Gran Moun Christmas Party!

Our elderly home celebrated its Christmas party this past week.  After the difficulty of last year, it was a great time to enjoy each other, to have fun, to laugh, and to thank God.  The re

sidents were so excited, they started getting ready 3 hours early! They all came in their best dress or favorite outfits.  As they came up, we were able to get fun photos of them at the photo booth. One of the staff opened the party with a time of prayer and song, and then the party got started.  Several of the residents had volunteered to perform specials at the party. Meprilla sang a song and Leon did a dance (she’s got moves!).

After Leon’s dance performance, all of the residents and staff joined in and started dancing. It lasted for quite a while before slowing down.  Two of the orphanage kids dance groups showed up and did guest performances. One of the staffs’ 3 year old daughter sang a song for all of the residents.  The party lasted for a few hours before the staff and residents headed home with full stomachs and happy hearts.

Orphanage Christmas Party!

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Last Saturday, we were able to host our orphanage Christmas party! It was full of laughter, fun, soccer, and dancing.  To start the morning off, we had planned to have a 3vs3 basketball tournament; however, with the rain, we were forced to move it to indoor soccer. The kids made teams ranging between younger and older kids and a few of the team members. We had 8 teams participate. In the championship match, it ended tied at 3-3, so the kids decided to do penalty kicks. Majority of the other kids piled into the room and were loudly cheering for who they wanted or trying to distract the opposing team. After the first round of kicks, it was still tied so we had to go again. They take soccer matches quite seriously! In the end, the smaller team won and each received a new soccer ball as their “trophy”

After soccer, we went to set up the party and get ready. All of the kids got really dressed and came over to the common area.  One of the staff led us in a time of worship and prayer before we started the party.  The team had two photobooths set up so the kids could take Christmas pictures and silly pictures.  They loved using different props and being silly having their pictures taken.

 

Once the party, there were several games.  The first game was Santa Limbo.  We had a mix of kids from little to big who played.  Each participant had to put a balloon inside their shirt and try to go under the line without touching or falling.  We had several rounds before anyone got out.  In the final round, we had Dieunese and Olantos. Despite Olantos being double Dieunese, he gave it a good attempt before falling over. It was quite impressive how low the line got before they finished!

 

In between the games, the kids had various performances.  There were four dance groups who did specials that they had been practicing. We had two girls groups: Girl Dance and Boom Dance along with Speed dance (boys) and Boy Dance. The kids had different tricks thrown into their performances that the crowd loved! You could tell they had worked very hard and were proud to perform at the party for everyone. (they might have made special appearances at the elderly party too!)

The next game we played was a relay race. The kids formed several teams, which ultimately ended up being an older boy, older girl, younger boy, and younger girl teams. To make it more fair, we lined them up so they thought they were competing in those teams and then switched up the teams. Each person had to carry an ornament on a spoon, in their mouth.  They couldn’t use their hands and if the ornament fell, they had to return to start.  It was a close race until several groups dropped theirs.

For our final game, we played the saran wrap ball game. As one kid tried to roll a 6 on the dice, the person next to them was trying to quickly unravel the ball to get prizes that were inside.  It became quite competitive, some of the kids got candy, sunglasses, games, or little wireless speakers. A group of the younger boys ma

After the games and performances were finished, everyone ate until their stomachs were so full! There was lots of delicious food.  Typically, parties end with food; however, a massive dance party/competition broke out after the meal.  The kids, staff, team members all danced for at least another hour.  Everyone was having so much fun and enjoying themselves.

UIndy/WKU

 

We had a 3v3 soccer tournament for the boys yesterday, they had a blast. Brody and Aidan each played on one of the 4 teams, but couldn’t quite keep up with the Haitian talent and ended up 3rd and 4th.

Yesterday evening we had a Christmas party for the orphanage kids. It was tons of fun and the kids got all dressed up. We played games like Santa limbo, which got intense as one of the biggest kids (15 year old boy) was up against a 8year old girl at the end. They also played the Saran Wrap ball game so the kids who participated got prizes if they opened the ball up fast enough. After games, the kids put on a few special performances. The boys and girls both had dance groups. They are impressively good dancers. The little boys got up and did a special performance which made everyone laugh as we served the kids their meals. Once everyone finished eating, the dj turned the music up and we had a huge dance party. It lasted for quite awhile and everyone laughed, danced, sweated lots, and enjoyed themselves. We loved getting to be a part of such a fun day for them. At the party, we were able to present the soccer tournament winners with their prizes, each boy got a new soccer ball.

Today, we went to church. It is still raining pretty hard. Church was lively and we’re passionate. The pastor challenged everyone to become new creations and try to live as christ commanded. After church, we headed to the local jail. There were no people there to visit. Tonight, we hosted a talent show for the orphanage kids. It was fun seeing them get so into the performances. Our team even performed! The little boys dance group ultimately won the competition.

Please pray that the rain will at least slow down so we can get out into the community more over the next three days.

UIndy/WKU New Years trip

 

This week the UIndy team arrived to Haiti Wednesday morning around 2am. Since then the team has taken part in the grocery mission as well as meals on heels. We broke into two groups and went into the market to buy food. After buying food, we went to various parts of town to surprise families with a week’s worth of groceries. We got to share with them, pray over their households, and gift them with food. We are planning on doing more work outside the mission walls in St. Louis du Nord when the weather begins to cooperate more. (Pray that the rain slows down a bit!) Each day we have done morning and evening devotionals to prepare spiritually for the day as well as closing our evenings with more of God’s word. We have already been blessed with the opportunity to spend numerous hours with the orphanage children as well as the members of the Gran Moun. Each day, we hosted a time of Bible study with the kids, learning about leaving a legacy. We have a lot left to complete over this trip, but the team is doing great and excited for the coming days!

God Bless,

-UIndy Team

God’s Promise Day 2&3

Hey everyone! Today we had another great day at VBS and loving on the kids. We taught about how God promises us peace when we worry. It was very applicable to the kids and we had great discussions in small group. We are all working hard to memorize the Bible verses in Creole and the kids are memorizing in English. A lot of great friendly competition! After VBS, Lauren, Ashley, Joseph, Jennifer, and Lindy hung out at the orphanage. We played lots of Uno games, made friendship bracelets, painted nails, jumped rope, etc. We love spending time with those crazy kids.

Jael, Nicole, Jenna, and Juju went and helped with Meals on Heels today. They delivered food to 3 homes in the local town. They got to pray with each family and love on the children.

Victoria and Brittany (from another team) went to the jail to visit and take food to the prisoners, but there were none there. That’s a good thing so they were happy.

The girls participated in brothel ministry today. Girls from the local brothel come to the mission to make jewelry which they sell in hopes of making enough money to quit working at the brothel. Jael and Nicole lead a devotion about how God is always with us and therefore we do not have to be afraid. The girls enjoyed it!

Joseph also helped the One Life team build 2 benches for the mission. Yesterday they built bookshelves for the school and the teachers are so excited about it.

The wifi at the mission is not working properly so that is why we are not able to contact you very much, if at all.

We are loving our time in Haiti and appreciate your continued prayers! We are still healthy and 100% bug bite free!!

Praise Jesus!

-Team Viera

Team Viera & One Life

Hi Everyone! We arrived at the mission late Tuesday night after a long and bumpy bus ride. We hugged some of the sweet orphans that had waited up for us, pitched our tents, ate dinner and then headed to bed around midnight.

Today was our first day of ministry. Our team partnered with One Life team and held VBS camp for the orphans. It went really well as we taught about one of the promises of God— “God hears us when we pray!” The kids had a blast playing minute-to-win-it games and good discussion is small groups. We got to spend a lot of quality time with the kids today playing bubbles and learning the memory verse in Creole. Tomorrow we are doing VBS again and then having a BINGO tournament in the Gran Moun elderly home. Everyone is healthy and bug-bite free so far. We are thankful and appreciate the continued prayers!!

-Lauren (Team Viera)

BVC Weekend Ministry

Yesterday we had a lovely time hiking to a waterfall. We got to experience forging a river multiple times, getting our skirts wet, and walking through a rural Haitian village. The waterfall trip was truly an incredible time of seeing more of God’s creation and another amazing, beautiful experience in Haiti. Part of the group went to the market later. They bought cheese, bread, shakes (canned milkshakes called Bongou), and it was really neat to see another side of daily life in Haiti—shopping at the big market in the city. The afternoon was spent again at the Miriam Center, and smiles and laughter were shared with all. Evening was movie night with the kids at the Miriam Center and we watched the Lego Movie with them. Everyone was wild with excitement before it started, and it was so special to share in their joy. Today we experienced Haitian church, and it was really neat to see God’s presence in another nation and remind us that He is not simply an American God, but one whose children are across the whole world. The morning was very special. Afternoon was again spent hanging out with the Gran Moun, some of the translators and mission staff, and the Miriam Center. And napping. J We took two of the long term missionaries out to dinner at a Haitian restaurant, and some of us got to try goat for the first time. Corrina ate too many plantains—which were delicious, and we were happy to share our extras with some of the kids at the Miriam Center when we got back. Another incredible two days in Haiti!

BVC Day 3&4

Today, we went to the beach with kids who live in the Miriam Center at the Mission. They have various types of special needs, and we got to spend time with them doing something super fun! The beach was gorgeous, and we all rode there in the back of a truck with children in our laps- let’s say it was slow and bumpy! We also visited a man in the local jail and delivered meals to homes in the community. It was a truly incredible and blessed day! Thank you all for your prayers.

Yesterday we spent our morning with the Gran Moun. We sang and Michelle have a short Devo, We then asked them about their family through a craft and we made bracelets with them and lost horribly at Dominos. In the evening we hosted a party for the Miriam Center staff. We played some games and gave them a gift of beans and rice to say that we appreciate the selfless way they serve the kids day after day. During the party we played the most amazing game of musical chairs. Everyone loves dancing and there was uproarious laugher towards the end as the game became intense. The last game that we played with them was a balloon popping game. There was so much joy that all the staff members had. It was an amazing time of laugher and letting loose with the staff and everyone was blessed by it.

BVC day 2

Whew, Bear Valley Church team reporting in! Long, amazing, incredible and unforgettable day. Some highlights…the travel day, Monday, was long, especially the nine hour bus ride; but as trying as the experience was, it was such a neat time of seeing the countryside and the textures and the people and culture of Haiti. Everyone has been able to find their niche at the mission and spend time where they feel called: at the house of the gran moun (old people), the birthing center, the nutrition center and all the adorable little kids that spend their time around there, and the Miriam Center. My (Emily’s) highlight thus far has been seeing the joy on the kids’ faces…I have had two incredible experiences today, 1) singing to Jenny and seeing joy light up her face—and her being so happy that she began to shriek, and 2) giving a mango to Isaac and seeing literally the biggest smile in the world appear on his face as he danced around with happiness.

We were placed into three groups today visiting homes throughout the community with children with disabilities and getting to encourage the parents and share Matthew 11:28-30 with them.  One of our groups was blessed to be welcomed into a woman’s home to eat cake that she had prepared for them and have an amazing time having fellowship with a sister in Christ.

Other team highlights were:

A highlight of mine (Jaeda) is singing the baby shark song with an orphan at the Miriam center who would clap along and giggle the whole time.

A few of the gals on the team spent time in the birthing center and were near a young mom when she welcomed her first child.

An unexpected treat after home visits that went longer than scheduled was getting to ride motos (safely) through the “calm” streets of Haiti to return to the mission on time.

Bear Valley Day 1

Hello Family, Friends and whoever else that cares to hear about the Bear Valley Church Student Trip to Haiti,

We got all our bags, no issues with flights and made it safe and sound to the mission.

We arrived safely yesterday around 9:00pm at the North West Haiti Christian Mission after a close to 22 hour travel day filled with an adventurous 8 and half hour bus ride from Port au Prince to the mission. We were tired and ready for a place to lay our heads.

Everyone is healthy, hot, and enjoying the time so far.

Today we had the opportunity to join the Miriam Center in their summer morning routine filled with yoga/exercises, dance parties, soccer, stretching, and so much laughter. We also have been able to meet and spend time in the orphanage, talk to and play dominos with the Gran Moun (elderly group), and go into the community to hand out some meals.

Today was a great way to be introduced to the mission and all that it does inside and out. We are excited for what tomorrow holds in going up the mountain a bit and reaching out some families with children with disabilities. We will also be visiting the local jail to give a meal and pray for the people we meet with.

The weather has been hot, but not too terrible, currently it is raining quite a bit, but it feels great after the hot day. It has been cooler than normal, which we will take any day.

Caleb Neel still wishes for his opportunity to ride a donkey through the streets of St. Louis du Nord.

 

Signed

The TEAM