TBF has made it to Haiti!
The team met at the Atlanta airport to begin their adventure to Haiti. Due to a connecting flight, the team overnighted in Fort Lauderdale where the bonding would begin. The five women shared stories, advice, and laughs.
The ladies headed to the Florida airport to meet another team member and head to Haiti. Once the team was able to get through customs and other airport legalities, the team shared brief introductions. During the flight, many of the team members had a moment to reflect.
Pam Whitfield, team member, said:
“I cried from the moment I got on the plane.”
Britnee Alphin said:
“The moment the pilot announced that we were descending into Haiti, I cried tears of fear, joy, and excitement to finally be walking in my purpose.”
As the members were transported to the resort, emotions filled the van. They rode through Port Au Prince, which is the main city of Haiti. Poverty and the reality of Haiti greeted them with every passing second. They saw uncommon hygiene practices, struggling families, rundown buildings that were occupied, lack of security, and people filled with a heart of hope and a hustle to survive. The team arrived at Ocean View Resort in Carries, Haiti where they would share many more stories, laughs, tears, and form an unbreakable bond over the course of the trip. The team met with Kim, Director at the resort, and were fed and welcomed by other staff members. The team faced a instant Haiti conditions when they entered their rooms that weren’t equipped with power until after 8:00 pm EST. The ladies set out see the community and get an introduction to what we would be facing for the next few days. During that tour, the ladies visited the Mission of Grace community. They were introduced to the children, teen girls, teen boys, grandparents, Nannies, and other staff members that keep the Mission running. During the adventure, the ladies experienced overwhelming emotions and instantly bonded with the young babies at the orphanage. The ladies also formed quick bonds with the teen girls that would later grow stronger. The group was later united with a vital team member, Carine, who would be the translator for the trip.
Day three began with early meditation, breakfast, and the most beautiful beach view one could imagine. The team started the day at the school conducting a coloring activity with the children. The kids enjoyed coloring and they enjoyed showing off their art even more. The team members led a Bible study with the Nannies at the orphanage. It was very impactful meeting. From there, the ladies walked to the Soup Kitchen where they fed the community, cleaned the dishes for reuse, and entertained the children. The day concluded with lunch and teen girl time. The team was able to minister to the teen girls with activities and then bonding during a refreshing swim. Each teen girl had the opportunity to share about herself. They were asked to draw something that symbolized them. The girls drew flowers, a house, a cartoon portrait and other figures. One girl, D’Jenicka shared her story and her item. She said that she was hopeful and thankful to God that this wasn’t her end destination in life. She was blessed to have many sisters and to be in school. The stories became a turning point for the group because although the state of Haiti is not in the best condition, the people of Haiti were still able to see hope and understand that their current situation wasn’t their final destination.
As the ladies wrapped up morning breakfast, they did their usual rounds to aid in any way that they could. They spent a lot of time at the Grandma house packing care packages for distribution, massaging, giving manicures and pedicures, and coloring with the elderly community. It was surreal for many of the team members because the elders were overjoyed and thankful that we spent time with them. The group left an impact and the elders were grateful for the services. Later that day, the team went to the teen girl house and celebrated the monthly birthdays. It was an amazing experience because the girls and the team were able to share their appreciation for one another and give a speech for the birthday girls. Both the outreach team and teen girls were able to create a deeper bond that would be unbreakable. That evening, the team sat down for a journaling session and each woman was instructed to write a dump entry. This was the moment to let it all out about the journey thus far. Each woman shared a high and a low from the trip and once the session concluded, the bond between strangers grew into a sisterhood.
Church. The team attended church in the village and it was filled to capacity with people praising God and thanking Him for protection and blessings. The guest speaker and Haiti native pastor spoke to the congregation about having a river flowing inside of you that keeps you grounded in the midst of turbulence. It was a reminder for the community to keep hope alive. Later that day, the team experienced a treat; the museum. There, the ladies were educated on the history of Haiti and how Haiti and the Dominican Republic became divided. Once the tour concluded, the ladies enjoyed a breathtaking beach view on the resort at the museum. They ate and celebrated one of the team member’s birthday. It was a great bonding lunch filled with laughter and shared stories. The night ended with testimonies, thankful tears, sisterhood, and many shared hugs between the Mission staff and the team members.
The journey home. The ride was full of laughter, a few tears, and many many stories. The team was able to get one last tourist adventure in and photograph a Haitian car called the ‘tap tap’. That one moment brought the most laughs and tears of joy. That day was filled with happiness, thanksgiving, and a bond that would carry on for a lifetime.
A note from our founder:
This was an amazing trip for me. I was so excited to finally be walking in my purpose. The ladies can tell you, I was the biggest cry baby on the trip! I cried at every meeting, every outing and every conversation resulted in me crying. I was overwhelmed with emotion because the community was so loving and so awesome. They embraced me like I was their cousin! I bonded with the kids and even some of the teen girls. It was definitely an amazing experience and I was honored to be in the presence of a community that was filled with hope, love, and so much thanksgiving. I plan to go back to Haiti twice a year to serve. My goal is to spend 3 months in Haiti at a time to really make a lasting impact and help build the community as much as I can.
Meagan Henry, founder
Carine Dorlus, Creole translator
Thank you to every organization, business, group, individual, and team member that donated their goods, services, and time to help Haiti. We appreciate everything and we pray that we are able to help rebuild Haiti!