3am and Change.
3am. We usually only meet when I stay up too late, but this time was different. Because “this time” I was waking up to catch a flight to Haiti. It’s been over a year since I was last in Haiti and I knew that this too would be different. Why? Because every trip to Haiti is filled with new stories of lives being changed by Operation Blessing and I have the opportunity to meet these wonderful people to hear their stories first hand.
Sometimes that life-change comes at very difficult times and under terrible circumstances, but the help they receive because of Operation Blessing partners gives them hope and a chance to succeed – and in some cases survive. While I was excited about change, there are things I love more when they don’t change.
As we landed in Port-au-Prince I was greeted by a familiar site – beauty. As the sun glistened off the water at the base of the beautiful mountain backdrop, I was excited to be back in Haiti. That will never change. We were greeted at our headquarters by my colleagues who have become great friends. Friendships that will never change. Our team took us out into the field to work and visited one of our water purification systems that provide thousands with clean water. I’ve helped assemble these systems and seen them in use multiple times, yet I was still filled with joy as I watched mothers and children getting clean water. That will never change. Those moments are the ones that I love to see, whether it is from a new program or ones that continue to work to bring moments of life change.
I hope that you will join me over the next couple of days as I highlight the life change taking place in Haiti through innovative new Operation Blessing programs and old ones that don’t need to change because they are effectively changing lives.