Well T12’s first Impact Trip has made it to Haiti! I am SO EXCITED to be back in this beautiful country!
My name is MacKenzie and I am a senior at Orono High School. I traveled to Haiti for the first time over the summer of 2013, and as pretty much everyone says, left a piece of my heart here. Ever since I returned home, I have been looking for the opportunity to return, and I thought the opportunity arose earlier in the year to come back in January. As per usual, God knew best, however, and showed me He had a different plan.
A little more background on me: I have been working with Transformed Twelve as an intern for a mentorship program throughout this school year! I’ve had the most incredible experience and I love knowing that I am working towards something bigger than myself everyday. As this Impact Trip started being planned, Teagan and Paige were excited for the chance for me to return to Haiti and meet all of T12’s students. Honestly, I was extremely wary because I graduate from high school in 2 weeks and have a LOT to do before that can happen. God truly provided though and continued to show me that this was His plan. I am SO thankful to be here, and really can’t comprehend the fact that I am going to meet the 12 students I’ve been working with from afar in just 2 days!
Moving on to the events of the day, all I can say is this morning truly feels like at least 3 days ago. We began our morning at 3:45 AM and met at the Mohs house at 4:00 to drive to the airport. Once we got there, Grace had a small problem with her ticket, but everything got figured out, we got some breakfast, and then we boarded the plane to Atlanta! Our flight was very easy and before we knew it we were in Georgia. An hour and a lunch break later, we were on the flight to Port-au-Prince! The flight was easy besides one kind of creepy air pocket, and I even got some of that darn homework done (yay for graduating)! The Haitian airport is crazy, but we managed to get our 15 bags and jump in our van with Josue and Wadson, T12’s AWESOME directors! It was so cool for me to meet the men that I’ve been working with for T12 for such a long time.
Once we jumped in the van the craziness started. One of the roads was blocked because a huge dump truck got a wheel stuck in a drainage ditch, so in true Haiti fashion, we stopped and watched the commotion for a good 45 minutes. We then turned around and took a different route, which is when I passed out for half an hour (I’m sure a picture will be attached below, for which I apologize). I then awoke to us pulled over on the side of the road because we ran out of gas 5 minutes from Global Outreach, where we are staying. Wadson jumped on a moto to go get us some gas and we then FINALLY made it to our destination, only to have one of the windows on the van shatter as we stopped. This trip that should have taken an hour and a half took us a good 3. It was truly crazy.
The rest of the night was great, and we had our first meal prepared by the wonderful Haitian women here at Global. After dinner, we toured the compound (which is beautiful and amazing) and then got to meet ChristCapable and Isaac, the two boys that prompted T12’s creation!
Overall, I am just sitting here in awe of the fact that I am actually sitting here. I am looking forward to this experience as a time to stop and refocus. I keep saying: God, I am here, use me. Please keep our team in your prayers and ask Him that He would lead this trip. I cannot wait to see where this week takes us - God is so good and I am filled with joy.
Thank you for those that are taking the time to read this, please know we truly appreciate your support. Transformed Twelve has become a major part of my life, and for that I am so grateful - I hope this mission has a similar effect in your lives.
When sitting down to write this blog, God has shown me His love and joy, and I truly can’t say enough how excited I am! I do want to share with you what my team members told me when I asked them how today was, because I thought it was a whirlwind and a blessing from God that we are here safe even with some crazy obstacles along the way. Please enjoy!
Grace: “Shocking. It was long.”
Morgan: “We got to see a truck struggle.”
Teagan: “Overwhelming, frantic, and exciting”
Kenzie S: “Do I have to say something? Exciting.”
Paige: “Slow motion.”
Kimberli: “I feel peaceful.”
Thank you for your prayers and support! Keep checking for updates! God bless :)