Hey guys!

 

The Starfish surgery team has arrived at the mission. They spent the day getting prepared for surgery and doing a few minor cases. We are thankful for the care they will provide our community these next two weeks.

 

OFallon went out into the community and delivered groceries. They stopped at random houses that they felt led to share with. They had the opportunity to not only share with the families in their physical burdens, but also spiritually. They went on to visit the local jail and pray over/encourage those who are currently there.  Tomorrow, they will be heading to the Baie campus for a few days.

Vineyard arrived late last night and has already headed out to our Baie campus. They will be ministering in the community, with the children, and continuing to pour into families that they’ve known over the past few years.

We are excited about all of the different ministries that will be happening. Join us in praying that God would be glorified and made known in all that we are doing.

 

 

 

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My name is Ben Moorman and I am a teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am 28 years old with a wife and little girl. We attend True Life Christian Church in Mount Orab, Ohio.

Thus far, Haiti has been a complete culture shock. At some point, early on in our visit, someone said that Haiti is a “five senses experience,” and it truly is. There is nothing that I could compare it to from the United States. Although we are oceans apart, there is one thing that connects us. Hope. In the U.S., we hope for the American Dream. Most here, hope for another meal.

In our time here, we have had the opportunity to meet a local man. He is a 33 year old man with a wife and two children. The first day that we were here, we got to go to his house just minutes from the mission. His house was made of cinderblocks, rebarb, and makeshift cement. While there, he showed me about a 6 foot by 6 foot hole that was about 10 feet deep, that he had dug by hand. He told us that he needed about another $200 to turn this hole into his new bathroom because his current outhouse was full.

Another opportunity we’ve had here was to go on a grocery ministry. During the grocery ministry we took three interns and a translator from the mission into the local market here in St. Louis du Nord. Most shops at the market were four pieces of wood with a straw roof. With ten American dollars, we were able to purchase enough food to last a family of five for an entire month.

Our next outreach was visiting the major prison in Port de Paix. Each cell in this prison was filled with approximately 60-70 prisoners. It was extremely hot and extremely overpopulated. While there, we spent time with each cell reading the gospel and praying together. What struck me most was that in each cell, in these horrific conditions, there was a handful of prisoners that actively prayed with us but everyone stopped and at least listened.

In our short time here, Haiti has been completely life changing. We have seen things and been a part of things that we could never have imagined in the U.S. Yet, throughout all of these experiences, there is one thing that has remained consistent. Hope. In the U.S. we hope for the front porch and the white picket fence. In Haiti, they hope for a place to sleep and a roof over their head.

 

In the next few days, we will be hosting a dance for all of the mission residents and a soccer tournament for the kids in the community.

MISH

Hi Everybody! This is DJ Trousdale and I am going to share what’s been happening.

This past week, we had been working on our War Room seminar. The War Room seminar wrapped up on Tuesday evening. When we did this in America, at the end of the weekend we were given 3 options on where we were on our faith. The first option was “enlisting.” This option was meant that the person was starting to take a more serious approach on God. The second option was “Basic Training” which meant that they would take the next step (e.g. Baptism). The last option was “Deployment.” This option means that they will take God even more seriously. (e.g. Reading the Bible more, Praying more, possible beginnings in leadership.)

After this ceremony, we took our prayer group and prayed for them. But this wasn’t any regular prayer time, we washed their feet while we prayed for them. You might think that this would be a frightening experience for any normal American teenager but it actually wasn’t too bad. We ended the night by letting all of the teens in the seminar eat with us. This was a good final bonding time with all of the teens. Even if some teens were acting a little bit crazy.

 

As I write, it is now Wednesday night. This morning after Devo and Breakfast. Most of us traveled to see Sonlight Schools in Port-De-Paix. This is a school that is associated with friends of Terri, so we got to meet a lot of her friends that she had known for a very long time. This School goes from Preschool (Age 4) to 12th Grade. Also on the campus is a bible college. We all walked in and the first thought that popped into my mind was “Wow! This is a very nice auditorium” I kid you not, some of the people back in America would be jealous of this building. It was a big building with many chairs, a little stage and a very nice view of the ocean behind it all. It felt like you were hanging off the ocean. We left the building, had a Coke and headed back to the mission.

Now we had to prepare for our next big event. Block Party. Every year, we host a block party and this year was all about royalty. Jake Anderson and I were In charge of the video and I would say that it all went pretty well. Except for the fact our computer died during our last group, But Jake improvised and It ended up not being a big deal.  The groups consisted of games, crafts (decorating hats), decorating rice krispy treats, a lesson time, and a video time.  The kids seemed to really have a good time and enjoy it.

Well, That’s it! See you all later

MISH

After a long few days, but many rewarding experiences, we are exhausted, but know that God is doing mighty things through us. For the last two days. We have been leading our “War Room” Seminar with the older kids and the response has been great. We have created prayer groups, splitting up the older kids among each of our team members. It has been an enlightening experience in attempting to get the kids to understand that Prayer can be both public and private.

Yesterday, we lead a solitude walk in which we taught the kids the A.C.T.S of prayer. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. The kids received a “War Room Wall” based on the movie War Room. They were also given Post It notes and markers and wrote prayer request based on A.C.T.S on their prayer walls. We hope this will reach far beyond the confines of our one-week trip. This morning, we visited with the Gran Moun and the Myriam Center kids. While, some of the group was doing that, 4 of the boys were helping to pour concrete to build a house right outside the orphanage walls. We are thankful to be here and looking forward to what God is going to do through us for the next week.

Central Students

Here is an update from Central Christian Church Students for their first few days in Haiti:

In our few days in Haiti we’ve experienced a variety of situations, from an eight hour bus ride on a gravel road to singing American songs with the children at the orphanage as we admired their beautiful voices. Our team has already grown attached to Haiti on both an emotional and spiritual level.

Today we worked at the Gran Moun, and it was personally one of the most impactful experiences I have encountered. The joy in their smiles, the light in their eyes, and the love in their actions encouraged our team and showed us the true unity we have through the Father. As we worked there, I constantly remembered Romans 10:15 which says “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News. I usually cannot stand the sight of feet, let alone touching them; however, the feet of those I worked with today were beautiful. They opened my eyes to a new aspect of Good News to me. As I painted the toenails of elderly women, I recognized that I could learn from the experience. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as an act of humility in order to further the Gospel, and I humbled myself in the same way. Along with getting to be a servant, I began to understand the universal characteristic of the Good News. I couldn’t speak to the residents on my own, so there was not much verbal connection between us; however, we had a spiritual connection that only comes from the overwhelming power of the Father that we share. The morning at the Gran Moun taught everyone that we are united under one name and one faith while blessing us with an indescribable joy.

Another experience our team has had the opportunity to participate in is a teen ministry in the afternoons. About thirty students have come for the past two days to play games, sing songs, and learn about Jesus with our team. Through our study of 1 Timothy 4:12, we have witnessed open hearts and ears from students and from our team. The best part of this ministry for me has been the worship. One song that we sing describes the greatness of God and how we will pour out our praise to Him. In preparing, we translated this song into the Creole language, and another girl and I attempted to learn these words. As we sang with the kids, I closed my eyes and just listened. The languages and voices collided in the most overwhelming and beautiful way. This worship, so vulnerable and united, gave us all a glimpse of what Heaven will one day be like: all tongues and nations praising the Name above all names.

 

UIndy/FCC Day 2

Haiti has been incredible. We did grocery ministry yesterday, and went out into the community. This experience was so humbling, because so many of the families we gave to were in such need. One of the houses one of the groups went to had 18 people living within a 2 room, 1 bedroom house. They quickly welcomed us in, and shared their prayer requests. They graciously accepted the food and were just as grateful for our words of encouragement. All of the houses we visited and people we met will continue to be in our prayers.

We’ve gotten close with the kids in the orphanage and the elderly at the Gran Moun at the mission. Some of us met an elderly, blind man who has lived at the mission for 15 years. He was filled with joy as we visited, sang, and prayed with him.

We are so grateful for this opportunity to bring the love of God to the people at the mission and those in the community. We cannot wait to tell you all about this experience and many more stories. We love you all and will see you soon!

FCC:

FCC Canadia/UIndy

The first full day for the FCC group at the mission has been a success. The basketball camp was a huge hit among the girls that live at the mission. We had a grueling day of travel to get here and even though we were exhausted upon arrival Sunday, we started getting acquainted with the kids before dinner. After a tour of the mission, which includes medical, nutrition program, elder care, pre-school, and special need facility. We split into different groups from there. Brad, john sam, and Derek spent the morning building a door. Milky and Darby went to visit the mothers in the birthing Center. Mistie, a group of girls, and Boston took crayons and coloring sheets to a big group of community kids, who were thrilled to color-even some of the adults colored with us. Next, we sorted supplies and a large group spent time with the elders, playing dominos with the men and painting the women’s fingernails. After lunch, we had a little free time before we put in basketball camp. The girls were so excited to finally learn, they got a goal in December and have been itching to learn. It was so fun to watch those girls and our girls interact and bond. The Haitian girls really enjoyed getting to have the camp to themselves, without the boys hogging the balls. We got to play and interact with the other kids while the camp was going on. The kids are so loving and sweet and it is such a blessing to get to know them. After basketball, a few of the boys sat down with us and gave us a creole lesson. They were such enthusiastic and patient teachers. WE ended the day with a devotion that Chloe les challenging us to be the salt for someone.

 

Uindy went out into community and bought groceries this morning. They stopped at random houses to bless the families. One of homes they stopped at had 18 individuals living in two small rooms. They were able to bless them with a bag of groceries and pray over the family and household.