventures go to https://mylifesdelights.wordpress.com