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A Haitian man I met recently asked me some hard questions. 

What was it that drew you to Haiti in the beginning?

What is it that keeps you coming back here when the international image of Haiti is so bad and everyone tells you it’s dangerous?

I didn’t have a good answer at the moment. I said something like God brought me here, and I stay because I love the people. 

After thinking more, a love for people may get you where you are going, but it is a love for Jesus that will keep you in that place. I came to Haiti wanting to make a difference. I came to Haiti for the adventure of a new place. I came to Haiti because I felt drawn to this nation and couldn’t push it out of my mind. That’s not why I stay. 

So many are giving up on this place. Even those who have been here longer than me are leaving. There have been times when I have cried “I’m going too, I can’t do this anymore”. But I couldn’t. I can’t. It is my love for Jesus that keeps me here. No sacrifice, no risk, no hardship is too great for my Lord! 

October was a month of protests, instability, and darkness. Many left. Schools remain shut down. It was a month full of prayer gatherings. Everyone at GSA stayed safe and productive inside the walls. I got out on several occasions to share life with beautiful people in Boyer– sorting peanuts, cooking legum, and talking endlessly –those were highlights for me. 

The hardest part of the month was a funeral I helped organize. I didn’t know the young mother or her 8-year-old daughter that was taken away suddenly by sickness, but I wept with her. Her loss weighed heavy on me. I can’t pretend to understand how she was feeling. I have only shared in a small part of it. Every month of life in Haiti brings deep sorrow and great joy. God’s grace is enough and He is good. 

I left Haiti Sunday. It will be 7 months before I see her again. My heart aches. I will miss it so much. This is not abandonment or giving up. This is the start of a new season that will bring me back. November and May will be spent at home. The 5 months in between, I will be interning at a birthing clinic in Davao, Philippines. I will gain prenatal skills to bring back to Haiti when I return, Lord willing, at the beginning of June. 

Please pray for this month of preparation. I am trusting God will provide all that is necessary for the path He is leading me on. 

  • My visa.
  • For packing.
  • For financial provision.
  • Pray for Haiti and the ministry of GSA in my absence.

I plan to continue updates throughout my months in the Philippines!!

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Hi! I’m Rachel. Through a series of God orchestrated events I ended up in Haiti, in 2017.  Through years of serving with a ministry there I came to love the country and its people. I met Nelson and we got married in 2020. It was the best decision of my life! 

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