A Humanitarian Aid Excursion To Haiti
During our time in Haiti, we met many wonderful people with incredible testimonies of how God saved and provided for them through the devastating earthquake that occurred just over a year ago.
We attended three separate Message churches, and in each, found believers who exhibited great trust in the Lord to provide for their many needs.
While volunteering at Brother Bruny’s orphanage, we were able to meet and help alongside the well-known Mrs. Jacqueline Lessard, also from Quebec. She is very well known for her dedication over the past seven years to the children at this orphanage. She is 84 years old and has been doing missionary humanitarian work in Haiti for over 17 years. Jacqueline is the “Mother” for the two little boys shown in the photo.
We noticed from the moment we stepped onto Haitian soil that everywhere, on everything, were slogans praising God with the words, "Glory to God”, “Praise Jesus”, “We Love You Lord” and “Thank You Jesus". We would find Bible verses, and the name "Jesus" marked on everything. Tap-taps, which are a common form of public transportation in Haiti, were plastered in colourful, heroic Bible character paintings and favourite Scripture verses.
Seeing the conditions of the country and experiencing first-hand how the people survive from day-to-day was also incredibly humbling. I cannot imagine living in the many situations that so many Haitian people call home.
On January 12, 2011, the day of the first anniversary of the earthquake, people all around us openly gave thanks and praises to God for saving and helping them through the year.
To me, the Heart of Haiti was seeing the children’s smiling faces every morning as I drove through the gate of the orphanage.
The most important thing I learned from my time in Haiti is to cherish the moments you have with the people you love. Everything can change in just a moment, and you will not regret the moments you shared with those people.
As we said our goodbyes, one of the little girls, Shinealove, pulled me down for a hug and whispered in my ear, “When you pray, remember Shinealove.”
Sister Beth Dingwall