A small team sees big miracles during a mission trip to Haiti
Barb Ready from the Hilton Head Campus was one 21 people who served in Haiti in April. We asked her to share the highlights from the mission trip in her own words.
I was a little nervous about 21 people from nine areas of the state, ranging from age 17 to 70, staying on a 110-foot fishing vessel for a week. But, that closeness brought more comradery, laughter, and ministry than I ever thought possible.
We stayed on a boat because we ministered to an area of Haiti that was nearly impossible to reach by land. Each day, we tendered in from the vessel to serve in medical or construction.
The medical team saw more than 500 patients in four days, treating a variety of illnesses and leading seven people into a relationship with Jesus! Medics saw patients for head colds and open wounds, provided pregnancy education, and even saved the life of 10-day-old preemie.
The rest of the team took an hour and a half hour trek 8 miles up the mountain to a small village. Most of the village was wiped out in a flood in 2016, and since then, the villagers had been living in the schoolhouse or with other villagers whose houses had not been destroyed.
The construction team was able to build a platform for a large water tank so villagers could get buckets under the spigot. The team also started building five more houses for displaced families.
The villagers helped in any way they could. I’ll never forget the first morning we arrived. The men began putting up a makeshift shelter as they knew we would need a respite from the sun throughout the day. But as I soon learned, that was Haitian culture and hospitality. The people we met were kind, thoughtful, caring, and thankful.
As a church, we brought hope to the people through housing and medical help. But God also used them to change us. I see the world differently now. I remember their perseverance and resilience and find it a little easier to hold fast to God’s promise that, “He will never leave me nor forsake me” (Hebrews 13:5-6). For that, I will forever be grateful.
My only expectations for the trip to Haiti were that God would change me and bring hope to the people. God more than met those expectations!
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Group photo at the airport before leaving for Haiti
Barb on a break with one of the boys who live in the village.
The team installs a water tank for the village.
Working with locals, the team moves bricks to help rebuild homes destroyed in floods in 2016.
Sharing photos and building relationships during a break from the heat