Why in the World Would You Go To Haiti?
A couple of months ago I was invited on a trip to go to Haiti this coming November with the clinic I volunteer at through Watermark.
I honestly feel so privileged to have been asked on this trip with such an awesome group of people who I look up to as believers in how they live their lives and serve Christ and others daily.
But there still remains this question of why I am going on this trip.
Sure, I was invited. But why did I say yes? Why are we even taking the trip to begin with?
As I've been mentioning this trip to family and friends, I've gotten a variety of different responses.
Some have been encouraging. Some, nonchalant. While others have been rather frustrated with the idea.
One response I received in particular was from someone who just could not understand why the church continued to "waste" money sending people to a country that was not going to get better because of their oppressive and restrictive government.
And to be quite honest, I can completely relate with this sentiment.
Because one week in Haiti will not change the poverty level in Haiti.
One week in Haiti will not change the living conditions of the people in Haiti.
And one week in Haiti will not provide enough medicine for every sick person in Haiti.
"One week in Haiti is not enough."
So why go?
In November, I will be going to Haiti, not to fix anyone, not to convince anyone, and not to show anyone how we do things in America.
I will be going, simply to go.
To be obedient.
To answer a call.
I used to be skeptical when people would say that they have felt "called" to go somewhere.
But it doesn't take a ton of Bible reading before you realize that we all have had this "calling" placed upon us:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," Matthew 28:19
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
"And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." Mark 16:15
"He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Luke 10:27
So when the calling is to love others and spread the good news of the gospel, and the opportunity presents itself, maybe the better question is, why not go?
I think there is a lot of negative talk about "short-term" mission trips amongst the church as well as in the secular society. And for valid reason - studies show that on historically short-term mission trips can tend to do more harm than good.
But when they are done the right way, these trips not only have a positive impact on everyone involved, they have a positive eternal impact on everyone involved.
When those going to serve, serve with organizations who have established relationships with the people of the community in which they are serving (i.e. Mission of Hope Haiti).
When we go not to impose, but to empower.
When we go not to teach, but to learn.
When we go not to fix a problem or a people, but instead to see God's people how God sees God's people.
"When we go not to impose, but to empower. When we go not to teach, but to learn. When we go not to fix a problem or a people, but instead to see God's people how God sees God's people."
And the truth is, we need to do more of this right where we are at home.
The video below shows how the team I am going with to Haiti is doing just that.
We are fundraising for this trip in order to allow more people to be a part of it. If you'd like to join us you can do so by clicking this link, creating an account, and donating here: Haiti Clinic Trip Nov 2016