A Simple Moment that Changed Everything

Written by Chloe L.
Age 17 
June 2019 Volunteer

Growing up, I had always heard stories about Haiti and the sweet children at COTP. Little did I know that in just a few short years, how much these kids would change my life forever. Approaching the trip, I did not know what to expect. I didn’t know how the process would work, if we would have much time with the children, or how someone like me would be able to impact the lives of these kids. I remember feeling overjoyed with excitement but also consumed with nerves. The first couple days of our trip were occupied with getting to know our surroundings and establishing plans for the rest of the week.

Things really started to change for me when the team set up a water afternoon for the kids at COTP. This afternoon consisted of kiddy pools, popsicles, and water games. 

One of the kids, who wasn’t physically able to swim like many of the rest, had a discouraged look on his face. One of the house parents asked if I would hold him in the water and splash cold water onto his skin. I instantly wondered how the boy was going to react to the action. Within the first cold touch of water, the little boy had the biggest smile on his face. Seeing the joy in his smile, brought to my heart one of the greatest joys I have ever experienced. 

In that moment, I felt like I was making an impact in somebody’s life. At the same time, I thought about how much love I had for this little boy, and how much greater the God of the universe loves him. I was overwhelmed by the goodness of God, and how He consistently shows us His everlasting love each and every day. I believe that God sent me to Haiti to reevaluate my faith, and to grow more within the community of Christ. I definitely fulfilled these goals, but I also got to see how vast God’s love is for every single one of us on the earth. He is one amazing, forgiving, great, and patient God. 

Prior to this trip, my faith was established, however, I doubted God’s goodness in my life and I failed to remember that each day of my life. Concluding this life changing experience, I have always been able to remember God’s love for me when I picture the boys breathtaking expression as the water poured down the side of his cheeks. Our God is the Living Water, the Redeemer, the Giver and Ultimate Lover. I thank Him every day for the experience to travel to Haiti; experiencing new things, meeting new people, and establishing firm relationships with the Kingdom. 

When your faith begins to fade, cling to Him. Luckily for me, God grabbed my hand and reminded me of His never-ending, reckless love. I approached this trip hoping to change the lives of the children, but God decided it was time for the children to change my heart. Thank you God, and thank you Haiti for bringing me back to the importance of a relationship with Him.