My name is Morgan Himango, and I am a junior at Texas A&M University (whoop!) and am from Lubbock, Texas. I am going to school to get a degree in Allied Health with hopes to be a Physical Therapist down the road. I have always considered myself a Christian, but my faith and relationship with the Lord changed drastically because of my time in Haiti. I do not think I will ever be able to fully explain how life-changing my experiences with LiveBeyond have been, but I am going to give it a shot.
I found out about LiveBeyond in January 2015 and went on my first medical mission that August of that year. When I say that I was completely unprepared for what I was going to see I am absolutely not exaggerating. When I thought about countries such as Haiti, I thought that the pictures you see of how oppressed the people are were just taken of the worst areas of the nation. Wow, were my eyes opened. The fact that hours before arrival I was staying in a house that would be considered a slice of heaven to those people, and not thinking anything was special broke my heart.
Before leaving for my first mission trip with LiveBeyond, I remember praying a prayer asking God to open my eyes to see people the way He sees them, to love like He loves, and to break my heart for what breaks His. Boy, did he answer my prayer. There were countless times during the trip where I felt my heartbreaking for His people; however, I have never felt more heartbroken than I did when I met Sheila.
I remember stepping into the room with her and her half-shut eyes meeting mine, and I am pretty sure everybody in the room could hear my heartbreaking for her, His beloved 52-pound daughter. I got the privilege to sit down with her that day and feed her (as well as let her listen to what I assume is her favorite Christian song jams, considering how she reacted when she listened to them). When I look back and think about when I looked into her eyes and got to tell her how much she was loved by our Father, I know now that I was looking into the eyes of Jesus.
Sheila changed my life that day, and she did not say a single word. Because of her I will never look at life the same, and I will not let myself be content with the fact that I live two hours away from extreme and all-consuming oppression. I promised myself the moment my plane took off headed back to the US that I would be back to see her. She passed away before I got the chance to see her again, but what joy I feel knowing that she is no longer suffering and can sing and dance to those same worship songs we listened to those days.
I got the opportunity to go back this past summer on a Kè Pou Timoun mission week, and I was absolutely amazed at the progress that has been made in Thomazeau, Haiti! Instead of hearing the beating of the voodoo drums at night we could hear the KPT children singing songs that we sang during the day, Johnny Kid’s had made more improvements than I could count, and children that were merely skin and bones had been fed by the Holy Spirit and made improvements that could only be considered the works of the Lord being done.
I know the Lord is not done with the people of Thomazeau, and I encourage everybody to be a part of this change for good. I am anxiously awaiting the day that I hear that a girl like Tibeline is leading the country of Haiti, or that Kenlove has become a preacher and is spreading the love of Jesus. God has amazing plans for his children and for that He is so good! While there is still progress to be made in Thomazeau, I thank the Lord for the works that have been done so far! We serve a loving, fearful, and all-powerful God and He is SO good!
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