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Hi. My name is Tracie Revis and I want to help people win. Over the past year, I have had this desire in my heart to take a mission trip and now the opportunity is here. I will be going to Haiti on Aug 4, 2013 for a week. I am asking for anyone ... More ...
Hi. My name is Tracie Revis and I want to help people win. Over the past year, I have had this desire in my heart to take a mission trip and now the opportunity is here. I will be going to Haiti on Aug 4, 2013 for a week. I am asking for anyone that would like to contribute as little as $10 or as much as you would like to help me achieve this trip. The expenses will go towards airline ticket, cost of the trip, vaccinations, and other items needed to prepare for this trip.

So the real question is, Why Haiti? In order to understand why Haiti, I feel that you must first understand a little bit about me. I grew up in a very transient lifestyle. By the time I graduated High School, I was on my 10th school. Needless to say, my family followed the wandering job trail and we lived a very frugal lifestyle. I have lived in and out of rest stops, cars, motel rooms, and various other places. In my heart I always wanted to stand out and to make a difference to help give kids a voice. I have been very blessed to have graduated with my degrees and worked in Indian Country all across the US. I have a heart for working in Indian Country and empowering people to stand up.

In 2005, I was diagnosed with Cancer and overcame many obstacles including denial of care, denial of treatment, provider prejudice, relapse, stem cell transplant, salvage chemo and many other crazy aspects. In 2007, I was determined that I was going to live and I was going to fight every day. I returned to law school and continued treatment with radiation. I can proudly claim that this victory was spiritual, mental, and physical. During my cancer, my mom was diagnosed with cancer and I felt like my family couldn't catch a break. I had to learn to submit to God's will and to open my heart to him. I had been angry and so determined that I was going to win that I forgot to look up and see the beauty around. I was always so serious and I was so busy worrying about tomorrow that I often missed the day that I had.

God blessed me even more when I was given the opportunity to submit my written testimony in a Senate hearing about the denial of access to care while going through treatment. I felt that God had given me the chance to see life for what it was and to help other navigate the system so that they could make it to the other side as well.

Upon graduating from law school, I continued to face several obstacles and trials but as God's word says, he is no respecter of persons and if he does it for one he will do it for all. I passed my bar exam and began working helping Indian Country in Oklahoma. During this transition, I found the church that I currently belong to in Tulsa. I had always grown up knowing God and I grew up in my ceremonial ways, but after the sickness I had different questions for God. It was at my church GUTS, that I took a class for women who have been through an abusive or rocky life and needed to get free of some things. I learned to forgive and to be free. It was here that I was able to forgive the people who have hurt me the most and to build something I may not have ever had. For the first time in my life, I had a real relationship with my mom. Unfortunately, it was only a year before she passed from the illness, but it was a year of a loving relationship I may have never had. It has been 1 year since my mom passed and I am at the point where I feel that so much has been done for me to get me to this point that I am ready to do for others.

I don't know exactly what God has in store for me but I know that I have a desire to help and Haiti is where I feel called to. There is a song that I hear during worship that one of the lines goes over and over in my heart when I see something. The line says "break my heart for what breaks yours". This line speaks to me.

Haiti is still struggling to rebuild after the 2010 earthquake. There is an outbreak of cholera. Many children have lost their parents and the orphanages are overrun. The cost of food has gone up and in some places its hard to find fresh drinking water. Having access to water or medicine is something that I feel we take for granted. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my amenities, but I don't want to be get so removed that I lose sight of what I came through because even though I am healed, there are still hurting people all over the world. So if the question is why Haiit, I say why not Haiti?!

I have never been out of the country and am excited to go. I don't know what God has in store but I am willing to find out. I am trying to raise money to off-set some of the costs. Due to my stem cell transplant, I had lost almost all vaccinations and had to have all of them redone (costly). Plus, there are other items that I have to buy in order to prepare for what I will be facing.

If you are able to help, I would appreciate your support. If you are unable to help, then please remember me in your prayers. Thank you and God Bless!
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