My name is Christine Van Proyen, I am 13 years old. My dad, Mike Van Proyen, is the pastor of Kings Way Foursquare church in Sequim, Washington. This is my fourth missions trip. I have been to the Dominican Republic twice and Malaysia once.
In this trip to Haiti, I have seen great improvements in the rebuilding of Port-au-Prince from the massive earthquake in 2010. I did not expect to see as many repaired buildings. I can see a steady incline to recovery.
I have seen such beauty in the midst of all the poverty. Most of my time has been spent on the countryside of Haiti, and the landscape, to me, is just breathtaking.
During this trip I have felt that the Lord has been telling me that you can’t just take someone’s word for something. Even if its someone you trust. You can’t take their opinion and assume that is how you feel also, especially if you have never experienced it yourself.
The best thing that happened on our trip was how God changed our plans. We were supposed to build a well in Les Cayes while we were here, but that did not happen. Turns out the well digger we had hired got in an accident and was unable to get to the site. So we directed our focus to our other project, a chicken coup. We spent a day of focused prayer that God would work out a way for us to build a well. Later that afternoon God sent an American ranch owner nearby to talk to us. He and a well digger nearby belonged to the Apostolic Church of America, who only drill for community service projects. We sorted out a deal with them, and because of that, we will be able to eventually do three wells instead of one.
God’s timing is always better than ours. Because of plane difficulties, we arrived three days late, but if we hadn’t, we might not have been able to build a well.
The well digger arrived after we left Les Cayes, so we were unable to see it completed. But my dad will be back in September to see the well completed.