Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We are back from HAITI!

 
 
Honestly, I don't know where to start. I am forcing myself to get on here and give you all a little update about our mission trip to Haiti but it has been so hard to express the change, the emotions, the feelings, the truth that has so deeply transformed us. God is powerful.
 
The scripture that God used to confirm to us that He was calling us to go to Haiti was this one:
 
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27
 
I had no idea that God would change my heart so drastically in just ten days. As many of you know, I was fighting a strong battle against the enemy before we took off on this mission trip. It seemed like every time I turned around, something else was going wrong. Or so I thought. I am so thankful that I experienced this trial because I realized in the midst of confusion and doubt that... I am in need of so much more faith in God, the enemy does NOT want us serving God, and that our walk with Christ isn't mean to be easy.
 
As soon as the plane touched down in Haiti, I felt the Awesome Presence of God. I can't explain it but I knew then and there that God had in fact led us to this moment.
 
As soon as we arrived in the no-air-conditioned, no running water, mosquito-infested stay for the night, I knew that it was going to be a big adventure.
 
As soon as we arrived at the orphanage and I saw the eyes and sweet frames of each child, I knew that I was looking in the precious eyes of God's children.
 
As soon as we started talking with them, loving on them, serving them, and showing Christ's love to them, I knew that I was right where I was meant to be.
 
 
God has and still is doing mighty things in my heart and in the heart of my husband.
 
We saw extreme poverty, hunger, famine, hurt, pain, darkness. But more than that we saw selfless servants, pure and precious faces, God's beautiful and vast country, beautiful oceans and a sunrise worth a trillion dollars. We heard God whisper and His people praising. We saw Jesus there in the midst of those thousands of people. We saw love.
 
It's hard to be back in the States. My husband and I have cried and prayed and cried some more. I catch myself daydreaming about that place and those children almost hourly. We aren't sure where God will be leading us but we know that He has called us to go and serve Him.
 
 So whether that be in Haiti, right here in Tennessee, or across the Atlantic, we are praying that we will always have open eyes, open hearts, and a bag packed and ready to go.
 
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my experiences and pictures with you all. Get ready to hear and see the awesome work of God! I am so thankful for each one of you who prayed for me, my husband, and our team while we were in Haiti serving our awesome God. He sure is so good.
 
 
 
I am linking up with Madison and Rachel for Community Brew -&- Jenni and Martha Kate for Wednesday's Words.



9 comments:

  1. Katie this is so good! I missed you while you were gone, and was so happy to see this post! This brought back a lot of memories from when I went to Uganda almost 5 years ago. I forgot how hard it is to come back to our privileged lives in the US. Thank you for the update today, and I can't wait to hear more.

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  2. Oh, Katie! I can feel God in your words! I can't wait to hear more and experience it the way you experienced it! Praise the Lord that you went down there with an open heart and mind! Praise the Lord that you traveled to and from Haiti safely. Praise the Lord that even through your words, I feel Him! Love you, friend! I'll be commenting everywhere today so be on the lookout! :)

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  3. That is great. My friend adopted two children from there and she wished she could've taken them all home.

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  4. oh how beautiful! I can feel the emotion in your words. I love the way you word things. I am so glad you had such a wonderful time and God moved in such a mighty way. I am so looking forward to seeing pictures and reading about your time!

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  5. I have yet to go on a mission's trip - the timing has just never worked out but obviously God's timing will be perfect when it does work out. Seth and I are hoping to go on a mission's trip next year with our young adult's ministry!

    I can't wait to hear more about your time in Haiti, it sounds life changing! I'm excited to hear about your work in the orphanage, I've always felt a call to adopt so there's a special place in my heart <3

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  6. Love these beautiful words! I have very similar feelings about my trip to Ghana, Africa almost three years ago. It will take time to process everything God has taught you! I don't think I have processed everything I saw and learned in 3 years! Praying for you! I know coming back is hard!

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  7. It sounds like such an amazing, beautiful, hard yet SELFLESS experience. You two are such wonderful people. Looking forward to hearing more about it!
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  9. You're back! Reading your words about your trip has made me so reminiscent of my own mission trips in the past. I have such great memories of those orphanages and those sweet little faces. I can't wait to hear more!

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