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Local team to return to Haiti

The local non-profit charity called HaitiAll In has been working to help orphans in Haiti, and the group is now prepping for another trip this month.

The plan for the upcoming July 14th trip will take local missionaries and volunteers into the Z’Orange Village in Haiti, near Port Au Prince. This is the part of Haiti that was ravaged by earthquakes, leaving thousands of orphans without parents and medical care.

On this trip, about 14 people are traveling into the village. Of the 14, six are first-time volunteers traveling to Haiti. The group represents seven different churches from across the Lowcountry. The entire journey is set to stop on July 21st, when the missionaries return to Colleton Country through the Charleston International Airport.

“Our journey starts in the city as we navigate thru a myriad of traffic. Cars, buses and motor cycles all compete for a lane with no rules or common sense,” said Cal Griffin, organizer and creator of the charity. Griffin and his wife, Prissy, began the charity two years ago.

“It truly is a circus trying to get out of the city,” he said. “Finally, as we get out of the city traffic, we head to the mountains. The paved roads turn into dirt and rubble which was formally a goat path. The path is filled with holes and boulders, so the ride is quite bumpy.

After being tossed and turned couple of hours we finally make it to the Mission House where we are greeted by smiles and hugs from the local children. It makes the long ride all worth it!”

According to Griffin, the main purpose of the charity is teach Christianity. However, the group has also been working on all of its recent trips to build a medical clinic.

“We found that the people of the village have been exposed to a lot missionaries over the years. And most of them attend a Church,” he said. “What we realized was that they have the knowledge of Christ but they don’t know Christ, not on a personal level.

“We started asking these questions “do you go to church?” And most of them said “Yes”. But when we asked, “Do you understand what it means to go to Heaven?” Most of the folks responded with a no,” he said.

Because of that, Griffin says the purpose on this trip – and on other Colleton-based trips that already planned – is to make sure the villagers understand “that Jesus wants a personal relationship with all of us. And that he loves us so much that he died on the cross to save us from our sins,” he said.

Specifically, Griffin says the upcoming trip is going to bring a Vacation Bible School to the orphanage in the village. “The theme is Creation to Christ,” he said. “We will be going hut to hut spending time with the people and helping them understand the salvation journey. And What it really means to know Jesus. One day trip we have planned is to visit a remote Church on top of the mountain.

It is about a two and half hour hike up a rugged goat path. It is probably the hardest hike that I have ever completed.”

Once this trip is completed, the next trip is slated for December. Griffin says the group has enough for 15 to 20 people who want to attend. Anyone interested should contact him at cal@calgriffin.com or by calling him at 843-908-2101.

Additionally, the charity is asking for donations so that Bibles can be purchased for the December trip. Each Bible costs $4, he said. Anyone wanting to make a donation toward these purchases can also reach Griffin at the above information.

Heather Walters (1474 Posts)