#impactjunkie Michelle shares from her experience on this epic trip to Haiti.

The minute I heard the Impact Junkie team was heading to Haiti I was excited! I wanted to go immediately! Why?

First things first -- I’ll be honest -- I love to travel. I love going to new places and learning about different cultures. However, the reason I wanted to go on this trip was different. I knew immediately it would be life changing.

I joined Impact Junkie the minute I heard about it. I had been feeling a pull to do something for some time. I had this burning desire to figure out a way to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus. But, I honestly didn’t know where to start or what to do.

Life has a way of getting in the way of good intentions. I found myself working a lot of overtime and not having the time or energy to put into much else.  Good intentions are not enough you have to act.  Impact Junkie is a way for me right here where I am to make a difference around the world! And as an Impact Junkie I am eligible to join these amazing trips to see the benefit my small subscription makes.

I was so excited to go to Haiti! I wanted to see the water wells, meet the people, and see the IMPACT on these communities. I experienced all of that and so much more.

I loved seeing the water well at the new orphanage and envisioning the children that will benefit from this life giving well. We visited the next well at a church in Lyson. This well will not only impact the local church but also the surrounding community. The last water well was at a school and church in Ponte Sonde. This water well was being installed while we were there. The school children were allowed to watch the digging process. It was amazing to see the faces of those who will be directly impacted by this new water well.  The surrounding village will also be able to access clean water so the IMPACT will be great.

One of my most vivid memories is a visit to a local orphanage in Lilavois. We were not quite prepared for this visit.  When we pulled up to the orphanage we were immediately surrounded by children hugging, smiling and chatting excitedly, and pulling you with them. It is like a competition to get your attention. We were not prepared. There was one moment when I was surrounded by children and I felt someone pull my hair. Ouch!! I turned around to see a very young girl with a piece of my hair in her hand. She was attempting to put it into her hair. I had to work hard to keep it together. This precious little girl just wanted a piece of me. That was deeply impactful for me.  

I know I won’t we be able to attend every trip, see all the Impact Junkie projects in person, and meet all the people. But, I know that with my monthly subscription I am giving a little piece of myself to precious people around the world with these life changing projects. Together we can truly make a difference in the world. And you can go on a trip and see the IMPACT for yourself.

Because of this life changing experience I will be training this fall to volunteer and work with foster youth in my local community. Impact Junkie is truly the best name because once you start there isn’t any turning back. You are hooked!! I encourage you to become an Impact Junkie.