Sunday, January 2, 2011

A New Kind of Metamorphosis!

Today I want to share a new kind of metamorphosis I have been working on. At the end of November I spent a week in Haiti with a team of 11 from my church. We were going on a construction trip to build shelters. While there I built shelters and worked in a medical clinic as a nurse. What I saw in that week has changed my life forever and I had to share the metamorphosis that took place in my heart!

This is a picture of the ONLY toy I saw in Haiti. A little boy had fashioned this out of a milk container and he was so proud of his creation. I too was proud of this little fellow and the creativity he exhibited. I thought of all us makover divas and wondered if we would have the gumption to make something out of this trash.

Here I am at the clinic with a precious little baby who kept sticking her tongue out at me. I fell in love with these people and there smiles.

You can't help but be changed when you see children praying with all their hearts. These are a few of the children we saw in the orphanage we visited. It was a fabulous time as we shared the Christmas story and gave them juice and cookies.

Here is a woman who got up before dawn and walked several miles so she could sell her eggs at the market.

After several hours we finished our first tent home and this is the woman who recieved the home. She had a family of 10 that would be living in this tent with her. I was so blessed to have my father along on this trip with me!

The children are so happy and they have nothing. Most eat one meal a day and have very little to no water to drink. How can they smile and laugh and play? Where are the Nintendos? Where are the soccer balls?

My first roofing experience!


Look closely and you will see the man helping me in this picture has only one arm. He works all day as a volunteer in hopes that we will have an extra sandwich or bottle of water.

These children are singing Father Abraham in their language. I love to see the fruits of other mission trips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Finally, this is the moment I was changed forever. We spent a day up in the mountains in Haiti. I thought I had seen devastation in the city but there is no poverty like the remote places of Haiti. We had worked all day in the clinc and were tired. One of the Haitian doctors asked if I would like to pass out some clothes to the children in the village. She warned me that we would have to bring the kids into the tent because a riot may break out in the village if the people saw us giving anything away. She warned me to give to only the children who really needed it since there was a limited suppy. I was pulling clothes out and didn't see the little girl standing behind me. When I turned around I saw the rag she was wearing, no shoes, no underwear. You should have seen the look in her eyes. I have never done anything in my life that will compare to giving that girl clothing to wear!
This Monday as you look at all the beautiful transformations on Susan's blog Between Naps on the Porch please send up a prayer of thanks for all your blessings. Then don't forget to pray for all those who have less!

2 comments:

  1. What a blessing I'm sure you received. I am sure that you were blessed more by giving than by receiving! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all to do more.

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  2. What an amazing trip you had. One of my co-workers went on a mission trip there a few months ago and earlier a couple doctors went to work in a clinic. It sounds like there is still so much to be done there.

    So easy to complain about our own wants and needs and then be reminded there are others who have a much greater need.

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