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Mission Accomplished

Written by Cindy, a Lifeline Mission Trip Participant and Sponsor

I have said that phrase many times, but it took on a whole new meaning after my beautiful experience in Haiti last October.

Previously, I have had the honor to serve the beautiful people in Honduras several times through Lifeline Christian Mission. Through those experiences, I sponsored two young girls who have since become beautiful young women working toward an education well beyond high school.

On my last trip to Honduras, one of the Lifeline team coordinators planted a seed when she suggested a mission to Haiti. My initial reaction was, “No way.” I felt that Honduras was where I was meant to serve. Little did I know that my future would include ten days in Haiti with the goal of building a house for a family of five – including a 10-day-old baby girl!           

After supporting the Lifeline Homes Ministry from afar through donations, last summer I felt compelled to get more personally involved. Not being able to ignore the call, Lifeline was right there to fulfill my first mission trip to Haiti. When I arrived there last October and started walking up the hill to the home building site, I saw the recipients of God’s gift: A family including a mom, three adult daughters, an adult son, and her 10-day-old baby granddaughter. Right then and there, I KNEW I was right where God wanted me to be at that moment! He had a mission to accomplish and over the next ten days about 20 of us were going to help Him do it.
Old Home

In my heart of hearts, I felt that the man of the house, the 21-year son named Bucolson, was leading his family in prayer for this new home but based on reaction alone, I couldn’t tell. In Haiti, it is hard to base anything on show of emotion because it is limited—especially with unfamiliar people. Regardless, we were all excited to construct a more stable future for the entire family. The original house was not only leaning to one side, but it had a bit of a twist in it too. The thought of five adults and a 10-day old baby trying to safely ride out a storm in that home was disconcerting to say the least.
Old Home

The minute the Haitian workers got to the build site on day one, a miraculous orchestration began.  Even with the language barrier, they knew exactly what their job was and they knew exactly what they wanted me and my team to do. We all quickly fell into place with our specific job duties with an unexplainable harmony, and 10 short days later, a new house appeared! 

As we were walking up the hill for the final time on our last day to officially dedicate the new home to the family, Bucolson was coming down the hill. He looked me straight in the eye and gave me a big bright smile. Simultaneously, he turned back and pointed at his family’s new home. Tears came to my eyes and a rush of joy and peace filled my heart because THAT SMILE confirmed to me God’s work had been done. In other words, “mission accomplished.”
Homes Ministry Team

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