Ashley Goad, Dir. of Global Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport hugs an orphan in Haiti.
Wilson Kennedy, a member of First Presbyterian in Shreveport, takes a picture with one of his students in Haiti.
A new water pump installed at an orphanage in Haiti now allows the living quarters to have clean, running water.
Electricity and clean water are two necessities that we may take for granted.
After living life without the resources, children at two orphanages in Haiti now have both.
A group of 17 volunteers from First United Methodist Church and First -Presbyterian in Shreveport worked for two weeks, installing a solar-powered clean water system at one orphanage and routing electricity at another.
“Eye opening and exciting for all of the possibilities for the future,” says Wilson Kennedy, a member of First Presbyterian.
This was Kennedy’s first trip to Haiti.
Kennedy says the work he's already done makes him feel like there's even more to do.
"Because it's all well and good to go and give and to provide a resource for somebody, but for me what I take back… I don't take back the knowledge that we have done something really great,” says Kennedy. “I take back the knowledge of the friendships and partnerships I've made down there, and that's what I'll remember so much longer than how to put together a clean water system."
For Ashley Goad, Director of Global Ministries at First United Methodist, this was her 20th mission trip to Haiti in over five years.
"So, it was very exciting for me to see things kind of come full circle, after having installed over 80 water systems in Haiti,” says Goad. “So, it was very exciting. It was so good, because after that amount of time, it's like going home."
Mission trips are an important part of global outreach for both churches. It's the best way for them to make a difference across the world and create memories like these.
Both Kennedy and Goad say hearing the children chant these words in Creole makes the entire trip worth it: "We need food, we have it. We need water, we have it. We need light, we have it. We have everything we need. Thanks be to God."
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