We left early on June 28 for a week in Haiti.  Our mission: To discover how LifePoint Church can have an impact in Haiti by partnering with a church. The first day seemed very slow.  I struggled with why I was even there. Now I realize that was God slowing me down so I could see what he had to show us.

Our trip focused on an area east of Port-Au-Prince that was included in the earthquake damage. The church received enough damage to shut down all Bible study rooms and force them to meet under tarps in surrounding areas. Homes and businesses were greatly affected as well as jobs. With a 85% unemployment rate, the people are hungry, poor, in need of clean water and medical care.  We were able to help with the medical care by working at a clinic sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Pernier.  The clinic treats 100-150 patients a day, five days a week.  Chadasha Foundation, with assistance from Regions Bank, currently flies in medical personnel weekly to serve at this clinic.  FBC has grown from 30 to over 600 people in weekly attendance in the last 1o years.

FBC has also partnered with an orphanage which increased from 12 children to 42 children following the January 2010 earthquake.  The children seemed very happy, taking a break from studies

to play soccer and jump rope while we were there.

The church dreams of helping start a Bible-based School. Few public schools exist, with private schools costs ranging from $100-$1300 per child per year.

On Thursday I visited 12 homes with Pastor Jude. One lady denounced Voodoo and became a Christ-follower, celebrating by burning her voodoo paraphernalia while we were there.  Every home we visited was very clean and neat.  Though they do not have much (houses roughly 20X30 feet) they take care of their 2 room houses very well.  Each host was quick to bring in chairs for us to sit and talk.  Each host also asked us to pray for them and their house before we left.

We left Haiti realizing that God is at work there in many different ways.  He showed us his priority on people, not stuff! He let us see people who were content with Him, although they have very little else. He showed us how we could help with clinic, school, orphanage, and much requested training for church leaders.

My prayers for the people of Haiti now are much more personal. Read more about our trip from Susan Cobb on her blog at Timing is Everything.