Julianne Sabo is a young woman on a mission. This summer, that mission will take her to the Children of Israel Orphanage in Haiti.
During her three-month stay, the Lake Orion native, will do outreach ministries for the 28 children who live at the orphanage through a music-based Vacation Bible School.
“This will provide opportunities for kids to hear about Jesus, as well as brighten up their lives in a way they most likely have never experienced,” she said.
Sabo will volunteer alongside Adrianne Schmidt, a friend who is studying communications at Oakland University. Together they will bring music and prayer to the children at the orphanage and people in the surrounding villages.
“It will also be a perfect setting to be able to pray with their parents or other adults that are drawn to all of the loud commotion of singing and dancing we’ll be creating,” she said.
Sabo will depart in June and return in September, her fourth visit to Haiti. She went on a mission trip before the massive earthquake, and has returned twice since the natural disaster struck January 12, 2010.
“Since high school, I had wanted to go on a mission trip to Haiti. I remember listening to stories and seeing pictures of church members who had gone and just crying. After I went the first time in 2008, there was no turning back,” she said.
Sabo’s connection to the Haitian people, specifically the orphans, is something she describes as “God’s calling on my life.” Her kindness and compassion for the Haitian people is evident in her commitment to returning to the orphanage.
“Those children make me feel alive and have taught me much more than they could ever know,” she said.
This upcoming trip for Sabo has a dual purpose. A graduate of Oakland Community College, she is currently studying psychology at Rochester College, working toward a degree in counseling psychology. During her time in Haiti, Sabo has witnessed first-hand the lack of mental health care.
“Even now, it’s not top priority. But to me, many common physical ailments that people in Haiti deal with, such as high blood pressure, headaches, and digestive issues, can be prevented and alleviated through therapy,” she said.
Additionally, the suffering caused by extreme poverty, poor living conditions, chronic physical health problems, and destruction since the earthquake, has caused many people to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Without any mental health care, the Haitian people don’t know how to address their PTSD or that even such a condition exists.
Sabo wants to use her time during this trip to begin to understand the full impact of such mental health issues.
“This summer will provide a time of learning and completely immersing myself in the Haitian culture so that I can return in the future with therapy styles and methods that will work in tandem with the Gospel to help heal these people,” she said.
Sabo, an accomplished Christian musician, is selling her debut CD to raise money to fund her trip for just $12.
Aptly titled “Send Me,” Sabo’s album contains includes nine songs that emphasize Christian morals, compassion for others, and love for an almighty power. The melodious mix of her voice and acoustic guitar would appeal to both secular and non-secular music lovers, especially the feature song, “Flying.”
Individuals can email her at [email protected] to purchase a CD or to make a donation to support her trip.
For more information about “Send Me” visit http://www.reverbnation.com/juliannesabo.