S: 2010 Haiti Mission Trip
BC: Mountain Top Ministries
FC: Haiti Mission Trip | April 13-21, 2010
1: The Goshen Team (left to right) Dawn, Lisa, Erica, Deb, Sharon, Shirley, Elnora, Micah, Eleanor, Erland | In Miami we met up with a team from the Oregon/Washington area. Thankfully the two teams came together with no problems and formed many friendships.
2: After a long, tiring journey we finally arrived in Port-Au-Prince. We were greeted by 90 degree weather and Haitian music. | Haiti
3: We had an hour long ride in the back of the truck before arriving at Mountain Top Ministries. We then began the task of organizing the 55 suitcases of medicines and supplies.
4: MTM was founded by Willem & Beth Charles. It consists of a church, school, orphanage, and clinic to meet the spiritual, educational, and physical needs of the Haitian people. | The MTM Guesthouse
5: To get to the work site the team either rode in the truck or hiked 3 miles up and down the mountainside. | Each day we were served rice and beans with a small piece of fish. We also had the option of PB&J. We were well fed!
7: The Faces of Haiti
8: Each day at the clinic the medical team was greeted by a long line of patients, some of which had walked 3 hours to get there. The team consisted of 2 doctors, nurses, paramedics, a physical therapist, and other non-medical personnel. They provided prenatal care and treated cases of infection, worms, scabies, and other various ailments. On their busiest day they saw 190 patients.
12: My main role while in Haiti was helping our team build a house for a family who lost their home in the earthquake. The construction was hard work, but very satisfying. It was good to interact with the home owner's family and fun to interact with the children. The home we built was about the size of my bedroom. It makes me very thankful to see what I have and enjoy it.
14: "Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain." -Psalm 127:1
15: As a team we truly enjoyed our interactions with the people of Haiti.
17: On Sunday, we experienced a very meaningful and moving church service. The Haitian people were happy to be there and had the joy of the Lord. | . | Their singing was especially inspiring. The fact they all walked to get there (with some walking 3 hours) was quite humbling to me.
18: Going through Port-Au-Prince left me somewhat numb. I think I shut down my emotions because I didn't know how to deal with all the destruction and conditions the people were living in. I'm glad I had the opportunity to go, but I am still reflecting and processing what I saw and heard. | River of waste
19: The Presidential Palace
20: The Earthquake Destruction
23: Life in Port-Au-Prince
24: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” -John 13:15-17
25: We also got to visit two orphanages. The children at MTM's orphanage sang us a song and enjoyed playing with bubbles and showing us their rooms. Micah had fun roughhousing with the boys.
26: Life on the mountain
30: The time I spent with Micah was very good and very satisfying. The long talk we had at the Miami airport was very rewarding. I feel very blessed to have a son like Micah. I'm happy to see that Micah took time off from his work to take a trip like this. He is a good husband and a good father. | “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” -3 John 1:4
33: The trip as a whole was very good. I'm thankful for the opportunity to go and work in another culture. It was good to meet new people, and come together as a team for a common good. We all knew our purpose, and we came together in unity under the Lordship of Jesus to accomplish something good for the Haitian people. It was also good to hear of other teams coming to Haiti for the same reason that we came. It is still an overwhelming problem and it will take a long time to fix. I'm happy that I had the opportunity to do my little part. I would be willing to go again if I have the opportunity.