Thursday, July 6, 2017

Haiti Travel Update

As our missionaries are wrapping up the week and processing everything they have seen and experienced, they have sent us some wonderful reflections of special moments they had during the week. We're happy to share them with all of you!

Our first two reflections highlight their Sunday Mass experience:

From Will Kelly:

I was really engaged in the whole mass, even though I didn't understand what was said. The passion of the people was very inspiring and moving. When we were able to sing and I played guitar, it was very special to see the smiles on their faces. The Pastor told Major that he would like for us to play another song, and the congregation all said "Again!" and wanted another song too.

I have led worship for the teens and congregation at Nativity, but now to have the same experience in Haiti was a dream come true. It was an intimate environment, and I was able to feel the passion of each individual person in the church.

Then I was blessed to be joined by two Haitian drummers, and that really showed how music is truly universal in that you don't have to speak the same language, yet there is a beat inside all of us.

This was a powerful experience, and one that our whole team will remember for a long time.

From Brian Phebus:

I really enjoyed being able to experience a Catholic service in another country. Due to limited resources, they were not able to have Eucharist, and it gave me a new appreciation, and I feel so grateful for the blessing to have Eucharist each week. The service was led by a Deacon, and that also made me realize how grateful I am to have a priest to lead mass each week at our church.

Check back throughout the day and evening for some more reflections from our fabulous team!


  1. Amazing. So proud of you Will. XOXO

  2. Thank you for sharing your hearts and love for God. I am praying for you all.

  3. "there is a beat inside all of us." ... so true. Keep letting God love through you Will. <3, Kalie [Haiti Homie of 2016]

    Brian, thank you for sharing. God loved me in Monarch so specially by opening my heart to a deeper gratitude for the most special gift of the Eucharist. Thank you for sharing, and I hope we can share stories when we meet. <3, Kalie [Haiti Homie of 2016]

    Praying for you all and holding you all close in my heart!! Sarah, Kelsey -- I love you ladies so dearly!!!! xoxoxo

  4. Thank you Will and Brian for the music, the service to our Lord and for all you are doing in Haiti in His name.