I know it has been a long time since I’ve posted. My last post was written the night before Billy and I left for Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We went to visit one of our church’s mission partners, Haiti Outreach Ministries. We met some seriously great people. People in Haiti are really no different than people here, we’re just in drastically different circumstances. What’s most amazing is their joy, in the midst of complete poverty. I feel like if I were to be the one living in those conditions, there would be a whole lot of complaining going on. And anger. There would probably be lots and lots of anger.
We brought our cameras down with us, not sure what all we would be able to capture. We had heard that Haitians have gotten downright ticked off at people coming in with their big ol’ cameras and junk, then sort of making a spectacle of them. Surprisingly, everyone was very welcoming. Our camera (a Panasonic GH3) is a DSLR that is designed to take video, so it isn’t very intimidating. The kids in the villages LOVED seeing their images on my screen! When we got back, we were asked to lead a team down in the summer, and we said yes 🙂 We’ll be there for a week, hanging out with the Haitians, doing some VBS for the kids, helping them out with some construction projects, and staffing a clinic (medical care is desperately needed there). Billy took the footage that we captured (not knowing at the time what we would use it for) and made it into a video that we used to give people some history on Haiti and encourage people to come.
I took a bunch of pictures too, you can see them on the facebook page we made for the trip: www.facebook.com/thirdteamhaiti
Here are a few picture I chose not to post, because they’re just a little harder to see. Cite Soleil is the poorest slum, in the poorest city, in the poorest country, in the entire western hemisphere. There is not much water, and quite frankly, not much else. Mothers make and sell these mud cookies. It’s kind of a joke to call them that, because there is nothing in them except mud. This is what the children eat. Just so they have something in their bellies.
Children run around, some clothed, some not. Such sweet, sweet faces. They all crowded around, holding our hands, following us.
We’re excited to be going back. We love Haiti Outreach Ministries. They’re a Haitian organization working right in Port-au-Prince, so of course they’re part of the community, seeing the needs first-hand. (Instead of, say, an outsider marching in and trying to help in ways that actually undermine what the Haitians are trying to get going for themselves.)
There are so many stories waiting to be told in Haiti, and we want the world to be able to hear them. I’ll do my best to keep this blog updated on all of our trip preparations.
Haiti from Martin Pictures on Vimeo.