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Visit Montrouis

We would love to host you if you want to come to Haiti.  You can visit your sponsor child, help at the school, assist in medical clinics, minister in the community, or many other projects can be arranged based on your interests.  Airfare to Haiti is very reasonable and the cost per day for transportation, meals, and lodging while in Haiti is $60 a day.  We welcome groups up to 30 people.

For more information see our Orientation Manual or check us out on You Tube! LCM 2017

Why Haiti? Reflection by Kathleen Hardesty, Long time LCM Volunteer

Why do I go to Haiti? Why is it so important to me? What keeps me going back time and time again? Why Haiti? It only took one trip for Haiti to change our lives forever.

Craig, my husband, recently told a first-time mis­sionary who we met on the flight over to Haiti to be prepared for the loss of innocence. “Once you go to Haiti for the first time, you can no longer claim ignorance,” he warned her. “You will know exactly how close these people are to us and how they are forced to live in comparison.” 
Craig and I are used to being asked, “Why Haiti?” This question can take many forms. There is the concerned, “Why would you risk your life/health/wellbeing to go to Haiti?” There’s the raised-eyebrows-scoff, “Why would you go to that country?” There is the slightly accusatory, “Why wouldn’t you help such-and-such people here in the United States instead of going all the way to Haiti?” And there is the genuinely curious, “How did you get involved in Haiti, of all places?” My response when I get asked these questions is, “Come with me next time, and you will know!” This is my best good-faith response, because there simply isn’t anything to compare Haiti to here in the United States. In a land without social programs, widespread access to healthcare, and homeless shelters, if you are starving, you often die. If you are sick, you often die. If you are homeless, you have nowhere to go. 

Children playing with toys made (literally) out of garbage play with more enthusiasm and joy than children I have seen surrounded by the flashiest and best gadgets money can buy. The thick darkness brought on by lack of resources and electric­ity at night opens up a sky full of the brightest, most awe-inspiring stars I have seen in my life. Driving through Port-au-Prince on a Sunday last May, we witnessed scores of people sitting out in the street in the rain, next to the piles of rubble that once were their churches, arms raised to the heavens, while their pastors passion­ately praised God over a megaphone.

The truth is, while we may not always write about it as often as we should, God has also richly blessed us by calling us to do His work in Haiti. Although this tiny nation has faced some of the most extreme chal­lenges and tragedies imaginable, and its citizens cope daily with the reali­ties of abject poverty (the worst seen this side of the globe), Haiti teaches us. Haitians have a story of faith when there should be doubt, strength of character when there should be suf­fering, and joy found in the smallest of miracles that is worth recounting to people from every walk of life in every corner of the globe. I see it in the eyes of the first-time missionaries when they prepare to leave Haiti for the first time. It’s that tiny, indescrib­able, un-ignorable hook that works its way into your heart and refuses to let go. It is a desire to “help out” and “raise up,” but it is also a desire to “be with” and “hold onto.” The bottom line is that Haiti has changed my life, just as I know it has the potential to change many others. May I someday be worthy of the blessings that Haiti has showered upon me.

A Life-Changing Experience. Reflection by: Bernadette McConville

After returning home from a week in Montrouis, Haiti spent with Life Connection Mission and members of the St. Patrick’s community, I spoke with many of my friends and co-workers about the wonderful people I met in Haiti, and the seemingly infinite obstacles they face on the journey to a hopeful future.

I am proud to report to my friends back home the many, many things LCM has done, and continues to do, to dramatically improve the lives of the people of Montrouis. The mission maintains fresh-water wells, runs a medical clinic, and continues to fund expansions and improvements to a school that offers the children of Montrouis their best chance at a brighter future. These are just a few examples of the mission’s valuable work to support the village.

Because I speak so passionately of the week I spent in Haiti, friends often comment, “Sounds like you had a life-changing experience.” And it’s true that the mission trip feels like one of the most important things I’ve ever done.

While in Haiti I experienced emotions that echoed what I’d felt at other pivotal times in my life. When delivering meals to families at a homeless shelter in Archia I felt the same exhausting sadness I felt twenty years ago caring for my dying mother. When we brought a struggling family bags of beans and rice - and received big smiles in return - I experienced pure joy that reminded me of what I felt when I married my husband and four wonderful step-children. So there’s no question that the trip to Haiti affected me deeply. But will the time I spent in Montrouis actually be life-changing? Will it change the way I live my life?

As an American, it’s all too easy to ignore the unimaginable poverty experienced by much of the rest of the world. Less than a week after my return from Haiti, as I drive carpool in the comfort

of my climate-controlled car, a bottle of cold spring water in the cup holder beside me, I already fear that the images I have of the Haitian people will fade from my mind. I worry that my desire to dedicate a part of my life to making their lives better will drift away.

The question of whether or not the trip to Haiti was in fact a “life-changing” experience depends entirely on what I choose to do now.

What I hope is that I will work, every day, to keep the people of Haiti present in my mind. That I will think of the children of Montrouis while choosing school shoes for my children, and buy our Haitian family shoes, too.

I hope that when I go to the grocery store I will think of the mothers in Haiti, and buy only what our family needs, keeping money aside to buy our Haitian family rice, beans, and chickens.

I hope that when I am tempted to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a designer purse, I will remember how far that money would go in Haiti, and send it to our Haitian family instead.

At the end of our week in Montrouis, we were encouraged to tell our families, friends, and co-workers back home about what we saw on our trip - to share with others the passion we’d developed for Haiti. It’s easy to do that now, when the memories are fresh. I hope I will continue to speak passionately about Haiti for months and years to come.  I hope that, years from now, when my friends say, “Sounds like you had a life-changing experience,” I can answer, “Yes. It was.”

EDJ! Reflection by Sara Rodriguez

My husband Bill first went to Haiti in July of 2010. When he got home from this trip, he told me all about a child – Edj. He was 3 years old, old enough to attend the pre-school through Life Connection Mission; however, he did not have a sponsor, and without a sponsor, the child could not attend school. Additionally, Edj's stomach was swollen due to malnutrition. So Bill signed us up as Edj's sponsor.
In February 2011, I was able to go to Haiti with Bill and others from our church. Prior to the trip, we went out and bought some clothes and toys to take down with us so that we could give them to Edj. We took our two children, with us so that they could help us pick out some toys for Edj. The entire time we were shopping, we kept stressing how Edj and his family do not have a lot of food, clothes, and toys. We referred to Edj as one of their brothers.

Needless to say, I fell in love with Haiti - the Mission, the people, and (of course) Edj. When we first saw Edj, he ran to Bill yelling, "Papa! Papa!" We spent a lot of time with Edj that week. And even though Bill and I speak VERY little Haitian Creole, we were able to communicate with Edj in a language we all understood - LOVE. After our return to the states, we told our two sons all about Haiti… and Edj. We showed them pictures of Edj playing with his new monster trucks. Our boys know that they have a brother in Haiti. And even though he may look different than us and speak a different language than us, we love him. Last week, my one of my sons said, "I am worried about my brother Edj. I am worried that he doesn't have enough food." This brought tears to my eyes… not just because I worry about the same thing, but because my son is so concerned about this precious little boy that he has never even met. This is love.

Let me encourage you by saying that what Life Connection Mission is doing for the community in Montrouis is amazing. I am so blessed that I had an opportunity to see it firsthand. And if you have the chance to go see LCM in action… GO! Your passion for Montrouis, LCM, and the people in Montrouis will increase tenfold.

 Testimonials: 

  • What is amazing is the incredible faith, strength, courage, and love of the Haitian people.  Each trip teaches me how to be a better Christian as I watch people praise God for all of the little things. ... Their love is great as kids draw near everywhere we go to hold our hands and be with us.  Their need is great and yet they pray for us missionaries.  God is definitely present and working in Haiti and I feel blessed to join Him in His work there!  ~ Lori Lyon
  • A friend, who visited Haiti last year had told me how the extreme poverty affected her. Having spent many years in Nigeria, I have to admit that I approached the trip with an attitude that was almost arrogant. “I have seen poverty. How bad could it be?” I was in no way prepared for my reaction and the intense emotions that I felt throughout the trip. I realized that although poverty did exist around me, I had unconsciously decided to ignore it. We take so much for granted when our basic needs are taken care of. It’s easy to complain about traffic on the beltway, airline delays or slow internet refresh times, when one has good health and food on the table. For so many around the world, and so many in Haiti, the basic needs we take for granted are far from reality. It is easy to become overwhelmed and wonder if it’s possible to make a difference. I am reminded that if we do as much as we can, it does help to make a change, not only in others, but in ourselves also. ~ Ugochi Onyewu

  • We all felt the medical clinic was a huge success. There is no way we could have run the clinic without everyone who went on the trip.  Due to everyone’s hard work, we were able to see hundreds of people and hopefully change a lot of lives.  I was amazed at how grateful everyone was for the help we gave them.  It made me realize how often we take for granted what we all have here. I hope that is something I will never forget. …~ Rick Smith
  • The spirit moves in each person a different way, and I would ask each person who reads this to pray and think about what role you could do for the Haitian people. Not everyone is called to physically go on mission work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the heart of a missionary. ...~ Keith Bachman
  • I would have never imagined how I could feel handing someone a roll and half of a banana and looking into their eyes seeing gratitude that is hard to put into human words. I’ve seen those eyes. I feel it is the look of hope. It is not for me to say what each one of you should do in the regards to Haiti, or any other missions area.  It is God who will direct you in the way you are to be salt in each situation. …~ Sue Bachman
  • Arriving in Port-au-Prince and wit­nessing the chaos of such a broken city was overwhelming. The miles of dilapidated refugee camps inspired a new sense of thankfulness. As shock turned into respect, I grew to admire the resilience of the Haitian people and their joy despite circumstances. Life Connection Mission is truly a beacon of hope to a nation which has suffered from generations of corruption and disaster...Thank you for the opportunity to partner in building God’s kingdom. Keep the faith and run the race until the whole of Haiti is reconciled to our Savior Christ Jesus.~ Tommy Dunn
  • I am truly in awe of the work that you have done, and that I know you will continue to do for the incredible people of that very special village.I remember you said to me that we think we are coming down to help the people of the community, but instead, they are the ones that really change our lives.The people that I met are beyond an inspiration, and the true love, faith and sense of community that they exhibit brings tears to my eyes.I am so lucky to have had the chance to get a glimpse into their beautiful world. ~Kaitlin Hitchings
  •  I wanted to write and thank you for an AMAZING five days on the mission.  The staff, including Benoit, Mathew, Stanley, Christopher, Daphne, Neigde, the ladies in the kitchen, and everyone else I’m forgetting, were     WONDERFUL.  Eric, Mia, Zach and I felt embraced with warmth and love.   Each day we had a chance to spend time with Youvens and even had the chance to meet his lovely father.  He is a wonderful young boy and we feel blessed that we had the time we did with him and look forward to a long relationship.  Although our trip was too short, we felt that we got a very small taste of life in Haiti.  It’s overwhelming how much is needed and where it is needed the most.  We have started a list of items that we would like to send with you when you return in October. ~ Jessica Astran
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
-Matthew 25: 35-36
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