Haiti Day Six

img_1628I share today from our trip in 2016. Please pray for the men and women who are back in Haiti this week in 2017 ministering to the people there.

We left our sweet friends in Haiti today! As we drove through villages crowded with markets and then continued past the ocean toward Port au Prince, our hearts began to focus on families back home, jobs, and church responsibilities. We feel torn as we remember all the hugs and the way the school children shook our hands and thanked us for all we had done for them. What a change from Monday when the kindergartners cried as we fitted them with shoes! Now they come to us and want to touch us!

Today we participated in chapel services for all the school children. It was fun to watch their faces as they worshipped. Pastor Mark encouraged the young girls to be as Esther — Highly Favored, and the boys to be like Gideon — Mighty Warriors!! He encouraged this new generation to be people of honor as they love and serve God, and to use their talents to change Haiti. There was standing room only in the church building! Continue reading

Haiti Day Five

img_1455I share today from our trip in 2016. Please pray for the men and women who are back in Haiti this week (2017) ministering to the people there.

Today is another day of serving the Lord and loving the people of Haiti! During the night we are awakened by the smell of smoke. Our first reaction is alarm! Fire! But immediately we calm our fears, realizing that the nearby community is burning their trash! It’s hard to sleep with the smoke in the room; our bodies just refuse to relax and sleep!

The sun rises; roosters crow! The six women begin to share the one restroom, taking turns dressing in the bathroom because our sleeping area has an opening to the outdoors as well as an opening to the kitchen area. Breakfast is prepared for us … scrambled eggs and coffee!! Yum!

The medical team loads equipment and climbs onto a truck with the men seated on top of the equipment bags for the bumpy ride down the rocky road. As they arrive, the local men come to help unload and set up the medical clinic. Continue reading

Haiti Day Four

img_4408I share today from our trip in 2016. Please pray for the men and women who are back in Haiti this week ministering to the people there.

As we worship tonight, the church is packed full of Haitian believers. The overflow of children stand outside peering through the open windows. I am reminded that WORSHIP has nothing to do with language. WORSHIP TRULY COMES FROM THE HEART!

The familiar songs are sung … the Haitians sing in French and the Americans sing in English. Little children crowd around us, laying their heads on us during the sermon. They sing loudly to the songs they know; then clap enthusiastically. We share lots of smiles….lots of hugs… lots of love! Continue reading

Haiti Day Three

img_1421I share today from our trip in 2016. Please pray for the men and women who are back in Haiti this week ministering to the people there. Thankfully, TWO medical doctors, TWO dentists, a pharmacist, TWO nurses, and a dental hygienist answered the call to bring medical care to the Haitian people in 2017.

We awaken early with the sounds of donkeys neighing and roosters crowing! Long before the sun is shining, the unfamiliar (to us) sounds of the animals wake us up and we slowly begin to share the limited space to dress and prepare for the day.

Hundreds of Haitians arrive to receive medical help, to have teeth pulled, and to receive medications from the pharmacist. The evangelism team with an interpreter greets the people, and shares the salvation story using colors on a bracelet to explain the LOVE of God. The people are formed into teams and one team at a time, they enter the church which is now a medical facility. Each medical station has an interpreter, and we begin the slow process of interviewing the people to meet their needs. Continue reading

Haiti Day Two

img_1627Today I share about Day Two of our Haiti trip in 2016. Please pray for the 22 men and women who are in Haiti this week  (2017) providing medical and dental care, providing shoes for the children, constructing a kitchen for the school, and providing several other areas of ministry.

Four teams begin to work … Medical, Dental, Shoes, Construction.

The Medical Team saw over one hundred people today! People who have no money for a doctor and no transportation to a doctor. We treated infections, dangerously high blood pressure, and itchy rashes. Men, women, and children wait hours to be seen by the American doctors. Continue reading