Thursday, November 21, 2013
Today started earlier than the rest. The coffee provided enough energy to get moving but the real energy came when we got to tent church. It was defiantly inspirational and moving, most of us agreed if we started our days out like this everyday life would be so different!
After church we all went to Grace Village for a tour, which brought such a sense of hope to all of us. God is hear and he is moving mountains! The clinic is up and running, the houses are being built and the church is definitely underway, God is definitely working at Grace Village. To see the kids and the progress brings such a sense of hope after seeing so much devastation within Haiti. The kids were all in their school uniforms and seemed so happy.
After the tour at Grace Village we decided to "treat" the long term missionaries and bring them to Wahoo Bay to swim. When you think of Haiti you do not think about gorgeous beaches and crystal clear water, so it was nice to see another side of Haiti. Which also brings us back to the word hope, hope that the rest of Haiti will someday became as beautiful as Wahoo Bay.
Each day has brought a new and different experience and in every experience there is a new way for God to use us! We are his hands and feet, and it is such privilege to be used in this way.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Today our group did the water truck in Cite Soleil and we all had so many different emotions. Some of us were frustrated, confused, joyful, inspired, at peace, overjoyed with love... But without question the experience brought the group even closer together. We gave them water and they gave us something even more. We they gave us love. Today I was so surrounded with love. After the last water truck stop I had received so much love that it was filling me up to my brim. I was overflowing with love and felt so much that I couldn't contain it and I feel I have even more to give, thanks to the Haitians we met today. It is only the first day but we are all so excited to see what the rest of the week God has in store for us.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
We invite you on our journey that we want to share with you!
Friday, August 9, 2013
What an amazing team we have. To be on a mission trip with children on our team is something brand new for me, but even more so with my own daughter! Faith, Abby, Lily, Brooklyn and Danielle are sharing in something most kids their age will never experience. And to see the love pour out of them on to the least of these leaves us parents and adults beaming with smiles of joy. I can only imagine what this trip will do for their (and our) futures...
Today we got to tour Grace Village and visit with the orphans there after an attempt to visit the kids at Isaiah's orphanage. Unfortunately the kids were not around at Isaiah's, but God used our time to spend at Grace village and then enjoy a few hours at one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been to: Wahoo Beach. Interacting with vendors and other Haitians there was a joy in itself. We talked with some other missionaries there and were lifted up by one another. We were able to share in worship with the other Healing Haiti team tonight, thanks to the amazing talent of Jeff Gjerde and his guitar! And of course Fanfan always lifts everyone up in the Spirit whenever he is present. Outstanding!
Ending the night with some devotions, word of the day, and of course a good ole fashion interacting game of Mafia leaves us all filled with tears, joy and laughter. Sometimes I wonder how my heart can contain so much living water... and then I remember, IT CAN'T. But an "overflowing heart" beats anything the world has to offer! Love this team!
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Made by the awesomest people in the group!... Faith and Brooklyn
Today we woke up at about 5:15am and we got ready, we were all very tired. After we got ready, all of us got in the top-top and traveled to a big church about 10 minutes away. All of our hearts were touched by the singing and the people shaking our hands and dancing even though most of us didn't understand them. After church, we got back in the top-top and went back to our colorful house ;) For breakfast, we had oatmeal, Nutella, pancakes, peanut butter, pineapple juice, and fruit.
Next, all of us went in the top-top and had a "cray cray" drive to the water trucks. :) When everyone was going to the bathroom, this little 8 year old girl came up to Lily and hugged her. We danced and played with her until we had to go to our first water truck stop.
The first stop had the most kids and babies. All of us younger girls didn't know what to do. We also met some of the boys that play on the Haiti soccer team. Us girls had had our nails painted and everyone loved it.
The second stop was very different from the first. Out of all three of the stops that we made, the second one was the most devastating. It was in the poorest part of the poorest city in the world. All of the kids swarmed us, they were all just to get our attention. Some of us started playing ring-around-the-Rosie with the kids, they didn't know when to fall down so they just fell whenever they wanted to, it was still so much fun.
The third stop had the least amount of people (probably because it was a surprise stop). In this stop the kids were really happy and energetic, its surprised all of us younger girls that they could be so happy when they had so little.
In all the stops the kids were either trying to give us something of theirs or asking for for something.
In the second stop I had a boy ask me for my shoes, 10 minutes later a couple of boys came up to us and gave rings to me and Brooklyn.
Right when we got back we changed and jumped in the pool, we swam for at least 2 hours. After swimming we had taco night..... It was really good. We just got back from playing with the guard dogs and their puppy and now we are blogging. After this we are going to sing songs outside. Today was a good day overall and we are blessed to be here. :)
~ Faith and Brooklyn Orevwa! ( orevwa = goodbye)
Ke Bondye Beni' Ou
Sunday, March 17, 2013
After worship at Grace Village we made a quick stop back at the guest house to drop of Feed My Starving Children meals which we will distribute tomorrow morning before we leave for the airport. Then it was off for some serious shopping.
There is some amazing and beautiful artwork and jewelry in Haiti and you can get it at a great price as long as you have good barters with you to help you out! Much like America, the sales people can be a little pushy but polite. We stopped at three different stops, the first was by the Capitol of Port Au Prince and there was many tent stands where the Haitians were selling jewelry and souveniers. Our second stop was on our way up the mountain and it was so interesting to see how the shops were set up right on the side of steep areas of countryside. The third stop was at the top of the mountain where there were a combination of both tents and shops set up along the roadside.
The journey up the mountain was winding and adventurous but the view of the city was so picturesque it took our breath away. This country is so beautiful and so spiritual and it was all right there to see at the top of the that mountain! God is truly amazing with his creations and He blessed us with a view of one today!
We got home to the guest house and said our goodbyes to some of the staff that will not be at work tomorrow to bring us to the airport. This was very sad as the guys have been our guides all week and have spent their days keeping us safe, giving us Creole language and song lessons and Haitian culture education along with many, many laughs and a few practical jokes along the way. But we all agree it was not goodbye it was see you later.
As our week finishes we all shared some moving Godly moments from the week in our devotions and agreed that we will return another day to continue to see God's work here in Haiti through us and to us! Although this has been a life changing journey for us all we truly miss our families at home and are excited to come home and share our experience with all of our friends and family.
Good night and God Bless!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
In His name,
Carly, Bridget and Monica
Friday, March 15, 2013
All the glory to God!
PS - to the moms of the kids on our team - everyone is doing great! Everyone is happy and healthy but most of all, everyone is growing in their faith each and every day!
Serving and loving Him,
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Our day started out with yet another wonderful breakfast made by our Haitian sisters, along with some incredible Haitian coffee and freshly squeezed juice. We then proceeded to climb into our top-top transportation for our journey to Grace Village, which is located in Titanyen (up in the mountains) about 45 minutes from the guest house. Please don't worry, we have more fun on the way to our destinations by singing, laughing and taking in the sights, sounds and smells. When we arrived, we were so inspired by all the wonderful, amazing things that Healing Haiti has accomplished already and the future plans they are preparing for!
First of all, the accomplishments. Grace Village is equipped with a wonderful learning environment for the children, one of the largest playgrounds in Haiti, their own fish farm which incorporates hydration of their gardens, and much more. Then there are the future plans; those include a medical clinic which is in the process of being completed, an addition to the school which will provide for all the children in the community and accommodations for the elderly.
From Grace Village we stopped at some of the homes of the elders in the village. We provided them with food, water, songs and lots of prayer. The smiles and joy that God brought to them through our visit today was touching and inspirational. The hope that the elders maintain even through the roughest times is a lesson we will all take home with us!
We wrapped up the day by stopping at Jean Gary's school, where we spent time holding and hugging the children and providing them with much needed donations. Knowing that these children are getting an education and a meal during the day a blessing from God.
Our evenings always begin with a wonderful meal and then we spend time in devotion and prayer before turning in to rest for our next incredible day being God's hands and feet here in Haiti. We all agree that we are truly blessed to be a part of this incredible mission trip. God is working through us to help the Haitians but He is also working through the Haitians to help us realize God's Grace!!
Sue, Alison and Ryan
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Glory Be To God.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
We look forward to sharing our trip with you through our stories of connecting and sharing with our brothers and sisters in Haiti that God has already planned out ahead of time for us.
All Gory to God!
In Humble Service to Him,
Heather, Kalley, Bridget, Sierra, Sue, Monica, Carly, Alison, Ryan and Lisa