Last summer, Bailey and Margaret Hunt conducted mission work in Haiti. Their mission group partnered with Mission of Hope. Founded in 1998, Mission of Hope dedicates its efforts to serving the Haitian people daily by meeting their basic physical and spiritual needs. The mission’s goal is to help the people of Haiti get to a point at which they can sustain Haitian-led ministries, schools, and medical clinics independently. After much deliberation, the Hunts decided to join the mission team from First Baptist in Senatobia, Miss. “We really struggled with whether or not to go,” Bailey said. “Our daughter would be turning one during the time we would be in Haiti, but God just really showed us that this is what we are supposed to do. So we packed up our bags and celebrated her birthday early,” stated Bailey. “I’m really glad we chose to go. It was a truly life changing experience for Margaret and myself.”
While in Haiti, the Hunts and their team worked in two villages, Labodrie and Bercy. The Hunts assisted with teaching vacation bible school, feeding children, and informing villagers about important life skills. They also painted a home.
“We led vacation bible school much like VBS here. The children sang praise songs, played games, and ate snacks,” stated Margaret. “We taught lessons about important life skills such as hygiene. We also talked about agriculture,” Margaret explained. “Our whole mission was to provide a support system to the people of Haiti and empowering their efforts to eventually be 100 percent Haitian led.” The bible school that the Hunts led had an enormous turnout. Each day, roughly 200 children between the ages of 3-10 participated.
Bailey (left) and Margaret Hunt (right)
The Hunts spent a lot of time in the villages they served. A village champion, a guide with extensive knowledge of the villages the mission group served, accompanied the Hunts. During their visits, the Hunts administered surveys to assess the villagers’ access to clean water, their education level, and household size.
“One of the things I took away from this trip was just how poor the country actually is. A lot of people live in small tarp homes, or if they are lucky, they live in a small concrete structure,” stated Bailey. “Many of them do not have access to clean water and other basic daily necessities, yet they are still happy.”
Attending a church service was one of the most memorable experiences Bailey had in Haiti. “The congregation was singing ‘How Great is Our God,’ and it really struck me. It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had,” Bailey reflected. “We learned so much from the wonderful people of Haiti,” Margaret added. “We went on the trip to help and teach others, but we took away such great lessons, too. We learned to be like the village champions, sharing our faith in our own communities, and then reexamined the importance of investing in the people in our lives.”
The Hunts' decision to take on the adventure of mission work in Haiti proved to be a truly life changing experience. Through their work with Mission of Hope and First Baptist Church of Senatobia, the Hunts positively affected the lives of the people they met in Haiti by helping them work toward establishing Haitian-led schools, ministries, and medical clinics.
The Hunts’ adventure continues. They plan to participate in future foreign missions. In addition, much like the village champions with whom they worked with in Haiti, the Hunts look forward to serving their home community.