We Came Back Changed

Cason and I on the last day with one of the houses we helped with.

We got back from Haiti last night. There is still so much to process. I went to bed shortly after 9pm, completely exhausted & glad to be in my own soft bed, but I just couldn’t fall asleep as thoughts and images kept flying through my mind, for hours. It was a restless night.

Worship this morning back at our church was great. I sang songs, picked up on Bible verses & things said in a different way today. Amazed by God and still thinking of our Haitian brothers & sisters who would be worshipping at the exact same time, just in a different language.

I’m really not sure where to start or how to break up our experience in Haiti into logical posts. In the days ahead I will do my best. It will probably come out in bits & pieces for the next couple weeks.

It was the most consistently physically challenging week I’ve ever had. The heat & humidity were rather unbearable to be out in for hours on end, doing hard physical labor. I think the heat index put it at feeling like 115 degrees. The sun baked us and the dirt, dust, & grime were caked on us. I’ve been dirty before, but this was a whole new level of how dirty we could be for 7 days straight. We just got used to the fact that we were gross. Drenched in sweat with dirt under our nails. And we were always slathered in layers of sunscreen & bug spray that the dirt would then stick to. We’d shower in the late afternoons and be sweating again within minutes.

But we did it! We made it through and basically got 2 houses built for families that did not have homes. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in crazy conditions that you’d never picture yourself in. How far outside of your comfort zone you can go. I’m a firm believer that you can do anything for a week. Especially if it’s something the Lord has called you to and with prayer support behind you. Thank you so much to those of you who were praying for us!

And now we’re back and the trip is over. In the blink of an eye. It happens so quickly, even if in the midst of it you wonder if you can make it through the day. Now I wish it could have gone on longer. I wish we could go back to talk to a few more people, build a few more relationships, and help with a few more houses.

We go hoping to help a few people and we’re the ones that come back changed and immensely blessed by the experience…

“Everything we live through leaves some mark on us.” -Unknown

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11 thoughts on “We Came Back Changed

  1. A very well written piece about your experience and I look forward to reading more. Good to see the picture of the house you both helped build. It is inspiring and well done! God bless your achievements and those to come.

  2. So thankful that you all had the opportunity to go and help those in Haiti.You will be changed everyday by remembering those who you have met and worshipped with!!Enjoyed reading your blog and that you were able to finish 2 homes!!!!!!!!!

  3. Pingback: Thinking back to our time in Haiti | Karen Barnes

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