Outside Our Borders
So this month I was sent to Haiti (don’t worry it wasn’t in a banished kind of way). We are telling the story of a college student who felt called to Haiti for one of our upcoming Bible studies. This was a trip that was bathed in much prayer and consideration and now that I am back on American soil there are at least a handful of people at LifeWay who will probably sleep a little better. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and when you tell the US Embassy that you are going there it prints out like 6 pages of reasons to change your mind. But, I went and I’m back and it was an amazing trip.
It has been 6 years since my last international mission trip and I had forgotten what it was like to return to America. It is absolutely insane to wake up in a house with no running water or electricity in a country where the average education doesn’t go beyond third grade and then 13 hours later you are dodging teenagers leaving their prom (at your nice hotel), the majority of whom are bound for college. It is a juxtaposition that my brain really can’t handle. I am still processing the experience and sorting everything out, so let’s do it together (don’t worry I’m not expecting any real answers). So far these are the questions I ask that I don’t know the answers to:
- How do you come back from a place that has so much need and hardship and not have everything you know feel pointless?
- How do we help people without Americanizing them?
- Why is it that a people that are so impoverished seem happier with their life than I am?
- What kind of change is required in my life now that I have seen?
In case you want to check out the missionaries that we worked with, this is their site. They are about to be stateside for a year, but they have been working in that country for a long time. You’ll get to meet them in our documentary, but until then you can pray for their work in Haiti.