This is the description of E-Team taken from our Free Will Baptist International Missions website:
"E-TEAM is a life-changing, short-term summer missions experience for students who have just completed grades 10, 11, or 12. The program provides a week of intensive training and two weeks of hands-on, cross-cultural experience where students learn from and serve with Free Will Baptist missionaries. The experience wraps up with a time of debriefing and closing ceremonies. Groups consist of seven to nine students led by an adult couple. "
This year was the first year for Haiti to be an E-Team destination. Our neighbor asked if I was nervous to have Summer go to Haiti. I have to admit, the feelings were a little different than they were sending her to France last year. However, I had an overwhelming sense of peace. I knew she was in good hands...those of her leaders, but more importantly I knew that she was in God's hands.
While they were there, her team ministered through music, mime, manual labor, and just showing love to the people they came in contact with. It was a different culture, language, and different food. They were surrounded by people who believe in voodoo. It had spotty internet service, so we didn't hear from them on some days. The most important thing is that E-Team inspires the students to love without reservation, even knowing that they may never see those people again. They saw people who live with far less than they do. Food is not in abundance as it is here. Those kids don't just go to the refrigerator or pantry between meals to get a snack. They didn't use any water unless it was from a bottle. They did laundry in a creek. They sat through 2 1/2 hour church services that are the norm; we get antsy after an hour. The people there have a longing to be fed spiritually. There are so many things that we take for granted, and we are so blessed. I hope that Summer came home with a new appreciation of how blessed we are, not just in things but in family and church family.
We want our kids to have a Christian view of the world. They need to see beyond themselves into a world that doesn't measure their happiness in how much stuff they have. I hope she has come home with a broader view of what is really important. She has met people that have impacted her life forever. She will never forget them, even if she never sees them again.
We are so thankful for those who donated to her account to make this trip possible, for those who gave of themselves to prepare the students for the trip during training week, for those who brought the messages during training week, for Hanna Mott making all of the preliminary preparations for the teams, for those who hosted them on the fields, and for the couples who gave up three weeks of their summer to lead the teams.
Is it worth the money? YES Did we miss her? YES Would we do it again? ABSOLUTELY