Mt. Pleasant pair answering the call to help in Haiti
Answering the call to help others, two young Mt. Pleasant-area residents are in the midst of a week-long trip to Haiti as part of a mission trip under the auspices of the Church of God denomination.
Those who went to Haiti to work with school children and adults in some of the villages are Maggie Adams, 20, and Kenny Sechrist, 16. They left May 17 for Borel, Haiti, the center point of the mission.
“There is a Church of God compound there, and that is where we will be staying,” Adams said of the mission. “We'll be handing out Bibles, bringing shoes and visiting schools while we are there.”
Neither of the two had been on a mission trip before.
Adams, daughter of Pastor Brad Adams of Mt. Pleasant Church of God, said her parents' experiences on similar trips is part of her inspiration for helping others afar.
“In January, I started to look up ACTS trips that were going on that I might be interested in taking,” Adams said of the group, Advancing Christ Through Service, or ACTS, which has arranged the trip. “The Haiti trip sounded like one that I would be interested in.”
Sechrist said he is looking forward to the trip and to the good he will be able to bring to the impoverished country.
“I'm excited about this,” Sechrist said. “I'll get to help people while also seeing what it is like in a Third-World country.”
The two have held fundraisers and also asked fellow parishioners, friends and family members for donations toward the trip.
“People have really been generous,” Adams said.
Adams and Sechrist were to meet with Ryan and Karla Myers of Manassas, Va., who are serving as the leaders for the mission. They are staying with Natasha Higgins, who is already stationed in Haiti.
“She has been there interning on the compound for about five months,” Adams said. “She is teaching the missionary children.”
Adams and Sechrist said they want to thank those who helped to make the mission trip possible with their support and donations.
Sechrist's mother, Michelle, said although she is sad while her son is gone for his mission, she understands and respects his calling.
“I have no reservations about his going,” Michelle Sechrist said. “This is what God is calling him to do. I'm going to miss him like crazy, but I know that they are going to be blessed.”
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.