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!
Service trips vary drastically from organization to organization (and even team to team) and the Dispatch trips are probably no exception to this. However, the intent behind the Dispatch trips has stayed consistent. The main goal has been bringing entrepreneurs / business minded team members to experience what Mission Haiti focuses on as an organization. From there, team members focus on infrastructure and brainstorming ideas that can live beyond a single project. How can we create jobs? Why was this on the top of the project list? How can we keep this as a sustainable job model? Has this been done before and why didn’t it work? Questions like these are the catalyst for the Dispatch trip to Haiti.
While in Haiti we visited a number of the Mission Haiti schools (playing with kids along the way), toured the concrete block plant that our group raised funds for last year, toured land options providing feedback on the selection of the new medical clinic location and visited all the various Mission Haiti projects from past years. The final stop for us was to tour the children’s wing of a small local hospital. As a parent of 3 small boys, the images we saw will impact you forever. How blessed we are to have access to the medical care that we do here in the U.S.!
There is so much need in Haiti and it’s very, very easy to be overwhelmed on how to help. I’ve chosen to focus on the good that is happening in Haiti. With this being our 2nd Dispatch trip through Mission Haiti, we were able to see signs of progress from the previous year. Even if they were small steps, there were noticeable steps nonetheless. This experience provides perspective at the very least. Perspective that would be hard to come by without a look into the lives of the Haitian people. The theme “don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything” was shared multiple times on this trip. This is such a great reminder as it’s easy to focus on the negatives in life.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16