Spring Break Mission Trip: Testimonies from Haiti
Over Spring Break, a couple of students, faculty and staff from Andrews University joined Campus Ministries in its annual Spring Break mission trip. This year the group went to Bohoc, Haiti. Here are a few of their stories:
First Year, Master of Speech-Language Pathology
This was my third time going on a mission trip with Campus Ministries and I can honestly say that this was the most fulfilling trip I have been on. There were many factors that went into this trip that made it so memorable, but one recurring theme was that I felt like God kept revealing new things to me. Some were small and others more significant. One significant revelation I had was that I needed to stop coming back from these mission trips and telling my friends that “the people over there were so happy with nothing.” I heard another missionary say this while I was over there and it didn’t sit well with me. I realized the reason I didn’t like this statement was because these people had so much more than what we had in the United States. I am not talking about materialistic things, but they had so much more genuine happiness, joy and love than what we have in the states. I realized that many missionaries unintentionally place our society above the places that they travel to. We think the people in other countries would be so much happier with the materialistic stuff we have in the United States, but in reality they probably wouldn’t. So instead of saying, “the people over there were so happy with nothing,” I want to tell everyone, “the people over there are genuinely content, happy, and joyful with what they have,” and that is something that many people need to learn in our society.
First Year, Master of Speech-Language Pathology
The first day in Haiti was a whirlwind of exhausting travel, preparation for Sabbath and an overwhelming feeling that I had no clue what I was doing there. I have been on a few mission trips, but I was humbled by this trip. Who was I to think that I had something to offer these people? What was us being there for just seven days going to change? However, through a week of construction, Vacation Bible School and interactions with the people in the community, I realized the change we made wasn't about me. My job isn’t necessarily to count the number of children fed or to determine how much progress was made on the buildings. I think we forget that Christ can take five loaves and two fish and feed 5,000. I believe that we should strive to make lasting change, to let our efforts to serve be done in excellence, but what Haiti taught me is that is I am the child who brings the bread and the fish to Jesus, not the one who multiplies it. My responsibility is just to be available. Don't let logistics keep you from serving.
Assistant Dean of Men, Meier Hall
The idea of a mission trip is to go and be a blessing to others and oftentimes you find yourself richly blessed in the process. This is definitely my testimony from our recent trip to Haiti. With my primary responsibility of working in the health clinic it was a joy to serve adults and children from the surrounding community. It was also so satisfying to see the work accomplished and the progress made by the construction team on a future brand new kitchen on this site designed to benefit orphans. One of the best aspects of this trip was working with a team that operated in a genuine spirit of cooperation and love for the benefit of others and the deeper connection that developed among our team in the process. It was a tremendous opportunity that helped make a dynamic shift in my world perspective that will always be remembered.
G. Tatiana Correa
First Year, Master of Divinity
When I first applied for the Haiti Mission Trip, all the spots were filled. I remember praying to God how much I desired to serve in Haiti and that if it was His will for me to go, to open the door and make a way. He surely did! Shortly after, I received an email saying a spot was open and a week after that, He provided for the funds! This mission trip was a life-changing experience and a blessing from Above. There are so many great memories and adventures that will be treasured for life. I will never forget the faces of those children, their laughter and hearing them sing "Jesus is my Best Friend." I have left a piece of my heart in Bohoc, Haiti.
The mission trip to Haiti was my very first mission trip. The events leading up to the trip proved that God had something in store for me. The mission trip comprised three different types of work: medical clinic, construction and VBS. As a nursing student, I appreciated that I had the chance to experience clinical work and interaction with different patients. The first day was a bit frustrating because I needed a translator by my side all the time, limiting communication with the patients. But as the days went by, I learned that it wasn’t all about the language; God showed me that we can still show His love to them through our actions and that love does not have barriers. God left a stamp on my heart that I have not made the wrong decision by wanting to give my life in service to Him and serve Him through healthcare and share this love even more.