Highpoint Fellowship | Haiti

| June 29 to July 05, 2013

Local Host:
Staff: Eric Richardson

Trip Journal Updates

We're Here!
by Veronica H | June 29, 2013
We made it safely here! We had a great traditional Haitian dinner, met our partner team and are settling in to our home for the next week. We are so excited to see what God will do!

Getting Started
by Joshua and Veronica | June 30, 2013
What a fantastic day! We were up before the sun, getting ready for church in Mariani, the city we will be serving in a lot this week. After a breakfast of homemade bread (from Good Shepherd Orphanage), ham, cheese, and Haitian coffee, we loaded the bus and made the quick drive to Pastor Valcourt's church. The permanent building is still under construction, so the congregation meets under a tent. This is an added ambiance to the three hour service spent with our Haitian brothers and sisters. This is truly a blessing. Today was extra special: we were warmly welcomed, it's Father's Day in Haiti, and there was a baby dedication. Our team was invited to sing a couple of songs as well. As if this morning was not enough blessing, we came back to our lodging at MEBSH to a full blown Haitian meal of turkey, rice and beans, Creole sauce, scalloped potatoes, pasta casserole, and mixed vegetables. This was complimented by hand made passion fruit and mango juice. After a bit of rest, we loaded on the bus again and headed to Good Shepherd Orphanage, where Sister Mona gave a history and tour of the grounds and ministry. God is on the move at GSO! God is on the move in Haiti! We are excited to see what He has invited us to this coming work week!

Highpoint Singing!
by Joshua and Veronica | June 30, 2013
Mariani Church service.

A Glimpse of the Future
by Joshua and Veronica | June 30, 2013
Pictures of Mariani completed. Wow!

VBS Planning
by Joshua and Veronica | June 30, 2013
Getting ready for this week's VBS at Good Shepherd Orphanage.

What a View!
by Joshua and Veronica | June 30, 2013
The view from the top of the new building at Good Shepherd. If that is not enough, turn around and the mountains are behind!

First Day of Ministry
by Emma | July 2, 2013
Today we started our first work day with Vacation Bible School at Good Shepherd Orphanage (GSO)! We had five different stations consisting of crafts, Bible story, games, face painting, and fun! The children were having so much fun and can’t wait for the next two days!

After we finished up with Vacation Bible School we came back to Cote Plage and had some lunch and headed out to Mariani to do some construction! After the hike up “the hill”, we passed buckets of water so that the two men, Simone and Bernard, helping us could start making concrete. After the concrete was mixed we began about two hours of passing buckets of concrete down the church to fill foundations for the walls. During those two hours there was a rain storm for about half of it. We couldn’t stop because then the concrete would harden but none of us wanted to stop anyway. We finally finished the footer and took a small break while the rain ended.

After the rain we had some sports ministry with the local kids in Mariani. There was, of course, a pick up soccer game, Haitians vs. Americans (guess who won?) and a lot of singing and dancing with the girls.

Today has been a blessed day and we can’t wait to keep going tomorrow! As Sister Mona (the lady that runs GSO) says “God put us here to play” and we are finding that to be very true.

Pray for us tomorrow as we continue with VBS as we are expecting about twice as many children as we had today, and also as we continue with the construction!


Face Painting
by Emma | July 2, 2013
Doing some face painting on the first day of Vacation Bible School!

Snack Time
by Emma | July 2, 2013
The kids waiting patiently for some juice and crackers during snack time!

Passing Buckets
by Emma | July 2, 2013
The team passing buckets of concrete in between two buildings to fill the footer!

Post Rain Storm
by Emma | July 2, 2013
It got a little muddy after we continued passing buckets while there was a rain storm going on! God blessed us with some cooler weather which actually felt wonderful!

Soccer Time
by Emma | July 2, 2013
After we got done passing buckets, we played with the kids in the community, and of course, a game of soccer had to happen!

Noah's Arc and Moving Dirt
by Emma | July 2, 2013
Today we started the day off with a delicious breakfast of Peanut Butter and Jelly then it was off to Vacation Bible School at Good Shepherd Orphanage. The day went great and the kids learned about Noah’s Ark. They got to color sheets and make pipe cleaner eye glasses! After a long day of VBS we ended it with some singing and some snacks!

After we stopped in for lunch we headed out to the work site, and instead of moving buckets of concrete we got to move buckets of dirt! We had to level out the ground where they made the footers so that they could start laying the foundation. We found out that the place we’re working on is bathrooms for the church! Some of us were given the opportunity to use a pick axe and break up the ground while some of us shoveled the dirt into the buckets to be passed.

When we finished the dirt buckets we had another sports ministry with the kids in Mariani. Of course another game of soccer was started and this time we had a group that was coloring and making string bracelets! We also had some Haitians showing off their gymnastic talents!

It’s been a long day and we are all anxious to get some sleep! Pray for us tomorrow as we have our last day of VBS and continue work at Mariani!

Playing Around
by Emma | July 2, 2013
Playing with the kids during the games station of Vacation Bible School! They loved the parachute and were giggling very loudly!

Playing Around
by Emma | July 2, 2013
Playing with the kids during the games station of Vacation Bible School! They loved the parachute and were giggling very loudly!

Here's Lookin' At You
by Emma | July 2, 2013
Two of the VBS participants enjoying the pipe cleaner glasses they made. Who knew pipe cleaners were so versatile.

More Buckets!
by Emma | July 2, 2013
The team had a great attitude while passing more buckets! This time full of dirt!

What A Duo?
by Emma | July 2, 2013
Working together to break the earth up and fill buckets so we can lay the foundation!

Sleeping Baby
by Emma | July 2, 2013
Some children get so worn out by the end of the day, all they want to do is take a nap! Luckily we are there to help!

Last Day of Ministry
by Emma, Josh, and Veronica | July 3, 2013
Today we started our last day of Vacation Bible School and construction at Mariani. At Bible School the children learned about how Jesus fed the 5,000! Then we got the chance to feed the 5,000 (or maybe just about 100, but it felt like 5,000!) Today we had the biggest attendance as more neighborhood children came and joined us at GSO. We enjoyed listening to the children sing songs about Jesus, even though there was a language barrier.

After lunch we went to Mariani to finish up some construction. We started by moving two huge piles of cement blocks and then passed buckets of concrete to make columns that are the entry way for a new clinic! Each five gallon bucket is only filled about two shovel fulls of concrete. So basically we passed at least 75 buckets per column, and there were 2 1/2 columns. After we finished the construction we started sports ministry and another soccer insued. At the end of the game it was tied so the game went into penalty kicks. Team America came out on top by one PK (this time). Some of the group had fun with the other children by coloring and making string friendship bracelets!

Tomorrow we head out to the beach at Jacmel to enjoy the sunshine and some much needed rest. The drive will be about two hours through the mountains but the views will be worth it. Pray for us as we travel and enjoy the new parts of Haiti.

Look How Much Has Been Done!
by Emma, Josh, and Veronica | July 3, 2013
The Highpoint team in front of Mariani Church after a long three days of construction.

Working Away
by Emma, Josh, and Veronica | July 3, 2013
Another day of passing heavy objects! This time it was two piles of cinder blocks!

All Together
by Emma, Josh, and Veronica | July 3, 2013
The whole group in front of Mariani Church.

A Little R&R
by Emma | July 4, 2013
Today we had our day of fun and recreation! We took a bus through the mountains for three hours to the beaches of Jacmel! The beaches were picture perfect and we enjoyed our day of sunshine! When we returned we ate Pumpkin Stew which the Haitians eat on their independence day! The cooks were so nice to make it for our Independence Day! We then did our closing meeting at GSO on top of the rooftop over looking at the ocean. After the meeting closed we were treated to a few “fireworks” which were just enough to celebrate not only America’s independence, but Haiti’s as well. We were also blessed to enjoy the freedom we have in Christ every day!

Tomorrow part of our team flies home so pray for safe travels. The other team travels to St. Mark to visit a church and hospital that they helped sponsor. Pray for safe travels for both teams and that we continue to keep Haiti in our hearts when we return home!

Happy 4th of July!!

Some Help From My Friends
by Emma | July 4, 2013
Parker gets buried in the sand by some friends!

A Very Good Day
by Emma | July 4, 2013
Celebrating after a recommitment and spontaneous Baptism!

Happy 4th!
by Emma | July 4, 2013
Fireworks on the roof after our meeting! What a great way to end the week!

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