I’ve really been having a tough time holding it together over the past week. Even as I sit here a few days after my return home, drinking my Rebo (Haitian Coffee), my eyes fill with tears as I think about the work I’ve done. I saw first-hand how stories have changed other people’s lives, and I don’t know that I’ll ever be the same either.
You see, all of last week I was in Haiti with a team of storytellers. This trip has been somewhat of a dream that’s been brewing since February. I was tagging along as a writer with Help One Now on one of their usual mission trips. I remember telling Chris Marlow that I felt overwhelmed with sheer magnitude of the stories that needed to be told. We needed to somehow get more storytellers on a trip together if we wanted to do them any justice.
I think I expected some great stories to come out of this trip, but dear Lord… I sat and wept each night as I read the writers’ posts coming through. And yes, sometimes it was even the body-shaking, full-on, ugly cry.
Just to give you a frame of reference, here are just a few of my personal favorites:
Together these stories paint a beautiful picture of life in the poorest nation in the world. They bring us into the lives of the most resilient people whom I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. They paint a picture of what redemption and love and hope looks like. These stories change things.
But one thing I discovered unexpectedly on this trip is how deeply these stories changed us.
Just the other day I talked about how God changed our plans for our last day. The beautiful thing about it is that it gave us the opportunity to dream even bigger, beyond our short time together in Haiti. We decided to leave our mark on the place that left a visible mark on us. So together we’re planning how we’re going to leave our legacy.
If this thing is going to work, it has to be more then just one of us on board with the vision. It’ll take all of us. That’s what I like about this dream… that it’s bigger than any one (or few) of us. In fact, it’s so big that we’ll need you too!
We’re in the process of of pulling together our launch for this B.H.A. (big, hairy, audacious) project as we speak, and I promise that you’ll hear more very soon. And we’re going to ask you to dream with us. We’re asking to dream with Haiti for a brighter future. We’re going to invite you into the story along with us.