Gumpel Family Team has just arrived, and they are already experiencing God’s work in Haiti! Overwhelmed with emotion, the team has witnessed the joy of the children despite their difficult circumstances.
After stepping off the plane, the people of Haiti greeted us; it was amazing! Our group has only been here for a day, and already Many Hands for Haiti has welcomed us as family. Seeing their beautiful campus was a reminder of how powerful our God is. It is refreshing and humbling to see how God is working in all the Staff’s lives.
Today after we unpacked and settled in, we went to the market and purchased food items for later distribution to preselected families. Then, a bunch of the local children from the town gathered, and we set up a huge soccer game. It started raining during the game, however no one stopped playing. There was so much joy on the children’s faces as they ran around chasing the ball. I am so thankful to be here because I know this week will be full of spiritual growth for my group and me.
I am curious to know if these student volunteers have had their background check and their fingers printed before working with the children in Haiti? Also, are you currently working in any inner cities in the U.S.? If not, please lead by example by first loving the children in the U.S. In addition, please do your due diligence, so our Haitian children are not abused by foreign missionaries. We’ve been hearing too many stories of missionary abuses in Haiti.
Thank you for your concern for the children of Haiti. They are precious in our great God’s sight. We take every precaution to ensure their protection. Many of our short-term teams come through churches, universities and organizations where leaders and participants have already been vetted. Also, teams always have MH4H staff members and/or leaders present during visits with local communities and children. The safety of the Haitian children will always come first.
As an organization, we are called to Haiti. However, we believe that exposing people to God’s global heart and church inspires them to serve where He calls them. Our hope is that those participating in our short-term trips come back to the U.S. ready to serve, whether that be internationally or locally in the U.S.
Also, MH4H supports other non-profits who work with families in the U.S.. One such non-profit we support is the Furniture Ministry in Des Moines, IA, providing furniture and household goods to families coming out of homelessness.
Thank you Daniella for sharing your concerns. If you have any other questions feel free to email us at email@example.com