By Trip Leader Sarah Markley

I can’t tell you the first time I met Amber Haines. I’m pretty sure it was because of (in)courage or around that same time that the two of us jumped on board writing for them. Since then, she has become one of my dearest friends.

Amber is a southern girl with a heart for Africa first and foremost. When I asked her to come to Haiti, it was a long shot. I knew that her soul was intertwined deeply around Ethiopia and a busy mom (four boys) has very little time for international trips. But I’d been praying for a woman with a pastoral heart to join us. I knew that we needed someone who would warrior on in prayer and gather us to Jesus. And when I knew I had a spot for her, I sent her a Voxer message.

I’d barely finished asking her and she immediately sent a message back. “Yes. YES!” She said.

So there we had it. A girl with a heart for Africa will be traveling with Help One Now to Haiti.

Amber writes, “In my heart, I’m a world-traveller, but the truth is that I have never wanted to go to Haiti, not in all my live-long days. It sounds like too much harsh for such a small place, and instead I’m drawn to Europe, Latin America and anywhere in Africa, my kind of history and spice. Maybe I’ve feared I couldn’t bear Haiti. I’m not sure.” But then she goes on to say that “this is me telling you that I’m going places I never thought I would go, and I hope I can tell about it in a way that honors you and them. I hope you will love Haiti with me. That is my only goal, that I/we would come to love her and maybe soften up the old, hard places. “ You can read the rest of her post here.

I’m beyond thrilled that Amber will be able to use her art and her words to help tell Haiti’s story.

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blogger-Amber-HainesAmber Haines has 4 sons, a guitar-playing husband,theRunaMuck, and rare friends. She loves the funky, the narrative, and the dirty South. She finds community among the broken and wants to know your story. Amber is curator with her husband Seth Haines of Mother Letters (published April, 2012). They are in the process of learning how to live in true community, to care for the orphan, and to love the broken body of Christ. Read her blog HERE, and tweet her a little HERE.