Hi guys! My name is Hannah and I am the Treasurer and Managing Director of Mondesir Hope. I am so glad that you have found this blog post, and can’t wait for you to learn more about something that I am so passionate about.
This past summer, a few of us from Mondesir Hope got to go and spend a little over a week in Haiti, immersing ourselves in the cultural that we were wanting to serve alongside of. Going into this trip, I was honestly very hesitant. I am a very detail- orientated person and like to have most of my ducks in a row before doing anything. If you know anything about the people of Mondesir Hope, you will know that we are big dreamers. We truly believe that we serve a God that can accomplish impossible things and continue to pray the biggest prayers over the country of Haiti and the people in it. At the same time though, despite fully trusting that God would provide, there were also lots of logistics that were not taken care of. This meant my ducks were not in a row and I began to doubt the dream and vision that God had placed before us. Satan was using that to take advantage of my weakness and make me afraid to go and further the kingdom of God.
After lots of prayer and support, we made it to Haiti and saw the Lord move in big and small situations alike. We got to love on so many sweet babies, come up with a more clear vision for Mondesir Hope, and learn the strengths and weaknesses of each person on the team. I think one of the most important lessons I learned was “Towels over Titles”. This may be an over-used saying, but it was so applicable to our trip. Missionaries are often seen as the “help” in certain places and can easily be taken advantage of. In our case, we were the unfamiliar faces in Cadelon, Haiti. Linds and I were the only white people in the whole village and were constantly stared at everywhere we went. Because of that, we had to earn the trust of the villagers and let them know that we wanted to be there as more than the “help”. We wanted to be people they could trust with their children, people they could teach the ways of a Haitian woman to, and people who they could begin to see as family. After four days in the village, we became familiar faces that they could trust. Continuing to build those relationships is one thing that I'm really look forward to, and I cannot wait to see how God is going to use those relationships to further his kingdom in Cadelon, Haiti!