Friday, July 7, 2017

Haiti Travel Update

On Thursday, the team had their last day in Monarch. Once again, they started early and enthusiastically. When the afternoon came, and they had to say their goodbyes, there were many hugs and lots of tears. This was made more difficult because our current missionaries don't know yet when (or if) they will be able to return again. Monarch can be assured, though, that Nativity will be back in October with a whole new team of missionaries, and that our long-term partnership with them is strong.

After their final dinner in Bohoc, they had another night of reflection, with many emotions about their last day and their good-byes. Their 410 Bridge guide, Major, helped them to process their feelings.


Here is another wonderful reflection from Adeola:

Saturday, I felt a keen sense of disappointment. I had spent a whole day in Monarch, met amazing people, listened to a diverse leadership council, and observed children at play; all things that should have made me extremely happy and possibly excited, but instead I was deep - down borderline depressed and extremely disappointed. It has taken four long days for me to have a surface understanding of the source of these feelings, I realized that even though I had worked really hard to have no expectations except to witness love, I had somehow "drunk the koolaid". I had allowed the stories of hardship, struggle, need, destitution, sponsorship etc. to poison my thoughts and pervade my being, I came to Monarch consciously thinking "I will help them however they desire", but subconsciously thinking "I'm going to help them because they need me to help". The reality floored me. What a blow to my ego, when I discovered that they didn't need me, not even to help. I was witnessing a society flourishing on faith, hope and charity.
Faith that God will provide all their needs.
Hope that if it doesn't happen in their lifetimes, it will happen for their children.
And Love of a God who in turn loves them unconditionally and love of each other. 

It's funny (not ha ha), ALL of us missionaries have commented on at least one thing we love about Monarch and then compared it to the US using the statement, "that's not what happens in the US". I was so surprised by Monarch, and truthfully still in awe that I forgot for a moment that they were monetary poor, that healthcare (by American standards) is non existent, they lived in huts with dirt floors and often had to share the space with many people.
 
No one prepared me for children playing together, or families walking to the pump for water, or a praying and thankful community, or the amazing amount of love that could be shared between people. I knew I would learn a lot from the community of Monarch but I couldn't begin to imagine how much...

Monarch needs help because their goals for the village far exceed their resources. But rather than waiting for someone to do something, they pray and they work and they love. Monarch survives because no matter how little they have, they are always thankful. 

As I get ready to return to the US, I am thinking :

• The U.S. would probably benefit from some Haitian missionaries
• I probably need my whole summer break to process this trip
• What is one thing I've learned in Monarch that I can use now either in my personal or professional life?
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The team hit the road at 9:00 this morning for the long drive back to Port-au-Prince to make their 3:48 pm flight. They will stop again in Atlanta, and then on to BWI, arriving at 12:31 am. Please pray for their long day of travel, and for Nativity's partnership with Monarch!


4 comments:

  1. Oh, the feels on your last day! It's always so hard. Remember to also be joyful because you know that your feelings are the result of a very fruitful mission!

    Praying for your long day of travels, I can't wait to see you all when you return tonight!

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  2. The last day is so bittersweet and with so much to process. Adeola, your reflection captures this so well: Monarch is a thriving, intact community (even without many resources), and they will continue with or without us. How wonderful that they have invited us to walk with them!
    Safe travels today, and we can't wait to see you all!

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  3. Travel home safely! Can't wait to hear your stories and share your absolute joy. God placed each of you in Monarch this week o shed his light and serve side by side in the life of your new friends. Bruce

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  4. Adeola's reflection so eloquently captures the faith, hope and love of the Monarch community, but the Greatest of these is the love with which God has intertwined their genuine passion for life with our missionaries' faithful journey to share that same passion. Well done Haiti 11! Your rest will soon come, but your impact will never be forgotten.

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