It all started when ... I was asked back in the spring of 2013 by my Dad who was leading the trip to Haiti, and after some thought and prayers, I decided to join the team. Our trip for October 2013 was postponed due to political unrest in Haiti at the time, but we rescheduled for April 2014 and it was the most amazing, rewarding experience of my life.
I enjoyed getting to know ... my team members and form closer bonds with them, The Living Water team in the Cap Haitian and the people of the villages we worked in outside of Cap Haitian.
Things that challenged and changed me ... the thing that sticks out to me most is learning to be more content with what I have an truly appreciate what God has blessed me with. Just to see how content and happy the Haitian people are with so little really moved me, where as I get complacent and bored with what I have available to me here at home. God really challenged me to look at life through a different lens and to do more with less and gave me heart to help the Haitian people. Also, our equipment broke down the first 2 days of drilling and it was God reminding us that He is in control and had a plan for the week. We not only completed drilling our well, but also put pumps on 2 other unfinished wells!
I will never forget ... the look of joy and excitement on the faces of the villagers, young and old alike every day when we drove in and the kids all wanting high fives. We nick named our village "The End of the Road", as it was literally at the end of a long dirt road (hence the title of this post), and it proved God cares for those even off the beaten path. Another thing I will never forget is the excitement and passion the villages had for the clean water we provided them. Something so simple I take for granted at home is life changing and life saving for them.