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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Haiti, Here I Come!

I leave for Haiti tomorrow.
I haven't packed. 
Well, I have packed treats for the children in the orphanage. I have packed pictures of my family. I have packed snacks. I have packed coloring sheets that my friends gave me. (For the children, not for me!)
But, packing my pj's and toothbrush and clothes just hasn't happened. I guess I can't believe I am really going. Packing those things will make it real.
I have dreamed of a mission trip since I was in high school. I have made 47 million excuses of why the time was never right. 
Watching my children make their way in the world with full bellies, access to medical care, clean water, and full refrigerators, always makes me say prayers of thanks. 
If I want a glass of cold water, it is mine. If I want healthy food, it is mine. If I want a hot shower, it is mine. If we need medical care, it is ours. A trip to any superstore will provide aisle after aisle of choices for all of my needs.
"Mine, mine, mine," rings in my head. 
At a funeral, I once heard someone eulogized with these parting words: "She lived a life of service." 
Those words have stuck with me. Am I living a life of service? Am I making the world a better place? Am I leading by example for my children?
We all serve in different ways. For me, for now, for this week, Haiti is in my heart. 
I am going to Haiti and I pray that I can be of service. I pray that I can make someone laugh. I pray that I can connect and convey all the big, rowdy love that I have in my heart. I pray that I can hold them in my mind's eye when I return and am watching my children play soccer or when I am singing at church or when I am in the middle of a belly laugh or when I go to the voting booth.
Thank you to all of you that have helped make this trip possible. 
Thank you for helping fund the trip.
Thank you for bringing me pie tonight. 
Thank you for sending supplies for someone else's children. 
Thank you for reminding me 952 times to NOT drink the water.
Thank you.
This is my pastor during one of his trips to Haiti. When I saw this picture, my trip was sealed.
It's time for me to pack.

27 comments:

  1. Look at Haiti!! :-) Can't think of anyone who could bring a smile to the faces of those children more than you my friend. My thoughts and prayers go with you and I already know that you will be a source of hope and encouragement to all you encounter!! Can't wait to hear all about it!
    Blessings to you,
    Vanessa

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    1. Thank you, Vanessa! I'm breathing in and breathing out. 3 hours to go...My kiddos are all sleeping in and I'm sitting here, so excited and so thankful. My cup runneth over.

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  2. What an amazing blessing for you to be able to go to haiti and gift that those folks in haiti will be getting when they meet you!
    Safe travels on your journey to serve others.I am proud of you.

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  3. Eagerly waiting for news from you!

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  4. Your post made me tear up a bit as I've asked myself that same question but right now I'm kind of stuck until I can get my newly diagnosed disease under control. I really would love to go on a mission trip in the future. Safe travels to you and I have no doubt that you'll be making people smile and laugh!

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    1. Taking care of yourself first so you can serve is no small gift. Thank you so much for the kind words!

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  5. Thank you for going! I miss the warm weather and the singing, especially. Without glass in the Windows and mindless TV to watch, the Haitians in the neighborhood where I was staying would sing and sing. I'll be so interested to hear about your experiences. :)

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  6. Kerry, you will indeed bring a special kind of joy to those you meet. One that I'm certain will be remembered for a very long time. You are a special lady!

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  7. Um, I'm sorry. You cannot go to Haiti. How will you be able to check the facebook group and participate 129 times a day in its hilarious and imperative chains?? haha.
    Fabulous trip, and even more fabulous motivations to be taking it. It will be life changing, I imagine, and give new perspective to so much.
    Safe travels...

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    1. RIGHT?!? Maybe you could Flat Stanley me and chime in for me? Thanks, Michelle!

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  8. Enjoy. You are so brave to listen to your heart and embrace this adventure. Some people go their whole lives and never answer their heart's call. You are loved. BRING JOY. I can not wait to hear your stories.

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  9. Enjoy. You are so brave to listen to your heart and embrace this adventure. Some people go their whole lives and never answer their heart's call. You are loved. BRING JOY. I can not wait to hear your stories.

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  10. How exciting... and a bit scary. Enjoy each moment, even the uncomfortable ones and I imagine there will be many of those. I have not been to Haiti,but other places that left me uncomfortable and changed. Embrace the change and change the world you come home too.
    Thank you for serving.

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    1. It was a completely humbling and joyous way to serve. Thank you.

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  11. Kerry,
    Have a wonderful time, but please do not eat any pork! I only wish I could go back in time and tell my dear friend Martee this before her mission trip there in the summer of 2011. It ended up costing her life. God bless you!

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    1. I'm so sorry about your friend. Thank you for your kind words.

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  12. This is amazing! What a beautiful opportunity! God is going to use you, your humor and your heart to do wonderful things. We will be praying for you, the people you will work with and meet and your family back home.
    Vicky
    www.thepursuitofnormal.blogspot.com

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    1. It was a beautiful experience, totally humbling. Thank you for all of your support, Vicky.

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  13. The children in Haiti are in for a great treat/blessing in meeting you!

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    1. I was prepared-ish for the poverty but I was blown away by their joy. Thank you, Miss Kitty.

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