Friday, March 10, 2017

Stop for the One

Today, was our first full-day out in the field, and it was incredible! We began the day with a devotion titled “Stop for the One.” This devotion focused on the need to notice the worth of the person in front of you, and to never forget the power of just being willing to stop for one. It also reminded us that God intentionally places individuals in our paths. Our prayer, our conversation, our smile or lingering act of service for one is extremely valuable to God.

This morning, we spent several hours at the “Home for Sick & Dying Babies.” Although the need was great, we focused our attention on a handful of children who needed our care and love. It is always heart-breaking to see children suffering, but it was comforting to see our team focus on specific individuals and really give everything they had to the one child they were holding.

In the afternoon, we visited Dare’s special needs orphanage. This is always an emotionally challenging and frustrating visit, but God likes to stretch us and take us out of our comfort zone. The kids were great and full of energy and excitement with our visit. We did everything from parachute games to sidewalk chalk to wheelchair races, but the visit was really topped by the singing! It was amazing to watch Hailey sing along side some of the older children. As Hailey said there isn’t a language barrier music can’t overcome J


Tomorrow we have another emotionally charged day with a visit to the “Home for Sick & Dying Adults.” Please keep the prayers and well wishes coming…

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Who Does God Say You Are?

Good evening from Haiti!

After a very long day of travel, which began late last night for some, our team from United Methodist Church has arrived safely to our guest house in Port au Prince. Our team comes primarily from the eastern Pennsylvania area, but also from as far away as Alaska. I am very excited and blessed to have been called to help lead this team to be the hands and feet of Christ here in Haiti.

After dinner, we talked about the week ahead, the various ministries we will be helping to support, and the importance of seeing Jesus in everyone we help. However, it is also important to ask “Who Does God Say You Are?” As we work with the elderly, the orphans, the sick and the poor, we have to remember that God often times sees us differently than we see ourselves. We are bursting with the potential to become all that He already says we are.


Wayne

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

We Are HERE and ready to go!

Bon Jour from Haiti!

It feels so good to be here.  We had a wonderfully smooth travel day and are thankful that all of our 13 donation suitcases and personal luggage arrived safely too.

Our spirits are high and we are ready to start our week of service.

Here we are God use us! This morning we are off to serve at the Home for sick and dying babies and Dare's Home for special needs children.  This afternoon we will witness hope for Haitians at the Apparent Project through job creation.

More to come.....



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Serving Beautiful Kids


Started day #4 of serving in Haiti by attending Church on the Rock at 6 AM. Service was mostly praise and worship, majority in Creole, but some worship/hymns in English.  Very moving service, some of us saw familiar faces from previous attendance there.  Haitians worship with great expression & emotion, very friendly to us and welcoming.

We then ate a great breakfast again, and drove to the Home for Sick & Dying Children.  Spent our time holding sick babies, changing a few diapers, and got to feed them as well.  Great to see that most of the kids had parents who visited them today, including several dads as well as the moms.  Several of the babies’ faces will be hard to forget.


Stopped back at our Guest House for a lunch snack, then drove through heavy traffic to Dio’s Special Needs Orphanage.  Saw many smiling faces of kids with physical and/or developmental disabilities.  Tried to pay attention to each child with various activities including blowing bubbles, chalk drawing on the concrete courtyard, playing with a colored parachute, and kicking around a soccer ball with those able.  Saw kids helping each other out and very thankful for our visit.  Again multiple faces and smiles that will be remembered.

Traffic heavier today as people are arriving in Port-au-Prince for Carnival which begins Sunday for 3 days, ending by Ash Wednesday.

Tom & John










Thursday, February 23, 2017

Elders

        Today was more of a laid back day than yesterday, but just as powerful. We got a full tour of Grace Village, got to visit Healing Haiti sponsored elders, and we went to see the Mass Graves Monument for the 2010 Earthquake.

        This was our second time going to see Grace Village and we have been very impressed both times. It is beautiful. The directors and staff there really seem to have it figured out. One of our words of the day that we picked was “progress” because it was amazing to see how much Grace Village has expanded in just two years. They have added a bakery, a restaurant, and have done a great job at strengthening the families in the local areas.

Our second item on the agenda for today was visiting Healing Haiti’s “elders”. We got to come and worship and spend time with these people. It was very powerful. Another one of our words of the day was “respect” because I can not even imagine all of the things that those elders have seen and been through over the years.

The last thing we did was go to the Earthquake Mass Graves Monument. We were told all about what happened on that day in January of 2010, and none of us could even imagine what that would’ve been like. The monument is very beautiful and was made on top of the mass graves of over three hundred thousand people that died in the earthquake.

That was about it for today. We are super excited for what God has in store for us over our last few days!


- Tanner & Chase Freeburg

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Water Truck Day



We stopped at three districts in Cite Soleil, which is the poorest slum in the western hemisphere. There we delivered free water, carried water buckets to people’s “homes”, and most importantly, gave the kids attention. Since most parents are more focused on finding food or any kind of work, they don’t give their own kids the love and attention that all kids need. At ALL times, there was either a bucket or a kid, or both, in our hands and arms. We also visited Haitian Initiative, an organization thats provides over three hundred kids a day with a Feed My Starving Children meal, schooling, and soccer skills.


I also enjoyed our time at the new Hope Church and school.  Transforming this former dump, burial ground and bathroom into a vision of hope for Cite Soleil kids to attend school and for everyone to learn about our God’s amazing love and grace is breathtaking.  It is exciting to think about how this ministry will develop.

I must also say that not only I (Sam's mother) was thinking that Sam (our in country co-leader) was a rock star. Everywhere we went we heard “saam, saam, saam” and he was swarmed by kids, adults, and many beautiful Haitian women who consider Sam their boyfriend.  What a day to meet make new friends including Sam’s Haitian family.

Danny & Lynn





Tuesday, February 21, 2017

True Meaning of Appreciation

Today was our first full day in Haiti.  We started out at 9am after a great breakfast.  Our first stop was about an hour away.  The drive there was a great way to see the city and the Haitian people.  We arrived at the home for the sick and dying for the elderly run by the Sisters of Charity.  This is my first trip to Haiti, I didn’t know what to expect so I was nervous.  We walked up to the building and everyone there was so happy to see us.  We split into men/women groups.  The young girls ran to us with their huge smiles.  I ended up painting fingernails and toenails.  They all loved it.  I couldn’t help but think, “we come from such different places but we all love the same things.”  Who doesn’t love to be all prettied up with nail polish!  As we were leaving a nun came to our “tap tap” (Van) and said that we have touched the lives at the clinic more than we know.  She said even if someone dies tomorrow they had someone there today that cared and wanted to spend time with them.  They weren’t alone.  We provided them with comfort and gave them happiness.

Once we left there we headed to the Haiti Museum.  Wow, did we learn a lot!  We were able to see a priceless crown from a king (literally, millions and millions of dollars) and really pretty artwork.  We learned how the island split many years ago and the history of the slaves.  It was really eye opening.

Our final stop was to an orphanage.  Right when we stepped off the tap tap the kids surrounded us grabbing for our hands, tugging for us to pick them up and hold them. They wanted love, touch and hugs.  The guys acted out a play that all the little ones were super excited for.  Then we brought out the paper bags, glue, color crayons and paper and they went wild!  We stayed just over an hour helping them make their puppets and color.  It was a lot of fun seeing how excited they were over something so simple.  You could tell they were grateful we had spent time with them. They did not want us to leave.   



Tomorrow is our day to deliver water.  We are all looking forward to another adventure filled day!

Doreen


This was my first full day in Haiti. I was nervous for our first stop at the home for the sick and dying for the elderly because I had no idea what to expect or what was expected of me. We immediately split up into gender specific groups. The male group offered to give massages with lotion or give lotion to the men if they preferred. It turned out to be much better than i had envisioned, it was a fairly clean environment and the men were very appreciative of us being there and doing things for them that they couldn’t do for themselves. 

The next stop was the Haiti museum. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about everything in the building. My favorite thing to see was the anchor of the Santa Maria. 

The third and final destination was the orphanage. I thought it was a really powerful thing to see the kids run out to the tap tap and be so excited to see us and have some people to love and care for them. The language barrier with the children was difficult. The kids loved to climb on us and play around. after they made puppets out of paper lunch bags and colored their pictures, I showed them how to make paper airplanes. As we were leaving they were throwing the airplanes at the tap tap. I am still nervous about tomorrow because everyday will bring different things, all of which I have yet to experience. 

Mason