I wrote in my diary about going to third world countries to plant seeds and to teach people to grow their own crops for food. This was long before I knew I wanted to be a dietitian and long before my aunt and uncle founded Healing Haiti.
He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end. - Ecclesiastes 3:11
During my high school and college years, I forgot about the diary entry I had written.. forgotten about the plans God had placed on my heart. It was during these years that I was facing one of the lowest points in my life and was ready to give up. But God wasn't finished with me yet. He had bigger plans for me. I vividly remember the day when He spoke in the depths of my heart. I was sitting in a church service and tears began to fill my eyes as I realized how broken I was, yet a passion inside my heart told me that I must live so that others may also live. Six years later, and I am living and doing things I never thought imaginable. In 2011, I embarked on my first mission trip to Haiti and was broken WIDEOPEN. My whole world flipped upside down, and upon my return home from Haiti I came across the entry I had written about planting seeds in third world countries. I was in complete udder shock. Here I was a senior in college at The College of Saint Benedict, just about to complete my nutrition degree and applying for dietetic internships... and living out the plans God had placed on my heart years ago.
My passion for Haiti became ever stronger after this recollection, and I returned back for a three-week stay in the summer of 2011. During this time, I had the opportunity to work beside our Haitian doctor and to observe the sick kids in Haiti. God spoke on the depths of my heart again. I left Haiti that summer wanting to do more... wanting to use my gifts and talents for something greater. I knew that good nutrition and clean water could provide better immune systems and reduced medical complications for these kids… and I wanted to do something about it. In the fall of 2011, I was asked by Healing Haiti to look into nutrition supplements for the kids that were about to move into Grace Village, and this is when I had the opportunity, through the grace of God, to start my nutrition work in Haiti. In January of 2012, I traveled to Haiti to do nutrition assessments on all of the kids at Grace Village. I plotted all of the kids on the World Health Organization growth charts, and began the Medika Mamba program for those that were underweight for their age and height. Upon returning home, I continued to track the Mamba kids' heights and weights, continued to work with Print 4 Change on purchasing supplements, and determined which kids had reached a good weight for age and height to discontinue supplement use. It was during this time that I also completed my dietetic internship with The U of MN and The Emily Program and passed my boards to be a Registered Dietitian.
Traditionally, the next step would be to seek out job opportunities, however, God has called me to mission work. He has called me " to plant seeds and to grow crops" in Haiti, and on such perfect timing!! The aquaponic farm is in the process of being built, the feeding center is just getting on it's feet, and there is a great need for nutrition support amongst many of the kids we serve through Healing Haiti! There are so many wonderful opportunities to use my nutrition related skills and knowledge to serve those in need. Over the course of the next year, I am planning several long-term mission trips to Haiti to work at the Feeding Center at Grace Village, to provide nutrition education to the Haitian staff and children, as well as to continue to working on our Medika Mamba program to help reduce the rate of malnutrition in Haiti.
I have been so incredibly blessed with the gift of time, education, and support from friends and family to be able to serve a world in need with my nutrition related skills and knowledge. While this opportunity comes with great joy and excitement, there are financial burdens to support my mission and time spent in Haiti since I will not receive an income for my services. Any support you can give me through either prayer or financial contributions towards my mission will be greatly appreciated!! You can be assured that whatever blessing you provide for me, either financially, emotionally, or spiritually, will flow right through me to the people I will encounter in Haiti!
Thank you so much for your generous hearts! I am so incredibly blessed to be able to have this opportunity to live out the calling God has for me.
May we always seek to bring Him Glory! -Kristina DeMuth Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Advocate for Healing Haiti