Port-au-Prince in Haiti , June 30 to July 06, 2012
We Made It!
June 30, 2012 at 09:25 PM
We have safely arrived in Haiti! We arrived to the hot sun, beautiful mountains, and wonderful people. We grabbed out bags, exited customs, and met our staff from PPM. We then took a short drive to our lodging facility where we got settled in before taking a walk in the community. We finished the night with an amazing meal of rice and beans, chicken, and fruit before having our orientation meeting. We are now tucked into bed awaiting our first full day of ministry tomorrow. We will be attending a Haiti church service and then visiting Life is Hope orphanage for the first time. Thank you all for praying! We are so excited for this week!
July 1, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Today we woke up to our first morning in Haiti. We still can't believe we are actually here! We had breakfast and then hopped in the bus. We traveled to a community called Susematla for church. It was amazing worshiping with the Haitian people! A couple of us gave our testimony, many of us participated in special music, and Rich gave the message. The heart that the Haitian people have for the Lord of the universe is amazing. It was so prevalent in their worship. The picture attached is of us, the other group here from Pennsylvania, and some of the church members.
Concrete and Kids!
July 2, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Today was yet another beautiful day in Haiti. We woke up, grabbed some breakfast, and hopped on the bus to head to the worksite for the first time. This week, we have the opportunity to not just love on the kids at Life is Hope orphanage, but also help them build their dream home. The part of the project that we are able to assist in is pouring the columns for the wall. We arrived at the worksite and jumped right into the project. Bucket after bucket was passed as we watched the columns form. We poured 8 columns today and have another 10 to go tomorrow. It was great working as a team, along with the Haitian men, to accomplish our goal.
July 2, 2012 at 09:09 PM
The kids can't get enough of the games we play with them!
Return the Wall and Orphanage
July 3, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Today was almost a mirror image of yesterday at the worksite. However, both teams work extremely well together in unison, completing more work than the previous day! Our team members jumped into work upon arrival setting up bucket lines, mixing cement and moving rock. The teams worked so well together that there was extra time before lunch to do a youth outreach in the community. After lunch the team continued it's outreach. The team then headed back to the Life is Hope Orphanage for a third day. The team spent a lot of time loving on the kids with many activities, including arts and crafts, games and a lesson on creation using the "Creation Wheel." Today was an especially hard day for many of our team leaving the orphanage after making so many relationships.
An amazing day!
July 4, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Today was yet another amazing day in Haiti. While the United States was celebrating their Independence, we were proclaiming the freedom we have in Christ to the children of Haiti. We started off the day by heading back to the new orphanage property for the last time. There will soon be a church starting on the property, so many of us took part in a door to door ministry telling people about the church. We also continued work on the foundation of the wall, and loved on the neighborhood kids.
Wrapping it up.
July 5, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Today was our last full day in Haiti. We woke up looking forward to another great day. We started off the day by enjoying the mountains of Haiti as well as doing some souvenir shopping. We traveled into the green mountains up a winding road to an overlook of the city of Port-Au-Prince. It was an amazing site to see the city below. We then continued our way up the mountain to a self help mission that included a restaurant. We had our lunch there before heading back down to the lodging facility.
Feeding the kids!
July 5, 2012 at 09:38 PM
We were blessed to provide a meal for the children. They waited so patiently!
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My heart breaks for u as u have had to say goodbye to those precious little ones. I know they have changed ur lives as u have theirs. Just seeing u with them brought tears to my eyes. I know that even tho u are physically gone from their mist, ur impact will last a life time. God will continue to grow the seeds u have planted in each heart. And oh my, to see those precious little dresses on those little angels!!! Wow...how awesome is that!!!! Praying that each of u gets a good nites rest and a safe flight into the states. Taylor, I know what a heart for missions that u have and how tender ur heart is toward children. My prayer is that God can continue to use u as an instrument in His kingdom & reveals plans He has for u in the future. We love u and are so ready for u to come home!!!!!!
My heart goes out for ya'll having to say good bye. I hope you take what you have learned from them with you always. The dresses looked so good on the little ones. May God give you rest tonight for your travels home and may he give you safe travels. I can't wait to hear all about this awesome opportunity from each of you. I love you all. David, I love you BIG!!!!!!!
Hello everyone. You have all been in my thoughts and prayers this week. I have imagined the faces of the children as you have allowed God to use you to show His love. Thank you to each of you for going in the name of Jesus.............what an awesome blessing! I continue to ask for God to poor out His blessings on you today and as you travel home.
The news that we are receiving about your mission there is very encouraging to us here at home. It must seem wonderful to be in a position to do service there. I am proud to pray for our team as they strive to do the will of the Lord Jesus Christ when He told Peter..."Feed My sheep." You are feeding His sheep. May God continue to bless each and everyone of you.
In my quiet time this morning, I prayed for each of you knowing that today will be the last day of this awesome journey. I pray that the goodbyes will be sweet and that lasting friendships have been made. I pray that the message you have delivered this week will stay with the Haitian people and that the lives you have touched there will be forever more changed. I pray that each of your lives have changed as well. Our God is so good and able. I shutter at what he can do when people like you have been his eyes, hands and feet this week. Have a safe trip home to us. I love you David!!!!!!!!!!
Prayed for u today as u spend ur last afternoon with the precious children at the orphanage. I know that each last will b very emotional for u. Can't wait to hear about ur 4th celebration. Sounds like it was beyond amazing. Enjoy ur time in the mountains!!! Love u all!!!
Rubie and Andy Johns
We are enjoying the journal entries and pictures from Haiti. It is so obvious from each of your God smiles that you are having a wonderful time sharing your loving hearts with the Haitians. We are so proud of you for committing yourself to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We love you all and will continue to pray for you.
WOW! I have been so amazed at just how God works. Our world is so much smaller than we can even imagine. We here at home feel a part of all that you are doing through the blog, pictures, calendar Rich provided for us and prayers. Thank you so much for being the FEET and HANDS of God this week.....for your boldness and softness when sharing and working with the Haitians.....my heart swells just thinking about those sweet lifes/faces that you are touching this week for eternity. John 13:35
Rhonda, Keith, & Tyler
Happy 4th to all of our special friends in Haiti!! So happy that as we celebrate our Independence here in the US, u are blessed to b able to spread Gods word and His freedom thru salvation to the precious people of Haiti!! We miss u all terribly but continue to pray for Gods strength for each & every one of you!!! Continue loving on those sweet babies, Tay!!!!
Today as we, here at home, celebrate out independance and freedom, I can't help but be so thankful for God's mercy and grace and for the wonderful opportunity that has been given to this group from FBC Terry. I know that the work being done there, in God's name, is some of the most gratifying work that you have ever done. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Even though the week is quickly coming to an end, your work there will be everlasting. I Love you FBC Terry group and especially David Franklin.
Happy 4th of July Y'all! I hope and pray you are all well and having an awesome time each day. I am ready to hear all about it! Mom I watered your plants this morning. They were looking sad. B & B-I love you two. Have a great day team. You are all being lifted up in prayer constantly. Much love to you all!!!!
I love seeing the pictures of what's going on. I know the children will never forget everything you are doing for them. Can't wait to hear all about your trip. Lots of people are praying for all of you!
Wow! What a great God we serve! You guys have been in my thoughts and prayers all week. When I see the photos of all the work and ministry you are doing, I am truly humbled by your faith and dedication. Thank you for stepping out in faith and making this trip to Haiti. Lord, please give them the words to say as they go door to door tomorrow sharing your truth. Guide them in their journey and give them safety. I can't wait to hear what God did for Haiti with the help of FBC Terry, MS.
We are all so proud of you guys for stepping out of your comfort zone and being obedient to God. That is just awesome! I know God is smiling down on ya'll. I pray for strength for all of you. Jeremey, Have I told you lately how lucky you are? :-) Sarah, Gunney and I miss you. But we are doing fine. I hope saturday comes soon, I'm running out of things to keep me busy. I've had to knock Sarah down a few times and tell her she couldnt start walking until daddy got home. I think she is beginning to think its a game. I am so proud of you!!! We love you.
I was so excited to see more pics posted tonight and hear what an amazing day y'all have had in construction and ministering!!! Praying for all of u as u minister door to door. I pray that God opens the hearts of those u will minister to and breaks down the barriers of language & culture!!!! We love each of u dearly... Praying specially for my Tay, Joel, Britt, Brandi, Carly & Caroline!!!!
Becky, Courtney, and Paul Walker
Lifting you all up in prayer today! It's exciting to read the journal entries and see the pictures! May the Lord keep filling you all up with His strength and love ! Looking forward to more updates! God bless!
I am loving the pictures of the work ya'll are doing. I pray for your continued health and strength. The group is in my thoughts and prayers every minute. May the blessings of God surround and the work you are doing. I especially enjoyed hearing from David last night. My heart could have burst open. God loves each of you and I love you.
Praying for everyone there as you do the lords work . I love you Taylor and I am so proud of you and excited as the lord continuously opens new doors for you
We know that the church is not a building but the people. This week u are blessed to see our church around the world. We are loving looking at the pictures that are being posted. Praying for ur continued strength as u work this week. Please stay hydrated!!!! Love you, Tay!!!!!!!!
Nancy and John
Mama's comments- I love the pictures! I have enjoyed trying to figure out who everyone is in the pictures. Brandi-you look like you are really having an awesome time! I am so proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone. Brittni-I know you are soaking up every minute. Your sweet spirit and compassion for others is surely evident to everyone you meet. I know both of you are being blessed beyond words can express. I pray for you both many times a day. Daddy and I love you both very much. Daddy's comment's- I love yall and am ready for yall to come home. Mom- I love you and miss calling you everyday. I know you are having so much fun ministering to the Haitians. I can't wait to hear all about it. Roxie misses you, too. Alicia- I love you and am very proud of you. I know you have a heart for missions and are enjoying all the activities. God bless you! I am praying for you all.
Matthew 28:16-20 The Great Commission Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Those verses came to my mind today as I prayed for each of you today. A great reminder of our purpose on this side of Heaven. Joel, we cannot wait to visit with you when you get back! I'm pretty sure everyone there can see what a humble, hard-working man of God you are! I hope you have been able to play some soccer with the children there! Remember, drink water first and no sodas!! ;) May God keep you all in His care!
Rick & Melinda Brown
Everybody looking good - we're proud of everyone and the hard work everyone is putting forth for a wonderful mission. We love you Hope Quick and Joyce McDonald COME BACK HOME Safely to us. We are also proud of everyone in the group and want everyone to have a safe trip. Love, Rick & Melinda Brown, The Brown Family, Oree & Vernelll Fairchild & Ms. Kitty ......We love ya'll.... May The Good Lord Watch Over Everyone and have a meaningful trip... God Bless Everyone.....
Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation.... May God bless each and everyone of you with His blessings, but most of all with opportunity to serve Him there. Donna Lewis, I continue to lift you and the team up in prayer. May God bless you all with opportunity, safety and good health. God Speed Those Feet...
I am so thankful for our team to have this awesome opportunity to serve our living Lord in Haiti. Everyone there has a giving heart and a growing love to take God's message to the world. I pray for each of you several times a day, especially David, Steve, Susan and Monty. I love ya'll very much. Thank you for being the Godly men and women you are. Makr God keep you safe during this week.
Okay, all of us moms, dads, wives, husbands, all agree that y'all need one person in charge of blogging oh, every hour or so!! Ha not really but we do look forward to every word we get from u guys. Praying for you continually, knowing that God is guiding every step that you all make!!! Joel, we r thinking bout taking ur truck for a mud ride & Tay we miss u bunches!!!!!!
Praying for you all each day and reading the journals. God is at work!!! I know you are all being blessed by this wonderful opportunity to share God's love.
Praying for God's blessings, His mercy and His grace as you do His work . . . you are His hands and feet. Praise the Lord for each of you . . . In Christ's love
The boys and I pray for you each and all several times daily. I praise God for allowing you the opportunity to serve him and share his love through your actions and words. Savor every moment you have there. Special love love love to Caroline and Carly.
Hey Guys and Gals, Words cannot express how excited and proud we are of all of you and we are so thankful for your obedience in following God's will in serving in Haiti on this amazing spiritual adventure! We prayed for you in the service today and your church family will stay on our knees lifting you before God in prayer daily asking for the overflowing power of the Holy Spirit to provide everything you need to face and accomplish every task and opportunity He has in store for you! You are a very special group that I know God uniquely and perfectly called out and fit together for service on this trip. Just continue to trust and obey Christ and I know God will do "exceedingly and abundantly" greater than anything you thought you were capable of in service. We love you and are checking the computer 40 times a day to see if there is any new blogs or pictures from you. On a personal note, Dawn and Andew I love you both so much and I am so proud of your service for Christ on this trip! Caleb and I are doing fine (the house now looks a little like a dorm room), Jonathan got moved into his new place, which is real nice, and Jack just keeps staring at both doors looking for y'all when we come in. By the way, I watched the momma bird feed her 4 little babies today as they stuck their heads up and chirped! I'll stop writing now - I don't want anyone to think I'm long-winded! Good night!
We have been praying daily for all of you as you follow through obedience by sharing the gospel in Haiti. May God continue to keep you all safe and give you renewed strength and rest each day to accomplish all He has planned for you all and for those who He places in your paths. What a blessing you all will be and what a blessing you all are going to receive! Thank you for being vessels for our Lord!
Marshall May & Family
Excited about what God has planned for ya'll in Haiti. Digging the hat David Franklin.
"He embraced them and blessed them, placing His hands on them. ". Mark 10:16
Taylor, the work that u are doing is such a blessing to them and u. I love and miss you. I will be praying for you!!! You are mawmaw's baby girl!!! Praying for the rest of the team also!!!!!
You make all the difference in the world to them! This week will change many lives including your own. Be God's love that endures forever! I am praying for you.
I am so excited for you all! FBC Terry's first International mission trip. God's hand has been in this mission trip for a long time now and I know He has great things planned for this week. God bless you all! I love yall Brittni and Brandi Loar!!!!!!!! I love you mom!!!! I love you Alicia!!!!!!I love the rest of the team too!!!!!!!!
My hope is that each & every one of u are blessed beyond earthly measure and that u in turn can bless the children & adults that God puts in ur presence!!! I hope u can feel the prayers being lifted for u!!!! Taylor Rachel I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!
Hello Yall, After some research on what yall are about to face, I realized that it is not so much about the dresses, coloring books etc. but teaching the children and adults to trust in prayer, that their is a God that cares and hears their needs. Stay safe, in the city of so much crime and heart ache.