Verdier Cherfils came on a trip with Elevating Christian Ministries over the summer and was left with an impression. Verdier was born and raised in Haiti and joined the team to see the efforts of Elevating Haiti. Even as he calls Haiti home, he was still impacted with his time on the trip.
What was your impression of the needs and situation in Haiti?
There are so many needs in Haiti, that it can be overwhelming to know where to start. I think it is important to help meet some of the basic needs of people. For me, I see a lot of places that do not even have access to clean water or basic health care. Some of the places that we went to have food /gardens but lack clean water.
How did God speak to you personally on the trip to Haiti?
God showed me several different things on this trip. First, when I was in the back of the truck traveling while it was raining and we were soaked, I was thinking, "Lord, what is our purpose here?". God really used that time in the rain to allow me to reflect. I was wondering what he wanted to reveal to me on the trip. I was thinking if we are willing to be soaked in the rain, its the least we can do to help Haiti move forward and have a better future. That made me really feel like the intentions and heart of ECM was right on.
Second, it was the first time I had ever been to some of these places. I saw that people everywhere in Haiti, no matter where are really hungry for truth and purpose.
Thirdly, I was really touched by the story of the Church in Terre Nueve. I saw the people so excited about the Lord and I feel like God really made a huge impact on that little church. I was excited to see people give their all to Jesus. It helped put some things into perspective in my life.
It was the first time I had ever been to some of these places. I saw that people everywhere in Haiti, no matter where are really hungry for truth and purpose.
What most impacted you with your time on the trip?
Seeing how God has used us and connected us. It seemed like we have known each other for years. It has really been amazing to see how he brought everyone together for a greater purpose.
No matter where we each come from, we know God has a unique purpose for each of us. If you would like to take a trip to Haiti and have a week of discovery, find more information HERE.