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 clinic 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 we were greeted by a long line of patients, some of which had walked 3 hours to get there. Our team consisted of 2 doctors, nurses, paramedics, a physical therapist, and other non-medical personnel. We provided prenatal care and treated cases of infection, worms, scabies, and other various ailments. On our busiest day we saw 190 patients.
12: As a team we truly enjoyed our interactions with the people of Haiti.
14: A few team members (including my dad) worked to rebuild a home destroyed in the earthquake. Upon seeing this small one room home, one of the home owners said this was what they imagined their home in heaven would be like. My dad said the construction was hard work but very satisfying.
17: On Sunday morning we went to church and worshiped Haiti style. God's presence was there and we felt it. It was overwhelming. | The singing was amazing. They had a choir there that walked 3 hours that morning to get to the church. They were great. We loved every minute of it.
18: My favorite part of the trip was visiting the orphanages. The children sang for us and were excited to show us their rooms. The boys and I especially enjoyed roughhousing.
19: Boys will be boys
20: We were able to survey the damage in Port-Au-Prince. It was difficult to see all the destruction block after block and the conditions the people were living in. | River of waste
21: The Presidential Palace
22: The Earthquake Destruction
25: Life in Port-Au-Prince
26: Life on the mountain
31: I was able to spend the week in Haiti with my dad. Even though he was working on the construction site and I was in the clinic, we were still able to have some good talks together. | Forming a new friendship was an unexpected bonus of the trip. Christian is a paramedic/fireman from Portland. He and I hit it off with movie quotes and had many other deep and meaningful conversations.
32: "Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: 'He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.'" - 2 Corinthians 8:11-15
33: I agreed to take on the task of blogging our trip so those back home could follow our daily activities. | I missed my family very much. Fortunately I was able to communicate with them every day and even video chat with them once. I was very ready to come home and be with them.