“I have a very distinctive laugh when I’m nervous . . .” – Aimee
“I’m a worrier, and I didn’t want to worry . . .” – Amber
Aimee and Amber’s mission trip to Haiti was the first time since 2009 that a group from their church so young had been to the North West Haiti Christian Mission. Amber was the youngest member on the fourteen to eighteen-year-old team, and Aimee was one of the many “middle children” ready to spread God’s word . . . well, sort of.
Aimee has a fear of flying, so the idea of airing it to Haiti was not one in which she relished. When I asked her what possessed her to go ahead and plan the trip, she told me that she’d prayed about it and realized the trip was God’s will in the end. Everything, including the funding and much-needed supplies fell into place, so she took that as a sign alongside her personal prayer time that this was meant to be and she’d learn something from it.
Although the group was all members of their church’s youth ministry, this was the first time they’d all hung out together for any extended period. While the girls where comfortable with the group of friends, it wasn’t until Aimee boarded the plane that they all bonded. Perfect timing considering they were on their way to minister together as a group to orphaned small children and teenagers. What sealed their bond and their fate as Haiti missionaries? Giggle snorts, of course!
A Laugh and a Prayer
I’m teasing Aimee a little bit here. I’m quite certain she wasn’t actually giggle snorting on the plane, but as they took their seats and prepared for take-off, as Aimee explains it, she began to laugh her very distinctive and nervous laugh. Everyone else broke into giggles alongside Aimee, and this not only comforted her, it also helped her remain calm throughout the flight.
The girls said the ice broke, the team bonded, and everyone started to get along. Of course, one team member mercilessly teased Aimee about the plane going down in flames, but she persevered and experienced her first take-off and air flight. Did she like it? I believe she mentioned on several occasions that she did not—nope—nada—huh-uh—no way!
The Worry Wort
Amber on the other hand wasn’t afraid of flying; she was just worried in general. I must admit I was surprised when she confessed to me that she was a worrier. To spend time with Amber you would never know this. She’s always staid, poised, and even a bit quiet at times, which translates into a subtle confidence within her aura when you’re near her.
Part of her goal during this mission trip was not to worry, and she sought the advice of a teammate whom she said she admired, because he never worries . . . ever. When she asked how it is he never frets, he explained to her that he prays and releases everything to the Lord. He just gives it up to heaven and lets it go. This helped Amber to release her own worry, and she’s continuing to work toward keeping her mind at ease so worry no longer eats away at her.
One thing that helped both the girls was once they landed in Haiti—and Aimee kissed the ground (I’m kidding, Aimee)—was that they were suddenly catapulted into “Haiti Time.” What’s Haiti time? Well, it’s time by which we should all abide, and that is there’s no schedule. Apparently, in Haiti, the general feel is relaxed and you should always be chilling. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
As I’m writing this, something just occurred to me, and it’s a nice place to end this post. Aimee mentioned she’s structured, scheduled, and she purposely didn’t take her watch on the trip. This helped her keep calm, because she wasn’t worried about time. Isn’t it interesting that God says there is a “time for everything,” and it was when these girls were the least worried about time that they were able to do the most of God’s work.
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