Carrefour in Haiti, June 23 to June 29, 2012
June 23, 2012 at 09:11 PM
We arrived safely this afternoon and were met by the PPM staff to get us loaded onto the bus for our trip to the lodging location. We were able to drive slowly past the Presidential Palace and see the reminder of the earthquake damage 2 1/2 years ago. We settled into our rooms, had our first delicious Haitan meal and after an orientation meeting we were ready to get to bed and get some rest in preparation for our early church service tomorrow morning.
June 24, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Today we were able to worship with our Haitian brothers and sisters. We participated in worship by singing two songs and sharing a testimony. The people were glad to hear how God has been working in our lives, and we were excited to be a part of the worship service.
Work Day One!
June 25, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Today was our first work day at the job site. We hiked the hill to Mariani and spent the first hour in children's ministry while the workers readied things for us to do. We had two bucket lines today as we first passed concrete and later dirt that was being removed from the side of the building. An afternoon shower ended our day a little early, but the falling rain was a welcome refreshment in the afternoon heat.
June 26, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Today we passed buckets of cement to the second floor of the church building to begin building the church's balcony. Although we got a littly dirty, it was so great to see the progress of the building throughout the day. We enjoyed spending time with the children of Mariani as they taught us games and played soccer with us. Some of the girls played beauty salon and got their hair braided. We accomplished a lot, and we look forward to getting just as dirty tomorrow!
Carrying and Caring
June 27, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Today we spent the morning moving cinder blocks from the street to the construction site. We enjoyed a "block party" as we passed the heavy bricks up the line complete with songs and laughter. It was extremely heavy work, but we were able to accomplish a lot thorugh teamwork. Shortly after lunch it was time to gather our things and say good-bye to Mariani. We had prayer with Pastor Valcourt and then we headed down the hill for the last time, fulfilled in what we had accomplished.
Fun in the Sun
June 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Today we got to explore the beautiful country of Haiti. We started the day by driving up a mountain to lookout on the city of Port au Prince. What a beautiful view! After that, we ate a lunch of hamburgers and french fries at a Haitian restaurant and then headed to the beach. We spent time in the warm Caribbean ocean before we loaded the bus to head home. We are praying for a restful night tonight and safe travels tomorrow.
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Thank you Praying Pelican Ministries and all who so lovingly hosted our Redeemer team. The words from our team members is that your support was critical, timely and graciously given. You are a blessing. May God pour out His grace on you. Thank you. In our Jesus. Dave
I will praise God’s name with song and glorify Him with thanksgiving. Ps. 69:30 Reminds me of Casting Crowns “Lifesong” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaia32TsPq0
Well done good and faithful servants! Matt 5:21
"EVERYTHING is possible with God." Mark 10:23 This week you have lived this simple but powerful TRUTH! Even better your hard work and free-flowing LOVE has provided the children of Haiti a glimpse of what is possible with God's AMAZING grace. Sending you my love and prayers for safe travels home. Christian and I look forward to seeing each and every one of you!!!
I am looking at the pictures and praying for you. Jim, get your hands out of your pockets and get back to work. Which one is Indy? Char, quit talking so much and work. There is no paint on Maria's face. Who could make that happen for a generous donation to Praying Pelican Ministries? Josh did you get to use your creole words I taught you? Zanmi - friend? As I read, I am so proud, humbled and totally in love with the God who is working in you, through you and with you. I am asking that God would make this a foundational experience for each of you. My prayer is that you will look back on this event and say this is day the God broke my heart for my world and I will never be the same again. I love you all. We are praying you along. Your Redeemer Family. Godbya! Dave
We send prayers, love and blessings to you all! WONDERFUL to read of your amazing love and service there! "Christ has no hands but our hands to do his work today; He has no feet but our feet to lead men on their way; He has no tongue but our tongues to tell men how he died; He has no help but our help to bring them to his side." -Annie J. Flint (http://www.hymnary.org/person/Flint_AJ) [Lisa, I thought we discussed this: you can only bring back THREE, so stop bonding with all those "extra" kiddos!!!! Ha! Love you much!]
So hard to believe you have almost completed your service in Haiti... I know God has worked through you in awesome ways... and the people you have touched will remember your caring and loving spirit forever. We continue to lift you up in prayer... May your last days in Haiti be full of love and wonderful memories!
Tomorrow is your last work day. Keep your eyes on Jesus and the things above, and He will get you thru any discomfort or “storms” you may have as you press on towards the goal, as a living sacrifice. Matt 14:22-33, Phil. 3:14, Col 3:2, Rom 12:1-2
Grandma Marilyn Biggs
To Rachel and group: Keep safe! Work hard and spread God's love around to all you come in contact with -- and count your own blessings! You are God's representatives in a hard place, and God wants to love those people and kids through you!
Rod & Tavi Wolff
We look forward to and are thankful for the pictures and updates every day and are lifting you up in prayer continuosly! God's favor is upon you and He is guiding you in your work. Continue to rely on, look to Him more each day as you may be growing weary. We miss you bunches but could not be more moved with how God is using you!! Love and Hugs!!
One of my favorite quotes is “What you will someday be, you are now becoming”….each of you are servants of Christ, helping others in need, out of Love. Eph. 5:1-2 says “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” I know your aroma is also sweet…to God at least ;-)
Thank you so much for the pictures. You truly ARE the hands and feet of Jesus... MUSCLES, too! I pray for your strength and your health as you work through the week. Sending love and hugs... Keep the photos coming. Miss you!!!
Lifting you all up to the strong arms of God in prayer! Love you all! “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ? Mother Teresa
You are continually in our prayers! This week be Bold, Be Brave (even if for 15 seconds) & lean on God as you serve and share. Jesus said “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” (Mark 10:45).
Praying for all of you every day! Have an amazing trip filled with good works and fellowship. Be the hands and feet of Christ in all you do this week and come back to us safely!
So good to hear from you all. Hannah, Adam, and Shannon - your fellow staff members said a prayer for you this morning at Lutherhaven!
So wonderful to see your bright smiling faces! What an amazing gift you will be giving the people of Haiti... and what an AWESOME gift you will be receiving in return. Sending LOVE and HUGS from home... Christan and I are praying for each and every one of you! xoxo
So many hands and feet of Jesus. Make Him proud! Love you. :0)
Thank you Redeemer for allowing Melia to come along. She will be blessed by each of you! La Grande, Oregon has loads of prayers going up for you!