Port-au-Prince in Haiti, June 30 to July 06, 2012
We Made It!
June 30, 2012 at 09:23 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 08:36 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, and many of us participated in special music. 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 Mississippi, and some of the church members.
Concrete and Kids!
July 2, 2012 at 09:02 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.
Last day in Port-Au-Prince
July 3, 2012 at 09:09 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.
July 4, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Today our team woke up bright and early to begin our journey to Pelerin! We were so excited to be able to travel to the place that we have heard so much about. We got on the bus and started our journey across Port-Au-Prince and then on to Pelerin. On the way, we passed the Presidential Palace, the beautiful mountains, and the amazing coastline. We finally arrived at our destination and were greeted by the church. We headed off to the well to see it in person for the first time. It was so exciting! We then took time to love on approximately 200 kids that had come from the community. What a blessing they were!
July 5, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Today was our final day in Pelerin, and our final day in Haiti. We woke up excited for what the day had in store. We traveled back to Pelerin where we loved on kids, visited with the community, and prayed with them. It was truly a blessing to visit there! It was so hard to go after a short time, but we will never forget them.
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You have made us all so proud and I hope that you are proud of yourselves for the wonderful work that you have done this week. Have a safe trip home and we are anxious to talk to all of you and hear about your adventure---- after you get some sleep !!!!!
God Bless each one of you and may you have safe travels home! Leave knowing you have changed lives forever!!!!! Smiles and hugs coming your way! See you all tomorrow! Joseph it will be late ....so please smile!!! lol
Oh almost forgot.....bring back lots of pics Mel...I will be waiting to see them!! :)
Kerrie Santiago ( Tracey Schaaf co-worker)
Enjoyed reading your journal and loved looking at all the pictures of the smiling faces! It's nice to know there are people out there wanting to help others. You don't see that too often these days. Hope all is well. Take care and have a safe trip back!
Sounds amazing! Can't wait to see pictures and hear all the stories. I'm certain the people of Haiti will have just as many stories and memories to cherish! Enjoy your day and know you are all in my prayers! Safe travels dear friends. Love you Mel!!!
Karen and Bill Womer
We are so glad you are having a blessed trip and you are able to meet so many precious souls. Wes you will remember this trip for the rest of your life. Your mother and I are so proud of you. We are praying every day and night for the Haiti mission. That you will give blessings and receive blessings in return.
Hi Clair, your mom sent the pioctures of your group working in Haiti. Boy that orphanage Looks huge. Did you work on that wall? I wonder if it is hot there. It has been right around 100 degrees here every day since you left I don't really have any news. Just wanted to say hi and we miss you. Have fun, be safe, and come home. We love you,Opa
Happy 4th Team! Free to dance, Free to run, Free to live for HIM and Free to serve! What a great job you are all doing! Great to hear your voice Mel! Love the smiles!! Love to all and prayers!
Keep up the good work. This can make a lasting impression on these kids and change the course of their lives.
Enjoy the trip to Pelerin... This is a special town... So glad to get the updates... Greet Wilkin & Dalande for me and remind the pastors there know how much we appreciate their work...
Wes, did you remember to take your pill on tuesday? I you did Great, if not TAKE IT. : ) Mom still touches you even miles away. : )
Karen and Bill Womer
It was such a blessing to be able to talk with you last night (Tuesday), Wesley. Continue to receive and share Gods blessings. We will continue to pray for all of you an your mission trip.
Hi Claire, God bless you all as you go forth! Love the pictures. Looks like a wonderful time of ministry and service. We miss you, Claire, and can't wait to hear all about the trip. Remember, you only get to bring yourself home! :) Love, Mom
It is so great to read about what each day entails for you, probably you have never been so happy and so tired at the same time. The pictures are wonderful to look at and see the response of all the children. Please know that you all remain in our thoughts and prayers and that you are admired for the wonderful work that you are doing in Haiti.
Wow guys!!! Amazing the GREAT difference you are making in the precious lives of so many. Keep smiling and keep up the great work! HEART IS LOVE MEL! Pass it on!
Good Monday Morning Team!!!!! Love the updates! Hug the kiddos for me too! Hope they enjoy the lil goodies we sent. How fun! Keep Joseph in check lol. Don't forget your sunscreen!!!! Luv ya!
It is great to see all your smiling faces have arrived safely. Will be praying every day for you and those you touch.
An amazing and fulfilling experience you will remember for a lifetime. Be careful and stay healthy. We know you all will do great things for those in need. We love you Mel and we're very proud of you.
Greetings to everyone with special hugs for my life group members Ann, Joseph and Mel. You have been in everyone's thoughts and prayers and we hope that each day brings you more joy. It is probably just as hot here as what you are dealing with in Haiti--- the entire country has been hit hard. Please come home with lots of ideas for our group to continue the good work that you all have started.
Awesome!!!!!!!!!! So happy to see those beautiful smiles!!!!!!! Have a great day and pay those smiles forward!
Glad they let you all in the country... enjoy worship this morning then get to work...
PLEASE CONTACT MARSHA BUCCIARELLI AND TELL HER TO GET ON HER PHONE AND CALL *73 THEN CONTACT tony. thanks a bunch and have a GREAT time! BTW- MAKE SURE TO UPLOAD PICS!!!!
Hope you are well... Please keep an eye on Joe's passport... He will ned yhat to get home...
What a great day! You are all a blessing to so....many! May God guide and bless each and everyone of you during these exiting times!!!! Love to all and in my prayers!!!