in Haiti, July 31 to August 06, 2010
July 31, 2010 at 07:24 PM
We made it! Our team safely arrived in Haiti today and we are now settled in to our lodging facility. We arrived in Haiti mid afternoon and went straight to an orphanage where we played games and sang songs with 38 orphaned girls. Their orphanage was completely destroyed and they are now using tents to house the girls. It was an experience we will all remember for the rest of our lives. We then headed back to our lodging facility and had an amazing Haitian meal consisting of fish, rice and beans, and salad. We just received word that the power will soon go out and it is time for bed anyways. Pictures will come tomorrow. Thank you all for praying! We are so excited to be serving in Haiti!!
August 1, 2010 at 09:03 PM
Today we had the privilege of worshiping with the wonderful Haitian people at the church of Gressier. It is their that we will be working this week on building a shool that will serve over 1000 children. The 3 hour service was amazing and we enjoyed every minute of it. Following the service we headed back to our lodging location for some lunch (goat), and then we went to an orphanage on the other side of Port Au Prince. The orphanage had 100 children at it and we spent time getting to know them and playing games with them. We also had an opportunity to act out the story of David and Goliath. It was an amazing experience that we will always remember. It was hard to say goodbye, but we had to get back to our lodging facility. On the way back, we stopped by the palace. The amount of destruction is truly unbelievable. We are now settled in for the night and we can't wait to start our work project tomorrow. Continue to pray for us as we serve God in Haiti!
First Day on the Work Site!
August 2, 2010 at 07:57 PM
Our day began full force this morning as we headed out to a worksite where the building of a school is underway. We were blessed by the Lord as we worked side by side with gracious Haitians--learning how to lay bricks, sift sand, mix cement, and tie rebar! Part of the day was spent in assembly lines moving cinder blocks to their necessary locations. Our sweat and hard work was absolutely worth it though because we knew this school would serve over 1000 children! After our day of hard work, we enjoyed a delicious Haitian meal of chicken, potato and beet salad, rice and beans, and wonderful mixed cherry juice.
Building More Than A Building!
August 3, 2010 at 07:20 PM
Today was a blessing! We continued our hard work at Gressier construction site. After yesterday's work, we all seemed to find our rhythm in the building process and hop right to work in the hot sun! Walls were built, cement poured, and rooms cleaned up. We noted two great ways that God worked today. The first is the way that he has bonded so many of us together and allowed us to have great teamwork. The second is the candidness of the relationships we are building with the Haitian workers. When we arrived the Haitian's greeted us with smiles and showed us that they remembered our names. Many even wanted to learn English and teach us more Creole. One of us even had the chance to share the gospel message--despite the language barrier! Please pray for renewed strength as we continue to labor alongside of our Haitian friends!
August 5, 2010 at 08:09 PM
Hey family and friends! We have been unable to post via internet from Haiti, but we did get a call through to stateside and we are doing great! Ministry has been fantastic and we are going to be seeing you all tomorrow! Thanks for all your prayers!
Final Days in Haiti
August 6, 2010 at 10:30 AM
The last few days of our trip in Haiti have been beautiful. We continued to work alongside of Haitians at our construction site! So much was accomplished. The site almost has all the walls up now! We furthered our relationships with the local people and were blessed by their heart for us. We are hoping to take that love home with us as we return to the States.
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Caron and Leanne: I've been reading about your work daily and it was so good to see your picture with the whole group! Joel, and us are delighted to hear you've arrived safely and seem to be having a good time there. We send our love and our prayers to you both and to the whole group there working. I praise God everyday for the work you all do to follow God's call, do His will and shine His light. We prayed for all of you for your work and for Gods protection during your work. I am in awe of you all and can't wait to hear of your continued work. We love you guys so much!
Zack & Zane Zollers
Hi Grandpop: Hope all is well. Stay cool. We love you. Z&Z
William Zollers: i love you grandpop. can't wait to see you again. love, kirsten We saw the doctor for jen today and it is what we thought so all is good. Have fun and bring me home a brother or sister, so I won't be the baby of the families anymore. Love, Sherri
Hey guys! I hope and pray that God continues to protect you guys and also continues to provide the strength to you all need to continue serving those in need down in Haiti. I checked the weather for down there and it is so hot for you guys! A good tip to beating the heat is to stay in the air conditioning! JK : ) I, as well as the whole Salem body I'm sure, can't wait to hear all about your trip and how God used you for His glory. You are all in my prayers. I figured a good laugh or at least a tongue in the cheek never hurts. This one's for you, Jim. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad : )
Dad! I am so sorry I just missed your call! Tim came up to visit and we went to get something to eat! It was so good to hear your voice! Keep up the awesome work! It's sounds like it's going great! FOR HIS GLORY! I love you Pops!
As I read of the toil of yesterday, I was wondering if Kurt is working full time at night to put everyone back together again. It sounds like an incredible mission's trip with so many opportunities to share the love of Jesus. We are praying for all of you and for your families that you would be strengthened and encouraged each moment, that you bodies would be well and that your eyes and hearts would be focused on seeing Jesus and His mercies, new every morning.
Hi all, So glad that you all made it safely, and are having such an awesome time ministering Gods blessing and love to the people of Haiti. You from Salem wont know me, but I was just wanting to ask if you could relay a message to my fiance' Joanne Wing? Who, I believe, is in your midst. I know that she arrived there and all is good. But haven't had any contact with her. If you know her please say Hi from me, and that I am missing her greatly and am looking very forward to having her back with me. :-) But also am very glad that she is there sharing Gods love, and being His hands and feet! :-) That would be SO AWESOME if someone could relay that message to her! :-) Let her know that I am thinking of her, praying for all you guys constantly, and missing and loving her. Thanks so much! :-) Kelly B
Btw... God is good, and I am finally feeling better today! Got to go for a walk and enjoy everything God is doing! Thanks for being bold in Christ! You guys rock!
Hi Mom, Dad, and Lauren! I love you and miss you guys so much! I am so proud of you in the Name of Christ in all the work you are doing for Him! Verse for the day: Isaiah 41:10. You are in my prayers! FOR HIS GLORY!
Dale & Chris Orth
Thank you for being Jesus’ hands and feet! We are praying for your safety, your health and a productive ministry. Love to you all!
Bill & Kerri Zollers
Hi Dad: We are glad you arrived safely. We are praying for you -- hoping you make a difference and return safely.
Leslie, Jill, Eric, Libbie, Taylor
We are glad everyone is safe! Have not heard about the first day, but know it was amazing! We have everyone in our prayers and are anxious to know how today went! Joe, we love you and can not wait to see you on the 6th!
Praise for safe arrival. Sounds as if you all jumped right into servive. Praying for your safety, health, sanity, adaptiveness, wisdom, patience and your light and salt to be the visible Jesus to those you minister to. God bless you all!
Trish called yesterday with the good news of your safe arrival in Haiti. Your first supper sounds positively gourmet, and I am looking forward to seeing pictures or the children that you met. It is almost time to leave for church here. We will continue to pray for your safety, health and productive ministry.
Trish Brzezinski & girls
We are so glad to hear that everyone arrived in Haiti safely. Today the weather here was about 85 which would probably feel cold to all of you right about now. Enjoy all the big and little moments this week that God has in store for you and the people of Haiti. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. + God Bless You * Madison, Hope, and Karis send hugs and kisses to their Daddy!!!!!!
dear salem people, i hope u guys r doing all right and not to tired to read this. i miss u guys (mostly my mom, cherie gray) HI MOM! any ways, i am praying for u and i hope have a wonderful rest of the week. mommy i got something to say to u: Soft kitty, warm kitty little ball of fur…happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr! *pet pet. :)