For 15 years I’ ve been thinking, “someday I want to go back to Haiti.” But someday can be a pretty elusive term, and I think maybe God got tired of waiting for my someday and thought “this girl is not gonna go unless she gets a personal invitation.”
So He sent me one.
Well, actually, Esther Guinta, who has been the liaison from Mission to Haiti since we started sending dresses in 2010 sent me one… In November she contacted me about a group of women from Ohio who were planning to spend a week in Haiti giving sewing classes to Haitian women. Did I have any interest in going along? My first thought was – “Oh my goodness! Of course.”
My second thought was “My mom would be a much better teacher.”
My third thought was “I don’t want to die in an ocean place crash, or worse survive an ocean plane crash and get eaten by shark…”
My fourth thought was “It’s never gonna happen unless Corey wants to go too.”
Corey and I started dating very shortly after my life-changing trip to Haiti in 1997, so he has always known that I wanted to go back. But he was not hot on the idea of sending me to a third-world country (or probably any foreign country for that matter) by myself. I get that. And I don’t mind having a husband who is a little protective of me 🙂 . But he said yes, and we bought plane tickets, so I guess that means it’s for real.
I get butterflies of excitement and nerves every time I think about going, but I am ready to see what God will do for us, with us and through us in this adventure. I don’t doubt that He will show up in a big way.
There are a lot of things I’m looking forward too, but one of them is the chance to take some dresses and shorts along and hopefully personally give them to some sweet little girls and boys. And I plan to take lots and lots of pictures so I can show you when I get back. Maybe I’ll get a photo of the girl who gets a dress you made…so start sewing!! I don’t know how many I’ll be able to take along, but I’ll shove as many in my luggage as I can fit.
Now to start scouring the internet for a good creole phrase book!