August 22, 2010 at 07:38 PM
We received word from our staff in Haiti that everything is going well! All the teams and individuals arrived safe and sound! There isn't access to internet currently, but they passed along an update for me to share....
Because there were a lot of teams and individuals flying in at different times, they spent a lot of their day at the airport, greeting one another as each different team flew in. This was a great chance to spend time with new friends from all across North America, as they join together to serve God this week. Phase 10 and Bananagrams were the games of choice and lots of bonding happened right away!
Around 4pm, they drove through Port-au-Prince to get to Cote Plage. You can see pictures and footage of the devastation, but seeing it in person is a whole different experience. Cote Plage is the school and church where everyone will be sleeping. We have been blessed to have been given the entire top floor to have as a home base for the week. After the long day of travel, everyone gathered for a group meeting and prepared their hearts and minds to be used in the various ways God has requested of them in Haiti.
This morning was an early start! Because it gets quite hot as the sun rises higher, they get going as early as possible. The entire team broke into two groups and went to two different church services, starting at 6:30am and 7am respectively. The hospitality is incredible to experience and the members of the church were quick to find seats for everyone and invited a few to even share testimonies and music with the Haitian church.
After an amazing and filling lunch (remember, the midday meal is by far the largest meal of the day), they went to two different orphanages. The first had 30 girls and was relocated after the earthquake destroyed their building (praise God, all were safe). They are now in tents. Together they colored, sung and played games. It was a similar experience at the other orphanage, only with an additional 70 children! God's love was showered onto these little ones today.
They are now getting to bed after finishing the nightly meeting. A few prayer requests are:
-For the building projects that will get started tomorrow. There are three projects; a school, a reverend's house and another school/church. May God bless these projects and the ministries that will happen in them once they are finished.
-For Intentionality. As God is orchestrating divine meetings, please pray for intentional conversations to happen and relationships made.
Thank you for your prayers and support. May God's hand be on all that is happening in Haiti.
Working Hard in Haiti!
August 24, 2010 at 09:12 AM
Hi friends and family! Everyone down in Haiti is working like crazy and WOW, is God being glorified in a big way! First, thanks for all the prayers. They are being heard; keep 'em coming!
Update on the projects:
School: Right now the ground is getting leveled out, which is a hard task when there aren't the luxuries we have at home to make this job easier. In between working on the projects and drinking plenty of water, there are lots of games being played with all the little children running around. The relationships that are being made with the Haitian workers are awesome as well!
Reverend's House: More hard work put in as everyone formed an assembly line to pass rocks from the land down the hill to where the house is being built. It's worth it though as the Reverend later shared how blessed he was that so many people had come to help and how thankful he was for it.
Church/School: The more construction that happens, the more everyone is learning about how to build a structure in Haiti. In addition to this, they are also learning a bit of Creole! I'm sure they'd be happy to share this with you when they return home! A soccer game also broke out in the midst of this project and many Haitians gathered to watch and join in!
Don't worry, everyone got lots of energy from the delicious food that the cooks have provided for the team. Haitian Mac and Cheese...mmmmm.....
Please pray for a renewal of strength and energy today! Praise be to God for the amazing work He is doing through each and every team member.
Last Full Day Already?!?
August 26, 2010 at 07:43 AM
As the team prepares for its final full day in Haiti, we wanted to take a moment to give a big THANK YOU to family and friends, for all the hard work you have put into making this trip possible. It couldn't have happened without the prayers, support and donations that you have contributed. Again, thank you!
Yesterday was the last day of construction at the different sites. After wrapping it up, everyone went to the orphanages to love on the little children before saying our last good byes to them.
Today is a day to bask in God's creation. First at the beach and then up in the mountains! The day will be spent in fellowship with one another, reflecting on all that God has done on this trip and enjoying the natural wonders in Haiti.