This week I’m in Haiti with a small UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee of Relief) communications team. The 5-year anniversary of the earthquake is quickly approaching. I’m here to help cover the work of UMCOR and how we have helped the country recover since then. We have been here since day one. Our UMCOR Haiti field office runs as an independent NGO, creating projects and opportunities for growth while also supporting existing projects. The efforts have switched from immediate relief to long-term development.
I’ve run into a number of people who where here when the earthquake hit, and have survival stories from that day. The stories are incredible. Today while visiting a Methodist sponsored eye clinic, the pharmacist told me that he had been trapped under the rubble with another woman, an American visiting with a mission team from Texas. She passed away, and he survived although badly injured. He smiled and told me that he was, “resurrected,” and resurrected he was.
This trip has resurrected my spirit. I’ve had my ups and down’s since moving to New York. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I’ve been mourning past seasons, perceived high points in my life. It’s been a hazy, cloudy season, and I’m just beginning to see the light of my new day rising.
This opportunity to come to Haiti came right on time. Thus far it’s given me a new understanding of the true impact of the work of my organization, but even more importantly how what I do everyday is directly related to the people we serve here, and all over the world. I’m not taking for granted this learning experience. 5 days to go.