The team landed in Ft Lauderdale and was headed for Customs about an hour ago. Our students are currently fantasizing about the American fast food they will consume when we get to the terminal. In one student’s words, “I crave grease!”
Ashley Bonnin, a Third Year student at SMU and Psychology Major, had a unique experience in Haiti – and she was willing to share it with all of us! Here’s her testimony:
We always hear that everything happens for a reason, and Romans tells us that all of our experiences work for the good of those who love the Lord. One particular experience on this trip reminded me of how God uses tragedy to encourage others.
When I was 8 years old, I was in a train wreck that left my right foot amputated. I have had a prosthesis for 12 years and have always been able to run, play sports, and do pretty much anything I set my mind to. I never realized how blessed I was until I met the women of 3 Cords.
3 Cords is an organization at Mission of Hope where women who had limbs amputated as a result of the earthquake sew headbands and purses to make money for their families.
On Friday, I got to visit with these women an share my story with them. They had never seen an amputee victim run, so they asked me if I could demonstrate. As soon as I took off, they were gasping and taking pictures – they were so shocked that I was able to run without pain and that my leg has in no way hindered my quality of life. I didn’t know this until I came to Haiti, but amputees in this country are considered hopeless because Haiti didn’t have any prosthetic labs until after the earthquake last year.
Thanks to the doctors at MOH, these women and many of their children who lost limbs have hope to live a normal life.
I’m writing this story not to gain praise for being an encouragement to these victims, but to remind you of how God can turn even the most tragic circumstances into a blessing for those who have experienced the same thing. I had no idea that MOH had a prosthetics lab before I came – and it was almost 12 years to the day of my accident that I got to share the Lord’s work in my life with the 3 Cords women. I pray that they will continue to trust in His perfect plan and that the Lord will continue to use my story to bless others.
Please pray for the women and their ministry, and check out their stories at www.3cordshaiti.blogspot.com.