Dispatch Group Visits Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

In early January, several local business leaders embarked on the fourth Dispatch Project trip to Haiti in the past four years. The group was accompanied the board of directors from Mission Haiti and spent the week visiting the schools, orphanages, elderly care homes, and ministries in the southwest part of Haiti. The group also had the opportunity to deliver locally-purchased tin for new roofs damaged by the hurricane and visit the concrete block making plant, which Dispatch helped start three years ago. While the devastation from the hurricane is quite extensive, the resillience of the Haitian people is stronger than words can express. Dispatch Project is proud to partner with Mission Haiti and see the progress and working of the Lord that is happening in this part of the country. A follow-up trip is already being planned for January 2018. Please contact us if you or your business has interest in being a part of what God is doing in Haiti!

 

 

Jamaica 2016: Daily Highlights

Dispatch recently sent a group of Sioux Falls employees to Jamaica to serve for a week at CCCD (Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf).  One of our trip participants, JoAnna, shares:

How can one week change your life? But it can. I miss Jamaica already…

Coming back to the United States, I was struck by how nice our houses and roads are. Things like hot water, air conditioning, windows without bars, and the amount of clothes in my closet are more noticeable. My wedding ring feels heavy wearing it again, and our house seems unusually large. We have a dishwasher, stores for our every whim, and commercials to get us to buy more. Our American over-extravagance makes me miss the simplicity of life in Jamaica.

JoAnna captured some really beautiful moments and I would encourage you to read her daily account. Her day by day journey gives a great glimpse into what this trip is all about: serving!

Nicaragua 2016: Questions

nicaragua-2016-overlooking-matagulpaEarly May, 2016, Dispatch Project sent 9 individuals oversees to Nicaragua.  Their trip was filled with a lot of variety and everyone had the ability to immerse themselves in the culture.  One of the trip participants, Michaela, provided a recap of the trip saying:

I love asking questions. As I was preparing for my first international service and learning trip to Nicaragua, I realized that my questions were partially based in worry and partially based in excitement. All because of the unknown. I found myself looking at blog posts of other teams and individuals around the United States that have traveled to Nicaragua. Googling “What should I bring on my trip to Nicaragua?” Reading and re-reading the pre-field guide. Asking my co-workers that have traveled there what they brought, what the experience was like, how bad the mosquitos were, what the food was like, and the list goes on.

You can read more about some of the questions that Michaela had and how they were answered by reading her blog post in full.  She also gives a great glimpse into the projects and initiatives they helped with while they were there.  Michaela also reflects on her time in Nicaragua, stating:

I traveled with amazing leadership and teammates and made truly memorable connections in Nicaragua. Sometimes we focus on what is done on these short-term trips, but we need to remember that there are so many people doing so many great things in Nicaragua—from missionaries and teachers to students and staff. I’m thankful for the opportunity to go on this trip, meet amazing people, and open my mind further to the amazing work that is being done in Nicaragua.

Read the full recap here.

 

Haiti : Progress Being Made

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Written by: James Krueger, Dispatch trip participant and Mission Haiti board member

Over the past 2 years the Dispatch Project has partnered with Mission Haiti sending multiple teams to their mission area in Haiti. Mission Haiti is a non-profit established over 20 years ago that focuses on Christian Education. The idea being, true change will never happen in Haiti without Christian education being at the forefront and acting as the catalyst. Along with their focus of education, Mission Haiti serves orphans, has an elderly care program, evangelizes and helps with medical treatment for the local town. Based on this list, I’m not sure what they all do in their free time 😉

One of the unique things about this particular Dispatch trip, is that the Mission Haiti board members have all traveled along during our trips. Not only has this been a comfort for team members, but has acted as a window into the Mission Haiti organization itself. Who better to learn from then board members walking alongside you on your trip! Continue reading

Participant Spotlight: Sam Goemann

Sam G headshot-31We’d like to introduce you to Sam Goemann! Sam has been a Dispatch participant over the last few years on our trips to Jamaica.  We asked him to sum up his experience for you. Read more below!

What did you take away from your Dispatch trip?

Prior to my trip to Jamaica I had never left the United States and I’ve spent the vast majority of my life in the midwest. My time at the Jamaica Deaf Village was an opportunity to expand my view of the world. I was in an unfamiliar place, culture, climate, all without a cell phone. God was the consistent presence throughout my time there. He is present and at work in Jamaica in the lives of those living there just as He is to me in Sioux Falls. In places I can’t comprehend, with my still limited view of the world, God is at work.

Jamaica2015groupTell me about a specific moment that stands out from your trip.

This happened the first year I went to Jamaica. Our team was visiting a children’s home and another team member and I were watching a young man harvest coconuts from a tree in the back of the children’s home. She was snapping pictures of various things and I was helping by holding the ladder. Everything was going fine and the guy on the ladder kept tossing coconuts down into a pile of brush about 20 feet from the tree. Until one slipped and fell toward the base of the tree. I reacted but quickly determined I wasn’t in it’s path and didn’t watch it continue toward the ground. It wasn’t until seconds later when I heard a loud “KNOCK” that I looked down and saw my teammate lying in the brush a few feet from the base of the tree with a coconut rolling away from her. Fortunately she wasn’t seriously injured. After plenty of rest and taking it easy she was able to laugh about it.

How did this trip impact you as an individual and in the roles you fulfill? Continue reading