Reflections on Haiti

Reflections on Haiti

June 28, 2018 0 Comments

We can be certain that God will give us the strength and resources we need to live through any situation in life that He ordains. The will of God will never take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us. 

- Billy Graham

Three years ago I arrived in Haiti for the first time with no knowledge of the crazy path God was about to take me on. It was on that trip that I first met 13 incredible children and the incredible Haiti Awake staff who would become people I consider my family and closest friends. 
For those of you new to this story... in 2016 the Mission Made team took our first trip to Haiti to visit one of our artisan partners. It was during this trip that we saw clearly that we were being called to truly invest in this country and these people. We began working diligently to expand our artisan development programs and have since been able to help create and sustain over 200 artisan jobs throughout Haiti. We travel to Haiti several times a year to work with our artisans on design, development, and community impact efforts. 

Each trip is unique and special, but this past week in Haiti was much different than we could have ever anticipated. 

I arrived in Haiti on June 16th with a laundry list of to-do items, scheduled visits with several of our artisan groups, and a production plan of over 500 pieces of hand-stamped products all within 1 week. But, our plans quickly shifted upon receiving news that the Haiti Awake Children were being removed from their home and we needed to immediately find a new home for them. 

Plans were changed. Appointments canceled. Production Paused. 
Stop and make way for God's plans. 

Our lunch ended abruptly and we began the search for what would be next... after a few short hours we crossed a gate into an answered prayer, proof of God's providence, and hope for a brighter future. 
This AMAZING house has become home to Hait Awake's 13 children. It additionally will help house our staff, our chickens, our teams, and our production. The only problem was, $10,000 in rent for the year was due up front in order to secure the house. We prayed and decided to post a GoFundMe to help raise the funds. 24 hours later we sat tearfully joyful as we hit our goal and were able to ensure the children would be in a beautiful, safe, secure environment. Within 4 days we were able to help raise $22,005 thanks to the generosity of our community and followers. 
 

This trip was not what we had planned, but THANK GOD it wasn't. 
Within our one week in Haiti we;
- Helped raise $22,005 in support of Haiti Awake
- Produced over 300 pieces of jewelry 
- Completed training and development with our Mission Made Haiti artisans
- Visited the 2nd Story Market 
- Restocked our Metal Art Collection by visiting our sweet friends Billy & Vladimir 
- Moved 13 children and 64 chickens (including a breakdown & rebuild of beds, furniture, and a chicken coop)
- Scored some AMAZING handmade products at a local artisan co-op 
and so much more.
We are beyond grateful to Haiti Awake for the amazing work they are doing, the incredible opportunity that they provided to us during this trip, and for being amazing partners to Mission Made. 
Stay tuned for tons of amazing new handmade Haitian products!



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