Hi! My name is Emily Steinhouser and all I can say is that I am in love with this country! Already on day 2 God has shown me His overwhelming love for these people and has put something on my heart I was not expecting. I am excited to share it with you all!

To start off, going on this trip was something I have dreamed and prayed about since the 5th grade, now going into my Junior year I was ecstatic. I was nervous about setting up expectations that couldn’t be met and having to readjust when I got here. So to prepare I felt God telling me to go into this faith adventure with no expectations. Which I have to be honest, is difficult for me. I’m what you call a “planner,” I prefer for things to be organized and perfect in order to be done right. So you can imagine how “going with the flow” was not in my day to day routine, but nevertheless I went along with it.

As a result of being a planner, before this trip I had my life mapped out and like some people, never questioned if it was the one God has called me to live out. During these past two days I have been praying for the boldness to step out of my comfort zone and to not feel anxious in the process. I can say with certainty that those prayers have been met during my time with the kids so far. As soon as we stepped off the bus today at the orphanage these kids made sure you felt their love and after that any anxiety I was feeling was washed away. From praying over strangers, playing with the kids and getting to know the culture I have felt as sense of purpose. That not only stepping out of my comfort zone allowed for deeper relationships, but also that being in this place feels natural. I am not exactly sure what this means but I am so excited to continue to explore this change in my heart.

Hi everyone! I’m Abbie Nelson and I have the pleasure of returning to Haiti for the second time this year. Last year, I immediately fell in love with this country and everything in it. From the kids, to the community, to the power of God’s love, I was obsessed and couldn’t wait to come back. However, in the last couple of weeks leading up to the trip, I felt a feeling of uneasiness. I didn’t want to leave the comfort of our homes and come to a third world country. I didn’t want to come and go through the heat and hunger for a week. I was also afraid that I wouldn’t have as good of an experience as last time. So, I began to pray that God would show me why I was meant to return. Sure enough, the past two days have been filled with reassurance and have shown me the clear reasons of why Haiti has been my calling. I’ve immediately fallen back in love. The amount of  joy I feel when I am around these kids is overwhelming. In some ways, I can’t even explain to you how insanely full and happy these kids make me feel. In the back of my mind, I’ve always known that mission trips are what I’m meant to do, but this environment has yet again made it so clear to me. I’m so excited to continue to witness God’s love and power throughout this trip, as well as where this path will take me in the future.

Hey everyone, my name is Luke and I am super happy to be reporting from Haiti. Today we went to our partner church in Haiti with the leaders and Pastor Sam and we spent time with the kids at the church. When we arrived on our bus, the kids rushed out and held our hands. One boy named Marshon, grabbed my arm and guided me into the church. After we got all situated, the kids began to sing in creole and it blew us all away. During crafts me and Marshon colored together and we instantly had a connection. I gave him my hat, we would always stay together, we played frisbee with 2 other kids and Matthew, and basically just had a great time. Today was a great day for me. When I first arrived at our first stop I was super nervous and kept to myself. But today God really touched me and told me to get out though and do what I called you to do, to spread the light and love of Jesus Christ by forming relationships with the kids and showing them love. I am really hoping to see God do more work through me these next couple days. Bye everyone, Catch Ya on the Flip Side.