Daniel during Craft Time after a energetic Story Time By Jan & Pastor Edger telling the Story of Daniel in the Lions Den & Gods Protection.
Children blowing Bubbles after VBS
A make shift Pharmacy in hotel lobby
Pastor Isaac, Dr. Marks, and Pastor Edgar earlier today in our sorting room here at hotel.
We were visited by people who remembered us from last year and came to thank us for returning.
Tomorrow we will go to Dame Marie,this is the school that we sponsor through Trinity Hope’s Feeding Program.
Charles JR the expressionless little boy who was buried alive for several days with is dead aunt is now the ‘life of the party’. His smiles and energy can be dangerous. Isaac’s Orphanage has brought life to this lad’s future.
Verlande the young lady who legs were crushed in Port au Prince sang standing up Sunday in church. Without access to medical care – she was bedridden and the team last year was told said she would never walk again. They prayed with her. She is afraid return to PaP and will continue her education her in Jeremie but wanted to thank all of you who paid for the doctors. She can now walk but with a lot of pain. She learned in English the words to “From Heaven to Earth / from the Cross to the Grave” knowing we were returning this week to Jeremie.
God does work in mysterious ways…
God is good. June ’08 helped a blind lady out of church on a dark Haitian night. Uneven stairs, across an open sewer , down an unlighted, pot holed Jeremie street she disappeared. The next morning at breakfast the discussion centered on the absence of eyeglasses on all we met. Thus was born HHF’s eyeglass clinic. I regretted not coming last year but was determined to help this year. Sunday morning I saw the and once again made my way thru the crowd of people to help her down the uneven stairs. Still Blind but wearing stylish glasses she thanked me profusely in kreyol.
Yesterday I watched as over 155 people were fitted with used American Eyeglasses.
Thank you Jesus!
Up and ready at 6:30 AM to head to up into the mountain village of Don Marie. We were held up by news that the road was closed by rioters. Elections are next week and protesters were blocking the roads and pelting vehicles with rocks. We regrouped and re-vehicled to enclosed SUV rather than sitting in the back of open pickups. Pastor decided it was safer to drive the to MarFranc instead. We unexpectedly provided the community with an eyeglass clinic and along with two Haitian doctors offered a medical clinic. What a joy to see appreciative faces. Pray for God’s protection and directions the balance of the week – looks like a bumpy week ahead. God knows where we are needed – in him we put our trust.
The main roads continue to be blocked by rioters so for the last three days we have had to completely change our plans. A pastor emailed me when I asked for prayers regarding safety and disappointment due election protesters. He reminded us that when doors are closed God will open others.Wow – what Beautiful Door have been opened to us these last three days. Marfranc on Tuesday, Carrefoursano on Wed., highlighted today with Bouduin. Crossing the Grand Arnese we almost lost Doris and Sue due to swift currents but several men rushed to stop them from floating down stream.
About 12 of the school children in uniform came down to the river to help carry our Meds, VBS material and tubs of seeds and gardening tools across the river and up the mountain side.
Bouduin is one of the schools we support the teachers and Trinity Hope in return provides the 70 students with a meal of beans and rice once a day. What wonderful and welcoming people – BUT the greatest joy was observing the constant flow of students and villagers using the clean water filtration system many of you purchased (300 total @ 35.00 ea).
Gods blessings continued today at the remote mountain village Lutheran Church of Fond Rouge high above city of Jeremie. Community is too poor to offer a school and the children, if they can afford, need to walk two hours to attend. If and When finances are available Pastor would love to provide a Christian school locally. The director of feeding programs for Trinity Hope has been with us all week and said if we could pay for teachers – he would help us get a daily feeding for students. Pray that we can locate sponsors to help bless this community.
10 days that challenged and changed lives.
We brought Doctors and Meds to rural communities.
Provided Eyesight through your donations of Eyeglasses.
We Prayed together and played together. We Sang and Worshipped together.
Children made Lion faces that hung around their necks and throughout the afternoon they would make loin noises and pretend to eat each other.
Tonight we eat and dance together with Pastor Isaac, his family and the orphans.
Remember to Thank God with us and to Pray our safe return to our families.
Entering the next part of the journey: Homeward bound and then “THE STORY”.
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds
- Pray for safe travel, and for ease of flight connections.
- for spiritual growth and changed lives,
- Pray that the focus of members stories honor and reflect Gods role in the mission trip
- May God’s Holy Spirit open doors to tell His STORY.
Hard to say Goodbye to those you love..