The week following Thanksgiving, Molly, my 12 year old daughter, and I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti with Convoy of Hope to serve the people, especially the children, of Haiti. We were part of a team that visited several orphanages and schools in Port au Prince and helped with Convoy of Hope’s program to feed the children in those settings. We were also able to witness the work being done as Convoy of Hope partnered with local Haitian farmers to assist in learning methods to grow more food, thus enabling them to better support themselves and their families.
Most of the children we met only had the clothes they were wearing, and some had no clothes at all, yet they were all beaming with smiles and so thankful for what little they did have.
As the youngest member of the team, the children loved having Molly visit. They gave her hugs, braiding her long hair, and enjoyed the lollipops and soccer balls she distributed. As we visited a rural farming village, a young boy came up to Molly with not much but the shirt on his back and a smile on his face. Molly gave him a brand new soccer ball and, after showing it off to the rest of the village, a soccer game broke out with a North Dakota girl and the children of that farming village!
On our last night in Port au Prince, we visited a safe house home to 15 teenage girls rescued from human trafficking. God showed us that the opportunities to serve and share His love are many. This experience helped Molly and me to expand our vision for others, gave us a true sense of how richly blessed we are, and revealed to us the many opportunities we have to be the hands and feet of Jesus.