This is the time of year when the Haiti mission team would typically be returning from a week of service in Jacmel, Haiti and would be so excited to share details of the trip. This year, however, is a little different. At the beginning of 2019, the political climate in Haiti grew to be more unsteady and the team started looking at whether going forward with our trip was feasible. It eventually became clear that travel would not be possible this year. The team then began the work of helping the leaders in Haiti get ready so the camp could go on. Through purchasing supplies, readying curriculum, monetary donations and lots of prayer, “The Best Camp Ever” took place and was simply a joy to behold!
God worked through every moment of every day of camp. Twelve HELPR students (the largest number the camp has ever had) faithfully modeled leadership as they led activities at camp. The Haitian monitors led the small groups of children (for the first time without an American counterpart). The children spent their time at camp immersed in Bible study, games, language exchange, drumming and dance. Very soon, each Haiti VBS participant’s family will be given cooking oil and a 30 pound bag of rice.
God was present in it all. It was incredibly beautiful to watch each day as new pictures or video were posted on social media. Sheridan was immersed in the camp without physically being at the camp this year. Without our many prayers and monetary donations, the camp would not have been possible.
Thank you for supporting this wonderful ministry! We are already beginning to plan for “The Best Camp Ever” in 2020! I encourage you to read a letter from Erin Murphy, executive director of the Haitian Timoun Foundation on our blog. Erin was the only American to travel to Haiti during the week of camp this year and she did a beautiful job of summarizing the week and how we will go forward.
by Julie Hestermann