Back to Haiti

Posted Aug 31, 2010 by 3 Comments

I can’t believe I’m already off again.

I feel like I just got home from Ukraine.  Oh wait… Let me look at the calendar.  I did just get home from Ukraine!

And yet, my next assignment calls.

But this one, I feel, is going to be different than all the rest.  This one is going to leave its mark on my heart in ways I can barely even imagine.  It’s not much of a stretch to believe that when I get home from this trip, I will never be the same.

You see, by the time you read this article, I will be back in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Back to Haiti

If you remember, World Next Door has been to Haiti twice before.  Once, in the middle of autumn last year, and again two weeks after the devastating earthquake in January.  Both times we embedded with Nehemiah Vision Ministries.  Both times I personally left with a profound sense of the brokenness of this world and yet the hope that is springing up through the kingdom of God.

But unlike the previous two times where I lived in Pastor Pierre’s home and visited the villages and clinics and rubble-strewn streets of Port-au-Prince, this time I will be right in the thick of it.

Although aid organizations have provided thousands of much sturdier tents than the ones I saw before, thousands of Haitians are still living in refugee camps today.

I will be living in a tent community of internally displaced people (IDPs).  It will be me, an interpreter, and thousands of earthquake refugees.

For two weeks, I will be attempting to answer the following questions:

  • What is life really like for the survivors of the disastrous earthquake?
  • What, if any, progress has been made in rebuilding the already struggling Haitian economy?
  • What organizations and ministries are making the biggest impact on the lives of refugees?
  • Amidst the rubble and the tents and the throngs of hopeless people, what is God doing in Haiti?
  • And finally, what can you do to get involved?

I will be interviewing families, observing everyday life in the IDP camps, taking pictures and posting my experiences, discoveries and, undoubtedly, some of my emotional turmoil here on World Next Door.

I invite you to come along with me on this journey.

There is still hope for Haiti.

But don’t worry about my articles making you feel depressed.  Don’t put off reading my articles until you’re “in the mood.”  If you haven’t noticed already, one of our signatures is finding hope in even the darkest situations.  We will not leave you emotionally high and dry.

Despite the fact that tens of thousands of Haitians are spending hurricane season living in tents, despite the fact that Port-au-Prince still lies in ruins and despite the fact that the media has largely moved on, I believe with all my heart that the kingdom of God is still working powerfully in Haiti.

And I want you to see it…

Staying Connected

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our email updates.  That way you won’t have to remember to check our site every day.  The articles will come straight to your inbox.

Also, I’ll be updating Twitter regularly.  Feel free to follow me if you want to stay in the loop.

Finally, if you want to chat with me the day after I return, be sure to come to the Stand Against Poverty event on September 17.  Just be prepared… I might be a little fired up.  :)

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Well, that’s it for now.  The next time I post an article, it will be from Haiti.

I’ll talk to you soon. And remember, for the Haitian people there is still hope… even if it’s found in the most unlikely of places…

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. joe b said... 

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    August 31st, 2010 at 11:14 am  

    Our family will be praying for you Barry. I am sure that God has a plan to teach, challenge and encourage you during these next 2 weeks.

    Say hi to Bebeto for me. I pray for him daily. Hopefully you will have a chance to reconnect with him.

    joe b.

  2. Shelli said... 

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    August 31st, 2010 at 12:53 pm  

    Say hello to all my Haitian friends… Mo, Nathan, Pastor, et. al and please give Aubree and Kacie big hugs from me (if that isn’t too weird for you). Can’t wait to see what this two weeks shows you. I wait expectantly for your articles and pictures!

  3. Debby HAITI is my HEART said... 

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    September 30th, 2010 at 10:28 am  

    I’ve bee there twice and already have my 3rd and 4th trip planned for November and January.. I’ve seen it all first hand and can’t sit back and just read about it.. My 1st trip I volunteered at Kings Hospital and Garden (Orphanage) in PAP, my 2nd trip I was at J/P Haitian Relief Organization’s camp in Petionville for 3 weeks.. This trip I am going with another mom completely on our own so we can have the freedom to go around and do what we can at clinics, hospitals and orphanages all over PAP, Jaqmel and Lestere..
    All I can say is that for all the Haitian people have been thru, I have never met sooooo many hard workers and LOVING PEOPLE in my life.. They have the spirit of angels…
    I can only donate my time and effort, others that are unable to go should donate what they can, more towards small individuals than huge corp organizations that have many resourses..
    If you’d like to follow my journey please see my blog and facebook for pictures and updates..
    Donations: http://bit.ly/cJzq9H
    HAITI is my Heart Blog: http://haitiismyheart.blogspot.com/
    FaceBook: Love Haiti http://www.facebook.com/home.php?
    Debby Mohr FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?
    Email: MeLoveHaiti@gmail.com

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