Surgery Day 2

Well, it’s 8:45 pm and I’ve just finished my dinner.  Surgeries went late, but were successful!  All told, 11 persons were helped by the surgical services today.  Dozens more were ministered to by those at the mission this week.  Tired has never felt so good!  I’m listening to improve guitar duets of hymns and other popular Christian melodies.  What a great way to end the day.  More to come tomorrow!  — Sarah Foust


As I head to bed, I am stopped by the ladies of the house for one last hug.  Our bond grows everyday and when they say they are hungry what is one to do but get them a bedtime snack.  The time not spent in recovery nursing those back to health post surgery is spent with my lady friends/ladies of the house.  Today we managed to head out into the streets and deliver meals on heels and again words cannot even begin to explain the emotions that ran through me.  To think that could be the only meal they have had today is a hard realization of how fortunate we are.  After we gave them a bowl of rice and beans we prayed with them and then headed back to the mission for our dinner.  Again, another day where the people of Haiti have shown me so much love!  I am forever grateful-Crystal Maring



Today I was able to experience many different things.  From sitting in on surgeries, to sterilizing instruments.  However, my favorite part of today would have to have been going over to the the preschool and dancing and hanging out with all of the children.  I am learning so much, and am so grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given and I can’t wait to share with you all when I return.  I am ending my night hanging out on the hammock with Gwen, Andrew, and Nathan enjoying the lovely music around us.  Madison

The really cool thing about being at a “mission” is that it is always in motion.  You can’t walk around hee without running into a ministry.  Whether it’s Meals on Heels (taking food to people who would normally come to mission to pick it up but were sick and could not make it), The pre-k party, surgery, special needs kids, orphaned kids, or school…..the mission grounds don’t stop moving.  Today was 9 hours in pre-op sticking people, praying, taking 97 blood pressures and 96 glucose checks, laughing, more laughing, drinking coffee, watching Dr Sarah be the scrub nurse, and other general and random jobs.  After two full days of surgeries I would say with assurance we have hit our groove……maybe one squeaky cog short of a well oiled machine.  I find myself falling deeper and deeper in love with the people of Haiti and when I think I’m full I find another place to stick a little more love.  The people are gracious, caring, loving, relational, and the children are some of the happiest children I have ever seen.  I think the reality of it that they don’t know there’s other stuff out there so they don’t mourn over what they don’t have.  They have what they have and nothing more and are perfectly content.

God bless and we’ll talk to you tomorrow,

Pastor Jim


This is my first mission trip of which I pray and hope for many more opportunities to come, this NWHCM in Haiti is like being at home away from home, there is so much love here between the staff, the volunteer teams and the residents. We mission to come to Haiti to take care of others and serve, but in reality, the mission serves us. It serves and fills our hearts with so much joy… ONLY this Joy comes from the perfect example of Christ’s love. In taking care of the locals that come for medical or the elderly or children that live within the mission walls,  Christ’s love is being shared inside and is spreading outside these walls and following us home. Thank you Jesus, Thank you NWHCM

Rosalinda Hemp

Surgery Team

The first day of surgeries is always chaotic and was today was no different.  The thing, though, is the speed at which chaos falls into structure and ordered.  By about 10:00 everyone had acclimated into their role and when there was down time you would just slide out of your area into another and help out there.

I started out in pre-op for most of the morning but when things slowed down I moved over cleaning up the OR’s to get ready for the next surgery.  When those two things were quiet I would slide over to watch one of the surgeries.  The surgeons are very welcoming and encourage people to come through and witness firsthand the amazing work all of us are making possible by being here this week.  Eventually I would end up back in pre-op to get more patients setup for the next surgery.

I think one of the coolest parts of being anywhere in the mission is that there are always translators to talk to and learn about their lives.  Many of them were children in the orphanage and when they reached 18 started to work for the mission (the mission’s schools teach English as well as Haitian Creole).  I spent most of the time talking to St Verty, who is the Haitian pastor at the mission church.  He talked about many of his concerns for the Haitian congregation to repel the power of voodoo and cultural influences that draw them away from the teachings of Jesus.  I also spent time with Vava, who was one of two translators assigned to pre-op.  Verva is able to tap into You Tube so I gave him some names of pastors to listen to and told why I preferred them over others.

Please continue to pray for the health of our team and that our eyes would be opened to everything around us and not always focused on the medical part of the mission.  Tommorrow is the preschool Christmas/New Year’s party which should be a hoot.


I’m not sure what I expected from my first day of surgeries here, on my first trip.  What I can tell you is there’s a lot to learn from those here!   I am very accustomed to animal surgeries, but the human side was absolutely fascinating!  I worked the day as a scrub nurse, meaning I was scrubbed into all the surgeries in my OR, assisting the doctors while they worked.  In my room, there were two hysterectomies and two TURPs.  I love using our imagination and problem-solving skills to achieve optimal results with the materials available to us.  What an amazing group of people to work with!  I’m honored to be serving alongside them to help the people of Haiti.  I’m looking forward to the rest of the week and getting to know more of the Haitian people!


I am in complete shock and awe on how amazing this experience has been so far.  I went in with no expectations and I have been blown away.  I have fallen in love with the Haitian people and their land.  Their beautiful smiles, hugs, kisses and voices have sealed the deal for many more missions in the near future.  I love watching Madison engage and explore new exciting things.  One of the many special moments that I was blessed with today was watching Madison in an operating room during a Thyroid removal standing upright (she did not pass out).  Then we fell in love with an 8 day old named David.  He loved staring in Madison’s eyes and their connection was undeniable.  Then I ended my night with an elderly man who had pulled out his foley which was right up my alley.  We connected and he was in and out of the clinic in 30 minutes.  We are blessed with an amazing team that is so caring and all have something different to offer.  This experience is more than I ever anticipated and MORE! Crystal Maring

As a non-medical person, this has been adventure!  Just getting here was 2 plane rides, a “tap-tap” ride, and a long 8 miles in the back of a big truck with the luggage.  The poverty here is beyond what I was expecting, yet the people are happy, friendly and appreciate what you do for them….Qualities we don’t always see in America.  God is GREAT!                 Deb Suhr

Start of 2019

2019 has been off to a big start. We hosted a youth lock-in on New Year’s Eve that followed the church service.

The first week of January, we welcomed the Cayuga team. They spent lots of time pouring into our mission church, into our pastor and his family. They hosted a community meal following church one Sunday.  During the week, there was a Christmas party for the elderly home.  Several of the residents performed dance and song specials at the party. There was a competitive game of hot potato and much dancing happened. Everyone had a big meal and received a small gift on their way home.

Later on, we hosted the orphanage Christmas party.  Each kid showed up dressed very nicely.  We played balloon stomp, which the kids really got into!  There was a pinata full of candy and treats for the kids.  Three of the dance groups performed at the party and we had a great time.

One day, we traveled as a team to La Baie.  It’s a small fishing community about 2 hours from the mission. We were able to visit homes, pray with individuals, and share some groceries with them.  We had purchased a few animals and were able to gift two families with a pair of goats, which will hopefully provide an income. We also purchased two donkeys to help with some of the manual jobs that needed to be done.

End of Summer

To close out our summer ministry, we had the Chester team along with some friends from Indy.  It was a busy 2 weeks, with lots of fun and laughter.


— beach day with the orphanage kids

–seminar for all of the school teachers

–worked on projects around campus

–basketball camp for the boys

–staff jeopardy, where all the departments competed against each other (&it got competitive!)

–hosted outreach events for the local youth group

–Spent lots of time loving our elderly residents and getting them up and moving

–went out into the community, bought groceries, and shared them with random households throughout the town (a surprise blessing!)

–helped prepare for some Haitian weddings


We had lots of fun, are completely exhausted, and thankful for our time here. The residents and staff have impacted our lives in many ways and we were grateful to partner with them.


IMG_2166The Journey/FCC team has jumped into ministry since arriving on campus! They arrived a few days later than expected but we are thankful for the ways they’ve been serving our community. The team has spent time:

—helping in the prenatal program and sharing a morning devotion with the expecting mothers

—delivering food to elderly residents in town who can’t walk to the mission to pick it up

—leading worship with our special needs and elderly home residents

—facilitating a youth soccer tournament for the local community

—traveling to a small church outside of town and sharing with them the good news. They taught the kids and adults scripture and gave them practical, daily reminder of the gospel story

—showed Soul Surfer to the youth in town one night

—visited with men in the local jail and shared a message of encouragement and hope

—traveled to the House of Hope to spend time with children struggling from malnutrition and their families.

Venture CC

This week, our campus has been blessed to have Venture CC serving alongside us. They are full of energy and joy. Their students spent lots of time pouring into our students here. They played sports together, danced, sang, did art, worshipped, and studied God’s word together.

They did Zumba to get our Miriam Center kids and elderly residents up and moving. Everyone had a blast and there were lots of laughs shared.


one day, they hiked out to the waterfall community. They spent time with the kids out there. At the end of their time, 2 students chose to be baptized. While there, 4 of our orphanage kids made decisions to be baptized as well. It was an exciting day and we’re thankful for the way they poured into our kids.

Men of Courage

Over the past 10 days, it’s been a blessing to have a group of men here pouring into our boys on campus. They spent their mornings doing bible studies with the boys of the Miriam Center. Teaching them about being godly men, of having faith, and of having courage. The boys loved their time with the team. After bible study, they had a fun activity: dance party, soccer games, or beach day. The team also helped to build, design, and fix many things around campus from wheelchairs to new, fun toys.


Not only did they bless our campus, they spent time visiting families in the community. Helping to bring encouragement to parents of children with special needs. Sharing the gospel with them. Fixing equipment that was broken at home. Holding the children and just loving those they encountered.

Not a Fan

The MISH team spent the week pouring into the older kids in our orphanage. They planned a week long seminar based on the book “Not a Fan”. Each day, they held sessions that challenged the students to look at whether they were merely a fan of Jesus or whether they were a follower of Jesus. The students were all given crosses, built to their height, that they had to carry around all week, as a physical reminder of Luke 9:23. In some of the sessions, the students were challenged to evaluate things that caused them to not be a true follower of Jesus.  In one of the sessions, they spent time one on one with Jesus as he told them all the ways they had put the world or things before their relationship with him. It was a very powerful and convicting moment for many of the students.  Join us in praying for the students and for what God wants to continue to do in them.

Second Church of Christ

it has been a busy week for 2nd church! We’ve helped to paint the Miriam Center, build tables in the birthing center, and visit with families in the community.


today, we got to give away animals to families in the community. 4 men received donkeys that can be used as a means to provide income for their family. 5 households received a pair of goats. Each family will give the first born goat back to the church so that ministry can continue. A group of ladies showed up for choir practice/ Bible study and were surprised with chickens for their households. It was great to see the joy on their faces!

This afternoon, we held a Valentine’s party for the elderly residents. They sang special songs, gave speeches, danced, ate lots, and had fun. It was great to experience that alongside them and their caretakers.

It’s been a busy week in St. Louis. Major surgeries, minor procedures, mobile clinics, ultrasounds, working with the Miriam Center, grocery ministry, sports with the kids, time at the school/preschool, projects getting completed (cabinets, shutters, benches, tables, leaks repaired). Check out the pictures below to get a glimpse…..