A Life Changing Experience in Haiti

A missions experience in Haiti changed Shay Havekamp’s life. A similar trip 15 years ago changed mine. I don’t think you can visit the country and leave without a love for the people and a desire to follow God’s call to serve those in need.  The following is the conclusion to her blog post at Conversations at the Clothesline. I felt much the same when I returned. Take a look.

Lastly, the biggest reason why I loved Haiti so much had little to do with the country itself. It had a lot more to do with me and God. While I was in Haiti, I was there for God. I had no distractions, everything I did was purposeful. I went knowing that my only goal for the next nine days was to bring God glory, I had no other responsibility. There is so much joy and contentment when you follow God’s will and His plan. When my trip was over, I realized (though it seemed easier to do when I was on a mission trip) that I don’t have to stop following God’s plan for my life. I can still make everything in my day purposeful in glorifying God. It just seems a lot harder to do when you’re in real life in your own country. Though I loved Haiti and would love to go back, I can still give God glory in America. There are many here that are just as lost.

God really used Haiti to change my life and I hope he used me to bring joy, hope and life to the people of Haiti as well. I will never forget the contentment in the midst of poverty, the passionate worship in the midst of a dark country, and the joy that comes when you choose to let God use you for His work.

If you want to read the beginning of her story, just click her name below.



Kazzoinks Supports 500 Dresses

Keith at work in his studio

My brother, Keith Nelson, is a full-time artist/entrepreneur who has a studio in Grimes and sells his work all over the US and abroad. He recently started a business called Kazzoinks where he sells his patented alphabet chair and table sets for children.

He has decided to donate a portion of the profit from each chair to 500 Dresses so we can send more clothing to Haiti. I’m excited to see how this “Buy a Chair, Clothe a Child” endeavor will go! Click the link below to read his story on his etsy website, and keep your eyes open for an upcoming article on Kazzoinks in the Des Moines Business Record.