For the past thirty some years, we have hosted visitors in our home in Port de Paix, Haiti. Over countless meals and conversations, we have heard many of the same words and phrases. "impoverished," "beautiful," "unbelievable," "poor," "breathtaking."
Our visitors are articulate and enthusiastic. The reality of Haiti defies description. We identify with that and we agree. We understand. We try to equate OUR everyday life with Haiti, and it isn't possible.
Haiti is a world apart. A mission trip is an adventure, a work oriented time, not a retreat. It takes us to new heights and new lows and new thoughts. How many times have we heard 'It changed my life'. Countless.
Changed lives is what mission work is all about. Mission work is not limited to nations, cultures, or ethnic groups. It is ACROSS THE BOARD. So wherever you are, whatever your career, whatever your financial situation, YOU TOO CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. We chose the country of Haiti. We choose people.
Please read the information below and download our Short-term Trip Manual for detailed information on scheduling and preparing for a trip.
Visiting teams to Sonlight stay for seven days, arriving and departing on consecutive Saturdays. Travel dates should be coordinated with Carmen Niehaus (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making any travel arrangements, purchasing tickets or making reservations.
There are many ways visitors can help out while at Sonlight. Team members can assist teachers in classrooms and tutor individual students. There will also be opportunities to lead devotions or teach a Sunday school class. We have an ever-present need for construction and maintenance workers. Groups can also plan or assist with special events for our church members, students or staff. We do not require special skills or background to be involved in any of these activities, and can always use a willing worker. If, however, someone on a team has a particular skill or background you think might be useful, we'd love to know in advance to plan for that. Teachers, doctors, dentists, construction workers, mechanics, IT specialists...these are all people we can immediately put to work. There are other areas we might not have a specific job-related need for (say, a fireman or archaeologist, for example), but our students would love to hear a presentation in one of their classes about your work.
Sonlight organizes trips to the city of Port-de-Paix, to the market, to a Haitian hospital, a children's home, and to homes of Haitian families. Visiting teams stay in a nearby hotel and eat all meals at the home of Roger and Norma Alexander.
We don't require shots or medicines to travel to Sonlight, but do recommend groups take malaria prophylaxis (one pill weekly) 1 week prior to the trip and 4 weeks after.
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