I am going to Haiti.
In a few weeks.
Here's the story.....I went to Haiti on a mission trip about 6 years ago. It was life changing, and I knew I would return someday, most likely on a medical mission trip. I follow the mission I went with (NWHCM) on Facebook. About 2 weeks ago, I was checking facebook....a normal day...and came across a post from the mission. "We are in URGENT need of RN's for our upcoming medical trip." My heart went pitter patter, I felt the Lord tugging and right then I decided to pursue the option of going to Haiti. I was a heart divided, I really wanted to go, but I knew that my life here may not allow for it. So, I prayed. Doug and I talked about it, and he was 100% supportive...obstacle one, conquered. Next time I worked, I talked to my boss about getting off work, late notice request..I knew it would be a long shot....she was not only willing to take me off the schedule, she was excited for me....obstacle two, conquered. I spoke with my family within a few days about helping out and watching Emerson while Doug is at work, they were more than willing.....obstacle three, conquered. At this point....the last and maybe most challenging obstacle was left....me, myself and I. I was feeling the enemy work on me and plant seeds of doubt, fear and guilt into my thoughts. However, it was so evident that God had a plan and that I was learning a lesson in trust. So, I payed the down payment...and here I am....going to Haiti, on April 27th.
I am daily reminded that I need to give up my heart to the Lord and trust in Him. It is amazing the rediculus ideas I get about why I should not go to Haiti...but after prayer and a reality check...I am back on board and trusting God.
A few details..I am leaving April 27th and return May 5th. I will be working with a pediatric and orthopedic surgeon and will be assisting in surgery the entire trip in some way or another. The mission is located in Northern Haiti, in the city of Saint-Louis-du-Nord.
Here are a few photos from my last trip.
I have been studying James in my bible study.....here a bit of what I am learning.
"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what is says. " James 1: 22
"Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world." James 1:27
I am confident in the Lord that He is sending me to Haiti. Please prayer that I will daily remind myself to trust in Him.