One thing to know about me is that I love mission trips. My dad has been a pastor for over 30 years and one of his greatest passions in life is sharing the Gospel. I've been on quite a few mission trips in my twenty years of life, but this past year I got to experience something I had never seen before.
October 21, 2017. I flew out with my church group from DCA to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, not realizing that it would change my life. We specifically worked with an orgaization called Sports Disciple where we got to feed children, lead a Bible study for women, train soccer coahces, play with the kids, and worship together. You never can write specifially all the sights and feelings you experience while away, but let me tell you, God was pulling at my heart the whole time. While I may not know a single thing about soccer, or football as it's actually called, just being able to love on those kiddos and grow closer to God through the Bible studies changes you.
A little girl name Abigail, or Little Mouse as they had nicknamed her, was one little smile that really changed me during the trip. I first met her at church service at one of the orphanages, and as soon as she saw me, she gave me the biggest hug and latched right on to my leg and wouldn't let go the rest of the time we were there. I wasn't expecting to see her again, but later on during the week she was able to come to one of the soccer camps, and once again we gave each other big hugs. Just seeing her smile and sweet heart, made me fall in love right away. Seeing her and all the other children at the orphange broke my heart. All they wanted was love and affection, and they found so much joy out of the smallest things. We are so fortunate here in America. We can simply walk in our kitchen and grab food at any time, and most of us have families or friends that truyl love us. We are so blessed here.
Haiti will always have a piece of my heart. All the memories and relationships I made there will have an impact on the rest of my life. We are loved by a big God, and He is so, so good yall.