|Rebecca Olek shares in the struggle of life in Haiti|
Regnum Christi consecrated woman Rebecca Olek
just completed an emotional and life-changing mission to Haiti. During her time in the struggling country, she wrote
five blog entries for Regnum Christ Live
sharing her experiences. The first is below, followed
by links to the remaining entries.
"Ladies and Gentleman we are now beginning our decent."I
put down my book and glance out the window -
and my glance is turned into a full out stare.
Houses that are comparable to boxes with aluminum roofs. Visible
damage left from the earthquake, dead grass and dust everywhere.
Welcome to Port au Prince.
We´re nearer to
the ground and now I can see that the sidewalks
are no more than organized piles of rocks. The airport
is nothing like I am use to... but I expected
that much, as I am on a mission trip to
Driving through the streets to reach the
hostel, Walls International Guest House, where my mission group is
staying. The fourteen of us crammed into the small van
wear Mission Youth t-shirts that distinguish us from the many
other mission groups we arrived with. As we drive, we
see women carrying unbelievable loads on their heads. Vendors. Rubble.
People gathered to sell bread, crafts, anything. They watch us
as we pass by - smile and wave - I
am so shocked by what I see around me, but
to them this is daily life.
is not what I expected, but then again, I´m not
sure what I did expect. There is a small pool,
a terrace, an open dining hall. There is also major
damage from the earthquake that forces you to watch your
step on all the walkways. But I have a bed
and I get a good night sleep.
up call is early the next day and we are
out the gate (literally) by 7:00. Now the mission begins.
Dirty diapers, toddlers all vying for your attention, boxes full
medical supplies to sort through... this is the children´s hospital
of the Missionaries of Charity, my new home for the
One face in this first full
day stands out in my mind: Fabiola is a 10
month old baby girl, all skin and bones, stomach bloated
from malnutrition, no muscle to support herself. This morning she
almost refused to eat, but my fellow missionary Katya spent
two hours coaxing the food down. I fed her in
the afternoon with less coaxing and then cuddled her for
the next hour. She gave me a beautiful smile as
I laid her down to sleep in her crib... and
then she surprised us all. She sat up for the
The cheers from the staff and
MC sisters there were emotional. They´ve been by her side
since she arrived a few months ago. This was their
victory, not mine. I was simply blest to share in
their joy. Really, I can only do so much while
I´m here, but if I can share and give a
little joy similar to this, than it will all be
Up close and personal