The Big Picture

One of my favorite websites to frequent is The Big Picture — a picture blog run through the Boston Globe. It is a fantastic site that tells stories through pictures.

Sometimes they chronicle a major world event like the Japan earthquake; other times it’s a lesson in history, like the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl.

Today, they feature some harrowing pictures from the earthquake that devastated Haiti. In fact, today marks the two-year anniversary of the catastrophic event that caused major damage across the poor, Caribbean nation.

Photo credit: United Nations Photo (Creative Commons)

Although the exact number is undetermined, the estimated death toll was over 220,000. Most believe that number to be much higher.

Along with the human life toll, the infrastructure damage was tragic. It was believed that even one-year after the quake over one million refugees lived in tent cities. Can you imagine? Right now I can’t.

Coincidently, in light of this anniversary, I am eager to share that Jen and I will be going to Haiti for a week early April. We were asked to host a high-school student trip with our church, working alongside of Compassion International.

We’re excited and nervous at the same time.
We’re ready for God to move in the hearts of these students.
We’re expectant for God to show us more of the big picture.  

As I receive more information, I’ll certainly share how you can pray for us, the students going on the trip, and the people we will be working with in Haiti.

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Have you ever traveled internationally? On missions?
Have you ever experienced an earthquake?

23 Comments

  • Jim F

    January 12, 2012

    Have have been blessed to travel internationally seven times and just yesterday began putting plans together for a trip in 2013. I love Missions Trips for many reasons and they have made a huge impact in my life.

    I did survive the Earthquake here in Virginia over this past summer :)

    Praying you all have a great trip and experience!

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    • Dustin

      January 13, 2012

      Thanks, Jim – any hint as to where 2013 will lead you? :)

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      • Jim F

        January 16, 2012

        Looking like I will be leading a group from our church to Costa Rica – it will be my second time there but this church has never taken a mission trip outside the states – it will be a new experience for them. I am pretty pumped already!

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  • bill (cycleguy)

    January 12, 2012

    Please keep us up to date dustin and even how we might be able to help.

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    • Dustin

      January 13, 2012

      certainly will. thanks, bill!

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  • John

    January 12, 2012

    Wow this is great Dustin. We’ll be praying for all of you.

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  • moe

    January 12, 2012

    That’s fantastic bro. So excited.

    I’ve been to Colombia once and Dominican Republic 3 times on missions. In fact, this year, I’ll be going back to the Dominican Republic. Our church heads an elderly home and supports an orphanage there. It’s hard work and fun too, until a 90 yr old lady tells you that she’ll never forget your name because she had a cat named “Mauricio”. Yeah… that.

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    • moe

      January 12, 2012

      Oh, by the way. Download the Big Picture iPad app. It’s gorgeous…

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      • Dustin

        January 13, 2012

        I saw that the other day… just may do it.

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    • Dustin

      January 13, 2012

      lol … then you come back and she said, “Oh, it’s Mauricio” (with a snare in a voice…) :)

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  • Jason Vana

    January 12, 2012

    Such an awesome opportunity! You and your students won’t come back the same. It’s amazing how much a mission trip to another country will change not only your students, but you as the leader. Every time I go on a trip, I come back different.

    I have been on numerous mission trips out of the country. My first one was to England, Poland and Czech in 2006, and I have been back every year since, sometimes twice a year. This year, I’m heading back to Czech in July, and then going to Romania in October. I’m so pumped!

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    • Dustin

      January 13, 2012

      very exciting Jason – thanks for the encouraging words!

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  • arny

    January 12, 2012

    Dustin…that is sooo awesome!

    Love it dude! Go and Spread the Gospel to all nations!

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  • Jon

    January 12, 2012

    Dude that’s so awesome to hear. There’s so much work still to be done over there. Will definitely be keeping you, Jen, and the students in my prayers.

    I’ve been to Guatemala…absolutely loved it. Got to help build a youth center and work with kids…such an awesome experience.

    It’s weird that my answer to that quake question would have been no until last fall when we got one over here. Crazy!

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    • Dustin

      January 13, 2012

      yeah quakes are not fun – grew up w/ them in california…

      the compassion child i’ve sponsored for like 10 yrs is from guatemala. maybe one day… :)

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  • jenn

    January 13, 2012

    What an awesome opportunity! I can’t wait to hear all about your trip.

    I’ve never been on a missions trip, but I wish I had been given the opportunity when I was younger. I would still love to go on one someday.

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  • rachelle

    January 13, 2012

    Such an amazing opportunity! I hear so many different responses from people who’ve gone to Haiti since the earthquake. I really look forward to reading about your mission trip!

    I’ve never been on a mission trip, but I look forward to when I have the opportunity!

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  • Keri

    January 13, 2012

    Wow, that’s awesome. I went on a short term missions trip in high school, but that was obviously forever ago. Mike and I would love to be a part of missions right now, but honestly, we don’t have anyone to be with the kids for more than a couple of days. I guess we could do it separately, but would much rather do something like that together. We certainly have dreams of being involved in long term missions later in life. There is a family in our church who began going on missions trips as a family when their kids were old enough. I love the idea of doing something like this as an entire family.

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  • JBussell

    January 14, 2012

    That’s awesome, Dustin!

    I have been Mali, West Africa twice. These are the only two times I have been out of the country, but both experiences were amazing!

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  • Cindy Holman

    January 16, 2012

    Yes – I went to Honduras when I was 17 as a part of a mission’s trip with many other churches from around the country – led by my youth pastor. It was life changing. Also relationship changing. The boyfriend that I thought “was the one” ended up not being the guy I thought he was. So I guess you could say my life changed in many different ways because of that trip. I know now that it was a part of God’s great plan for my life – but I was really devastated for years. Our whole team got really sick too – and sick upon our return to the US – it was quite an adventure!

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