Hope in Haiti

CWO President Greg Yoder shares signs of hope, encouragement and where God is working in Haiti.

Over the past several months I have received emails, texts and calls about the situation in Haiti and about the January 2023 new Homeland Security process for Haitians to come to the US.  I have been sent articles about the gang violence, armed intervention, Haiti’s future and more.  I have been asked specifically what my thoughts are on being a sponsor for a Haitian that is wanting to come to the US.

Having lived and started a family in Haiti during peaceful and relatively safe times my heart goes out to those we know and even those we do not personally know in Haiti.  The situation there seems to be getting worse and may be looked at as hopeless.  Just recently a person who had gone on a short-term team asked the question, “What hope do those kids we taught at VBS have?  They must be in their 20’s now.”

Our hope does not come from the circumstances in Haiti but from knowing that God is in control.  God has been good and allowed the ministries of Christian World Outreach (CWO) to go on despite the past COVID restrictions and the current political issues, increased costs and gang violence.  Our staff has kept ministry going by finding ways virtually to have Feminine Training Center (FTC) classes going.  The staff have been able to continue getting food to the children through the Children’s Feeding Program.  The leaders of the churches have continued to share the Gospel, disciple people and minister in their communities.

In the middle of COVID, we were able to establish a third FTC in LaJeune, Haiti.  God opened the door to begin this new center where ladies were seeking vocational training.  On April 15,2023, 14 ladies graduated from the LaJeune FTC, giving them hope as the go out to begin earning an income for their families.  We are also in the process of establishing a Exposition Center where goods from the FTC students can be sold helping the FTC become more sustaining and give opportunity for more ladies to receive vocational training.

CWO has been able to continue feeding children during these difficult times.  The restrictions of having children come eat a meal together due to COVID restrictions and violence has not stopped our staff from providing food for them.  When meals cannot be prepared for children food packets have been handed out for them to take home.  These meals and food packets have given the opportunity to speak into the lives of the children and we have seen the hope it gives them.  Seeing some of the young people who received meals as children grow to be leaders in the Port-au-Prince Church give us hope for the future in Haiti.  We have even seen some children, like Alenson Paul, take leadership at the Children’s Feeding Program by leading worship, learning verses and praying before a meal is served.

The reports from the eight CWO churches are always encouraging as we hear about those who have accepted Christ as their Savior, baptisms of new believers and changes in peoples’ lives as they are discipled.  The hope of Christ is shared by those at the CWO churches and we hear almost every month of groups of people being baptized.  We also hear about people who after being discipled, make changes in their life style by getting married after living together, dedicating their children and even rededicating their lives after already serving in the church.

So, we see hope for Haiti and try not to dwell on the problems in Haiti.  We see God working despite the political issues, gang violence, rising costs and other circumstances.  God is good and giving hope through the ministries of CWO.

A Fatherless Son Helps Molds Other Fatherless Sons

Solami Myeni is the son of Thembi Myeni, the co-founder of the Single Moms Raising Sons ministry. He shares about his journey as a fatherless son that led to his role leading and molding other fatherless sons.

The death of James Avery was hard for many to take. Fatherless kids who grew up watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air saw a man who played the role of a father to a boy who he had no blood relation with. We saw Will go through many challenges and Uncle Phil was always there to help him overcome and mold him into the man he would become.

Growing up without a father was not amiss because of the many men who stood up and took it upon themselves to help me. I can still remember the man who taught me how to ride a bike. This man was not my father, but he spoke wisdom into my life and constantly looked to make me a better man. This was not a perfect situation but one that helped mold me growing up. Because of men like him, I never felt the gap of not having a father. My mother being open to me about getting mentored and her understanding that I needed male attention was also very important.

In grade 6 I was introduced to Christ who I had always known about but never really knew. I began to understand who He is and who I was to Him. This developed more and more as I got to know God the Father. The relationship we have with God as our Father allows us to be more than we can imagine. As men we carry a lot of unnecessary weight, and it is often because we think a man must be able to carry anything. As a male raised by a single mother, I was taught that we are the man of the house. This means that a lot of burdens we carry are often taught to us by society.

Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”  How many times do you see men carrying unnecessary burdens? When we understand God our Father, we start understanding the access we have to Him. This cannot be realized unless we access these benefits. From the peace that surpasses all understanding to healing, He is the coat of many colors, but we limit Him to few colors. This realization is what helped me over the years and continues to grow my relationship with my heavenly Father as I learn more of the colors. 

The Men Moulding Men camp was born out of these experiences. Many boys grow up without father figures or positive male role models. Many fathers grew up as fatherless men so the ability to be a father is new to them. Mistakes are made because of the lack of knowledge and lack of understanding. At Men Moulding Men, we aim to work through these issues. We work to teach the boys who their heavenly Father is, teaching them that their identity is found in Him. This allows us to teach them the levels of trust, how they should trust God above all else. How do we help heal older men so they can be able to mentor and plug the gap for the many fatherless men? How does SMRS (Single Moms Raising Sons) work in healing the moms, so they allow these men to work with their sons? The two work hand in hand, it is imperative that we work with both to ensure these young boys have access to the same or even better positive male role models that I had. 

SMRS – Never Feeling Fatherless

From left to right Solami , Thembi’s oldest son, Thembi, Kariboo (Thembi’s
younger son) and Milenhle (Thembi’s late niece’s son).

Thembi Myeni, co-founder of the Single Moms Raising Sons ministries, shares how the ministry was born out of love for her sons and a need for the Father to be in her son’s lives and her life.

If boys receive their strengths and wisdom from their fathers, what happens to a son who is raised by a single mother? Well, my older son, Solami, who is now 33, can best answer this question. He has become the man that I am proud of and has always said “mom, I may not have a relationship with my biological father, but I have never felt fatherless in my life growing up.” How is that so, I asked, his response will be shared in CWO’s next blog.

But today, I am sharing my life as a single mother of two boys.  This role has come with many challenges in my life. I had to work harder than normal and obtained different income streams to meet the needs that I thought were important, physical needs. I missed the mark there because my sons needed emotional support and love. As a woman, who was born in a family of seven girls, and a father who worked many hours and his free time was spent indulging in alcohol, I had no male role model and therefore felt ill equipped to model good values to my sons. I do not know how to be a man; I will never know how to be one.

Being a single mother of boys added more stress and anxiety in my life, which I hid by working and travelling. I tried to cushion this blow for some years. I took my son to a boarding school, avoiding questions and being judged as a failure and let someone else deal with this rather than myself.

Yes, amid my depression, he found his Father, and he always referred to Him as a Father who has been with him since the age of 10 years and has never left him.

What about me? It took realizing that God is my Father too and I had to partner with Him to raise my boys to be Godly men. That is when I found my strength and wisdom to raise my sons.

For years, I had put my life and ambitions on hold to take on the extra responsibility of raising these boys alone. These sacrifices impacted my career, finances, and relationships which I tried to form with other people. On the other side, I felt that my sons were missing out on some blessings that God intended all children to have. 

But when I learned that God is a perfect Father who treasures His children and helps them deal with the rejection they have faced from absent fathers, He brought ultimate comfort to both me and my sons.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Cor. 1:3-4)

God is a perfect Father who is never absent, who is always available, and who allows His children to boldly approach Him with whatever they need to get off their chest.

New Ministry, New Country, New Culture

CWO President Greg Yoder reflects on his first trip to
Sri Lanka taken in January 2022.

During the last two years CWO has God directing and leading us to establish a new ministry in a new country.  It did not always make sense to do this during some uncertain times and when travel was restricted.  The question that was asked is, how we could get a ministry started in Sri Lanka without seeing the need firsthand and not meeting those who would be on the ground doing the work?  We followed God’s leading and He was faithful to supply workers and all that was needed to get the ministry off the ground.

The ministry leader, Rajeeve has felt God’s calling to establish ministry in his home country that he left over 30 years ago.  He prayed that God would lead him to someone living in Sri Lanka that had a similar calling and who wanted to share the Gospel.  He also prayed that God would lead him to someone who could help in establishing a ministry.  God led Rajeeve to Bavan through another person and we met at a weekly men’s Bible study which met both of these needs, allowing the ministry to begin in January 2020. 

CWO is now meeting the physical needs of widows and the elderly, providing us with the opportunity to be a part of their lives so they are willing to hear the Gospel.  The need for children to receive tutoring after school is also being met with the goal of reaching their families with the Gospel.

Now that travel has opened up, I had the privilege to travel to Sri Lanka with Rajeeve.  I have traveled to Haiti numerous times and also visited and participated in ministry in Burkina Faso, Zambia and Zimbabwe so this was travel to a new part of the world.  This was also a new experience for me because Sri Lanka is more of a developed country than the other countries I have gone to in the past.  I must admit I took pictures of the McDonald’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Popeyes, and other fast-food restaurants that I saw.  I was also impressed by the large skyscrapers that are being constructed in the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo.  This was also unlike some of my other travels because of the infrastructure in the country.  I am not accustomed to having electricity 24/7, Internet and a hot shower when traveling, so having these made this trip different.

Since Sri Lanka is an Asian country, I had the joy of learning about a new culture.  The similarity between Sri Lanka and the other countries I have been to is the hospitality of the people.  Everyone we visited took time to sit and talk and also feed us.  This was the type of trip I enjoy because we just spent time with people and immersed ourselves in the culture.  One difference was experiencing the different religions of Sri Lanka.  Everywhere you looked there was some type of temple or image especially Buddhist and Hindu.  Many times during the day we would hear the prayers and chants coming from the large speakers on top of the temples.  There seemed to be an overwhelming heaviness in the air at times because of the bombardment of the sounds of chants.

Being able to see this new ministry in person was a true blessing.  We had the opportunity to meet with the widows and elderly that we are serving.  We spent time listening to their life stories, praying with them, sharing a meal and giving them their two weeks supply of food staples.  It was also encouraging to see one of the young men Bavan has been discipling join us when serving the widows and the elderly.

We were warmly welcomed by the children, who attend the tutoring in the afternoon, when we visited the home where they meet.  They all respectfully removed their sandals before entering the porch that is used as a classroom and then took a seat at their desks.  There were lots of smiles and giggles as we spent time with them and served them the first meal for the start of the feeding program. 

CWO tutoring program in Anaivilunthan.

I thank God for the opportunity I had to visit Sri Lanka and I pray that God will use this new ministry, He orchestrated into place, to make a difference in this new country and new culture.  Our goal is to meet some physical, social and educational needs of people giving us the opportunity to share the Gospel with those weighed down by the burden of their needs and bombardment of other religions.

To find out more about ministry in Sri Lanka and how you can support our work in-country, click on Sri Lanka at the top of the page.

Growing Up in Sri Lanka

Rajeeve Sathianathan describes life growing up in Sri Lanka and how God led him to begin a ministry in his home country.  

Vanakkam (Tamil language) and Ayubowan (Sinhala language), means greetings. My name is Rajeeve Sathianathan. I was born in the Northern Part of Sri Lanka called Urumpirai. Life was so simple, and people were so friendly and always outside talking to the neighbors and playing. Almost all of my friends were part of the Hindu religion. Two big sports that I played growing up were Cricket & Soccer. Not all the houses had a car or telephone. At any time, anyone can come and visit our home. My family had great hospitality.

We ate rice, Pittu, String-Hoppers, Hoppers, & Dosa, with Curry. Since Sri-Lanka is an island, it is big for seafood (curry). Food is spicy. Red rice is common.

There was only a church in the village of Urumpirai and my grandmother was my Sunday school teacher. Due to ethnic conflict that started as a protest in the late 1950s, it turned into a war that didn’t end until May of 2009. So many lives in Sri Lanka were lost and properties were destroyed. During that time in early 1994 my parents decided to send me off to America to keep me safe.

The common transportation during my childhood was public buses & bicycles.

In 1994, as a college sophomore, my life began in Stillwater, Oklahoma at OSU where God brought a guy name James McGee (The Navigator Staff) into my life. He started to teach me and train me about being a disciple for Christ and God used him in my life to grow in the grace and knowledge of HIM.

I met my beautiful wife Jennifer at OSU. We got married in February 16, 2002. We are blessed with 8 children and currently live in Castle Rock, Colorado. My heart is to share the Gospel and teach Christians to be a disciple for Christ. The interesting part is that I tried and came up with so many plans on how I should do this, but my SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST had a different plan. Basically, he taught me and reminded me that I am just a vessel and HE is the Architect and the Planner. Amazingly, God led me to meet Greg Yoder (president of CWO) and here we are almost a year later, launching the Bridge of Hope Lanka ministry as a part CWO in Sri Lanka!

Praise & Glory to HIM alone… THANK YOU LORD JESUS!

To find out more about ministry in Sri Lanka and how you can support our work in-country, click on Sri Lanka at the top of the page.

He Changed Our Path & Our Hearts

CWO missionaries to Zambia, Bill and Marci Hoover, share about God’s change in plans in ending their ministry in Zambia all while preparing them to return to the US during a global pandemic.

As the laws within Zambia changed, so did our plans. Not because we wanted to leave Zambia – far from it. Our plans changed because God already had a different plan and He changed our path and our hearts. We felt the leading of the Lord so clearly and knew it was time. God confirmed our decision by providing support of the move through CWO’s home office. The Nephews were mostly grown and ready to stand on their own two feet and in their own faith. It was clear that God was releasing us from the work in Zambia and ushering us into a new season of life.

Our most common statement to Nephews and friends when preparing to leave was, “The right thing to do is often the most difficult thing to do.” Leaving was extremely difficult. It was like losing your family, your identity, and your purpose. It was so hard and painful, but like so many other crazy times in our lives, we knew we had to take that big step in faith and trust the Lord.

COVID-19 forced our exit to be sooner than planned and we missed out on several good-bye parties, a visit from our son and daughter-in-law, and lots of hugs. We left with 4 suitcases filled with 18 years of possessions and sleep deprivation from packing and facilitating the handover of supplies and needed funds to close the ministry. As we flew the 52-hour journey back to America, we were too tired to care about the fact that the airports were literally closing behind us nor that lightening struck our plane twice.

Quarantine was a sweet relief. (The photo above is the quarantine house.) A time to be utterly alone for the first time in many, many years. Time to be in silence. Time to sleep and process. It was one of the most memorable times we’ve had as a couple. Utterly alone.

We shifted into our house May 1st and began the process of unpacking boxes from our one basement storage room. So many wonderful family memories and out-of-style clothes! We cleaned, rearranged, and learned how to run the dishwasher and washer/drier. We kept saying, “We should charge our phones while we have electricity!” or “We should do a load of laundry while we have both power and water!” What a relief to know we could let that worry go.

The relief seen in our mother’s and son’s eyes, now that we are on the same continent, is hard to describe. We never knew how much stress it placed upon them to have us so far away. We have also been told by dear friends, “It is so wonderful to have you near us again. There is a peace about it. We don’t know why it is important, but we are so happy you are back.” We heard the same as we were leaving Zambia – “We know you are called to go, but just knowing you were here in Zambia somehow gave us peace.” So, we have no doubt we are supposed to be here. If we had remained in Zambia even a few days more, we literally wouldn’t have been able to fly out until the middle of August when airports opened again in Zambia. With the ministry and bank account officially closed, staying was not an option.

There were definitely thoughts about when we should start applying for jobs, how would we afford a second car, what if we didn’t get jobs before the end of September? How would we pay the mortgage and bills? In His usual style, the Lord did more than we could ask. CWO was gracious to provide us with a severance to help with the unemployed month. By God’s grace we both started new jobs at the end of July and we couldn’t be more pleased with them. The bills can now be paid, a car acquired, and we now get the joy of being on the other side of missions – supporting ministries that we feel called to come along side of. It’s a whole new world and we are excited to see how He uses us in our jobs and the church body He leads us to.

We’ve said it before. Never refuse to follow the Lord’s leading just because it seems too hard or impossible. Often times the right thing to do is the hardest (and most painful) thing to do, but…oh how sweet the outcome when all your faith is in the one, true Lord who sits on the throne and is sovereign over all things – even departures from a country He originally called you to.


Groups of hearty souls have hiked up Colorado 14ers to support CWO missions since 2013. The outings have been invigorating and fun and a great way for Coloradoans to grow awareness of the ministry and raise financial support. Now there’s a new way you can get out and #getmovinformissions on August 8 … no matter where you live!

Get outside and join us for the #getmovinformissions event. Our hope is that families and friends can get outside and enjoy God’s creation while raising money for CWO,” commented Sarah Denecke. Sarah has participated in most of our 14’er hikes over the years and is on the #getmovinformissions planning team. “We would love for those who know about CWO or who have been on a trip with CWO to share what God has done in your life through being involved. This is a great way to let others know how they can support CWO.”

Sign up and getting sponsors is easy. Just go to cwomissions.org/news-events/ for more info, to register and to sponsor participants. If you can’t #getmovinformissions on August 8, we encourage you to support someone else and the event. The $25 registration fee includes a #getmovinformissions T-shirt. Walk, run, hike or bike by yourself or gather a group.  Plan a route and distance that works for you. Make it fun!

Kelly Blair has been part of our 14’er hikes for years, even bringing along her young daughters. “The CWO 14er hike has been a highlight of mine every summer for years! This year I’m so excited that it’s expanding to include so much more! Hiking up a 14er with three little girls isn’t impossible but not exactly easy so I’m thrilled they can participate in a fun way this year! We love CWO and love sharing with our friends about this amazing organization through this event!”

On August 8 we will be doing Facebook and Instagram Lives from various locations.  Post your videos and photos of you and your group participating in your activity and tag CWO and use the #getmovinformissions hashtag for a chance to win prizes.

“I love how CWO is always on the move for missions in Haiti, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso. Previously the 14er hike, I think our new missions event, ‘Get Movin’ for Missions’ is the quintessential and inclusive event to turn any form of exercise and physical activity into missions support, all the while bringing people together amidst a time when we are encouraged to stay apart. I’m excited for this event and its potential! #getmovinformissions!” Heather Richey is also part of our event planning team and brings a wealth of event planning and organizing talent to our group.

We can’t wait to see all the fun activities to #getmovinformissions from all over the country! For more information or help organizing your activity contact us at 303-723-0333 or email information@cwomissions.org.

Ministry Update – Coronavirus

March 25, 2020

Dear Friends,

I am sure you have received numerous emails over the past week or so concerning the Coronavirus. From all indications, we now know that all four countries where Christian World Outreach (CWO) has ministries are reporting to have positive cases. I must admit my prayers were somewhat selfish asking God to spare Burkina Faso, Haiti, Zambia and Zimbabwe from being infected. The main reason for this is knowing that the health care in these countries, as it is in many other countries, will not be able to care for many of those who are infected.

Our prayer for each of you is that you and your families are healthy and well. As we are all being affected by the outbreak of this virus, we pray that we will all rely on the hope and peace that only God can give. We pray that we all look for ways to encourage each other and can represent our faith in Christ well. May we all look for ways we can reach out to others in any way we can, even if it cannot be face to face.

The CWO headquarters here in the US is committed to supporting the leadership and staff in Burkina Faso, Haiti, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We are, like most of you, working from home and staying in contact with the leadership as they begin to deal with what this means for ministry. The CWO Board is also ready to support the leadership and make decisions as needed.

We are staying in contact with our leadership to know what is needed during this time. Currently, most if not all ministries and programs are restricted to prevent the spread of this virus. Since, Burkina, Haiti, Zambia and Zimbabwe have had minimal cases reported at this time, we are in the planning stages of what is needed if there is a widespread outbreak.

I would like to ask you to let us know if there are any specific ways we can pray for you. We want to join you in lifting up your specific requests before the Lord. Please pray for the CWO leadership as we make decisions and seek ways to minister to our staff and those we minister to in Burkina Faso, Haiti, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Thank you for your prayers and for your support in many different ways. We will continue to share the Gospel and meet people’s physical needs however God leads now as we have in the past.
Serving Together,
Greg Yoder
Christian World Outreach

The Time Has Come

CWO President Greg Yoder shares about the end to CWO’s ministry in Zambia.

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

The season for a ministry to be born and planted in Zambia started over 18 years ago.  A young family began preparing to move from the States to begin a ministry in HIV/AIDS education, participate in some existing work and to share the Gospel with those they met.  As they prepared to leave some would ask, “Why even try?  You’ll make so little difference in an entire country.”  They were going to make a difference one life at a time.

The ministry grew and blossomed over the years.  With the growth came changes as God directed the ministry from focusing all its efforts on HIV/AIDS education to growing a ministry with the mini-bus call-boys later to be known as the Nephews and most recently beginning a ministry to the Deaf.

The season for the ministry in Zambia to end has now come.  It has come much sooner than any of us expected but God is leading in this direction.  This decision is not taken lightly and there are many reasons why.

The Zambian government has passed a new labor law much of which is directed at expatriates.  This new law requires expats to train a Zambian to replace them within two years.  This makes sense and was the original goal for the work there.  Over the years, the leadership and Zambian Advisory Board tried to find nationals with the desire to take over the ministry but to no avail.  They have found that the existing staff have no desire to take leadership and run the ministry.

This new law also puts into place new taxes, financial requirements and gratuities that would increase costs exponentially.  This would put a financial strain on the ministry.  Scaling back the ministry has been considered and even transferring all or some of the programs to another local ministry.  Other ministries are dealing with the same issues so are not willing to take on more.

There are ways to work around the new labor law but that would mean doing things that would be dishonest.  The ministry in Zambia has been built on integrity which is a virtue that has been taught to the staff and the Nephews.  It would not be a good testimony of Christian living to begin living differently now.

God’s leading is being sought and final decisions are still being made concerning the ministry in Zambia.  There are some who are working to find ways to continue the new Deaf ministry under the leadership of Zambians.  Assisting with the education of the Nephews receiving scholarships will continue until funding is gone.  This is because of generous donations for the Nephews education scholarships and the fact that one of the existing staff members has accepted overseeing the distribution of the funds and monitoring the Nephews school attendance.

The ending of this ministry as we know it does not end in hopelessness but is a season of hope because we know that God is in control.  So many verses come to mind as a reminder that God will continue the work He started.

Ecclesiastes 3 goes on to say,

I know that whatever God does,
It shall be forever;
Nothing can be added to it,
And nothing taken from it.
God does it, that men should fear before Him.

What God started 18 years ago in Zambia will go on in the hearts and lives of those who have heard the Gospel and believed.  The lessons taught about making good, biblically based choices have been heard and will continue to make a difference in the lives of those who have accepted them.  The Nephews, who have been shunned by most, have seen God’s love demonstrated and lived out.  The Gospel has been presented clearly and God’s Word has been taught making disciples that will pass on the Gospel message.

“I did not want to leave Haiti.”

We are happy to feature a blog post from 13-year-old Nevaeh who traveled with her Dad and a team to Haiti this summer.

Imagine yourself living life with little water, no shoes to walk around in, little food to eat during the day to keep you fulfilled, one pair of clothing to wear and mess around to get dirty, minimal places where you can feel safe. This is what the majority of Haitians have to deal with every day. 

I recently returned home from Haiti, where Christian World Outreach had put together a short-term mission trip for VBS for kids in La-Victoire to grow in their faith with Jesus Christ. Children with bare feet ran around cautious and afraid of stepping on the glass of broken bottles. I drank purified water, while little children drank little amounts of water from pouches a day. 

Before this mission trip, I was a thirteen-year-old who did not have a clue about what was happening on the other side of our world. I was selfish, greedy, and only wanted things for myself. After all the things I experienced, I truly understand what it means to not have a thing. 

The first day in Haiti was a bit terrifying. I was absolutely clueless. I thought to myself, “ I know no one here, and just want to go home.” There was another girl around my age, thinking the same thing I was, her eyes were very big and watery. It was both our very first mission trip outside of the United States. Just the thought of being in a third world country got me overwhelmed and nervous. Being there was different from the bubble I live in, in Highlands Ranch. Once we got there, we jumped out of the car and the first thing the Haitians said to us was “ Would you like to buy”, and “ Please buy” People were in desperate need of money. My heart started beating fast because they really needed us to buy their creative artwork and then I had to say “No, sorry”. 

After that, we got our luggage and stayed in the nicest bed and breakfast with the sweetest person, Jude, who ran it. He introduced himself, showed us around and had very good customer service. By the time, we settled in, the team and I did our mini-lesson, where we talk about what the plan is for the next day. Then we said prayers and headed off to our first night in Haiti. 

The next morning, everything was a bit less nerve-wracking. During breakfast, everybody was introducing themselves, and giving everybody else an idea of who they are as a person. They also told us what inspired them to do this short-term mission trip. A girl named Sarah got inspired to doing this mission trip by wanting to live in Haiti and work at the school. I compared her reason to my reason: She WANTED to be here, live here and work at the school while I came here with my dad because my family thought it was a good idea to teach me how to serve others. After Breakfast, we packed our luggage for a 4 1⁄2 hour bumpy van ride. Then, we went to the church in Lavictorie. The church was very small compared to what our church here is. We walked in and everybody looked like they were happy with everything. How could they possibly be happy when they have absolutely nothing? My answer was, probably because they have lived their whole lives like this that they just truly see the good in everything. At the beginning of VBS, all the little children got assigned a room on where they would learn their lesson. There were only four rooms to teach approximately 400-500 kids. I noticed that the bigger kids were taking care of their little siblings. Their job was to learn the VBS lesson while watching their siblings. After the lesson, we fed all of the kids lunch meals. I was very excited to watch the children chow down their meal because that was probably their only real meal for the day. After completing our lessons and feeding the kids, we all went back and played games with the children in the community. We went back to the hotel after everybody got tired and talked about what we experienced and the difference between what we thought it would be like. We all went to bed and crashed out after that long day of hard work. 

The next few days were pretty much similar to the day before. We repeated our same routine and everything was great. The only thing that was not the same as the day before was the pastor of the church gave us a little story of his background. Long story short, he told us that he got a job in Seattle, but God was telling him to stay where he belongs and still teach the kids about God. 

The second to last day before we had to go, I gave my testimony. This was a bit nervewracking to me because I do not really like telling my story in front of a whole bunch of people. The night before this I had to write it in my journal and remember to bring it. I purposely forgot it because I was just so nervous and didn’t want to do this. My dad asked me to go back and grab it because it was important for me to share how God has worked in my life. After I told my testimony, I felt good about it and felt like I needed to do that. After I told my testimony, we had over 110 kids accept their heart to Jesus Christ. 

The last day when leaving Lavictoire, instead of getting back on the van for the long hours, we took a short ride to a small airport in the rural area. When we got to the Airport it did not look like an airport because it looked like a soccer field with no runway and grass everywhere. There also were no other planes around, no concourse and no control tower either. About 10 minutes after we arrived, a small plane landed on to the grassy runway. The pilots introduced themselves, took the weight of our luggage and each person, then we all loaded the plane. Once in the air, I looked down and reflected on what I experienced. We got back to Port-au-Prince in no time at all. 

The very last day was sad because I did not want to leave Haiti. 

In the beginning, I wanted to go home after I arrived. But now, after my week experience, I just wanted to stay and hang out with the Haitians for a couple more days. If I could go back and do it all over again, I would. Even today, I still think about those days and the purpose of going and who I am now. I will return!