Hello! My name is Taylor Rotan and I am 15 years old. Currently, I am a sophomore at Buchanan. I’ve been wanting to go on a missions trip for about five years. I wanted to show people God’s love. So, I asked and asked my parents if I can go and they kept saying “Aww Tay you have such a good heart!” and they didn’t give me an answer if I can go or not. This summer (2017), I sat them down to talk with them and had a piece of paper in my hand. The paper had a list: places of where some missions trips will take place, their costs, and their dates. I said, “Which one works for our schedule?” It happened and I was off to Haiti!
A part in Haiti that I saw God in took place inside the girl’s bedroom in the orphanage in Pignon (the small town we stayed in). They were playing with the presents they got from their sponsors. I heard music playing and wanted to liven up the room because they can play with their presents anytime. So, I grabbed a couple girls by their hand and starting dancing with them! I couldn’t understand the music that was playing because it was in Creole so I started singing “Watch Me Whip!” I found myself teaching them how to whip and nae nae and they loved it. After we did it for a while, they taught me some of their dance moves. I thought I’d them how to dab. I started dabbing and they squealed “DAB!” and they all started doing it! It was so awesome that they new what it was, it made me feel a connection with them because they don’t even speak English. At that moment, I realized it was just a bunch of girls hanging out and having fun, without even speaking! After that, we all were whipping, nae naeing, and dabbing, having a blast! After that we were sweating and needed a break of dancing. We were all hanging out and a boy came in the room with a bag of sour gummy worms (He got them with his presents). He gave them out to the other kids in the bedroom so they could have one. That blew me away, God used someone that didn’t have a lot and taught me how to share (something I struggled with). Proverbs 22:9 states, “He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.” This reminded me of something I learned in a church service recently: the gospel isn’t a way to get people to Heaven it is a way to get people to God! The orphans now have a home waiting for them with God in Heaven!! This was an amazing trip that taught me so many things about myself and others and I can’t wait to go back and love on the people of Haiti!