Second Chance Stories
“While I thought that I was going to Haiti to help change lives, they changed mine. I was blown away by their servant hearts and passion for Jesus. Their happy spirits and willingness to love me, a stranger, was what I loved most. Seeing the kids experience different things for the first time and knowing I got to be a part of something so exciting for them is fulfilling in ways I can't explain and can’t really put in perspective the things we take for granted every day. I went there expecting to make a change and in reality they changed me.”
“I don't even know how to begin to put into words how much going to Haiti changed my life. This was my first mission trip and I had no idea what to expect. All I knew is that God was calling me to pursue this opportunity with a group of people I have grown to love so fondly. I have never felt as blessed as I did while I was at Bon Sam fellowshipping with the kids, the mommies, and the rest of the team. It is a different type of joy that I have never experienced in my life. My steps on Haitian soil were guided by the Holy Spirit. As I was standing on a dusty road that cut down the middle of a nearby village, I knew this was my time; my opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ and be a living example of the selfless love that he shows us every day. And it really doesn't get any better than that.”
“My wife and I went on our first mission trip last October with Second Chance Haiti. Everything we did that week in Haiti was about showing these children and the surrounding community the love of Christ. Through the gifts we brought, games we played with them, conversation, bible lesson, playing at the beach, serving them, offering opportunities, we were able to let the children know they are loved and have great value. But at the end of the week we came home and went back to our lives. We found out really fast it was going to be impossible to not do more for our children in Haiti. We were forever changed by what we experienced and seen. God has truly touched our hearts and has given us the most awesome people to work with at Second Chance. We returned to Haiti in August and this trip was even better than the last. We came home with only two questions, what can we do to help more, and when can we get back to Haiti?”
Usually when you go visit new horizons, you plan every detail out as possible. All I have to say is regardless of how many questions I had asked to prepare for the Haiti trip, I was less than ready for the upcoming events that unfolded before me. Haiti was a game changer for me and really opened my eyes to life and serving other people's needs before mine. I fell in love with the kids that just took me in as if I had been family all along and showed their world and way of living. They taught me so much about life, love and hope and showed me that you really don’t need a whole lot to get by. These kids keep you grounded and teach you to be thankful for all that you have back home. Haiti definitely has a hold on my heart and always happy to come back home to my Haitian kids. It’s impossible to not love these kids when they greet you with the biggest smiles and an open heart.