After mission trips, Matt invites team members to share personal experiences from the trip. The following article is from Tammy Ward who was one of the January 2019 Mission Team Members.
The devotional I was reading before leaving on our trip to Yvon Haiti was from Isaiah 6:8, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I: send me.” This was the first time I ever flew on a plane that would hold more than four people and the first time I have ever gone on a mission trip outside of the United States. I am so thankful that God gave me the opportunity to go on this trip and I would go again if God allows in the future. Traveling with Matt Henson was wonderful and if anyone would like to go on a future trip I would highly recommend traveling with him.
When you go on a mission trip you have big ideas of what you can do for the people, not realizing what the people and trip will do for you. On this trip, we helped to finance and work on the continuing project of adding more rooms onto the existing Methodist school, lead a small Bible school for the children three evenings in the week, and on Saturday held a Men’s conference and Women’s conference in the church. The people seemed to really enjoy it and the Youth of the church asked us to have a Youth conference the next time we return.
When traveling with Matt he made sure we learned about the people and culture of Haiti and reminded us that mission trips are more than just doing a project it is also about opening up communication with the people and getting to know them personally and hear about their hopes and dreams.
The people of Yvon live a very simple life a lot like traveling back in time where most of the work is still done by hand and the use of donkeys for carrying water and supplies is still utilized. The homes are simple stone or concrete blocks covered with stucco and painted. Most of the homes appeared to be just two rooms with a little shack outside of the home for cooking in. They have gardens and raise a few animals. There is a lack of opportunity for jobs in Haiti and one of our interpreter’s said sometimes it is hard to encourage their children to go to school when they do not see how it could benefit their future.
Despite the difficulties the people face each day, they have Joy and are very friendly saying “Bonjour” in the morning and “Bonswa” in the afternoons. The trip is worth it just to hear the congregation sing, mostly acapella, on Sunday because they do not have many instruments.
I had no fear on this trip and I give the credit to God who constantly reminded me that He’s got this! and Matt for his seasoned experience. I pray that if you have the desire to go on a mission trip that you will go and trust God for the rest.