Prior to starting my internship with MH4H I had been on two short-term trips in March of 2017 and May of 2018. This gave me a feel for what MH4H does and what life on campus looked like, but moving down to Haiti for a summer is much different experience than just visiting for a week.
Day-to-day life in Haiti looks very different from what you do on a short-term trip. When you are here short-term, you do new things every day. You interact with many different people and serve them in many different ways. One day you will lay a cement floor while another you might distribute food or PET carts. Each day is different and you are constantly meeting new people.
When working with agronomy projects, sometimes more pieces or different equipment is needed. I have to be creative in looking at what resources we have and what we can get in Haiti.
And if we cannot get the desired part, we have to look at the system and find how we will accomplish the end goal with what we have. Working in Haiti has challenged me as an engineer.
One of the creole phrases I really like is “Ale avèk Jezi” which translates to “Go with Jesus.” Every morning, the staff devotions end with this phrase. To me, it is a great reminder that I can choose to go with Jesus and glorify Him with my work every day. Working with MH4H has shown me how to have Jesus in every aspect of my life. No matter what I do or who I may meet, I choose to go with Jesus.
Also, the cats on campus, Tacocat and Mimi, are a nice bonus.