First Baptist | Haiti

| July 19 to July 25, 2013

Local Host:
Staff: Eric Richardson

Trip Journal Updates

We Have Arrived!
by Caroine | 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.

Feeding the Baby
by Caroline & Emma | July 20, 2013
Kristin was able to feed this sweet little girl. Such a sweet moment!

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.

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.

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!

Having Fun Up On the Mountain
by Joshua and Veronica | July 24, 2013
We can't be serious all the time!

Heading Home
by Joshua and Veronica | July 25, 2013
Just a quick note to let everyone we made it to the airport safely this morning. Excited to be coming home but sad to leave.

"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 to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:4-6


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