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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
Our team of 7 has contributed our various talents and passions to the trip thus far. Our travel days were long but we have settled into Haitian life well! Our first 3 days were spent in La Baie. We were able to go to the market and purchase groceries to take to La Baie, do “hut to hut” grocery ministry there, and a VBS. We also helped purchase paint to paint the mission church at La Baie. It was great to get to meet Pastor Phillip and elder Elit there and help partner with them to fix up the church after the recent flooding at La Baie.
We approached the grocery ministry with a very spirit-lead, evangelistic approach and really enjoyed getting to visit with our neighbors in La Baie, learn a little about their family, and share the love of Jesus with them. We distributed 12 bags of groceries to families, with a Creole Bible in each. The families were thankful for the groceries, but even more appreciative of the Bibles. We even saw one family using their Bible to do a devotion together the following morning!
The VBS went extremely well for our first one. We told the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, accompanied by a “lion mask” craft. The kids seemed to really enjoy our lion (Jeff) and making the masks and lion sounds for us! We also shared the Gospel and had a few questions asked at the end, where we were able to talk about Jesus dying on the cross to save us from our sins. We gave each child a personal bag of trail mix as they left. We know that these small gestures will only sustain them for a while, but we hope that the truth of God we shared with them will sustain them eternally.
Today, Jeff (our physical therapist on the team), was able to begin his work with the Gran Moun (nursing home). We did a Coke and dance party with them and then he was able to work individually to help the pain levels of some of the elderly folks.
Heather and Shelby (videographers) have been doing a great job documenting all of these special moments with our new Haitian friends. We are enjoying bringing our abilities together to make a difference in Haiti!
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.