Going to Neply, Haiti last week was completely eye opening. There was so much joy and love for Jesus that was so beautiful to see in such a strong community. To be completely honest this mission trip was completely unexpected. Last year I had the privilege of going back to the Dominican Republic in La Repressa, where I got to see so many precious kids I met in college now grown up, some with families of their own, women growing stronger in their leadership and holding bible study groups in their homes, and catching up after not seeing each other since college. I remember discussions with the people who lived in the Dominican about people who lived in Haiti. It completely broke my heart. I’ve always had a heavy heart for the country and people of Haiti, but little did I know at the time God would be sending me there the following year. This sounds so silly now, but in December I remember telling my family that I wouldn’t be going anywhere that involved flying over the summer. You see… I do not like flying. It’s not enjoyable to me at all. It’s anxiety overload for however many hours we are up in the air. I simply like my feet on the ground. But God had other plans. A few months later I was speaking to a friend who knew the missionaries of My Life Speaks. He was telling me how they worked with children with special needs and I instantly knew that God wanted me to go, but I was still going back and forth until about a month before leaving. Our Bible Study girls were doing Radical by David Platt  {which if you’re looking for a study to challenge you in your faith I highly recommend this study, it has been amazing} over the summer and I knew God was leading me to Haiti. When I was confronted by the fact I was struggling with fear and worry of also not going with my home church or anyone I knew, I could feel how I was being enslaved to fear. But I was being reminded of Galatians 4:7 I am not longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God and the importance of prayer every day. I started contradicting my fears with faith and saying, “I am a child of God.” I could feel faith washing out those fears. Trusting God, because He is bigger than any of my fears. When those fears were washed away with faith, God provided such a peace and excitement to go.

Neply, Haiti with My LIFE Speaks
Here is the amazing group I went with to Haiti. I am so thankful for each and everyone in the picture and having the opportunity to serve the Kingdom with them. We shared so many beautiful, hot, funny, and incredible memories with each other. 

Neply, Haiti with My LIFE Speaks

Neply, Haiti with My LIFE Speaks

The amazing high school/ college group that met us there from Kentucky.

Neply, Haiti with My LIFE Speaks

Meeting Le’Anne was such a blessing. 

Neply, Haiti with My LIFE Speaks

Loaves & Fish Craft from Bible Story Time

Neply, Haiti with My LIFE Speaks

Neply, Haiti with My LIFE Speaks

What I absolutely love about My Life Speaks is their belief in that every child deserves to be with a family. But not your typical orphanage. They have Haitian house families that provides a Christ-centered home for children with special needs and typical children together. We had the privilege to going to each of their homes and it was amazing seeing how these children are so loved and adored.Words can not describe the happiness I felt last week in Neply, Haiti. There are so many incredible things going on there. One was having the opportunity to work with the students with special needs.  My Life Speaks provides education to those who do not have access to any type of education because of their disability. Many people in Haiti believe children with any type of special needs is cursed. But God is faithful and He can use all circumstances for His glory. It was beautiful seeing how God redeemed this community of people where many once believed the same and now individuals with disabilities are being loved, cherished, and celebrated.

 It was so much fun getting to be apart of Neply’s community for Fine Arts Camp for young adults as they prepared for their dance and skit about putting on the full Armor of God. They worked so hard all week and even came during their free time to practice their dance. They did an amazing job!

Words can not describe how amazing last week was and how Haiti completely opened my eyes. We go on mission trips to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, but yet the brothers and sisters in Christ taught me so much while I was there. I feel so blessed to of had the opportunity to go with such an amazing group of ladies and their children. I am forever grateful for the experience I had there! Words cannot begin to express the heaviness on my heart to be there. I am stunned at God’s power and reminded that everything is in God’s timing and how God’s plan is far better than anything I could ever imagine for myself, and He has that for you too. I love living life trusting in my Savior. All the glory goes to GOD! If you would like to donate towards this incredible organization who is doing amazing things for the Kingdom you can click  here or the photo above.

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