In February of 2012 I had the awesome opportunity of going to Haiti on a 4 day trip. Our mission was to shoot as much photography and videography as we could, as well as do research on the city and country that we would be staying in so that we could promote and raise money to lay the foundation of Laura’s Home. I went with a friend, Caleb, who is my media partner, and the lead Pastors of WOC. The experience was incredible. I have never witnessed anything like it before. Here is a brief excerpt from my journal during the experience…
“I am now sitting up in a twin size bed inside a mosquito tent that is only made for laying down. It isn’t big enough to do anything else in. This is to keep the mosquito’s from eating me through the night. However this is the least of my adventures. Our day since we landed has been overwhelming, emotional, and more joyful than the circumstances here would permit. I’ve never witnessed such poverty, hopelessness, destruction, and grief in my life. In the midst of such a beautiful land, with enormous mountains and crystal blue ocean, it is a scene straight out of a 5 star resort brochure one second, and complete chaos the next. There are people everywhere, naked, hungry, digging in the dirt, living among ruble… To be honest I’m having a very difficult time describing the scenes here. It is something pictures could never completely capture. It’s a never-ending scene of complete devestation.”
However someone is doing something about it. They are Shepherds House Ministries. A young couple, who are originally from Haiti, have given up the comfortable life of an American family living in Miami, Florida so that they might bring hope to their native land. The work they are doing is incredible. They are providing food, clothes, education, and a home for orphaned boys and girls, they are offering well paid jobs to those in the community, they have dug a well that will be used to bring fresh water to their city, and most importantly, they are spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through their unconditional love for the Haitian people.
Because of the work I helped accomplish in Haiti, as well all of the fundraising activities we have done here at home, we were able to raise $45,000 which will lay the foundation of Laura’s Home. Mission Success.