KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Do you truly know what it means to be thankful? A metro woman's trip to a devastated country could change your perspective.
The holiday meal has been served, and folks are taking advantage of Black Friday sales. However, an hour-and-a-half flight from Miami, Fla., took a Kansas City woman to a place where people have a much different concept of what to be thankful for.
The island nation of Haiti hasn't been on most people's minds all year. January will mark the three-year anniversary since a devastating earthquake struck.
During a recent missions trip, many locals waited in line for something as simple as a bag containing rice, pasta, cooking oil and toilet tissue.
"People were just crushing one another, just in line crushing one another trying to get to the door," said Diana Chaloux-LaCerte.
She was there with the Monadnock Bible Conference.
Aside from feeding 500 people, the group was there to help build a wall for an orphanage outside of Port-au Prince. The country was already struggling prior to the 2010 earthquake. Hundreds are still living in tent cities.
"You're driving through the streets and it's just devastation everywhere," Chaloux-LaCerte said. "Just mounds and piles of garbage. You know, we take for granted being able to walk down the street on a clean sidewalk."
Despite having so little, she says the people she met are very grateful for what they have left.
They're also very thankful for volunteers they know are there to help.
"It was a mixture of just sadness for that level of desperation, but also a feeling of good and happiness to be able to at least have something to give them," said Chaloux-LaCerte
Back at home in Kansas City, she's sharing the stories from Haiti as a way to get people to think about what's truly important in life.
"I want people to take a second and think like, 'Do we really need all these things, or can we give a little more of ourselves,' or just really having more of a spirit of being really grateful for what we do have," said Chaloux-LaCerte.
She and her husband sponsor dozens of kids in Haiti. They're also looking forward to their next mission, which is to feed 2,000 people in Haiti for Christmas. To find out how you can help, visit Love in Motion.
Note from Chaloux-LaCerte
Or you can send check to Monadnock Bible Conference, PO Box 70, Jaffrey, NH 03452. In the memo line you would put "Christmas Feeding Program". The goal is to feed 2,000 people who live in the tent cities for Christmas!
Love in Motion via Monadnock Bible Conference does ongoing feeding programs, building projects and child sponsorship programs. If you have questions about any of these please feel free to check out the website or write to me personally firstname.lastname@example.org!