Today I am very excited to share this guest post with you. Lynne today is going to tell you some about an adventure that has changed how she thinks and acts. I hope you enjoy learning a bit about Lynne's journeys to Haiti as much as I have!!
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a Christian. I am married to my husband Ron. We have 2 grown children, Sarah and Andrew. I am a Special Education teacher. I have worked at my current job for 8 ½ years. Ron and I live a quiet life in Pennsylvania with our 3 greyhounds and 1 Min Pin.
When did you first go to Haiti and what inspired you to go? My first trip to Haiti was in February 2012. I had no plans to ever leave the US. In fact when people at church would talk about missions trips I would quietly say to myself that I would never be able to do anything like that. In November 2011 Dawn Weidemoyer contacted me and told me she was looking for an experienced Special Ed teacher to help start preschool classrooms for children with disabilities in Haiti. Dawn and I had worked together years ago but had not been in contact with each other in more than 8 years. She said she had been praying about finding a teacher to take to Haiti and God kept telling her to take me. When she asked me to go (through a facebook message) I laughed then immediately tried to think of a way to say no. It only took a week or 2 for God to convince me that it was part of His plan.
What do you do while you are there? We will spend a week in Port au Prince training 2 teachers to work with children with disabilities. We hope to officially start 2 classes. We will also visit orphanages and local hospitals while we are there. The second week will be spent in Cap Haitian at a respite center called Children of the Promise. We will work with the COTP staff to teach them how to work with children with disabilities. We will stress the “whys” of what we do with these special children.
What is your favorite memory from your time in Haiti? My favorite memories are of the
smiling faces of the children in the classrooms. They are so happy to be accepted, loved, hugged and given an education. I love singing and dancing with the teachers and children. I have taught them some American songs and I have learned 2 songs in Creole.