After I returned home from Haiti, I was so short on sleep from the travels and developed a powerful respiratory infection. I don’t recall ever feeling quite so fatigued. I spent every spare minute napping and going to bed early and sleeping in when possible in the hopes of catching up on some rest and healing the infection.
I had two days off at home with the kids and then it was back to the real world. It was overwhelming how different our world is compared to the Haitian world. How blessed we are with material things…and how conveniently all of our needs are met. I reflected on this so many times during that first week.
The longing I had for the people of Haiti initially was so much more intense than I had imagined possible! It is amazing how quickly we can fall in love with a culture, a people and a country.
I know that in the future the Lord plans for us to return to Haiti…to share in more memories with these precious people. I don’t know if it will be a family trip…individual trip…or something altogether different…but I am praying that the Lord will make His plan clear for us and will walk with us through this journey.
I hope to impact the people of Haiti in my own way over the years. I especially hope to encourage them in their faith walk and to journey closer to Christ-like-ness as we learn from each other’s example.
“If you say that seven hours is too long to walk for two families of patients, you’re saying that their lives matter less than some others’, and the idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the world.” “You have to believe that small gestures matter, that they do add up.”
—Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder