MARI - I've read the other blogs, but you know they are all old people so I want to hear about things from your perspective! (1.) What impacted you most on this trip and (2.) how was it different from the other times you went?
(1.) There was a lot that impacted me on this trip. I'm not sure what impacted me the most, but I think one of them that was one of the major ones is also what was the hardest part emotionally. (In the answer to the question below this) Another thing that impacted me is that I need to enjoy what I'm doing while I'm doing it. Usually if I'm looking forward to something or not wanting something to end (like Haiti trips) I don't enjoy it as much as I should. So this trip, I made sure to make the most out of it as best as I could. I think it made a difference too, this trip felt a little longer then previous ones. I also realized that I love going down with teams, I love the relationships you build with the people and how close you feel to them when you get back, but I don't think that's how I'm going to continue going to Haiti forever. Right now, I feel that is how I'm supposed to go down there, but I really don't think that being part of a team is how I'm going to be there someday. Body of Christ, I know, I know. Like I said, I love being part of the team but I just feel that someday I may end up going there with one or two people or just by myself.
(2.) This trip was different from the other ones because I wasn't sure when I was going back. I don't know where I'll go if/when I go back either. (I added the "if" because I don't want to get in the way of God, if I'm not supposed to go, I'm not going.) Having that in mind the whole week made me enjoy the time in La Digue even more then I did before. Even if kids were annoying me... **cough cough makarie cough cough... I made the best of it and allowed myself to still have fun talking to "them" and hanging out with "them". Also, every trip is different. The team is different, the projects are different, the results are different, the people we meet are different... the only thing not different is God, but His plans for us that week most definitely are.
JEN (AKA 2 MOM :D) - What was the hardest part of the trip emotionally?
I think the hardest part of the trip emotionally was realizing that Haitians are Haitians... one of my friends from down there made me realize that, which made it even worse since it was one of my closest friends from Haiti. Otherwise the hardest part was what it always is... coming back. But this was different since I didn't know when I was going back or to where.
NATE - what was your favorite thing about your fearless, no, brave, no, intellegent leader ('s wife)? No really, how did you feel God impact you during the week?
My favorite thing about him was the hat he wore at the resort :D (P.S. you spelled intelligent wrong... :P)
No really, I felt God impact me a lot through showing me how beautiful something could be in such a poverty filled place. In the mountains, every time I looked over it was a different view and every time it was amazing and beautiful. During the whole week, the sky looked different (but always beautiful) every time I looked up. There were a lot of storms coming in through the week, but we only got rained on a few times. One time coming back from Caanan, the sun was reflecting off the ocean and there was rays coming through the clouds. Then on the other side of me was mountains with dark clouds over. Beautiful. And the people's singing and their worship is beautiful too. They give their whole heart into what they sing, and they aren't afraid to dance and show how much they love God. If America was like that... wow... I wouldn't even know what to say. And if you know me, that's a huge statement ;)