Britney Daniel
Daniel giving love to Mission of Hope school girls. (Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

Britney Daniel surrounded by Haitian children. (Submitted photo)

Daniel getting the job done. (Submitted photo)

My first excursion into missions work started in 2011. I was a senior in college at the University of St. Thomas and was planning on going to Uganda. The trip fell through so I signed up for another one going to Haiti. Sadly in January 2011, only one year after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, there was a cholera outbreak and the university cancelled our trip. After that, I couldn't escape Haiti. It kept coming up everywhere I went -- on the radio, in church sermons and from completely random strangers. After graduation, I started working for an advertising firm in the Twin Cities and took a week off in August 2012 to finally make the trip to Haiti on my own. That one-week changed the rest of my life forever.

On what was supposed to be my last night in Haiti, Hurricane Isaac struck. My flight out was cancelled so I was stuck in country for an extra three days. Those three days allowed me to experience the devastation first hand. There were people wading through water above the waist. Tent homes of those whose original homes were destroyed in the earthquake were destroyed again. I saw children crying and adults losing all hope. I believe that God kept me in Haiti for the those three extra days for a purpose. He showed me so clearly that my work in Haiti was not done and that if I trusted Him, I was capable of doing long-term missions.

I returned from the trip completely changed. My world flipped upside down. I continued to work at the advertising agency until December 2013 before leaving to pursue a four-month internship in Haiti with Mission of Hope, which started January 2014.

One of the biggest things I've been trying to soak up lately is how incredibly perfect God's plans for our lives are. It's crazy to think He's got it all planned out, but He does. He has 20/20 vision for every single situation he allows us to go through and knows how each circumstance and decision will affect the big picture plans for the rest of our lives.

Whether it's a minor day-to-day decision or a life-changing one, God has a plan for the situations he puts us in. Some situations may seem completely crazy, incomprehensible, and even scary at times, but God is using every bit of those situations to grow us for the future that He already has completely mapped out for us. Granted, sometimes He opens multiple doors for us and lets us choose which path to take. In these cases, where neither option is right or wrong, I believe God give us the option and authority to make certain decisions on our own when He trusts us. When our intentions fall within the perimeters of God's will for our lives, He WILL meet us there. He'll work with what we give Him.

Everyday that I'm in Haiti, I'm faced with different situations. My job is to take week-long North American missions trips out into surrounding villages. Average days can consist of door to door evangelism, organizing games and bible stories for the children in the villages, visiting orphanages, planting trees, painting houses or building latrines. Needless to say, the job is exhausting. With everything that goes on each week, I have learned to find peace in the fact that God has every detail of the complete craziness mapped out.

Coming here has been the best decision I have ever made. God has stretched me far outside of my comfort zone and made me do things and love people that I didn't think I was capable of. Nothing I have done in the past has ever been as purposeful and intentional as God allows me to be in Haiti. I have no doubt that it was God's 20/20 vision that made every detail fall into place to lead me to where I am now and where I will go next.

Bismarck-native Britney Daniel is currently living in Haiti on a four-month internship with Mission of Hope. She returns in May.