By: Katy Mealor reflecting on her September 2014 Mission Trip to Haiti
I never thought a word could bring so much emotion to my heart; so much so that I really have a hard time holding it together when I think of all the people there. I think of the ones starving, hurting, smiling, laughing. Really? Do, these people really smile and laugh? I'm not sure how they do it but I have witnessed it myself.
A tiny girl has a "belly ache" from lack of food yet she still smiles. She touches my clothing wanting me to see her and she smiles. I don't understand. I mean, I just don't get it. Why would she want to smile? She has nothing. Her clothes are torn, not dirty mind you, but just torn. No pretty bows for her hair. No beautiful doll to drag around but yet, she smiles. Even through her hunger, she smiles. And, that little girl taught me more than hunderds of people have in my past.
Haiti. Finally I became part of the team that would visit. A visit not meant so much to solve problems but just to let you know we are here to help. We just want you to know that we ARE here. We are thinking of you and being amazed in that thought. You have helped us more than you could ever know, more than you could ever possibly imagine.
We have probably not made a big impact on you but you on the other hand have taught us so very much. Thank you Haitians. Thank you for your strength, your goodwill, your smiles and your thank you's. They have left an impression on my heart that can never be changed. Praise the Lord that I have finally met you and that I now know what true love, pain, hunger and the joy of Christ really is. You have truly shown me and for that, I will always be grateful.