Poco a Poco

I am officially a student again.  I took my first test in almost 18 years last week. While I am learning a lot, I am also learning that there is so much I don’t know, and if I focus on that, I can easily get overwhelmed.

“Poco a poco [little by little] Sarah, you will get there,” a friend says to me.

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you don’t know until you go

Fourteen months ago I thought I was moving to Haiti for only a few months.

I sometimes wonder if I had known ahead of time that I was going to be here for over a year if I still would have “given God my yes!”

I sometimes wonder if I had known everything that was going to take place over this year if I still would have come.

I sometimes wonder if I really have what it takes to do this for the long haul. 

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the need to receive

Julianne greeted me like she always does, with a big smile and in a quiet, sweet voice, “Bonswa!” Then she grabbed my hand and led me down the dusty, dirt road to her school to play.  She motioned for me to sit on the ground to play a traditional Haitian game similar to Jax, called Roslē, but you play with rocks.

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year 1 in Ayiti

A few years ago I was asked a question we’ve all heard before, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”  I honestly don’t remember what I said, but I know I didn’t say living in Haiti.

But on May 31st, 2018 I gave up the McDonald’s drive thru and boarded a one-way flight to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti to serve orphaned and vulnerable children.

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Wild & Free

As some of you know, for safety reasons, the expat staff had to reluctantly return home for almost a month due to political unrest in February. But “for such a time as this” Back2Back’s leadership in Haiti who stayed behind didn’t miss one beat in ensuring the children were loved, seen and known while we were stateside.  I am one proud sister.

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Returning Home

I returned home to Haiti on January 8th.  Yes, I just called Haiti home. Weird I know, but it feels good.  When you are doing what is best for you and for others, you know you are in the sweet spot of God’s will, and that home is more than just a physical place.

Like for most accountants, January is a busy month getting the books closed, our systems rolled over to the new year, and new budgets loaded.

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So, What’s Next…?

Six months ago, I boarded a plane with nothing but my passion to serve the orphaned and vulnerable child, a suitcase filled with coffee, three different translations of the Bible, Raid (to kill all the unidentified bugs), essential oils, and one pair of wedges (because you never know when you might need some heels, even in Haiti).

I was ready for such a time as this.

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