by Taylor Hartson and Tricia Vermeer, trip participants with MH4H

As our week in Haiti finally draws to an end, we decided it might be a good idea to hit a couple highlights from each day and give you a small glance into what we’ve been experiencing for the last seven days.

Day 1: Arrival in Pignon 32 hours, 5 flights, clearing customs, and 1 grass runway later.

Day 2: Kids, kids, kids. And some more kids. The looks of these two pretty much sum up the not so subtle shock of “blancs” (white people) in town.

Day 3: 28 goats plus 1 pickup equals a great big mess. Marsha finally becomes the farm girl she’s always wanted to be.

Day 4: Highs and Lows”My high was being low and my low was being high.” (Taylor Hartson)

Our high was worshiping with Haitian friends; our low was the Haitian benches.

Day 5: Men were made to work. Steve was just glad to get 13 beds and 6 shelves put together.

Day 6: En, de, twa, kat.Day 6We were schooled in the ways of Haitian games. One, two, three, four, let’s play some games some more.

Day 7: Jezi renmen timoun tankou mwen, mwen, mwen.

Today the ladies had the opportunity to visit the Haiti Home of Hope, a home for the underprivileged children in the area. At one point in our visit, Leemonez and Ellinez took the stage and sang four songs for us. Kicking off the show was a traditional Creole tune, followed by Jezi Renmen Mwen, and continued with A La’m Kontan. The boys concluded with a familiar song in English, God is So Good. If these two boys, both blind from birth and one with physical limitations, can sing this with such conviction, how much more can we, or should we, be singing of God’s goodness?

Tonight around the table, we were all humbled by the shower of thanks from Zeke and his team of Haitians. One of the Haitian team members, Ebens, had mentioned how grateful he was that we sacrificed our time to come down here even though the Haitians had nothing to give us in return. It was then we all were struck by the fact that the Haitians actually did have something to give us, even if they didn’t realize it.

They’ve given us a glimpse of what true sacrifice is. We may give up time or money, but they sacrifice their entire lives to be the hands and feet of Jesus every day. They carry out the work that we assist with in the short week that we’re here, and they’re setting an example for their communities. It’s an initiative that many are not willing to take, and that makes them the real heroes of this story.