The Travel Tales
by Cassie | April 21, 2012
From planes flying over the Caribbean to a long bus ride twisting through the mountains, we have had a day full of travel tales. We finally arrived in Jacmel tonight and are getting settled in for our week in our home above the church. We are excited for the ministry to begin tomorrow when we head to church. In the meantime, it's time for some rest! Praise the Lord for the day! We all made it safely and are enjoying our time so far in Haiti!
Returning to Worship
by Cassie | April 22, 2012
We enjoyed walking down the steps to the church today. We noticed the finished floor and the familiar faces from last year. A blessing. We are so glad we were able to come back to Jacmel. We were able to share a testimony, a song, and Woogy preached about the importance of keeping God's Word as the most important thing in our lives. Mostly, though, we just worshiped with the congregation and listened in. Now we are looking forward to the rest of the day.
A Special Blessing
by Cassie | April 22, 2012
This afternoon after a wonderful meal, we had an opportunity to bless some children from an orphanage nearby by bringing them to the beach. They were so excited to go on the taptap. They sang all the way! Once we got to the beach, we took some time to tell the kids the story of Jesus calming the sea. We got to play with these kids in the water. Their nannies were watching carefully to see how the kids were doing and keeping them safe the whole time.
Time flew by and we ended the time there with some fun with a parachute. This trip was such a blessing to those kids. We know that they don't get to do this kind of thing all that often. We are glad to have this opportunity.
It was close!
by Cassie | April 22, 2012
On our first day of playing soccer here in Jacmel, it was a good, tough, close game. We enjoyed it. We were learning the terrain and will be able to have a better grasp tomorrow. We enjoyed playing today for sure. At the end of our time, a deacon from the church led a short time with the guys who came to play and invited them to the Jesus Film on Tuesday night. We look forward to playing more in the next couple days!
We are all getting cleaned up and will be ready to rest tonight!
by Cassie | April 23, 2012
Today, we started the day with having devotions with the kids downstairs. We arrived and they were all sitting quietly in their uniforms. It looked like they didn't quite know what to think of us. We began with a song and then moved quickly into our story time.
We learned about Noah. God loved Noah and Noah obeyed God. The kids were very responsive after the story in answering questions about Noah and what God did for him. We were able to help the kids color a picture of Noah's ark and a rainbow with some animals. The kids loved it! At the end, they were so excited to show us their beautiful pictures.
We prayed with the kids and will continue to pray that they will remember how much God loved Noah and how much God loves them.
Rocks, Buckets, Teamwork!
by Cassie | April 23, 2012
After school ministry was over, we headed to our work site where we found Pastor Duplessy and some workers already working hard digging a foundation for a wall. We jumped right in to digging, sifting dirt, and passing buckets of water to mix cement with later. We formed a line and passed many rocks from one end of the yard to the other so the foundation could be laid.
It was hard work and we worked a lot, so we made sure to drink lots of water. We love working though! A truckload of rocks came toward the end of our time there so we moved them quickly across the road where we needed them for the rest of the foundation. Time flew by and it was time to go have lunch and get ready to play some soccer! So, off we went! Now we are ready to play!
This is all for the glory of God! Rocks, buckets, sifting, loving children, and playing soccer. May He be glorified in us and use us.
by Cassie | April 23, 2012
We know that the point of our coming here was not to play soccer, but share the Gospel with others. We were able to do that today. Even though that one--the ball in the air in the picture--went in, we did not win the game, however, following the game we shared the Gospel and with the children who had come to watch. Many children came to know the Lord. That one was a good shot, but in the grand scheme of things, we know that God was working in a much greater way than we could imagine. Praise God for using us to bring others to Him. He is so good!
by Cassie | April 24, 2012
We started out our day with the children in the school. They learned about Zaccheaus today and about how badly he wanted to see Jesus. It was so precious to see the little boy be Zaccheaus on Anderson's (the tree's) shoulders. The kids loved it!
We colored with them and continued to show them the love of God. They warmed up to us much more today and it was really tough to leave. We are looking forward to being able to share with them again tomorrow!
Rockin' it out!
by Cassie | April 24, 2012
When we got to the work site, there was plenty of work waiting for us. We were surprised at how much the workers got done before we got there. To start off with, we rocked it out by moving rocks onto the property. It was a lot of fun! We sang and played as we worked!
Once the rocks were finished we moved a lot of dirt! We were building a driveway over the foundation of the wall where the gate will go. It took a lot of packing down (marching, walking, and dancing on the dirt) and a lot of passing of buckets. There was lot of shoveling and sweating happening as well! We were doing that until after our wonderful spaghetti lunch and saw a lot of progress be made!
by Cassie | April 24, 2012
Here we are at our work site--all sweaty and dirty!
A Short Visit
by Cassie | April 24, 2012
We had the opportunity this afternoon to visit the orphanage again. We were able to share the story of the Good Samaritan with them and color with them. We gave each child a bracelet with the colored beads and explained what the beads meant. We were glad to go back there and see them again. It was a sweet time. Now, we are off to our soccer game to play before church tonight!
by Cassie | April 24, 2012
This afternoon was a busy one! We went from the orphanage to the soccer field pretty quickly and played a long time. These guys are GOOD! We enjoyed every minute of playing though and have been spared injuries. Pastor Duplessy even played goalie for the other team for a while!
After the game devotions were held on the field again and it was a beautiful thing. Several kids gave their lives to the Lord again today! Praise God for what He is doing!
We came back from the soccer field, ate and showered quickly, then headed downstairs to church. We sang together with the congregation in Creole--what a wonderful time that was! After, we began the Jesus Film.
The goal of this trip is to share the love of God with people and pray that people come to know the Lord. We are so glad that God is truly using us here in Haiti!
Lots of Rain!
by Cassie | April 25, 2012
We've been hearing about all the rain back in the states and have been asked to bring some sunshine back with us, but we have been having a very rainy day today. It started last night, took a break, and continued through the morning.
We started our day as planned with children's ministry in the school. Many children couldn't come today because of the rain, but we enjoyed our time there! We love those kids! After school ministry was finished, we raced back upstairs to not get super wet.
This afternoon, it stopped raining enough for us to play with some of the kids downstairs and we had a great time! We also got to go to the soccer field but the mud was so deep, so we weren't able to play and the other team didn't show up--so that's a win for us!
God knows what He is doing and He knows we need the rain, so we are continuing serving Him and sharing His love wherever we can! We are looking forward to a special treat this evening and to whatever God has planned for us tomorrow!
Good Rainy Morning!
by Cassie | April 26, 2012
Good rainy morning everyone! We woke up to the sound of rain on the roof this morning and since our plans were for outside ministry, we know that our plans may change. We know that God knows what He is doing. So, we are still looking forward to our day on this rainy morning in Haiti.
Continue to pray for us as this is our last day here! We want to make the most of it.
by Cassie | April 26, 2012
The rain stopped! Praise the Lord! And we were off this morning to go to a mountain community to use soccer as an evangelism tool. The ride was long and adventurous in our taptap, but we made it up by lunch time! We got to enjoy fruit right from the trees, coconut milk, and--of course--peanut butter sandwiches for lunch before we really got into the community. By the time we finished eating there were so many people waiting for us to see what we were going to do...
by Cassie | April 26, 2012
As we walked down to the soccer field, children and adults alike seemed to come out of nowhere. We began with playing with the kids for a while then brought them all in for the story of the Good Samaritan. There were so many kids there and it was such a blessing to see the teens and adults gather and listen as well!
by Cassie | April 26, 2012
After the Bible story, we started a game with the older guys. We asked the people if they thought we could win. They laughed. So many people watched from the sidelines as we slipped around and played against a really good team. Some of the girls played hand games while the rest of us were watching the game. All around, relationships were being formed, God's love was being shared, and fun was being had by all. Praise God for the time on the sidelines and on the field.
The Whole Community
by Cassie | April 26, 2012
As the game went on, there were so many people who showed up from the community. They truly enjoyed the entertainment of a good game! We finished our time there with sharing another Bible Story and the Gospel. Many children came to know the Lord today! Thanks be to God! He truly was working in amazing ways today. The community leaders were so grateful for us being there. They were blessed. We know that it was not because of us, but because of what God was doing through us and in sending us there. He even made a way for us to go there when we thought we may not be able to go! Praise God for all He has done!
One Last Time
by Cassie | April 26, 2012
Tonight we had the chance to go to church and worship with the congregation one last time. Pastor Duplessy thanked us for coming and serving here in Jacmel. He loved the soccer especially. He presented Woogy with a framed certificate thanking us. We love being here. We really do believe that God has used this week to impact eternity in our lives and those we touched!
Be praying for us as we have a long travel day tomorrow! We are sad to leave but ready to share all about what God has done this week. All for His glory!
Wow, I am so proud of Tracy, Hannah and the whole team. I read these posts and see the work that you are doing...This is His will and now is the time of your calling..as is your whole life. This specific week, day, hour and minute, your doing the work that has been predetermined for you. The work may be hard but as you can see, the lives you are touching are hard. The things you say and do this week will make a profound difference in the lives of those you are serving. Again, I am so proud of you. Stay strong! Matthew 25:40 (Whole Chapter) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Hi Tracy and Hannah, I hope all is going well in the rain! I am sure you will keep busy doing al lthat He has for you. I am so anxious to see you..it seems like I miss you more when I am here and you are travelling! I am anxious to hear all that has been accomplished this week. We all have been praying for you back here in the states! Have a save journey tomorrow. Love you!
Austin, I am praying for you & your teams safe return tomorrow. I can not wait to hear how God has used you this week. Love ya, Mom XOXOXOXOXOXOX From Cristian
Hello Darlene, Kylie, and all the rest of the team. Well, it sure looks like you had a great day today! Wow, what a huge turn out for the soccer game, that's great. I am so glad you seem to be having such a big impact each place you go. I am sure God is pleased with the efforts you have put forth. I am really looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. love & kisses xoxoxoxo P.S. Kristin is sooo very wrong about Justin and Me not catching any fish, we caught six between the two of us! :)
Hey Boo, Love you and miss you, looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night. Have been praying for you and the team. Can't wait to here all that God did through all of you and in you.
Rachel, Hi there chickadee! How is it going? I pray you are enjoying the fruits of your labor and the fulfillment and satisfaction of being right in God's will. You will be forever changed (not that you needed it haha) but your eyes will be opened to your destiny and the calling HE has on your life. I am truly AMAZED by His incredible LOVE for you. You are His cherished daughter so WATCH OUT WORLD. See you at the airport. Love Mom!
Lori: Just wanted to say Hi and see how you are doing. We are so proud and love you so much that you take on these amazing challenges. You and your group are truly doing GOD's work. Just talkied to Marty to find the password and he told us that it was raining down there and might hamper some of the things you were doing. You are gift and you are filled with so many gifts that make us so proud and so blessed that you are our daughter. I guess I'm getting too mushy. But what are parents for except to embarrass their children every so often. We wish you and your fellow parishoners a safe journey home and then you can tell us of all your accomplishments. We love you.....!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for living out this song that i said I would pray for you, Koryssa, Emilee, Wes and Derek(along with your team), before you left: I'll be your hands I'll be your feet I'll go where you send me, go where you send me And I'll try, yeah I'll try to touch the world like you touched my life! And I'll find my way To be your hands I'll abandon every selfish thought I surrender everything I've got You can have everything I am And perfect everything I'm not!!! Praying for a sweet end to your memorable trip =D PS don't forget to take pictures!! and I can't wait to hug YOU!!
Hi Dio and Valerie, We are praying for you and the team. I can't wait to hear all that theLord is doing. We can't wait to see you guys!! Alisha and Brittney miss you!
hi derek!!!! its funny without you here and very quiet downstairs in the basement when andrews all alone!!! Haha miss you - Alyssa hey derek we miss you very much and i agree with alyssa it is very quiet hope all is well and cant wait untill you come home -emily P.S. God bless you -Alyssa God bless your soul - emily
Koryssa and Emille, We've been thnking and praying for you everyday! I had to laugh when we read about the story of Zacchaeus, knowing there are so few trees in Haiti! I know your tender hearts have been such a blessing to everyone you meet! We are so proud of you and your willingness to serve wherever God calls you. We love you both and look forward to hearing all about what God has shwn and taught you!
Hi Derek and team - so very much looking forward to seeing you all soon. I'm sure it's been a long week, but been rewarding in so many ways. I received this text yesterday and immediately though of you all. 1 Peter 4:10 - Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's GRACE in it's various forms. To see the updates daily has been a blessing to me and a testimony of this verse in action. Again, I am so proud of you son. Praying for a great rest of the day serving Him and safe travel home. Love, Dad.
Hello Faxon Girls! Missing you like crazy! I called Dad yesterday to check in on him and he and Justin were out fishing. I think they were trying to catch some dinner. Luckily they made it out without any capsizing incidents, but also no tasty fish. I heard the Smiths were taking pity and invited Dad over for some dinner (a reprieve from the frozen meals and lack of fish) :) Love the pictures and seeing all the work you are all doing there. Looks like you need to up your game some more on the soccer field though! I want to hear that you guys got some more wins in before the end of the trip! Keep working hard and know we are praying for you and thinking of you here in NH. Love you both!
We are so proud of you Derek. We hope you have enjoyed your time helping others and have learned to appreciate all that you have. We can't wait to hear about your experiences. Have a wonderful day and a safe trip home.
Good work, Derek. Travel safely home, remember everything you've seen and done, and write it down. We love you and can't wait to hear of your work and your adventures. Peace, Auntie Mindy and Uncle David
Hay buddy, cant stop thinking about you and the awsome time you must be haveing. I hope this week has shown you how truly blessed you are. MY prayers will be for you and your teams safe travel back. I cant wait to hear all about what you did through out the week. Your mom and Taz miss you alot. P.S i hope SAL SAL got to see the blue water. :) Love you POPS.
Part of a song that I bet you are all familiar with..."Follow You"...."All my needs you have supplied, when I was dead, you gave me life, How could I not give it away so freely? And I'll follow you into the homes of the broken, follow you inot the world, meet the needs of the poor and then needy God, follow you into the world. Use my hands, use my feet, to make your kingdom come, to the corners of the earth until your work is done. Faith without works is dead, and on the cross, your blood was shed, so how could we not give it away so freely...and I'll follow you into the homes of the broken, follow you into the world, meet the needs for the poor and the needy God, follow you into the world!...I give all myself, I give all myself, I give all myself to you....I give all myself, I give all myself, and I give all myself to you!" Thank each one of you for so selflessly giving and being God's hands and feet to those that so desperately need to hear His truth and know His love. Derek, I am so proud of you, and so looking forward to hearing all that God has taught you and how He has grown you through this minstry. Can't wait to see you tomorrow night! Love you!
Rachel, One more day, I hope the trip provided you with a lifetime of memories. I am very proud of you. I can't wait to have you back and hear all about it. Luv Dad
Hello Lauren, I have been praying that God would use you this week and for protection for you and the whole team. I am looking forward to hear how God worked in your life this week - keep drawing close to Him! What a fantastic opportunity to serve the people of Haiti. - take it all in. I Love You - see you when I get back from CA! Love Dad
Hey, Danny! It is wonderful to hear how God is working in and through your lives this week. I trust that even though the day was rainy, you saw God at work whether planting spiritual seed or reaping His fruit or just personal refreshment. And as your time in Haiti is coming to a close the prayer in Ephesians 3 came to mind: verse 16 "that He would grant you according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man;" and verse 20 "Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. How exciting to know that the offering your team has made in these few days will be multiplied through God's power not only to the lives you have touched in Haiti but in each team member's life as you return home! Beyond all that we ask or think - Praise God! Looking forward to having you back with our family on Friday. Love you very much! Mom
Hello Danny, I love you very much. I can't wait to see you on Friday. I miss you so much. I am looking forward to being with you again. I am praying for you every day before I go to bed. I will have lots of questions to ask you when you get home, so get ready. Love Joanna
Dear Danny, I am so glad to hear about all the things that you and and team have been doing and will do. Hearing about all the things you have done, like bringing kids to Christ, makes me happy that you all went to Haiti. I have been praying for you all and I hope that you will continue to be safe and cool. Keep spreading the word of God. Love Rachel
Hi Danny, Just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and I love you. I can't wait to see you on Friday, but until then I know that God is using you and the Haiti team to do good works which He has prepared in advance for you guys to do. Love Suzanne
It is amazing to see how much you are all doing and how full your days are! Keep leaning on Him for the strength and energy to do all there is for you to do. Kate, we love you & miss you! Hugs from all of us. We look forward to seeing you in a few days. :) Praying for all of you!
Rachel, just one more day and this mission will be complete. Remember though, that is just this job. You will be called again to HIS service. That is a life long career. The pay and the retirement benefits are out of this world and you will love the job. God bless you and bring you home to us with wonderful stories.
Nice picture Rachel, you are so great with kids! I love you sooo much! Enjoy every minute of it and lift it up to God. You are being mightily used for His kingdom and HE will bless you! Miss your smile, luv Mom.
Hey Wes! I miss you and hope your having a great time. Praying for you guys. Stay safe. See you soon.
lloveyou both and am praying for you every day. donna js here now. we look forwardt to having you back home again. it was fun to see all the pictures and tosee all the fun you are having. you will have a lot to share with us when you return. God bless and keep until then, love, mom,
I Thessalonians. 3:12 "May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else..." This is my prayer for each of you today, as I know God is working in your hearts even while he uses each of you to bless the people of Haiti. He is using you to give hope to hopeless and faith to the fatherless. It is an amazing thing to watch all that you are doing there, and it is a blessing to all of us that are able to be a part of this blog. Another verse for you as you seek to do the work of God...1 Cor. 15:58b " Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." All that you are doing is for Him and for His glory. What a lifelong blessing this is for you. I am glad to see that you had some down time today, as I guess that is just what God felt that you needed. I love you Derek Matthew! Sorry, had to say it:~)
Tim...praying you've spent time with your little friends from last summer, and that you are well, missing your smiling face, thanking God for the man you are becoming. <3 mom
I bet you were happy for a "Nature-Made" shower! I have your team work picture as our screen saver and everytime I see your beautiful smiles I know it's a window to your heart of the happiness and contentment you have being there. The lives you are touching this week by your smile, touch and kindness will never be the same and the lives who have touched yours, may it change you forever! Knowing you girls, I bet this week is going by all too quickly. It will be extremely hard to say goodbye =(. May the frienships and memories you are making carry you a lifetime! Enjoy every moment and make the most of every opportunity for Him! We are so glad you are there serving and loving these very special people!(althoough we miss you SO much!!) Hug each other from us!! Thankyou team for being stretched for His glory.
Hey Haiti Team, hope all is well and you guys continue to change there lives over there. Looks like you guys are having plenty of fun as well! Kylie i miss so much, its really kickin in now thats its the middle of the week! Keep up the good work with the kids and score me some goals! Love you! Cant wait to see you!
Austin i am so proud of you !! You are liveing out your dream. shareing your faith in god !! love you !! This is just the begging of an awsome future.
Koryssa and Emmy,it's waaaaaay to quiet here esp at the dinner table!! Wes, score me a 'hat trick' and Derek guard that goal!! love you guys,Rusty! Missing and praying lots for you! Please give many hugs to those sweet little Haitains for me. love you, Linz "Is it Friday night yet????" i love you guys, Hannah
Looks as if everyone is having a wonderful time serving the Lord in Haiti! Keep up the good work especially in these last few days! Praying for you all! :)
Praying for all of you. I am sure God is using you in a Mighty way. Looking forward to hearing all about it.
Hello Derek - how is soccer working out for you? Great to see your smiling face and to see how awesome the team is doing. Keep up the great work everyone! Gramma & Djadek
Derek it is so nice to see your sweet and smiling face! I know that you must be exhausted, but I also know that God is using you iand your team in a mighty way! Look to Him for your strength and perseverance, and find your joy in His presence! Only 3 more days so enjoy every minute! I love you son!
Hey guys! I'm praying for you! And Katie Gore, let me say that I think I'm gonna miss you when you go to college.
Hey Emilee and Koryssa! I can't wait to hear all about your trip! I miss both of you so much! I've been praying for you and your team as you go out and do God's work! I'm so proud of all of you as you serve. Good luck using the bathrooms! Praying! Shelby Wischan
Hey Rach! I just got home last night. Prayed for you and your group at St. Ann de Beaupre Basilica. It was so good to see this website finally, and to know that you are doing well! There is no greater feeling on earth than knowing you are using your gifts for God's purpose. You are seeing a glimpse of heaven right now! Close your eyes and drink in this moment. Be aware of all you hear, smell, and feel. These will make your memory keen when you return home, and will ignite a passion to fulfill His will again and again. I love you so much, and am so very proud of you!!
Nice job ya'll! Keep up the good work.
Rachel, Looks like you are working hard. I don't know how you are surviving without your 12 hours of sleep........I'm off to work, just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts constantly. Luv Dad.
Hello Team Calvary, Wow it is amazing to see the improvements that have been made (and that you're currently making) to the Church - since the trip last year. These pictures say 1,000 words - and the smiles on everyone's face are priceless. I'm so happy for all of you. Please do whatever you can to make the most of every moment you're there. It looks like Andersen is your trip coordinator / translator - would you please say hello to him for me? You are all in our prayers.
Hey Lauren! I miss you sooooo much and it"s super weird not having you around! I"ve been praying for you lots and hope that your experience there is life changing. I also pray that you and the team with influence everyone you meet in Haiti and that hopefully they all influence you. Know that I"m thinking of you all day and praying for you! Love you so much and can't wait to see you!!! Here's a verse that I'm sure you already know but is a great reminder- Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. ~Megan<3
What a blessing it is to see the multiple updates each day sharing how God is using you along with the pictures which are worth a thousand words! It is so clear to see the joy on your faces as you serve the Lord and share the love of Christ. We are praying for you all and especially thinking of you Wes, Koryssa, and Emilee, praying that God will give you sustaining strength and energy and an extra measure of rest at night!! (How are those raft beds working out?? : ) We are praying that God will use you in a special way in the lives of these precious people and that through you more will come to know Him. Keep up the good work!!! We miss you and love you!
You are all doing an amazing job in Haiti! The more I read your updates the more I miss serving the Haitians....Today in my devotions I read about the Good Samaritan--all of you are living out that story. Keep being GREAT Samaritans!
Hi Danny, So happy to see you in the picture telling a Bible story lesson. We are so proud of you! We continue to pray for you and the team as you serve the Lord. We love you very much. Dad
Rachel, saw you in some great pics! So cool! You are becoming a world traveler, I am so jealous! What an adventure for God! I am thinking of you and everyone is asking how you are doing? I could pick you out in the pics with those sunglasses that I bought twice! Hehe! I am glad they are helping you out, luv ya Mom. Miss ya and can't wait to kiss ya!
Hi Koryssa, Emily and Wes: God is good all the time! May you continue to be a light to those around you. "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matt 5:16 May the Lord be your strength and your strong tower. Praise God for your servant heart! Can't wait to hear all about your mission. Much love in Christ!
Hey Emilee and Koryssa! Looks like there's lots of excitement happening in Haiti. We are praying for God to use the whole team to reach many with our Savior's Love!!
Hello to all you Team Haiti members! Hey Darlene & Kylie, you sure do look pretty tough in that one picture where you all are flexing those muscles. I sure would not want to be that soccer team that goes against you today. Keep up the good work and I will keep up the prayers on this end of things. Lots of love and kisses!
Hi Koryssa and Emilee I am so proud of you for all you are doing for Him. I can't wait each day for the updates or the chance to see your smiling faces in one of the picture!! I can't wait to hear how God has worked in your lives this week. I am continuing to pray for you throughout each day. Today you have passed the half way point and I am praying for strength and continued grace as you minister and work in Haiti. I know you must be very tired , hot and very sweaty but remember---YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!! I miss you sooooo much and can't wait to hug and kiss you both! Love Dad XOXOXOXOXOXOXO PS...Hannah says " PLEASE hurry home!" !!
Hi Emilee! I am so glad to read about the great things you have been doing this week, and how you have been blessing the people of Haiti. I have been so honored to get to know you this year, and I can't wait to see you next week! It's been pretty rainy up here--- I'm curious to know what the weather is like down there! I am praying for you everyday, and God Bless! Love, Debs
Hello team Haiti....I love that I can see what you are all up too, and how much I wish I could be there as well. Great work to all of you. God I am sure is pleased. Hug all those beautiful children for me. Kylie I miss you and you seem so at home there. I am praying that your trip will be productive and that you all come home safely. Love Mrs. K Ps. Kylie kick some goals in soccer and show them how NH kids do it....luv you...
Hi Derek. I wanted to let you know that I am lifting you and your team up in my prayers. I know that you will be a blessing and be blessed through all that you are doing. Be light unleashed. I love you!
Praying this verse for your team today 1 Chronicles 16:11 "Seek the LORD and HIS strength; seek HIS presence continually" May His strength carry you to the end and may His presence be a light to all those around you. Thinking and praying for you so much! Thankyou for selflessly giving and giving, working so hard to help others and stepping out of your comfort zone for His glory!!! Love you bunches Koryssa and Emmy
Austin ____ I'm so proud of you! I want you to know you and your family are everyday in my prayers. I'm praying for the souls of the children you are serving. Following God is not work if you find your niche. You will find new depths of compassion, tolerance, love, committment, and inner strength. You will find by helping the children in Haiti that your bonds with your own family, and with God will be stronger. You'll learn leadership skills and talents you never know existed. You'll make friends that will last a lifetime, even in the short time you are there. No one is immune from the bad things in life as the people you are serving are living testament, but with God as your holy father, Jesus in your heart, the Holy Spirit surrounding you, the angels watching over you, and your family behind you, you'll be able to keep your life in balance and look for the good in everything. I love you.
Hey Kate - this is the third time I try to leave you a message - LOL. I was glad to hear that you arrived safely and it sounds like things are going well. I wanted you to know that our family is praying for you every day. I hope that you are able to bless all those that you meet, and that the Lord' will fill your hear with joy as you serve Him in this mission field. Love and hugs!
Koryssa and Emilee. Having just been in Haiti last month I know what you r doing for the people is such a blessing to them who have soooo little! God uses every smile u give to the Haitian people as an encouragement to these precious people and u are truly BLESSINGS to them! Love you and we are so proud of you and all God is doing in your lives as you pour out to others.
Is everyone having a good time in Haiti? Austin - are you giving out the dum-dum lollipops out? Love ya Bro
Tim - Just a quick note to let you know that we're following the journal of your tremendous efforts. The continuation of, what will likely be, a life-long mission for you and your family. Also, let Kylie know that I forwarded the link to Brendan so he could follow as well. Have fun at Bassin Bleu, and Michelle says "Ke Bondye beni w." ('May God bless you' in Creole) God Bless, Coach
Wow team! You're halfway through the trp. It goes by fast doesn't it? Well, remember this as you start to get homesick, blistered, sundburned, tired, and your energy level is draining fast (if not already empty). "My body and my mind may become weak, but God is my strength." -Pslam 73:26 Continue to rely on Him for everything :) You have a ton of people praying for you! Finish strong yall!!!!
Hi Dar and Kylie, So glad to hear that all is going well. What an experience of a lifetime. I am sure you are all being a real blessing to the people you are meeting and working with. We are praying for you and look forward to seeing you this weekend. Life is Good!
Stilll thinking about you and praying for the success of your mission. You are experiencing something many young people like yourself never get to do--meeting and working with people of other countries and seeing how they live is a valuable addition to your life. It is very broadening and rewarding. We all look forward to your return and all the hearing all the wonderful things you and your friends have done. Love, Grammy
Good morning Koryssa and Emmy, i love you andI can't wait til I see you cuz i miss you so much!! You better pone them today in soccer (you too Wes)!! Keep up your great testimony to the Haitains. I am praying for you guys everyday!! Wes, Derek and Tim... i sure hope your watching out for my sisters!!! Thanks ;-)
Hi Danny, So exciting to hear of how the Lord is using the team to bring others to Christ! Keep up the good work. We continue to pray for you. We love you very much. Looking forward to seeing you in Miami.
You are almost half way through the week. Hope you are holding up well. It must be exhausting, being in such new surroundings and trying to sleep with so much going on. We all miss you. Luv Dad.
Koryssa , Emilee and Wes , it s a blessing to read all this hoping the Lord keep moving in ways we can never expected or know ... but really prayin for u guys and lettin the Lord do the work in n through u ... awesome to hear the Lord is doing so much n i will continue to read and pray for u guys!
Hey Faxon girls! I was over the house tonight checking in on the house full of boys (Dad, Diezel, and Gus). Diezel played ball with me and I made sure Gus got some love. Dad seems to be subsisting on frozen dinners, but I think he will make it. We all miss you, but I can see from your pictures you are having a great time and making a big difference in the lives of the people there. Enjoy every minute! Praying for you and thinking of you everyday. Love you! xoxo
To Emilee and Koryssa: Sadie says " I love you Emmy and Koryssa really much and you love me too. I will miss you 'till you come back. I hope you have a good time and I hope you have a nice day in Haiti. Amen." :) From Jadon: "NO!" :) From Mommy Tour: Emilee - did you look under ALL the chairs yet? Katie Gore - Heads up! Koryssa - you're the cutest! We are praying for all of you by name this week and can't wait to hear all about how God has worked. Love that I can picture where you are and what you're doing. I know you must all be so tired but cling to these moments...God is at work and desires to use YOU! Love and prayers!
Hello all! Well, it sure looks like you are having a big impact on all those young people you are working with. I sure do miss you Darlene and Kylie, however; I am glad you are where you are. I will keep praying for your safety and the ministry you are having with the Haitian people. I certainly hope we will see a "W" in the win/loss soccer game standings soon! :)
Hi Woogy! I am so glad you and the whole team arrived safely! I have been praying for you all and I love love love reading the journal entries about what is going on there! You are so special to us here, the house just isn't the same without our crazy Woogy (and Daddy)! God is doing great things through you all, continue to rely on Him during your trip, there are so many people praying for all of you. Lots and lots of love, Charissa ps: I am reminded right now in writing this that I am supposed to be getting the mail....don't worry, I'll try to get it at least once before you come home ;-)
Lauren, We LOVE you and so excited you've had this wonderful experience. May the Lord continue His work through you and your group. We have enjoyed reading about your daily schedule and work. May you all continue to be a blessing to others and open to all God's blessings for your lives as well. Look forward to hearing more :) XOX
Hi Lauren! We love and miss you! We are praying daily for your strength, safety, and ministry...along with the whole team! Enjoying the stories/updates on how God is using everyone each day...and the pics! Dad leaves tomorrow for the week, so it will be REALLY quiet around here with the three of you gone! Looking forward to Friday night, but SO glad you have the opportunity to have a few more days to be used by the Lord in Haiti!! P.S. Bring the sunshine back with you...tons of rain here! :) Love you, Mom
Hi Koryssa! Here's your message. Haha. I'm praying that you guys are safe and are having a great time. Can't wait until you guys come home! Miss you and Emily and Wes and I'll see you soon.
Danny et al Love you all and praying for you. God bless!
Dear Danny, We pray for you each day. We read many of the comments. What a Blessing. So thankful for you and your desire to serve the Lord! Please have everyone pray for Samantha and her surgery on Tuesday. Jordan says hi. She has been praying for you and Emily. Our love and prayers, Grandmom and Grandpop Our love to all of you
Hey D, cant wait till you come back home in 4 days. It has been weird without you here. I am always just about to say "wheres Der..." oh wait haha. Miss you bro.
I miss You and I love you dadddy!!!! I've been a big helper! when you come home you will see a six year old and we will Have a cake!!!!!!! I've been praying for you. be home soon love Ali
hi Derek , We are so proud of you. You will be in our prayers,and we also want to say have fun:). God has truly blessed you with a gift. :) Sincerely, Emily
Dad I miss you so much! I've been praying for you every single night. I hope you are having a fun time in Haiti. I love you so much! I know that God is happy that you and the Haiti team are telling people about Jesus. I've been doing good in school. I've also been being a good and helpful big brother. I hope you appreciate that. I typed this all by myself. Good-bye. Love Noah.
hi katie and friends! i am thinking of you and praying for you and so proud of you for what you are doing! much love and hugs,auntie di
Praying for a restful night for you all, for His comfort in your sleep. Strength for your minds, hearts, and bodies to do the work He has for you. Lindsay beat me at sending Joshua 1:9, but that's what I'm praying for you. <3 Miss ya Tim
God has brought a couple of scriptures to mind today for you Derek, so I thought I would share them...."Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." Phil. 4:8 This is one of my favorites. And now one of yours.... "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13 Cling to the truth of these verses when times are hard. I love you and am so proud of you my sweet son.
Hey Koryssa and Emilee, I pray for yu alot each day and look forward to seeing the pictures and reading about your day! I am so happy that God is doing work through you in Haiti. I can't wait to see pictures and hear alllllllllll about it!!!! I want to share Joshua 1:9 to encourage you:"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Love you Wes I am praying for you too!! Take good care of my sisters!! Have fun everyone =)
Hey Koryssa and Emilee! Just wanted you to know that we're praying for you! How is ministry going? So neat to hear about your ministry on the beach with the children. Can't wait to hear how God is using you all and working in your own hearts and lives! Love, Kelly
Hey guys! I hope you are having an amazing time and remember this verse "I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me." Philipians 4:13. I miss you Emmy, Koryssa, Lauren, Katie, and Hannah, but I know God is doing wonderful things through each one of you! Have a great rest of the week and I'll see you when you get back!!:) Love and miss you guys soooooo much!:) <3
Hi Derek. Just wanted you to know that I am praying for you and your team! My prayer is that you will be a blessing to those you are ministering to but that in the process you will be blessed as only God can do. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Hi Kait (and everyone else!), I am praying for you every day! For both your safety, the many people you will meet as your serve, and also that God will open and soften your hearts to the many things I know you will see, hear, and experience in your time there. I imagine that in the coming days you'll begin to feel some tiredness that comes with doing something that stretches you and pulls you out of your comfort zone. For those times, remember all the prayers that are being said on your behalf! You are loved and supported. Keep in perspective that you are just a visitor in a place that is everyday reality for those you meet and minister to. Be open to letting your heart break and then change in the face of that truth. Keep humble. It will remind you that "all you have is Christ." You will understand in a whole new way how much God loves ALL people--remember the passage in Matthew about the sparrows? This morning I thought of one of my favorite verses (in The Message translation, which I think works really nicely for bringing some new implications to this particular passage) when I was praying for you, and I think it is particularly relevant: "Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life." —Galatians 6:4-5 God has given you (and all your teammates!) special gifts and talents, so make sure you appreciate that you all bring something different to the table in your ministry there. I know you will. Do your "creative best," putting the gifts of the Spirit that you have into practice. I love and miss you! Meliss
Hi son - I am hoping you are having a great time. It is pretty awesome to see all the prayers and support being sent to you and the team. We all anxiously wait for the updates each day to see how God is using you all. I'm sure the work is tiring but also rewarding. Today's LOOKUP2HIM text key word is FAITH. Since I can't forward them to you here are the messages to come across so far: Hebrews 11:6 - God says it is impossible to please Him without FAITH. Romans 5:1 - Therefore, since we have been justifed through FAITH, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesions 3:12 - In Him and through FAITH in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I hope you find these an encouragement. More to come - Love and Miss you - Chief
Good morning! Kate, we miss you and are sending along hugs from all of us. Hope that you were able to get some sleep last night. We continue to pray for you and all the team for strength and endurance! "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16. Even when you are hot, sweaty, and tired. Love you! <3
Austin, Cristian misses you everyday. I think he misses his morning notes in the shower the most! I hope you are living life to the fullest and spreading God's word. I know you are a great Leader. May God bless you and the Haiti team. The Mutter
Hey Team! It's been great following along with your trip so far. Thank you all for loving the people of Haiti. God is doing great things through you this week, even when you don't know it. Keep up the great work, Pelicans!
Hey Haiti team! Hope you all have a great time! It will be a life changing week for you, no doubt, so enjoy every moment of it! Hi Best-Friend-Katie! I love you and miss you tons! Can't wait to hear about everything! :) Lots of love and prayers, Julia
Derek, Can't even tell you how full of joy it makes my heart to see you serving the Lord in this way. It seems like yesterday that you were an adorable little kindergartener at CrossWay, and yet here you are, in Haiti, on a mission trip. Wow. Praying for you, young man!
derek my game got cancelled... yyyeeesss!!!!!!!!!!!!! you'll be home on friday aw man jk i miss you.
Oops - Derek - Typo - but you OWN it - the journey you are ON ! - :)
Hi Derek - We're so proud of you and the journey you are own. We're thinking of you throughout each day and anxiously await the daily posts to see how you are all doing and what you've all accomplished each day. We love you! Gramma and Djadek
Darlene!!! Yay I'm glad you guys made it there safely. Have an awesome time playing soccer. Praying for you!
Good RaInY morning =D Praying you all had a peaceful nights rest, dreaming of floating down the river on your pool rafts!! We sure do miss you Koryssa and Emmy! Praying for God to give you an EXTRA measure of HIS strength as you soar thru the day! May your beautiful smiles be a reflection of HIS love as you reach out above and beyond. In blessing others, we know your lives are being abundantly blessed as well! Love you bunches! Matt.25:35,36 "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Thankyou team for sharing Christ's love to the Haitain community! (even when your hot, sweaty and tired)
Getting ready for work this morning and wanted to check in and see how you were doing. I am trying to picture you playing soccer and all I can think of is my little girl who was 5 when I signed her up to play for the first time and now look at her all grown up. Luv Dad.
Hey gen Ayiti Ekip! Map priye pou nou tout sa w ap gen ak enpak sou moun yo la. Di tout moun gen mwen manke yo te gen. Deo, asire w ke ou bay yon akolad alèz Almondo pou m ', li pral janm rekonesan. , Epi fè sèten Woogy vin cheve l 'mouye nan dlo a reken enfeste nan Ayiti. Ak choute kèk shins pandan jwèt yo. Bondye va beni nou tout! Hey there Haiti Team! I am Praying for you all that you will have and impact on the people there. Tell everyone there I miss being there. Deo, make sure you give an uncomfortable hug to Almondo for me, he will be ever grateful. And make sure Woogy gets his hair wet in the shark infested waters of Haiti. And kick some shins during the games.
Praying for you all down there! Tim, the worship team missed your bass playing today but are glad you are serving God. Tracy & Hannah, praying that you will get to see God use your team greatly
HI Danny, So glad to hear that you and the team arrived safely. We also arrived at our destination this evening. We are praying for you that God will bless the work of the team and that you will see great spiritual fruit.
Wesley, I am so thankful to the Lord for giving you this opportunity to serve Him in Haiti. Knowing you must be so tired right now, we are all praying for you for strength and stamina and many opportunities to share the love of Christ. Remember you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. Rest well and know that we love you so much!!
Rachel, I'm glad to hear you arrived safely. I'm praying for you and the team and hope you guys have a great week. I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back. I miss and love you!
Ecclesiastes 4:12 says that a cord of three strands is not easily broken. Hope you guys are doing well and being drawn closer to each other and to God!! Keep doing the work He has for you!! P.S. If my mom didn't play in the soccer game, everyone has to persuade her to play! she's gotta live up to the Wood family name!!
Hi everyone!!! Sounds like everything has been going really well so far! I love reading the updates everyday. I am praying for you all and know that God is using you all in great ways to further His kingdom. I wish I could be there with you!!! I know you all must be starting to get tired and maybe a bit sick, but remember that He is your strength and will give you everything you need to get through each and every day. Eat some of that delicious Haitian food for me.... I miss it so much! Love you all!
Hi Emmy and Krissa, I miss you SOOOOOOO much and love you TONS! I am praying for you and keeping your bed warm Emmy and keeping Rosie happy Krissa! xoxoxo
Ky and Mum, Very glad to see you made it safely! Miss you both very much, but hope that you enjoy your time there and are able to serve the people of Haiti. We will be praying and thinking of you all week! Love you both big as Florida! xoxo
Friends! Oh how I miss each one of you and wish so badly I was there. You have no idea how much it's killing me. I know though that God is working in each of your lives and that He is using each one of you as His hands and feet and stretching you in ways that you never thought were possible. Remember, enjoy each day and live it to the fullest, give it all you've got...God will help give you that extra energy boost ;) Miss and love you all, esp Koryssa & Emmy. Know that I am praying and my heart is with you. Love you guys!
I pray that today and your days ahead will be a great blessing to you and those that you minster to. I miss you dearly Derek, and God has continually been bringing you to mind. He says to 'be still and know that HE is God'...That is my prayer for each of you. That in all of this, the ups and downs of the days, the blessings and the sadness of what you see around you, that you would be confident in the Father, who already has a perfect plan in place, that you will be still in Him and remember that He is God of all. Cling to Him, our unchanging and unfailing God! I love you Derek!
“The LORD himself will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forget you. Don’t be afraid and don’t worry.” –Deuteronomy 31:8 Have FUN!!!!!
Rachel, the Lord is looking down at you and your Hiati group and smiling from ear to ear. HE is so proud of your sacrifice of love for people who might not know His Love. I miss you and wish I were with you. Love Mom!
Tim, Your bass looked lonely on stage without you this morning but I know you're where God wants you to be :) Dad's missing his hugs and hopes all is well. We're praying for you all, knowing you'll be used in amazing ways.
I almost forgot...happy anniversary Kylie! 9 months! Love you babe!
Hello Faxon ladies, I see you guys made ok, im very thankful for that! I hope everything is going well and you guys give all your love and support to everyone there who needs it! Our family misses you and i do extremely bad! Ill keep praying for you! I love you guys! Keep safe and have fun! that goes for the whole team! good luck y'all!!!
Hey, Rachel, did you know that almost 56 years ago Grammy and Papa spent their honeymoon in Haiti. We were at the beautiful Hotel Choucoune in a little mountain village called "Petionville" about an hour ride from Port au Prince. Your Dad was just a gleam in my eye at that time and now here you are doing the Lord's work down there. We are very proud of you, Sweetheart, and know that you will be a blessing to the folks you serve and those you serve with. We love you and look forward to hearing all about this adventure. God bless you. Grammy & Papa
Hey Kate, Glad you arrived safely. We are praying for you and the whole team! We miss you and love you! Have a great week serving our God! He will provide all that you need. Love you. Mom, Dad, & Josh
Hello Darlene & Kylie, So glad you made it safely, I have been praying for you. I miss you both but am glad you are there. Diezal and Gus are missing you also!
Marissa is harassing me about my first post as Dad!!!! She says I need to better identify myself. Missing my softball partner. My season starts next week and I have no one to work with me to get me back in the groove. You should be settling in by now. Hope you are holding up well. We have rain, rain and rain right now, I'll bet your weather is better. Have fun today:)
Rachel!!!! I miss you a lot..... i have no one to drive me around and keep me company except maddie hicks hehe just kidding How are you doing? Have you tripped over your own feet yet in soccer..... i wish i could see that(: I love you so much and miss you tell me everything when you get home! By the way i got a new phone but it kinda stinks but thats okay. Dad won't let me write my P.S. i'll tell you when you get home
RACH!!!! Hows Haiti? Is there anything interesting over there? We all wish you luck!!
Good Morning Koryssa and Emilee, As you wake this morning I am sure you are very tired. I am praying constantly that you will be the soft clay in the Lord's Hands and that 'His Will' shines through you in all your actions, attitudes and and talk. May His Bright Light show true to all the Haitian people around you. So proud of you both! Always remember how BEAUTIFUL you are (especially when sweaty& tired) Praying God's Strength carries you everyday!! I love you always, Dad xoxo
Hey team! I am praying for every one of you on this amazing trip. Remember, show them God's love but do not forget to tell them about Jesus' life! Every day is full of opportunities so take them. Get outside of your box and let God work through you. I wish I could have gone back with you guys but this just means I will be praying even harder for yall. Here is a verse for yall as you begin this unforgettable week. "It will not really be you speaking but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you" -Matthew 8:20. Have a GREAT time!!!! p.s. Jim, tell all the PPM staff and translators down there that I say Hi and that I miss them!
Praying for a good restful sleep tonight =D Eph. 3:20 (message) "God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us" Praying and asking God to do great things within each of you as you give, give and give some more! Keep focused on Christ! We love you bunches Koryssa and Emmy and know your love for the children will touch so many just with your smiles and hugs!, Thinking about YOU .....
I hope you guys have an amazing time! I already miss you Emilee, Koryssa, Lauren, Hannah, and Katie. You guys will have so much fun! God is gonna shine through you guys in so many ways and it's gonna be so awesome to hear all of the stories when you guys get back. I hope you guys stay safe and I am and will be praying for you guys. Have an AmAzInG time and I will see you when you get back!:)
Rachel, I am so excited for you and this amazing journey you are on. You have so much to give! These people that you will be with will be touched by your love in ways in you will not know now! Shine on!
Hello Danny We are praying for you and the team. Have a great week. We miss you and love you and are excited about how God is going to use you and the team for His glory. Your sisters especially miss you. Dad
Rachel - How you holding up? Missed seeing you play softball today. What a great experience you are having. Hope all is well. I have been thinking of you all day. Luv Dad.
I am so excited to see how God is going to work in and through you all!!! Derek, I am so proud of you and would rather have you no other place then right where God has called you! Words of wisdom from my friend Deb:~) Although I miss you already, it is worth every minute of missing you to watch God use you in and amongst the people of Haiti. Squeeze those little ones for me! Love you so much! Mom/ Kelly/ Mrs. Hudson
Can't wait to hear how God's using you! Love ya Tim!
Hi Haiti team! I'm praying you have an awesome trip and that God will use you mightily! Even when you're tired God will give you strength to keep working. "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:30-31 Hug some Haitian kids for me! :)
Rachel, Your the Bomb! So proud of you. Love Mom, Bring your sunshine to Haiti!