By Brian Koonce
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti –Daniel Miller was unsuccessful in his attempt to form a mission team to go to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, but he still felt God calling him to make the trip.
He recently returned from the mission trip where he worked with International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries working to coordinate disaster relief teams.
“I didn’t know exactly what I was going to be doing when I got there,” said Miller, who is a member of Concord Baptist Church, Jefferson City. “You’re limited somewhat when you just go as an individual, but there’s also a great deal of flexibility. I was able to do whatever they needed me to do, whenever they needed me to do it.”
Miller flew to the Dominican Republic before driving into Port-au-Prince. As one person, he was unable to rebuild houses like many disaster relief teams. Instead, he served alongside the IMB missionaries rebuilding and repairing the Haitian Baptist compound to prepare it to receive future teams. The compound’s wall was destroyed during the Jan. 12 earthquake and several buildings and other structures were severely damaged.
“It doesn’t seem to directly relate to disaster relief, but the better you can make the missionary compound, the easier it will be for them to do ministry outside the compound,” he said.
Mission teams from all over America are staying in the compound’s large tents throughout the summer.