Haiti: Reconnecting in Haiti

I lived on the OMS compound in Vaudreuil, Haiti, as a girl from August 1999 until February 2004, while my Dad worked for Radio 4VEH. I had not been back to visit until June this year

By Christie Maurer

Carissa Mauer, Christie Mauer, and Cara Mauer at Cowman International School.
From left: Carissa Mauer, Christie Mauer, and Cara Mauer at Cowman International School.

I lived on the OMS compound in Vaudreuil, Haiti, as a girl from August 1999 until February 2004, while my Dad worked for Radio 4VEH. I had not been back to visit until June this year, when I joined an MFM team along with my sister, Carissa, and cousin Cara. The entire week was full of memories for me, but more importantly it was a trip where I saw God’s hand at work in so many ways.

We had several groups of people praying for our team, and I felt the results of those prayers all week long! God granted strength and ability to function even when sleep was lacking and the heat was extreme. He allowed me to reconnect with many people that my family had known before, which was special! My sister, Carissa, became sick while we were there, but two wonderful missionary ladies helped nurse her back to health in time for her to travel home. These are just a couple of the ways I saw the hand of God at work throughout our week.

Part way through the week we had a day focused on evangelism. Our team drove an hour and a half away, along with several interpreters and note takers. As we were traveling to our base site, I had a conversation with a Haitian girl who came along as a note taker. She shared her dream of wanting to become a teacher. We sang together in Creole, and she asked me about some English words. It was a really neat moment of connecting with a sister in Christ from a different cultural background.

It was amazing to hear from the missionaries living on campus and some of the Haitians as they shared their hearts and stories with us throughout the week. Their passion and vision for the kingdom of God was contagious! It made me stop and reconsider what I am doing for God’s Kingdom and what more He might want me to do in the future.

The team at the Bethesda Medical Clinic.
The team at the Bethesda Medical Clinic.

God never ceases to amaze me with how He works in our lives. I am so grateful for the privilege that I had in going to Haiti with MFM. I definitely plan to go back again at some point! If you have never been on a missions trip, or if it has been a while, I would encourage you to pray about going somewhere. There is a beautiful connection that takes place when the people of God come together from different cultures as one body, and growth always happens when we step outside of our comfort zones with open hearts to follow as God leads.

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