How many LiveBeyond mission weeks have you served on? The Kè Pou Timoun mission in January 2017 was my very first trip.
Share how you got involved with LiveBeyond. I got involved with LiveBeyond from STAR Physical Therapy. They offered anyone in the company the chance to go on this trip, and I put in an application.
What’s your favorite part of the mission week? My favorite part of the entire trip was on the last day. We were all playing basketball in the hot sun, and then we noticed two of the kids were “practicing baptizing” in the baptism bath. Little did we know, that turned into the kids showing us how the Haitians perform baptisms, a fake wedding, and then a full on church service with Doodline and Richard singing solos, and Richard preaching. Then Chi Chi had the quote of the entire trip. When asked what he would like to confess, he stated, “I am the pastor, I do not sin.” It was hilarious.
Share one of your most memorable experiences or encounters in Haiti. My most memorable experience was seeing how grateful and excited these children were when we got to give them their Christmas bags and gifts.
What keeps you coming back to Haiti with LiveBeyond? I will do everything in my power to continue coming back to Haiti and LiveBeyond every year!
Tell us how the people of Thomazeau have changed your life. To be completely honest, just the fact of how grateful they are for all they have. Seeing the children share their food with ones they know are more hungry than others was absolutely amazing.
How have you seen LiveBeyond expand our work and impact since you got involved with our work? I have indeed seen it. I cannot wait to see Johnny’s House and the Kè Pou Timoun school. But the way the Vanderpools are treated in the villages was amazing. They are doing things the right way.
Kyle Blevings is an Athletic Trainer with STAR Physical Therapy, at Giles County High School in Pulaski, Tennessee. He was born in Goldsboro, NC, but he was raised in southern Ohio in a little town called Wheelersburg. He graduated from Shawnee State University in 2013 and then moved to Tennessee for his job. He married to his wife on August 2, 2014, and on January 7, 2016, they had their first born son, Brent Owen (but they call him Bo).
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