Haiti

Pre-Haiti Letter

 Friends and Family,

You are getting this email because I know that you love me enough to commit to praying for me. After MUCH prayer and weighing the details and seeing God open so many doors, I have stepped out in faith to go to Haiti with a group of nurses and doctors from Cookeville (Jeremy's hometown) this Thursday and will get back Saturday, Feb. 13th.

As I was praying through this, I just kept thinking, "This is not going to be easy. I don't even know for sure what we are really doing. I really don't want to sleep on the ground. Aren't there enough people over there? Am I really going to make a difference? Am I strong enough to handle this?  Jeremy is not going to be there to take care of me!" and PLENTY of "What ifs"
But the verse that kept coming to me was, "We walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7.

We are flying into Santiago, Dominican Republic this Thursday, then we will be taking a jet into Port-de-Paix, Haiti on Friday (a city about 100 miles from Port-au-Prince). We will be serving with and staying at an orphanage and working at a hospital nearby along with a ministry called GO Ministries. We will NOT be in Port-au-Prince at all. Our original trip was flying there, but all flights were canceled. I think God was protecting us big time!  I do not have a clue as to what we could be faced with while we are there, but I do know and pray that God will direct our steps (Jeremiah 29:11).


Pray for God’s strength, His guidance, and His love to overwhelm every person we come in contact with. Pray that we will be effective and efficient with the time he has provided us with. Pray for safety.

Thank you for praying.
In Him,
Lauren
 
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor." Isaiah 61:1-3.  
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Post-Haiti Letter


Friends and Family,

I apologize for taking so long to update you on my trip to Haiti. As I try to process what I saw and settle back into my normal comfortable and everyday life, my heart is filled with so many different emotions. I've struggled with how to verbalize and share about my trip. My heart has been completely broken for the people and children of Haiti.  I cannot get their faces out of my head. If I could put into words everything we saw and experienced, it would take me days to write and would still not be able to capture/describe what we saw and what God did. 

I cannot thank you enough for all the prayers and encouragement for this trip. I felt SO prayed for and lifted up while I was there. Our entire team was free from sickness and injury! Praise God!! I truly felt like there was a hedge of protection all around us the entire time. 

 I am thankful for the opportunity that God gave us to reach out to desperate, hurting, and hungry people. I am thankful for His miracles we witnessed and His heart for the lost people of Haiti.  My prayer for Haiti since returning home has been 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

We were able to offer little medical care to the people, and quickly realized the only thing we could offer them was the Love of Christ. We were able to present the gospel and pray with just about everyone we came in contact with (we had translators). Multiple people decided to receive Christ while we were there. Praise the Lord! I believe there IS hope for Haiti!
I have been forever changed by this trip.

In Him,
Lauren

p.s.
I didn't take a lot of pictures while i was there, but the one's attached are of me and the orphans at the Lashbrook Family Ministry, where we stayed. The other is of the national day of prayer on Feb 12 (one month from earthquake) at church. It was AWESOME!


Matthew 25:37b-40, "'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'"



Pics from the Lashbrook Family Orphanage (which I was obsessed with!)
 
learning Creole from Erickson


would love to have brought all these boys home with me!


Especially this one! They called him, "Bug"
 
our home for the week, overlooking the ocean
Next pics are looking out the other way from where I stood


Our day hike 2 hours up to a mountain village to set up a clinic

Clinic we set up at Orphanage
 People waiting for food and care


These three men (in yellow) prayed to receive Christ as we waited on the porch to be approved  to serve at the hospital. The one on the far right received his physical sight as well! We witnessed a miracle! A pastor that was with us saw him later that week in the streets and found had been working for a witch doctor and he quit his job and told him, "I am a man of God now!" Praise GOD!
 Pictures from the hospital
 Our shower for the week :)

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