Our first full day in Montrois, Haiti began early! We spent the morning as guests at a Haitian school that was started by a ministry called Love for Haiti. This school is the dream of an American named Maggie and a Haitian named Maxim. They wanted to make school accessible to children in the Montrois community who would otherwise be unable to attend school. Maxim shared with us that the school’s permanent structure was originally meant to be a home for him and his family. His motivation to serve his community was so great that he designated his home for classrooms. So instead of living in this structure he and his family live with his parents. Maxim credited God with the success of the school. He also asked us for our continued prayers for the school and its students.
Maxim credited God with the success of the school. He also asked us for our continued prayers for the school and its students.
Our team’s role at the school this morning was to guide students through several simple but fun science experiments. We were told that the children rarely get the opportunity to engage in such hands-on learning. The students seemed to be very excited to participate! Quite possibly the most popular experiment was one that demonstrated the gaseous state using Nerds candy and Sprite. The experiment began by filling a balloon with Nerds and attaching the ballon to the top of a Sprite bottle. When the Nerds come in contact with the Sprite, the resulting gas expands the balloon. The children were given a handful of Nerds following the experiment. They were a huge hit!
One of the things I am quickly learning is how much time, energy, and money it takes for the long-term missionaries just to survive. This is time, energy, and money that takes away from ministry. We obviously came to serve and love on the Haitian people, however, this trip has changed my cynical view of short-term mission. I am learning that one of the best service a short-term missions team can do is not only love on the people in the culture, but help build infrastructure (generators, solar panels, etc…) to make life for the long-term missionary easier. Which, in turn, would allow them to spend more time and effort focusing on ministry.