Mrs. Debbie Taylor is my supervisor at my current workplace in Delaware. Upon getting to know each other I learned that she spent considerable time in Haiti as a Christian missionary in the 1990s. Intrigued by her story, I asked to interview her. And you will learn about her meaningful, special time there in this article.
Why did you want to be a missionary as a young person growing up?
My father was a minister, and we often had missionaries come to our church to speak; they would stay at our house. I loved hearing their stories. I wanted to do that, too: I wanted to go to another country and tell the children about Jesus. This continued through Bible college where we were introduced to many missionaries that were in the states for furlough. I was always drawn to them and the stories of their experiences. The book Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot also influenced my decision to be a missionary
Any advice you would give to aspiring missionaries?
My advice to any aspiring missionary would be to spend much time in prayer asking for God’s guidance. You can’t do the work without God’s help.
What's the greatest lesson you learned while serving in Haiti?
The greatest lesson I learned while serving in Haiti was that I could not do what I was called to do there without God’s help. I was very weak, but He was my strength.
How has your experience living and working in a Third World country changed you?
Living in a third world country causes you to realize the difference between “wants” and “needs”. I find that I can be much more satisfied without so much. I find that I’m more compassionate toward international people. I understand culture shock and cross-cultural adjustment. I feel that our years in Haiti have made me empathetic toward people from other countries that are coming to live in the United States.
Do you plan on traveling to Haiti again? Or to any other countries (for business or pleasure)?
We do want to return to Haiti, but haven’t made the trip back yet. Many of our students have come to the US for college, and they have come to visit us on weekends or holidays, so we have had an opportunity to spend time with our students. We do long to visit beautiful Haiti again.
Debbie managed to exhume some long-lost photos from her experience in Haiti. Has anyone ever had any similar experiences? What were they like? Please share your perspective below!