I’m heading to Haiti on December 27

Since the evening of January 12, 2010, I have been tugging on my Father’s sleeve.

Dad. Dad. Dad? Can I go? You know me, my gifts, my limits, please? Dad, will you let me help?

Some months ago, I strongly sensed the answer was “Yes, be patient.” Let’s just say I’ve been persistently patient, continuing pray and watch, not wanting to miss the opportunity. In the meantime, I would keep telling people the need was still there, still growing.

Oh, opportunity for what? To go to Haiti to serve the church, to serve the people, to pray and encourage in any way that presents itself. Today, via a simple phone call, the opportunity came. A friend had a space on his team to fill because another person’s plans changed. I’ll be joining a team of 15 adults and students serving in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince during the week of December 27.

Will you join the team of people praying for this mission? Will you pray for the team, the pastor and church that we’ll be serving, and their community? We will be there just prior to the anniversary of the earthquake. People are still living in tent/tarp cities. Diseases, including cholera, are affecting the vulnerable. They held an election yesterday, the results of which are as yet unknown. We will serve under the direction of Adventures in Missions, an organization which has had a solid presence since long before this current crisis and has made it a priority to partner with local churches to create sustainable ministry. Please leave a comment if you will pray with us for this trip.

Yes, I have some fundraising to do pretty quickly. I’m awaiting the total and other details, but I couldn’t wait to tell any longer that God has answered my sleeve-tugging prayers. I am estimating that I’ll need to raise approximately $2000 to cover my transportation and the trip fees with Adventures in Missions. If you feel led to donate, let me know and I will give you the information when I have the details confirmed.

15 Responses to “I’m heading to Haiti on December 27”

  1. Todd Porter
    November 30, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    I will definitely be praying for you.

  2. tom
    November 30, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    please count on my prayers…blessings!

  3. patti
    November 30, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    Thank you so much, Todd and Tom.

  4. John Byrne
    November 30, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    Congrats Patti, I will pray for you and your trip.

  5. Leen
    November 30, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    I’ll be praying for you cuz & your group!! Let me know how I can help donate. Dreams do come true & prayers are answered. :-)

  6. Patrice
    November 30, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    Count me in for prayers and a donation. There are several online groups that should make collecting the funds easier.

  7. Sara
    November 30, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    I would jump up and down but I’m guessing that’s on the no-no list for me right now. I’m SO EXCITED for you!!! I will, of course, be praying. Please keep me posted with any specific requests.

  8. patti
    November 30, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    Thank you John, Leen, Patrice and Sara. I will get you the info as soon as I have it.

  9. Tammie
    November 30, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    So, so happy that this is finally happening for you. Please keep me posted on any specific prayer requests. Otherwise, generic, all-encompassing prayers going up for you!

  10. Beth
    November 30, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    I’m so happy to hear you’re finally going! I’m praying and I can donate as well!

  11. Barb
    November 30, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    I will pray for your trip. I know you’ve wanted to go for ages, so I am thrilled for you.

  12. jasper fjohn68 reinke
    November 30, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    I’m not big on depending upon “prayer”. Seems rude to bother the “Head Injineer” with problems we should be solving ourselves.

    Wrote about it in my novel. “You can’t be afraid. It’s not right to be afraid. It’s as if you don’t trust the Lord with our lives. I’m not a big Bible Banger, but it seems rude to joggle God’s elbow. Like a little kid, who has no concept of what is happening.” — character “John” in CHURCH 10?19?62 Volume 2 Page 206 :-)

    So, what I can do is promise some financial help when you get ready to take it. And, spread the word to our fellow Jaspers, who might give their personal “moths” some exercise for your trip.

  13. Mel
    November 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    YIPPEE!!! :happy dance: I’m praying and will help financially if I can.


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