This Little Light of Mine

"To whom much is given, much is required"

The Unknown: Traveling to Haiti

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Joe Parmele

A guest post by Joe Parmele

“Let’s go to Haiti!” my wife suggested. A deer caught in headlights was what I hoped my face didn’t show because that is clearly how my brain reacted.

People have risked all they have to explore and discover the unknown. Abraham answered God’s call to leave his homeland for a place he did not know. On faith he journeyed to his new homeland and was recognized by God for his faith. Christopher Columbus risked falling off the end of the earth to discover what was beyond what the eye could see. From David Livingston to Sir Edmund Hillary to Neil Armstrong, exploring the unknown has been irresistible.

I may not be exploring the vast unknown regions of the universe but there is that uneasy sense of adventure when I plan a trip to a place I have never been. That uneasiness comes from encountering people who speak a different language; whose food may look and taste different than anything encountered before.

Sure, I’ve done all the usual things to alleviate those traveling nerves such as reading travel books and learning all I can about the country and people. But for me I think having a defined mission and goal helps ease my concerns just a little.

I anticipate excitement in the children’s faces as they get school supplies and backpacks. I can vision the look of amazement on parents faces as they understand what a Lifestraw will mean to the health of their families. It will be great to see a small solar system work to provide a small amount of power to help in powerless areas. All this helps relieve anxiety and replaces it with excited anticipation.

Most of all, I am hoping for a change in my life that will enable me to be more grateful for what I have. To be more responsible with my resources, and to be more aware of needs in my own community. God seems to be opening more doors for Children for a New Haiti. I don’t want to be a stumbling block. I want to have the faith of Abraham to pack up, start the journey and see where it takes me.

Joe is the Vice President for the not-for-profit “Children for a New Haiti”.  For more information visit


Author: Pat

Born 1946 to Southern parents. Grew up in the NW but lived most of my life in the Mid West. Wife, mother, cook, caterer, college food service director and am now retired from my professional life.

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