Gressier in Haiti, June 16 to June 22, 2012
Flights and a Great Night
June 17, 2012 at 06:48 AM
After a long day of flights and travel, we finally arrived in Haiti! We hopped on the bus and headed to Cote Plage for dinner, a quick meeting, and a great night to get some sleep before this week of ministry begins. It rained during the night, so we woke up to a cooler morning this morning. We are heading off to church at Mariani now--where we served last year-- and we are excited to worship the Lord with our brothers and sisters in Christ!
Our first morning / Church
June 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM
We woke up early this morning, grabbed some breakfast, hopped on the bus and headed to mariani to attend church. We made it there early and found that Sunday school was still in session. We then walked pass the temporary church building which is a USAID tent to the school and church building that are being built. Many of us who have worked on the building last year were blown away by the progress that had been done since we left. It is amazing and encouraging to see how it is coming along....we then walked back to the church at 8:05 and took the front seats that were reserved for us. We felt so welcomed by our brothers and sisters in Christ!
June 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
After our big lunch we went to Good Shepherd Orphanage that is just about 5 minutes walk away from our lodging location. For some of us that was our second time there. We felt in love with the kids there last year and could not wait to see them again and have the rest of our group meet them as well. We had a great time playing with them, love on them and being loved by them. It started raining a couple minutes after we got there but that didn't dampen our fun. Basketball, American football, coloring, swinging, running....we just had a tremendous time and did not want to leave.
Back to the bucket party
June 18, 2012 at 09:51 PM
We started today in a beautiful way! This week, we are having a moment set apart for us to spend with the Lord individually. The moment is called "quite time" and it starts at 6:30 up to 7, before breakfast. We love it! After breakfast we headed to our work site that is located in gressier, up the hill. The view of the landscape from the site is outstandingly gorgeous. We did not have any sun today. The whole day remained cool, light and breezy. The creation proclaims the glory of the Lord!
June 19, 2012 at 04:16 PM
We slept under a gray sky last night and woke up under a clear blue sky this morning. As a matter of fact, we knew that today was gonna be different. We got to our work site and found that the load that we dislocated had been replaced by another bigger one. Excitingly, we formed a line and started our fun bucket brigade. We barely had some breeze and shade but that would not hinder us to pass 700+ buckets of sand and 78+ cinder blocks.
June 20, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Today was our last day of ministry at a work site. It was bitter sweet to leave today. We know we will miss these people a lot and we know that our project isn't done and there is more work to do, but we have joy in knowing that what God had in store for Sister Mario is completed. Now, we are looking forward to a new thing tomorrow--a chance to see a little more of Haiti and a little bit of fun!
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Praying God's protection on all of you as you prepare to head home! I thank God for all of you and for your service to Him! Hugs!!!!!!
Just wanted all of you that you are still on our minds and in our prayers. We have been blessed to pray for you this week. You are getting closer to coming home now and I'm sure that you are thinking that time has disappeared in the blink of an eye. We pray that you will remain energized to continue to share God's love and that everyone will feel the working of the Holy Spirit as you wrap up your work there. We can't wait to hear all of your stories and hear of the ways that our very, big God has worked through you. Godspeed for the return trip! Please tell all the Haitian Pelicans that they are in our prayers for the summer and that they are loved!! Nash Family
Malea, Uncle Georgie and I are so proud of you and your group. Stay safe and have fun. We love you lots. Praying for all of you. Love Always Aunt Boogie
Grandma and Grandpa Benson
It's is great to hear what you are doing each day. We are keeping you all in our prayers, it's so awson what you are doing.God Bless each of you.
Laura and Becca
Missing you and are so very proud of you! Thanks for giving of yourselves! God's blessings to you all.
Great to see the picture of all of you.....you look hot, sweaty but happy! The joy of the Lord is in you! We continue to pray for health and safety as you serve Our Awesome God!!!!! Matt and Nico- first day of VBS! 1438 kids/volunteers! God was there....amazing to see all those young ones sing and praise God! Hot here today...93 so an afternoon of swimming was had! Olivia is now jumping off the diving board!!!!!! She is just so excited, she dives for rings, it is hard to pull her out! Aleia was an awesome helper at VBS....she has a way with little kids! I love you both and we continue to keep you and the team in our prayers! Love, Niki
HI Chris and Jessica! What a selfless thing to do!! So Proud of you both for giving your time to help others in need. God Bless you! Love Kathy and family
God's blessings on all of you as you serve HIM in a mighty way. You are in my prayers this week. Stay cool!!
We are so glad you made it and we will be praying for you and the team that went with you Have a great we and we will see you when you get back. God be with you
we are all praying for you and that you have a great time in the work that you set out to do Have a safe week amd God will be watching over you
Praise God on your arrival to Hatti! All of us here are praying for you as you serve God! Psalm 103:21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Matt and Nico - the girls are doing great! They wish you a very happy Father's Day! Also...Olivia is totally swimming underwater! :-) She can't WAIT to show you! We love you! Niki, Matt, Aleia, Olivia, Courtney and Connor
Karen, Emilee and Gabby Benson
We are so proud of you all for giving your precious time to help those in need in Haiti. You are in our prayers. Happy Father's Day! God Bless!
Praying for God's blessings on you all! Happy father's day to all you dad's. Peace...