St. Croix Valley United Methodist Church | Haiti

| July 20 to July 26, 2013

Local Host:
Staff: Eric Richardson

Trip Journal Updates

We Have Arrived!
by Caroline | July 19, 2013
By the grace God, we have finally arrived safely in Haiti! After settling into our rooms, we enjoyed a delicious meal of rice, chicken, salad, and fresh cherry juice. This meal was definitely a great first impression for our time here in Haiti. Check out the picture to get a glimpse of the view we enjoyed during dinner. After a quick meeting, we all headed to bed to get rested for our first day of ministry tomorrow. Pray for lives to be changed and hearts to be opened.

First Day of Ministry!
by Caroline & Emma | July 20, 2013
This morning, after a delicious breakfast, we headed to Gressier to begin our ministry for the week. We arrived at the church and got straight to work. We started by moving a pile of rocks via an assembly line to set the footers for a building on the property. After we finished with the rocks, we continued with the footers by passing and pouring buckets of concrete. We are excited to see how the work progresses throughout the week!

Good Shepherd Orphanage
by Caroline & Emma | July 20, 2013
After lunch at the work site, we traveled over to Good Shepherd Orphanage in Carrefour to love on the children there. We were greeted with smiles and contagious laughter! We were equally as excited to have the opportunity to play with them! Some of us were given the opportunity to distribute donations to the little girls at the orphanage. They were so excited to be receiving new, pretty dresses!

Be in continual prayer for us and the locals as we continue our ministry here in Haiti.

by Caroline & Emma | July 21, 2013
We got up bright and early to attend church this morning at Pastor Apollon's church. The congregation welcomed us with open, happy hearts! Three women sang a beautiful song for us; they brought in the children to perform for us as well! Attending church with the Haitians provided us with a glimpse of what Heaven will be like for us. We can only imagine how beautiful it will be when people of every nation, tribe, and language will be worshipping our Creator in unison!

We also got the opportunity to share with the congregation as well! We are so thankful for this opportunity to worship alongside our brothers and sisters in Haiti!

Sunday Funday!
by Caroline & Emma | July 21, 2013
After a delicious lunch at the hotel, we loaded up the bus to head to Good Shepherd Orphanage. These children have already stolen our hearts! We played with chalk, bubbles, and jump ropes. We even had a game of soccer break out! One thing that we have really enjoyed so far this week is simply being able to build relationships. Some of the older kids and adults at Good Shepherd know some English, so communicating with them is quite enjoyable!

Dip in the Ocean!
by Caroline & Emma | July 21, 2013
Before dinner, we were able to enjoy our surroundings and soak in the salt water! What a perfect way to end this awesome day.

Bucket Brigade!
by Caroline & Emma | July 22, 2013
We started the day back at the worksite again this morning! We passed bucket after bucket after bucket of water, cement, and rocks. Some of us also got to make the concrete Haitian style, mixing water, sand, and pebbles. We are constructing a kitchen for Pastor Apolon's church so that the congregation will be able to serve meals on the church grounds. This kitchen will also serve as a guest house for a guard who will oversee the property.

Tree Ministry!
by Caroline & Emma | July 22, 2013
We also got the awesome opportunity to participate in tree ministry this morning! For this ministry, we walk around the community with mango and citrus trees. We stop by different houses offering the trees, but more importantly, offering prayer and encouragement. One man accepted Christ as his Savior today!

Continue to pray for us and the people of the community as we participate in tree ministry again tomorrow!

Playing with Kids
by Caroline & Emma | July 22, 2013
We ended our day at Good Shepherd Orphanage, loving and playing with the kids. We colored pictures, played on the swing set, played basketball and soccer, and enjoyed each other's company!

Overwhelming Joy!
by Stevens | July 23, 2013
What an amazing day!
Started with a very warm day with the construction. We can't believe how much we have gotten done already even though this is just the start of it. "Wa-way" is Creole construction slang. It was used to get us going so fast; lots of blessings, lots of fun & lots of rocks and buckets of concrete were passed. What a privilege it is to serve in this beautiful country of Haiti.

Bearing Fruit
by Caroline | July 23, 2013
We had the opportunity to participate in tree ministry again today! We have thoroughly enjoyed this ministry. Walking through the community, sharing the love of Jesus has been such an incredible experience. We even had the privilege of leading a brother to Christ. It has been a great day!

Play Time
by Caroline | July 23, 2013
We had so much fun at the orphanage again today! Today, we brought musical instruments and a water balloon launcher. The kids had such a good time!

Having Fun Up On the Mountain
by Joshua and Veronica | July 24, 2013
Having a little fun on our rec day.

The View from Up Here
by Joshua and Veronica | July 24, 2013
Today we had the opportunity to enjoy some new parts of Haiti. We started the day up in the mountains at a lookout over Port au Prince. The view was amazing! We were all amazed at what a beautiful place God created.

We had lunch at a restaurant which included pizza! It was quite a treat! We were able to spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel and enjoying the ocean.

Tonight we had our final meeting with Pastor Apollon and he thanked us for our partnership with his ministry. We shared how we saw God moving this week and were able to pray for each other. It was a very special time.

We can't wait to tell you all about our trip!

Last Work Day
by Caroline | July 24, 2013
While most of us were out on the town, some of us stayed back and had one last work day. We started the morning at Good Shepherd Orphanage. We had so much fun making glasses out of pipe cleaners! Unfortunately, today was our last day with these precious children. Goodbyes are hard!

After spending the morning at the orphanage, we headed back to Pastor Apolon's church to put in a little more work. We passed more water buckets and rocks. We also had the privilege of going out on one last tree ministry trip today. There is so much fruit being produced from this ministry, literally and spiritually! We are definitely blessed to be a part of it!

First Group is Homeward Bound
by Veronica and Joshua | July 25, 2013
Just a quick note to let everyone know that the first group has arrived safely at the airport after a easy morning and a great lunch at a nearby restaurant. Can't wait to see everyone!

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lisa russell

Hi Chris, praying for you and your mission. God Bless all of you

Marv & Mary Lou Friedrich

Hope we are not to late sending this message. Hope you are all in good health. We have been checking the pictures, which gives us some idea of what is going on. We also check out the comments from friends and relatives back home. I was just thinking that the Lord works in funny ways. #1 He is installing in the hearts and minds of the people of Haiti, that there has to be a loving and caring God. and #2 He teaches us to be thankful for all that we have. Thank you ALL for this mission. GOD BLESS

Ruth Pettitt

Chris, Praying that God will bless you as you serve as God's hands and feet. Praying for favor for you and your team. "For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield." Psalm 5:12 Can't wait to hear what God has done. Ruthie

Mark Friedrich

Hi everyone, looks like you are having a little fun while you are helping out - that's the way it should be : - ) How did Pete's trumpet playing go? I'll bet they enjoyed it! so long for now. Love - Mark

Dan Bennis

Sounds like you guys have been very busy! Praying for the mission team and all the Haitian people. May they get to know Jesus through each of you.

Jon Kingstad

What a joy to see your happy faces! We are all praying for you and the Lord's presence during your ministry. Your photos bring to mind the following from Philippians (which you know we're all reading in church these days): "in all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6. I know Norma and Cindy will not be physically present at tonight's Mission Team meeting but you will all definitely be there!

Kathy Brandt

Hey Haiti team! A big shout out from Minnesota. I've been thinking about you and trying to visualize what you are seeing and experiencing as you do God's work in Haiti. I pray for your strength, patience, and safety as you show God's love to the Haitian people. Philippians 4:13 "I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me." There is so much joy in this journey. God Bless! Kathy

JoAnn Kopelke

Just wanted to say "hi" again. I absolutely love and look forward to checking each day for new entries about your days in Haiti. I can feel God working through all of you in so many ways! Steven, I'm so proud of you and miss you so much. Keep sharing God's word through your voices and your actions. I know they appreciate this so much.

Delaine, David,Sally, warren, Courtney, Noah, wp

Hey Cindy & Alecia, looks like your having a great time! Great pictures! We see God working through you! Keep the faith! We are having malts now, and game time, missing you. Love the Family



Linda Petersen

I love seeing how your dedication and hard work planning is now coming to fruition in the mission field. What a blessing you are to those you are serving and touching this week. Keep your hearts open to Gods direction as you never know where He might lead you this week. Please keep one eye on Norma at all times ? and have a fun and memorable trip. Blessings to you all!

JoAnn Kopelke, Greg Pruden, and Ryan Kopelke

It was SO great to see the group pictures! We have been thinking about and praying for all of you nonstop as you all partake in this great adventure of sharing your Christianity with the wonderful Haitians. I know this will change your lives forever as it will do for our Haitian brothers and sisters. We miss you so much and can't wait to hear about all of your adventures. Just remember that prayers will keep flowing and all our thoughts are with you for strength, safety, and love.

Mark Friedrich

Hello all, So glad everyone has arrived safely. I am so proud of all of you for having the faith and courage to step way out of your comfort zones to make a difference for people less fortunate. I will do a PPF at church tomorrow for the Haiti team, you can never have too much prayer. Hello and prayers from Mary Lou, Marvin, Marty and Judy as well. Love you all, Mark Act 2:25 David said concerning him: "'I see the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, therefore I will not be shaken"

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