I have a really exciting question for you today: Do you want to go to Haiti with Kevin?
I’m serious! 🙂 We’re hoping to help our adoption agency (Lifeline Children’s Services) round up a team to go serve at three different orphanage homes at the end of April. Two of which are located in Port-Au-Prince, and the other is up in Kenscoff.
(On the way up to Kenscoff)
(From the roof at Three Angels)
The team would fly to Haiti on April 26th and fly home on April 30th, so the bulk of the service would happen on the 27th, 28th and 29th.
We’re looking for a group of people that can help clean, paint, do handy-work and/or light construction. And, of course, there will be lots of kiddos who would love to be loved on and played with while the team is there too! 🙂
Kevin and I have been to Haiti four times now and have seen firsthand how great the need is, for even the simplest of things, because of their lack of resources. Resources that we’ve gotten so used to taking for granted. Take how we do our laundry for instance…
Just last week (before I knew about the Lifeline trip) I saw this Instagram photo of one of the orphanage homes the team will be serving at:
The caption under that photo read, “Our wash ladies are outside washing the crèche laundry Monday – Saturday. When it rains they do what they can, but there is no shelter for them to work under. If you are crafty in any way, not just construction, we would love to use you and your skills to cross off some of the wishes from some of our departments”.
Probably because I’ve got a heart for design AND Haiti, I immediately felt compelled to help them build some kind of structure. And then, I saw it all in a flash: the team, the team doing construction, the structure fully built, the wash ladies and the laundry staying dry underneath it. It was like God sent a 2-second download of what was possible if enough folks knew about the need for that structure to my brain. And even though that kind of construction would likely happen on a separate trip, you can imagine how many goosebumps popped up on my skin when Meredith (from Lifeline) asked me (out of the blue) if I would help spread the word about their upcoming trip to that particular orphanage!
I made the infographic below in hopes you can help me spread the word about the trip. Please feel free to share it on your blog, Facebook page, Instagram account, or via email with folks who may be interested in more information or want to reserve a spot and go!
If you have any questions for me or Kevin, please don’t hesitate to comment below. And if you’d like more information about the trip (or Haiti adoption!), you can always reach out to Meredith at Lifeline. Meredith was our caseworker throughout the last couple years of our adoption and the other day she and Steevenson were talking on the phone. He said, “Thank you for helping me find my family” and sweet Meredith got so choked up on the other end of the line. 🙂 If anyone reading this does decide to join the team for the trip, I can promise you you will be so blessed by her too!
PS- Lifeline is hoping to gather a group of 8-10 people for this trip, so spots are limited, but they’ll be taking another group of 8-10 this Fall too. Make sure to drop Meredith a line at [email protected]org if you’re interested in going on that trip instead!
PPS- If you can’t go on the trips, but you’d like to make a donation so that the team can take more of an impact by bringing materials with them when they go, you can send funds to Lifeline (who is a non-profit) at this link:
Just specify that the funds are for the ‘HAITI TRIP’ when you get to that section. There is a 3% service charge when you make a donation online, so if you’d rather send a check, you can send it to:
Lifeline Children’s Services
100 Missionary Ridge
Birmingham, AL 35242
Don’t forget to write ‘HAITI TRIP’ in the memo line as well.