HAITI MISSION TRIP JUNE 13, 2018-July 2, 2018
Martha Worsley answers questions about her trip
How did you first feel “called” to this mission? I was inspired by Helen Little of the Raleigh District UMW. She personally built an orphanage years ago. She would come and speak to area churches to ask for donations: $100 would dig a well, $300 would build a classroom and $500 would put in a playground. Now my colleague, Paula Heidrick of Cary, NC, has built a children’s home where we are involved. There are 13 children who are available to sponsor. $40 per month goes directly to help with each child’s needs. Five sponsors are needed for each child. People can go to the home’s website for this home by googling, The Village of Dugue Children’s Home.
What was your schedule like? For the first ten days of my trip, I worked with a local pastor (who is also one of our translators) at his church where I gave sewing lessons to 60 students. This picture shows the members of the sewing classes. You can see the many items they proudly display: drawstring bags, pillow case dresses, t-shirt dresses, and colorful tutus. The pillow cases and fabric/sewing kits that many churches here put together, were very appreciated. Prizes were awarded to the top sewing students. I left the five sewing machines down there in hopes they will continue to meet at the church and sew.
For the second week, we had the school where over 200 children rotated among five stations: art, music/dance, English, outdoor games, and soccer. A part of our team also worked on a house that was funded by a United Methodist church in Spartanburg, SC. Paula organizes the team events and activities which conclude with a community worship service after which rice and bean are distributed.
How did the project to build a home for Jimmy come about? Through Facebook
I keep in touch with my Haitian friends. Jimmy, one of our translators, reached out to me to help his family get out of the dire living conditions where they currently live. Mother, father, sister, brother and Jimmy live in a one room underground cave with no electricity, running water or bathroom facilities. Jimmy supports his family with the money he earns as an interpreter. Hopefully, Jimmy finished business school and he took his exams while we were there. He and his family came to church with us on Sunday and we were able to take pictures of his new lot where his new home will be constructed. The houses that our young men build, are constructed out of cinder blocks. These young men, aged 30, are trained engineers who have no work unless we raise funds to build houses. The houses usually have three bedrooms, a bathroom and eating area. Most cooking is done outside.
Paula has raised funds to build seven houses so far. Jimmy’s house will be number eight. The lot for the house has been purchased. Only $4,000 is needed to start construction. A widow is next in line for a house. Our goal after that is to build an English school on the grounds at the children’s home. During the day, the school building will be used for minor medical treatment, requiring a nurse. The school will employ our interpreters to teach English to the village children.
What is the food like? The food in Haiti usually consists of rice and beans with an occasional piece of meat which might be chicken, fish or goat. Everywhere I visited, the hostess wanted to prepare a special meal for me! One of my favorites was prepared by my best sewing students from last October. We visited her orphanage a couple of times to borrow the sewing machines that I left with them last fall. I replaced one of their old machines with one of the new Brother machines that I brought on this trip. Rebekah prepared crepes for me with a chicken pate filling topped with a cheese sauce. So delicious! Marjorie, her orphanage director, is doing a fantastic job teaching these young girls sewing and cooking skills. Marjorie is a nurse, owns a hospital, and just got ordained to be a minister. She and her husband run the orphanage out of their church. Marjorie is an AMAZING woman about 55 years old. She is an inspiration to me!
Notes from Martha: Paula Heidrick is an amazing woman who has taken God’s challenge to do so many great things in Haiti. Not only does she raise the sponsors for the children’s home, but she also raises money for the building projects that provides so many needed jobs in the village of Dugue. On this trip her vehicle was robbed at gun point on the way to the hotel from the airport. Her response was: “This is Satan trying to stop my good works in Haiti, and I will NOT let Satan win!” What a testimony to us all! I have brought back beautiful bracelets (made from cereal boxes) and tin art that is made from recycled oil drums, if anyone is interested in purchasing to help the people of Haiti. Thank all of you who have supported Haiti with your donations.
Julianne Donoghue joined Martha for the second part of the trip. She answers questions below.
How did you decide to go on this trip? I felt led to travel to Haiti after meeting Martha Worsley back in July 2017. She had just returned home from her first trip and was sharing her experience with the Joy Circle which happened to be meeting at my parent’s house. Her passion and enthusiasm for the trip was contagious and I felt like that is something I would love to be a part of. She posted information about the trip on Facebook and I felt God calling me to reach out for more information. I prayed a lot before deciding that God was calling me to go.
What did you do why you were there? While we were in Haiti, we led a camp for the kids in the village there. I was responsible for the dance and music class. The children would rotate around to each class and join in on the fun! We sang “This is the Day” and “Jesus Loves Me” each day. We also danced to the Cupid Shuffle, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, and the Chicken Dance. It was great to see the children having so much fun while dancing and singing. We were also able to travel around the country of Haiti while we were there. It was very eye-opening to see just how much poverty there is. You truly can’t even put into words how little many people we saw had.
What impressed you most? I was most impressed by the way the people of Haiti live out their faith. Many people in Haiti live on less than $2 a day. Many of the kids we saw had holes in what shoes they did have. At times it was overwhelming to process. What the people of Haiti do have is faith. They do not find their security, protection or joy in the things they own. They find their security and joy in their faith in God. They rely on His faithfulness to bless them amidst their struggles. I learned from many of the people we came in contact with what living out our faith really looks like.
Now what? Going forward, I can’t wait to share my experience in Haiti. I want to encourage people to support the work that is being done with the housing project through financial gifts and more importantly through their prayers. I also look forward to the opportunity to go back and to continue to develop the relationships with many of the people we met. You can look at a place like Haiti and be overwhelmed with where to begin to give back and how to make a difference. But God has equipped each of us with how to play our role in making the world better. If we are all able to do our part, whether we are the hands or the feet or the mouth, together we work as the body of Christ.
Power Walking Ministries- The PWM continues to be busy buying shoes for needy children in our county. Anyone can donate to this by writing a check out to Camp UMC and in memo note ”Powerwalking Ministries”. Thanks to everyone who has helped so far. Contacts are Wendy Scharen and Shay Godwin.
HOMELESS/BUILDING HOPE MINISTRY- The Outreach Committee donated $200 to Building Hope Ministries for their Angel Tree (prisoners’ kids) Christmas Program. This will be used to buy the children gift cards for Christmas.
PRISON MINISTRY- There remains a need for more women Christian leaders for Bible study at the Brunswick County Detention Center. There is only 2-3 total, and when one or more of them is out this leaves a void in the program, sometimes with no study at all for Sunday, for the women. Kristen Hooks is the contact person for this.
MONTHLY HOSPICE MEALS- If anyone, or a group, would like to sign up for the next meal, you can contact Sharon Sloane at [email protected]. The meal should be planned for approximately 12 people, who are family members of Hospice patients. Hospice requests we sign in at the front desk volunteer book. Also to place food in smaller containers, for storage purposes, with a label with date and Camp UMC on it.