The Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church mission team has made it safely to Pignon, Haiti. Their youthful energy has been focused on alleviating some of the physical hardships around them. The team has poured concrete floors, planted fresh crops, and helped restore local roads. Yet, through it all, there has been the consistent gentle reminder that there is more than what the eyes can see. Follow the team’s journey through these pictures.
Hello One and All!
We are members of the high school youth group at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church in Farragut, TN. We have a total of 18 people including 5 adults and 13 high schoolers who have made this unforgettable trip to Haiti. We arrived on 5/31/18 and are staying for ten days at the Many Hands for Haiti compound in Sylvain. The staff with Many Hands did a remarkable job preparing us for our trip and have been extremely organized and gracious since the moment they picked us up from the airport. Stepping into this new country immediately became an eye opening experience. The ride from the airport to Sylvain was long and bumpy and the sights and smells were ones that we all agree will be impressed in our hearts and minds forever. No words and no pictures could come close to preparing us for the extreme level of poverty that emulsifies this beautiful country. So far we have poured concrete floors in dirt floored homes, distributed food to several people who would likely otherwise starve, prayed blessings over truly desperate people and situations, hiked a mountain, played with children in a near by orphanage, visited the market, attended a Haitian church, helped repair local roads, and planted beans and peanuts on the compound grounds. We have gathered together in the evenings to reflect on our experiences and we have worshipped our Lord and Savior with a greater sense of humility and a deeper perspective. We believe that God has brought each of us here for a purpose. He is teaching us that His way is not our way, but that His plan for our lives is so much bigger and better than we could imagine. We are realizing that there are incredible experiences and opportunities waiting for us as we trust Him more. Despite the hardship and desperation, we have witnessed joy on the faces and in the actions of so many around us, which has been a gentle yet very humbling reminder that joy can be found as we take our focus off of our own situations and lives, and instead focus on providing comfort and encouragement to others.
Many Blessings from Haiti,
2 Corinthians 1:4: “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.”