JENNIE DUFF

jennie1.  How has your trip to Haiti impacted your daily life?

 My trip to Haiti provided me with immense perspective, humility, and love that I have brought home and incorporated into my daily life. I find myself seeking God and His will in every situation, often searching for the bigger picture when in the midst of a “problem”, finding joy in the little things that I wouldn’t ordinarily stop to think about, and taking time to share love with those in my life (and the occasional passing by stranger!).

2.  How was your trip different than you thought it would be?

I went to Haiti with no expectations, and what I got was so much more than I could have ever imagined. God provided so many amazing lessons and opportunities on this trip, that to try and list each one would form a short novel.

3.  If you could describe your experience in one word, what would it be?

This is an impossible question, but I’ll try to answer it :)  If I had to try and describe my experience in one word, I would have to choose either Jesus or Love (both of which are the same!).

4.  What did you learn about yourself on your trip?

I truly feel as if I am a different person because of this trip. I learned so many things about myself, mostly that I am capable of so much love that I feel as if I might actually physically burst from the joy, laughter, love, and beauty that surrounded every moment of my time in Haiti.

5.  How has the trip grown/or challenged you?

My relationship and personal walk with God grew because of this trip immensely. It challenged me on a deeply emotional level and reminded me constantly of my reliance on Jesus for my every need.

6.  How has going on the trip impacted your family?

My family and friends have all loved hearing about this trip, and several have told me that it has inspired them to sponsor an angel or pray about going on a mission trip. When talking about my experiences in Haiti, I literally cannot contain the joy and passion I feel as I share how Haiti stole my heart. Seeing their faces light up, as they experience a small portion of Haiti through conversation, proves that joy and love are contagious!

CHUCK HARRY

chuck1.  How has your trip to Haiti impacted your daily life?

I feel much more humble.  Not so worried about little things that used to annoy me more.  Also, a bit unsettled.

2.  How was your trip different than you thought it would be?

I didn’t expect to encounter the deep strength and spirit of the Haitians that I met.

3.  If you could describe your experience in one word, what would it be?

Humbling.

4.  What did you learn about yourself on your trip?

By submitting to the power of the Holy Spirit, I can do things I never thought I would do.

5.  How has the trip grown/or challenged you?

It challenges me to always model and offer Jesus Christ, in every way, to those around me.

BETHANY McCONNELL

bethany1.  How has your trip to Haiti impacted your daily life?

I have more appreciation for the things that I used to take for granted… a warm bed, hot shower, clothes on my back, food in my stomach, etc. My trip to Haiti has also shown me how a small, monetary sacrifice can make a huge impact on a child’s life in Haiti. 

2.  How was your trip different than you thought it would be?

I was amazed by how happy and joyful the children were despite their recent experience of being evicted from their home; the orphanage property. 

3.  If you could describe your experience in one word, what would it be?

Life-changing.

4.  What did you learn about yourself on your trip?

I am stronger than I thought I was. I was able to overcome my fear or flying, being in small spaces, and traveling to a third world country where I didn’t speak the native language.  I put all my faith and trust in God to protect me, and he did!

5.  How has the trip grown/or challenged you?

Traveling to Haiti forced me to step out of my comfort zone. Leading a morning devotional with my best friend was a turning point in my faith. 

6.  How has going on the trip impacted your family?

After seeing pictures and hearing about my experience in Haiti, my immediate family wants to continue to support me with future missions trips. Some of my siblings have even shown interest in both sponsoring a child and going to Haiti with me in the future!

ZACH BEUKEMA

zachary1.  How has your trip to Haiti impacted your daily life?

 My experience in Haiti has encouraged me to embrace the present, to live from a place of gratitude and to pursue simplicity.

2.  How was your trip different than you thought it would be?

 I was surprised with both the simplicity, yet importance of what we were offering the HHA children – love.

3.  If you could describe your experience in one word, what would it be?

Relationship.

4.  What did you learn about yourself on your trip?

I discovered how much my heart craved simplicity and relationship.

5.  How has the trip grown/or challenged you?

I have felt challenged to continue to move past my needs to serve others.

6.  How has going on the trip impacted your family?

They have been encouraged by the relationships that I have formed and some family members are more open to taking part in a trip of their own.

Shantel Nickerson

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Mary and John MacDonnell

Are you worried your life is too materialistic? Does all the hype sound like just that, hype.
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Stephanie Meeker, HHA Supporter

I have an 8-year old daughter, Ansley, who was the first one in my family to fall in love with the children of Kay Anj. Deb Harvey shared pictures of these children with Ansley, and […]

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Becca Harvey

“I will never forget the day my Mom told me that I was going to Haiti. I had no idea how much impact that one moment would have on me. That day changed my life.”
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Pastor Barry White, Park Valley Church

I have been to Haiti with Bill and Debbie Harvey twice and both trips have been life changing. The need in Haiti is staggering. Unemployment is near 80 percent and the average per capita income […]

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Haley Sortzi – Volunteer

Before I went to Haiti this past July, my life used to be routine. It was as if I was going through the motions to get by. After I spent a week in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, […]

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Leila Leigh – HHA Volunteer

As we came to the end of our week, my heart was both saddened and electrified. We had to go home, back to the states, where a flip of a switch for electricity is well […]

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Archibal Paul – Director, Facilities

I personally thank God for the opportunity to (have) met Debbie & Bill (my bosslady, and my boss man) and through them I have met a lot of caring people. It’s a blessing to be […]

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Larry Warren – HHA Supporter

HHA is saving and changing lives! I am proud to say that I am part of the HHA team. I was “hooked” from day one of my mission trip to Haiti in January 2009. I […]

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Liz Warren – HHA Supporter

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Yvonne Sortzi – HHA Volunteer

“Life changing, beautiful, amazing, awesome, fulfilling, spiritual, peace, love, and humbling. All of these words only scratched the surface of the emotions that I experienced on my first trip to Haiti in July of 2011.
Upon […]

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