I’m married with 2 daughters, Alyssa 17 and Makayla 13 yrs. old. 3.5 years ago, Makayla was diagnosed with a rare incurable brain disease. Since her diagnoses, she has had 28 brain surgeries, which makes for a constantly busy schedule for me. Then, in August 2014, my husband was injured in a car accident after a semi-truck hit him head on at 60 mph. He suffered a severely broken spine and perforated 12 inches of his large intestine. Needless to say, my plate became much fuller as he was the sole provider for our family.
But then in January 2015, God spoke to me out of the blue. There are only a handful of times in my life when I’ve known for sure that God was speaking to me. This was one of them.
He said,” Alaina, I want you to take Alyssa and go to Haiti to love on my children.”
And of course I gave my most Christian like reply, which sounded something like this, “YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!”
Keep in mind, at this point we had drained just about everything we had in savings just to make ends meet for our own family. My husband, Dallas, had had a spinal fusion surgery with the placement of 10 screws and 2 rods as well as the 12 inches of his intestine removed. Makayla was becoming increasingly ill and would ultimately undergo 3 more brain surgeries in Jan., Feb. and Mar. of 2015.
But still, God said. “Just go. I’ll take care of the rest.”
And so He did. Just about that time, I was introduced to a lady through a mutual friend who had gone to Haiti through MOH and she began to tell me about her journey. She was the reason we chose MOH.
Over the next few months, we would fund raise and at the end, raise enough to cover the entire cost of our trip to Haiti. And then, the biggest leap of faith would take place….I’d leave Makayla and my husband behind for the first time since they required medical care, and Alyssa and I would fly to Haiti, a country we knew very little about, alone, in hopes of figuring out what God was so clearly telling me to do.
Our experience was amazing. MOH was amazing. Although the Strategic Village Time, the Kids Clubs and the Planting Trees were eye-opening experiences, I knew they weren’t what God was leading us there for. Early in the week we had met Sophia. She was our reason and I am still waiting to understand why. After meeting her family our journey became a bit clearer. While I know our trip to Haiti was specifically to lead us to Sophia, I’m still trying to figure out what that really means for both her and us.
Haiti changed our lives. Sophia has changed my life. And we are absolutely coming back to work with MOH and to see Sophia and her family again. I don’t know how we will pay for it. You can only fund-raise so many times for the same cause. But our story is more about being faithful than it is about any work we did while there. I know we are meant to come back to Haiti and because of that, God will provide a way for it to happen.