Every year Love Him Love Them sends a team of American teachers to Galette Chambon in Haiti. Our team spends time working with the Haitian teachers and teaches them how to teach! We equip the Haitian teachers with tools, skills, and techniques so they can educate and care for the students at Galette Chambon in the best way possible!
Do you want to make a difference in Haiti? Do you want to help Haitian teachers educate the next generation of world changers? Maybe you’re interested in a mission trip, but have a few doubts or questions. A few of our past-trip attendees took the time to answer some of those questions you might have. Check out their testimonies and thoughts below to see if God is calling you to serve with us!
What made you want to go on a mission trip to Haiti?
Jenna – I knew that I was meant to do mission work back in 2005 when I went on a mission trip to Nicaragua with my brother. He became a full-time missionary there and I had to go back home to take care of my son. I went back to Nicaragua in 2007. I got married that same year. I was so busy working and having more children that I lost the missionary part of myself. In November 2016, I visited my brother’s family in Nicaragua. I remembered that God had wanted me to do mission work. I felt so alive helping others in the mission field that I began to pursue other opportunities for missions. I talked to Ginger, our youth director at church. She said that the kids have always wanted to go on a mission trip so we began praying about it. Information about your mission had been shared through Heather Hawkins and Doug Vermilya at school, which prompted the teens to want to go to Haiti. The more Ginger looked into it, going on a mission trip with Love Him Love Them seemed like the right thing to do. I am all for going where I feel God wants me to go so I was really excited about going to Haiti!
Gabe – My uncle was a missionary.
Ginger – I personally had previously gone to Nicaragua where my older son was serving as a long term missionary, so I had experienced missions and had a desire for our youth to have that experience. As a group we had been praying for direction for our youth group. We had several members who had learned about Love Him Love Them through Doug Vermillia and Heather Hawkins at North Habersham Middle School. My twins had been able to see the kids sing in the summer of 2016 with Doug and fell in love with the kids. When we started planning for the summer of 2017 we were pleased to learn that the June trip was the week we had available to go and felt this was the confirmation we needed.
Hannah – I had always wanted to go on a mission trip and this one was because my mom, brother and sister were going. I never expected I would enjoy it so much.
Sarah – My brother and sister-in- law were missionaries and they loved it and I wanted to try.
How did you experience and see God move during your time in Haiti?
Jenna – I felt like we were meant to be there the entire time. I saw people come together in love for Christ to help others – strangers and group members working towards common goals to make life better for others. I saw a little girl, Grae, bring Haitians and Americans together in worship to our mighty KIng. I saw hearts softened and loving a people so completely different than themselves but brothers and sisters in Christ. I was truly blessed to be a part of this mission trip.
Gabe – To gain an even deeper belief of Christ in my everyday.
Ginger – From the time we committed to go we saw God move in miraculous ways. From the little details to the financial support God kept affirming to me that this was his desire for our little group from Harvest. When we got to Haiti it was so easy to see God’s hand at work from the immediate bonding of our mission team to witnessing the love shared between the Americans and Haitians when we could not even communicate with words.
Hannah – When we came around the corner at Cha Cha Mountain and got to the church, you could already hear singing. At the church they were all up and singing away and dancing with so much joy and they didn’t stop. You could feel their love for God. I imagine that is what it will be like in heaven.
Sarah – How far people came on Sunday to be in church, many walked for hours just to be there!
What do you think made the greatest impact on the people you served?
Jenna – I pray that my presence made an impact. I hope that my willingness to help, my attempts at communication, and longing to understand life in Haiti impacted someone in a positive way. I hope that some teachers and kids gained an understanding of what reading to others can be like.
Gabe – The pair of underwear I gave to a child.
Ginger – The joy I saw on the faces of the ladies when we shared sewing supplies, the excitement of the young ladies who practiced their skills by doing our nails, the laughter of the kids who sat in our circle and played Ms. Mary Mac, their faces all showed me that just spending time with them was all they wanted.
Hannah – Even though I wasn’t teaching. It was cool to see how excited all the Haitian teachers were after graduation. They were so excited to use what they learned and saying thank you to us.
Sarah – The kids had fun, we painted nails and danced together.
Andrew – I was on the CPR team and they had never heard of saving someone’s life with CPR so they were overwhelmed with knowing they actually could.
What was the best part of your trip? What was the worst part of your trip?
Jenna – The best part of my trip was singing to Jesus with all of our companions and sharing what God has given me with others. The worst part of my trip was leaving. I could honestly stay in the mission field if I did not have a family to take care of waiting on me in Georgia. I feel most alive and in my comfort zone when I am on a mission trip. I know that I am doing exactly what my Father wants me to do the whole time.
Gabe – The best part was my time there and the worst part was leaving.
Ginger – Our trip down Cha Cha Mountain was the best part. During that time, I realized what it felt like to truly and completely trust God. Our truck broke down, the interpreters had left on the first truck. We were there without an interpreter, no means of transportation. We chose to start to walking down the mountain and there was no panic, no fear, no frustration only fully trusting God! There were two moments that totally broke my heart on this trip. 1) The moment I learned that these precious young ladies have to leave the orphanage at 18 and have nowhere to go. 2) Through an interpreter I asked a very little girl in one orphanage what she would like to play and she responded “baby dolls”. I said “run get it and we will play”. Then she responded “I don’t have one.”
Hannah – When we had to walk down Cha Cha Mountain because the truck broke down. It was fun and a great experience. When we finally got in a car to ride back we couldn’t stop singing praises. The worst part was when we learned we were going to walk down I was really nervous.
Sarah – The team I went with and singing together with them was the best part. The worst part was when Linda almost left me! (At Galette Chambon the students were painting our nails when it was time to go and I was trying to ask them to stop and they didn’t understand they just smiled at me and kept working.)
Andrew – The best part was making life-long friends with others on the trip. The worst was seeing how extreme some of the people’s situations were.
What was your greatest takeaway?
Jenna – Jesus loves us all! He longs to be my best friend and the most important person in my life. He loves the Haitian people too! He longs to hold them in His loving arms!
Gabe – Probably realizing how blessed I am.
Ginger – In America we get too wrapped up in our daily lives and we often miss God’s hand at work in our lives. My week in Haiti showed me I need to change my vision. Yes, it is easy to see and feel God’s presence when you are on a mission trip in a country that has so many needs with 20 other people who are all there because they love the Lord. But my takeaway from Haiti is I can see and feel God’s presence in everything I do if I
change my vision from “my life” vision to “God’s ” vision.
Hannah – We take for granted what we have, when there are so many people who have so little. And yet the things we focus on in America leave us empty. It’s a hole only God can satisfy.
Sarah – To enjoy what I have.
Andrew – Be grateful for the many blessings that come your way.
What would you tell someone considering going on a mission trip?
Jenna – I would tell someone considering going on a mission trip to pray about it, ask God for a great big sign if he wants you to go. Then, when you have confirmation, put your whole heart into the trip. Serve those put in front of you with all of your ability, loving them every step of the way, and you will be blessed beyond belief! Going on a mission trip opens your mind and heart to the possibilities that God has for your life and serving others is the best way to serve Him!
Gabe – That it was amazing.
Ginger – Stop waiting and go, God will bless you beyond anything you can imagine!
Hannah – Absolutely Go! It’s an experience you will never forget and you will see God move in ways you never thought were possible.
Sarah – Go and try it, find the best place for you to fit.
Andrew – Go! Go! Go!
How did serving in Haiti change your relationship with Jesus?
Jenna – Singing to Jesus, sharing life experiences with others, seeking ways to serve others, and seeking an understanding of what my life is meant to be in Christ opened my eyes to what Jesus wants in my life! I came back from Haiti knowing that I am supposed to be singing for Christ, a stronger confirmation that I am meant to be doing mission work, and the knowledge that I am gifted with the ability to learn new languages, if I will put in the effort to do it. I began to seek God’s will in my life in a more trusting, believing way.
Gabe – It definitely made it stronger.
Ginger – I have learned to use my “God” vision more frequently in my life!
Hannah – Sometimes to experience God differently you have to go out of your comfort zone and that’s exactly what my trip to Haiti did. I got to experience a different depth in my relationship.
Sarah – It opened my eyes to things God does.
Andrew – It rekindled a fire for Jesus that really lost it’s strength in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Now that you’ve heard their testimonies, what are you waiting for?! Click here to sign up for our Teachers Trip TODAY! Our 2018 trip is June 13th – June 20th and we can’t wait to have you serve with us!
Thank you Jenna, Gabe, Ginger, Hannah, Sarah and Andrew for taking the time to answer these questions! We are so grateful you served the people of Haiti with us!
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