Written by Dallas Schofield, Global Missions Volunteer
A few weeks ago, I returned from Ouanaminthe, Haiti with a missions team from Southland. It was my first missions experience and I was blessed to go with a great group of guys. We flew into the Dominican Republic and stayed overnight and then traveled by van to Haiti the following morning. Along the way, we started to see a decline in living conditions and structures in general. I was taken back by how little people had and was struck with a feeling of despair when I wondered how just a few of us would be able to make any kind of impact on this community. But after settling in and getting to know some of the people and their children, I fell in love with the community we served and realized, yes, we really can make an impact.
“It was clear that the community was proud of their country and wanted to make it a better place.”
By the end of the week I was becoming envious of the simplicity of their lives. They were very hard workers with a strong desire to learn. They didn’t race to get things done. They communicated the news, events, and daily activities by talking to each other because of the lack of technology—which brought them closer together! Yes, we can teach them a thing or two, but we could learn a lot from the Haitians as well.
Overall, the whole trip had a humbling impact on my life and the kids stole my heart. Ouanaminthe is a difficult place to describe. Words like hot, dirty, and poor, come to mind… but it’s so beautiful. It was an experience that I won’t forget and I can't wait to return to visit my new friends!
Global Missions Volunteer
If you’d like to get involved with our Global Missions team and help extend hope around the world like Dallas, we’d love to talk with you! Join us this Sunday, October 26, at 3pm in Building C at our Harrodsburg Road campus for an info meeting about what's upcoming in 2015! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Hope to see you Sunday afternoon!