Thursday, July 6, 2017

Haiti Travel Update

Our next reflection is from Sarah DeVan, one of our wonderful teachers who stepped out in faith to take this journey. Here are her thoughts on teaching the Haitian students during their language exchange lesson:

[Monday] we taught the Haitian children the English colors and numbers. It was an amazing experience to teach the more than 50 students we had gathered. Halfway through reviewing the colors, we noticed one diligent student in the back of the room who had brought his coloring page back from the day before, and he was resourcefully using the back to write down the names of the English colors we taught. His thirst for knowledge and perseverance was so admirable.

In the United States, students and teachers can sometimes take for granted the vast ability of resources and access to education. But, in Haiti, their quest for knowledge is so inspiring. I know I will be a better teacher in the United Stats for having experienced education in Haiti.

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Returning Nativity missionary Kelsey Brown also has some words to share on why she keeps going back to Haiti - this is her third trip, and we are so blessed to have her strength and dedication on our team!

Kelsey says:

I keep returning to Haiti because I feel at home here. It is my happy place, my home away from home. When I rounded the corner and I saw that the new school had been built, it was unbelievable. I was filled with joy, amazement, and proud of the people of Monarch for having the perseverance to continue and see this project through to completion.

One of the things that I have appreciated most on this trip is their willingness to never give up when trying to share about their way of life. Yesterday, a few girls from the town taught me how to play their own version of a game. We didn't speak the same language, but we were still able to play and laugh, and the excitement on their faces as I caught on was priceless. Through coming to Haiti, I have learned so much about the universality of the human spirit.

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Thank you for the wonderful reflections, ladies! Stay tuned for more!!

6 comments:

  1. Go Sarah Go!! God bless you missionaries and all your work!

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  2. You're amazing Sarah! So glad to hear that God is using this mission to do big things through you (& in you). With you each step of the way! -T&K

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  3. I have goosebumps reading this - I love the picture, Sarah!! :) Those little kids are so amazing and so lucky to have such an awesome teacher - can't wait to hear more about it! Kelsey, I admire how you played a game and could communicate with the children even though you didn't share a common language. That must have been such a great feeling in your heart. Such inspiring and beautiful stories!! Safe travels home :) Faith always, Amie

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  4. Being in the classroom and working with curious children, is so rewarding. Add to that, being in Haiti with children who hunger for the gift of knowledge and helping them to learn, is a gift beyond any teacher's wildest dream. God bless you all!
    Dori

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  5. Kelsey and Sarah... what awesome ways God has shown up on this trip with you and used your talents in Monarch. I can't wait to hear more stories of inspiration. Blessings for a restful final night and safe travels home tomorrow. Can't wait to welcome you back! Hugs and love!

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  6. So glad that you were able to see the fruits of the spirit through the building of the school! Your work in carrying water, planting papaya, ministering through music and playing games will live forever in the hearts of your new Haitian friends. Can't wait for Kelsey to bring her happy place back to our Nativity family! Hugs to all!!

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