Note from Paul Keith: In May of this year the WhiteDove team consisting of Caleb and Leslie Davis, Annah and John Wesley McWhorter, Natalie Davis, Nancy Wieland, Martha Canizales Rodriguez, Josiah Holmes and Kevin Malany traveled to Haiti for an eight-day missionary trip. Many of our friends also participated in this missionary outreach through various forms of giving. I am pleased to report that the Lord richly blessed this trip and accomplished tremendous things for His kingdom. In the articles that follow we will provide a brief report of the trip. Thank you to all who helped make this missionary trip a possibility and a success. There will definitely be future trips to Haiti as we feel the Lord has given us a foothold in this needy country to lend a hand where possible.
Haiti Missions Report
Natalie Victoria Davis
The WhiteDove team and I have recently returned home from our mission to trip to Haiti. I would like to share a little of our experience while there. Before going to Haiti, we each prepared our hearts as much as we could and made ourselves open for the Lord to use us while being there. However, I think the destruction that we saw surprised us all. We knew that things were dark, but to be there and see it for ourselves was unbelievable. The filth there was unreal. It really broke our hearts for Haiti.
Driving thru Port Au Prince was like driving thru a dumpster. Trash was everywhere; people walked, sat, ate, and used the restroom all in the same place. The oppression on that area was very thick. Hopelessness and anger hovered over the people of Haiti. Many thoughts were scrambling through my mind; I kept saying to myself, this is not right, this is not how God wants life to be, this is not okay. Before I left for Haiti, I received a word from someone to declare the victory over the land, and that is what I began doing. They have only seen defeat and it is time they begin to see the victory of the Cross manifested over their land.
After a 2 hour truck ride, we finally arrived at the base. We first went to the boy’s base where we were staying for the week. The boys were a little distant to us at first, but began to warm up to us as the day went on. We were able to see the buildings that had been destroyed by the earthquake, along with the buildings that they had finished and were in the midst of finishing. The girl’s orphanage had been there from the beginning of the organization, but the boy’s base only opened after the earthquake. So as you can imagine, the boy’s home was a little scattered and unorganized.
The boy’s needed so much, not only supplies but also love. They needed someone to show love and to show them that they are cared about. The girls had more of a routine going. Each day one of the older girls had one younger girl that they were to take care of and make sure that they had their baths, clean clothes, etc. With the boys, they had three ladies looking after them, two under the age of 22. That itself is hard living, to be a young lady taking care of 40 boys who are experiencing anger, brokenness, sorrow, sickness, and so much more.
The first night there, we handed out toothbrushes and toothpaste. Some of them had never even had a toothbrush, so we showed them how to put the toothpaste on the toothbrushes and brush their teeth. We also handed out soap, deodorant, lotion, and other hygiene supplies. When they would be given something, they would take their gifts, run to their rooms, hide their stuff under their mattresses, and come back for another. One night, we handed out glow in the dark bracelets and the little ones would put them in their pockets then ask for another. We would ask if they already had one and they would shake their heads “no” as their little pockets were being lit up by the glow from their bracelets. You could not help but laugh and just give them another and another. That was their belonging and they would take pride in it. As the week went on, we handed out clothes, shoes, and undergarments along with art supplies to do with them, games, and lots of candy.
When we first arrived at the base, we noticed that many of the boys had pink eye. One was so bad that he could barely open either of his eyes. Half of the boys had sores on their heads. Some were the size of golf balls. Two days after we were there, the pharmacy and doctor’s clinic on base opened. We were able to get eye drops and medicine for their sicknesses along with prayer and love. Within days, you could see a huge difference in all of their bodies and smiles. We found out that the sores on their heads were funguses from living in filth, so they all had to shave their heads. The older boys really showed their hearts with this. They came out and helped shave the boys and girls heads with a straight razor while showing much compassion. They were gentle and loving with them. Afterwards, they were pampered by “Mama Nancy” as she rubbed medication on their scalps, which turned their heads metallic green.
While our guys were out playing soccer and basketball with the boys, we had the chance to spend some time with the girls. We did art pieces with them where they would each paint something of their own. Most of the girls ended up wearing the glitter instead of using it for their art. One of the days Leslie and Annah painted their faces, which the girls loved. They would come up to us stick their cheeks to the camera and ask for “foto”. They were beautiful. When they smiled their faces truly lit up.
Our guys were able to help out in finishing out some of the building. Kevin took a suitcase full of tools for them to help complete a metal building that will soon be the school for the kids. The kids are currently having classes each day outside under a tarp and some under a tree. They worked hard each day; so hard that the tools would weaken from being used so much. Caleb came up with a great idea to get the boys involved with helping them. The base there had no garbage cans. When they finished with something they did not throw it away, they would just drop it right where they were.
So Caleb thought of getting a few large garbage bags, buying 100 coca-colas and telling the boys that when they finished filling up their garbage bags full of trash they would earn a coke. A coca-cola may not be a big deal to us, but to them it was like earning something big. They were proud of their cokes. Some did not even want to drink them while others would only drink half and fill the rest with water thinking it would last longer. This helped teach the boys how to throw trash away where it belongs. It is not that they choose to live like that, but they do not know any better. Some of those kids have never been taught any differently. They have never been taught to wash their hands after they use the restroom or to brush their teeth each day. This gave us a perfect opportunity to teach them on how to live in cleanliness every day.
By day three we could tell a huge difference in all of them. Each night we would sit around with them and sing worship songs before bed. We would sing some of their Haitian songs along with some of our songs. They would dance with us when we danced, and sit and worship when we worshipped. The older boys would even come out of their rooms and listen as we sang to the Lord. One of the nights Mrs. Nancy made a huge bucket of popcorn from corn kernels purchased at the market. Each boy sat down in a line patiently waiting on his portion to come. It was a great success because in prior times, while handing out gifts, we would be chaotically swamped by them as they would take the gifts, hoard them, and then come back for another. We were so grateful to have had Mrs. Nancy making popcorn in the roach infested kitchen with a headlamp along with Wes cooking for us each night. Who knew that you could have different flavors of rice each night: cinnamon, coffee, hot dogs. Wes was good with surprising us each night with the “secret addition” to our rice and spaghetti.
Every night, we would go to each room and pray over the boys individually. As we put our hands over their hearts, we could feel the peace of God come over them. They would each hop from bed to bed to get prayer over and over again. That to me was my favorite part- to really connect with their spirits, to comfort them with God’s love, and show them they were loved, not only by us but also by God their Father.
At night, the spirit of fear would come so thick in their home. Our guys would experience it when they walked down the halls. When we would pray for the boys, I could feel it in my face so I would pray louder. The spirit of fear will try to intimidate you to make you think it is bigger than it really is, when really it fears us and who we are in Christ. Deuteronomy 31:6 declares, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
We were given the privilege to speak at a few different churches. The first one was at a small storage house with about 40 Haitian people. Martha preached a fiery message that led us into prayer for each one. Sunday morning, we went to a church of about 150 people. They started off with powerful Haitian worship music and even sang a song in American language. The worship leader decided to call me on stage to sing with him with a microphone and you cannot tell them “no” in their own church. Then, he called Caleb up to sing also. That was such a joyous experience and memory.
Each one of us prepared a short message of something that God had placed on our hearts. It was truly amazing to see because each one of our messages really flowed with one another. I was so proud of each and every one of us because we were able to come together, share our hearts, and show our unity with one another. The people really received our messages with open hearts; they were all so famished for the word of God. Josiah was the last to share. God was able to use Him to tie all of our messages together and to share His love for them. We then had the opportunity to pray for the sick. Josiah prayed for a woman there whose vision was impaired. When he removed his hand from her eye, the milky cloud covering her eye disappeared, and when she realized the healing that had taken place, she began dancing.
We not only had the chance to pour into the kids and the people of the church, but as well to the women who worked at the orphanage. As I wrote earlier, some were young girls who were still teenagers themselves. They needed love and comfort just as much as the little kids did. Mrs. Nancy was able to sit with them and share on how to effectively communicate with one another and figure out exactly what everyone’s job is. Before then, some were not even sure what the other was supposed to be doing so the job would be left unfinished. They were able to come up with a schedule for everyday activities such as: who will make sure the boys get baths and brush their teeth, who will give them their medication, which will make sure they go to school, etc. We began seeing a huge difference in them as well. They were singing, smiling, and accomplishing all of their jobs.
The Lord was able to use all of us in many ways while being there. We each carried something different and were able to release what we had into them. John 13:35 says, “By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves]”. God’s love is the answer to everything. His perfect love casts out all fear, it conquers all, it sets people free, it heals the brokenhearted, and when there are not words that can be spoken, sometimes all we can do is love.
It is sometimes difficult to connect with someone when you do not even speak the same language, but when you show true love, the true compassion of God’s love, you will connect more than if you had spoken a single word in their native language. We went down there saying, “If all we do is just love, then that is what we will do.” We not only showed love, but we also received love. God really broke our hearts for them; they became our family.
We knew that God had many plans for us down there, and we are so thankful that He did more than that. It was a divine connection for God to have placed this organization on Leslie’s heart. He really opened doors for us within weeks of contacting the pastor of the orphanage. We knew that God had a purpose for us to be there. We had such grace with everything. We were given a generous amount of supplies, clothes, shoes, and donations to be able to really bless them.
The living arrangements of the orphanage- and all of Haiti- are not okay. Their everyday principle is just to survive. This takes away from the purpose that God has for them. They are so bound by hopelessness and weariness that they cannot see the destinies that God has for each one of them. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”
God has great plans for each boy and girl there and a purpose for that orphanage, but right now they are still living in defeat. There are needs in every area of that orphanage, but their main need is to experience the power of Christ’s blood, to receive the purification of Him, to receive the full victory of who He is, and to see themselves as He sees them- as true sons and daughters of God. Our plan is to go back and continue to build on the foundation that we started with them.
A week is not a long time, but we believe that we were able to sow a seed in each one that has never been sown in them before. We pray that those seeds will grow in them to the fullness of its potential. Our desire is to be able to teach and minister to them on how to be sons and daughters of God. We hope to, one day, take more with us, but before we do, we plan to go back down there in a couple months and get a few things started inside the base. Then, as things begin to progress, take a larger group with us.
On behalf of the WhiteDove Team, we would like to thank everyone who supported our mission trip in every way. God has truly blessed us with prayer warriors who covered us while we were there. We all came home in good health. Also, thank you to everyone who donated clothes, shoes, hygiene products, etc. Words cannot express the happiness that was in our hearts as we were able to hand every child there an item of clothing, along with shoes, undergarments, and lots of candy. And also, we would like to thank those who gave in donations. We were able to purchase a generator, which was a huge blessing for them. We were also able to buy medicine for their clinic, and leave a blessing with the organization. We thank God for your giving and pray that He will pour out His abundance as you have done for us!