You could go.
Nor seriously, you… could go. For real.
There’s a group from Shepherd going to Haiti again this summer. And if you can’t make it this year, we’ll go again soon.
But, you say, I don’t have construction skills or speak French or know medical stuff…that’s ok. There’s a place and job for you there, too.
We often say about mission work, not everyone needs to go – true, but it wouldn’t hurt.
But little old me won’t change Haiti in a week. Nope, you won’t. But you know what will change?
Wait, I thought this was a church and culture blog, not a short term mission trip promotion? We’re getting there.
San Antonians like to congratulate ourselves about how diverse our community is. But the truth is most of us live pretty comfortably in our half-Hispanic, half-white world without a lot of contact with the outside world – the part right here.
And when you jump into the deep end of the pool of “outside” – and Haiti is as deep as that gets – you might just come back with a new appreciation & love for our “outside” neighbors here. That kind of trip will break your heart – but when it heals it will heal with a softer exterior – which can only be a good thing.
A softer heart might change your perspective about goings on in our culture –like, maybe the Black Lives Matter movement isn’t just a bunch of violent malcontents but rather a prophetic voice from a genuinely marginalized segment of our community. A segment that I as a comfortable middle class white guy owe the benefit of the doubt to – to listen when they speak, to grieve with those who grieve, to mourn with those who mourn, and to not assume that I understand their experience.
That’s the kind of change that can happen in one trip. And if you make one, you’ll want to make another. And another. It doesn’t have to be Haiti. But it might have to be you. If not you, then who?
God is calling, “Whom shall I send?” Will you answer?
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
(Image Credit: Aaron Tilt, Haitian sunset from the rooftop)