Sev’s short-term mission trip to Haiti
As part of my sabbatical over the summer, I was in Haiti for two weeks working alongside Konbit Haiti, a charity sharing God’s love with children and their families and encouraging self-dependence (see a short film introducing their work here). I helped at a holiday club for the last two weeks in July running each weekday from 8.30am to 2pm. Each morning started with half an hour of worship, followed by crafts, sport, games, dancing (all in 30+ degrees heat!) and daily Gospel teaching as well as an all-important hot meal. It was sweaty but great fun. Each day 100 children between 3 and 16 years attended.
There were two highlights:
1) The approach to children and youth work was different to my previous experience – a difference I came to enjoy. Konbit Haiti are keen to work in a way that suits the Haitians – they are the ones who will be keeping the work going long after foreign volunteers have gone. I enjoyed joining in with this highly successful children’s programme and supporting the unique work they do.
2) It was a real boost seeing God powerfully at work bringing freedom to people in a very manifest way, especially given the spiritual backgrounds of many Haitians. This often came out of powerful times of worship and God’s tangible presence despite none of the ‘props’ we consider essential for worship times closer to home.
I loved the children I encountered. One particular child and I made friends in French on the first day and looked out for each other every day for the rest of the fortnight. It was a beautiful country filled with beautiful people. While the area of Haiti I was in has not been badly affected, it has been sad to hear of the havoc caused by Hurricane Matthew recently in this beautiful country.
Konbit Haiti have an appeal on their web homepage: 100% of the money will go directly to Haitians/Haitian projects.