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The Bridge Church

Welcome.....The Bridge Church team from Kanata, Ontario (near Ottawa). This is their very first team to Haiti ARISE. It is awesome to have them with us for the next week.  They are led by Jason from Hungry for Life.  Please follow their adventures on the HFL website.  Here is the link.....

http://www.hungryforlife.org/partners/the-bridge-church/october-2017

 

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Tanantulas and Sharing Cirles

Well, we just finished the last full day in Haiti, and the team is packing up to head to the airport at the bright old hour of 0430. As I am remaining in Haiti for a few extra days, I was tasked with the blog tonight. So, here's a quick recap:

The bunk beds received their final coat of varnish this morning, and Pastor Marc informed us that he's already got an infant already in mind to be sleeping in those bunks. Carrie and Wendy even got to spend some time playing with the kids at the school. Before heading out to the beach after lunch, we pulled out a few soccer balls and played with some of the kids in the yard. Carrie, Wendy and I enjoyed a quiet afternoon at the compound, waking around and soaking in our last few hours of sun and sweat. After another delicious supper, we had a brief tarantula wrangling session before having our final debrief with everyone on the roof, sharing our experiences and highlights with Marc and Lisa. Finally before heading off to finish all last minute packing, we sang and ate cake in honor of Al's 50th birthday tomorrow!

Well, we've finished all our projects, eaten our final mangoes, taken our last cold showers, played with our last tarantula and given our last hugs to our Haitian friends. The bags are packed and everyone is off to sleep ...

See you soon,

Jess (and the rest of the Daystar Team)

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Bouncing Hammers and Jumping Outside Comfort Zones

So, on Monday our fearless leader Jerome got hammered.

Yep, so hammered his eyes were blurry – well one eye anyway. The big rubber mallet we were using to put tight parts together broke as I was hammering. The end bounced, and hit Jerome so hard that I was amazed it didn't break his cheekbone. With ice quickly applied (thanks to Carrie's fast running), the good ministrations of Wendy (one of our nurses), and lots of prayer and laying on of hands, by the afternoon it was much healed and he was able to continue work, which he then proceeded to do jumping around on a rusted tin roof with flip-flops and saggy cross members. After slicing his finger half off the next morning trying to cut open his shaving cream can to get the last drop, we again laid on hands, prayed, and Bill decided we needed a safety meeting. For the rest of the trip we are watching him like a hawk, praying daily for the Lord to protect him, and jeering him constantly about what he is and is not allowed to do ;).

Doing the tin roof on the outside cook house was a bit interesting. In the middle of the roof the tin sheets over-lap a couple feet and it was a really good place for big nasty cockroaches and spiders to hide. Scared us pretty good the first time or two we ran into them, but armed with hammers and a big can of bug spray we soldiered on lol.

Today we also stretched our comfort zone a little by visiting a few neighborhood homes and evangelizing. Each member of the team took a turn introducing ourselves, explaining what we are doing in Haiti with Haiti arise, and sharing a brief testimony and prayer for the family and their specific needs. What an amazing experience. The Haitian's are so open and welcoming and so receptive to a word about God. By Haitian standards we are rich, but the more I see, the more I realize that they may not have as much financially, but they are far richer in spirit – and we could learn a little from them.

We are heading into our last day here and spirits are high. We have completed several projects, and have a good start on a few more – so we've had a chance to bring some real help to Haiti Arise. Even better, Haiti has changed our hearts and viewpoints significantly since we arrived. They have such an amazing vision here, and are doing such great things for Haiti, it has been a privileged to be involved. We will be happy to get home and see our family and friends, but I know a part of us will miss some of the great people and experiences we have shared.

See you all soon!

Carman

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Sunburns and sharp turns

Well, it's been a busy few days (Jadine just corrected my word choice here, she's still doing it) and we've been a bit absent. Thought it was time we send a quick update.

So on Friday, we set off for a day trip to Jacmel. It's about a two hour drive, up and over a mountain on the south side of the island. Almost everyone in the van was feeling green as we twisted and turned along the way. We arrived in town without anyone loosing their breakfast. First, we stopped at a ocean resort for cold drinks, with a beautiful cove and picturesque view. Then we continued to the city, where we walked the boardwalk and made our way to a restaurant for lunch. It took two hours from order to service, so many of us walked along a cobblestone street checking out stores, artwork and historic buildings. The voodoo influence seems very heavy in that area, especially in the artwork.

Saturday began with a few different adventures. Jessica, Jadine and Bill spent the morning teaching English class at the technical school where the students were eager to practice their translation skills. They were very interested to learn about the cold weather and snowmobiling in winter. We certainly gave them some challenging words to translate. The rest of the team went to experience the market in the center of town, then did a second varnish coat on the bunk beds. Then in the afternoon, we hit the beach for a sun-filled afternoon of water and waves. Some snorkeled, while others sunbathed and ate lobster. I think all of us came back to the campus a little red, with Pastor Jerome in the lead as he forgot to apply sunscreen after taking his t-shirt off and going for a swim.

Sunday is a simple but beautiful day here, with an early church start of 0800, where we worshipped with the Haitians, Carrie and Arnie gave their testimonies, and Pastor Jerome presented a powerful message. In the afternoon, most of the team returned to the beach, while Jessica went with Lisa Honorat and a small teach to do visitations and food serving at the nearby prisons. We finished the evening with a walk and supper at one of the local restaurants in Grand Goave.

And today, we got back to work!

Jess & Jadine for Team Daystar

 

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Sunshine and Sand blasters (May 18th)

Greetingsfrom Grand Goave, where the sun finally joined us for a beautiful day, and the campus was quiet as Haiti celebrated National Flag Day.

Our bunk bed project is coming along nicely, all the bed components are assembled, drying after their first varnish application. Today Wendy and Carrie were rocking the power tools, Jadine and Bill sanding up a storm, Arnie doing the sand blaster boogie, and Jessica and Carman getting overpowered by varnish fumes, it was a productive day! With just ladder and drawer assembly remaining, soon varnish will be all that remains before we move the bunks to their new home in the Children's Village for assembly. As an added bonus, Carrie and Wendygot to spend a little time bonding with the kids at one of the Children's Village homes for a while today, and Wendy got to practice her cow herding skills on the walk home.

After supper this evening, we has Prayer Service at the church, where the presence of God was felt as we prayed and worshipped together in English and Creole,  with Carman and Wendy having an opportunity to share testimonies.

With an early start tomorrow, for an outing to the other side of the mountain, we are heading to bed early after a group debrief on the roof.

A picture post to be uploaded tomorrow, I promise. In the meantime, feel free to see the Haiti Arise or Daystar Facebook pages for a few photos.

God bless,

Jess

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Soaked

We started out the day with praise and devotions. The ladies from Cornerstone church apparently love our singing – thanks to Nialle's good influence. We were discussing how we are all part of the body of Christ and we can't all be the mouth or the hand. We broke into laughter and teasing half way through decided Jerome should write a sermon on hand foot and mouth disease ha ha.

We had so much more rain that everything was wet and muggy, 6 inches overnight I was told. Unfortunately due to this, both church last night, and school this morning were a no go. Basically the roads and living conditions here make it very tough on the Haitians when there is this much rain. They only have so many nice clothes and limited transportation options, so the rain and mud shut many things down.

We got lots of work done on the bunk beds today as well as other projects, including an hour spent sweeping the rain out of the Technical School, and then had a great time sharing with Marc and Lisa about Haiti Arise. We not only got more of the amazing story of how Marc and Lisa met and the idea of Haiti Arise was born, but more of how God has made such amazing things happen here in the last few years. Since finishing the main building and tech school one month before the earthquake, they lost the tech school completely and the wall keeping the compound safe was destroyed. Undaunted, they didn't give up, they thrived. Through prayer and God's grace, not only is the tech school and wall back up, there have been more additions of a mechanic shop, wood working shop, temporary children's school with almost 500 kids, and now they are finishing up the new permanent kids school and children's village. God is truly amazing, and alive and well in Haiti!

The team is bonding so well, we are becoming a mini family, with fun, laughter, games, and emotional sharing in overflow. For example, when deciding to forgo our group debrief this evening, we learned that Al only de-briefs in the shower and the Muppet “Mana mana” song is the exact sound Jadine makes when fighting a moth with a full mouth of toothpaste. The experience is already so enriching, and it's only just started. I can't wait to see how the next several days unfold. Although of course we still miss our families, we are having a fantastic time and I think every one of us is so glad that we came on the trip.

Take care everyone and God bless.

Carman (and a few words from Jess)

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Lots of Deet and Work on our Feet

Good evening from Jadine and Jessica in Grand Goave, where we are listening to the rain fall after a productive day. 

This morning we went on a short walk to see the Children's Village, which is about 5 minutes away from where we are staying. There they have built what is going to be the new school, once the painting and finishing work is completed. There are also four houses in a separate area which offer a safe and quiet place to live for orphaned and high-risk kids. There are already two houses in use, one with five kids and the other with three, each run by Christian parents. They are hoping to be able to house up to 150 children one day. There is a nice big garden and lots of room for the kids to run around and play.

When we got back to the campus, we got to work. Projects included painting and construction of wooden bunk beds for the Children's Village. The guys were very efficient and got a lot done in a few hours. Jadine and Wendy had fun using the power tools, while Jess and Carrie were human clamps! Work smarter not harder, right?

What else? We discovered that Deet mosquito spray attracts mosquitoes to Carman, and it removes toenail polish on Jadine. None of us have gotten a sunburn yet, but a few of us have had some headaches the last 2 days, but we are making sure to drink lots of water. The meals at Haiti Arise are amazing. Props to the cooks!

We start and end our day with team meetings/devotions. We are having some good conversations and a lot of fun working. We are excited for the week to come!

Jadine + Jess :)

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Daystar Church Team

Daystar Church Team from Leduc, AB arrived tired but raring to tackle anything. They are planning on building the bunk beds for the duplex at the CV that we would like to have opening soon with the next family. 

Daystar Church Team from Leduc, AB arrived tired but raring to tackle anything. They are planning on building the bunk beds for the duplex at the CV that we would like to have opening soon with the next family. 

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Martensville Baptist Church

Welcome to these four ladies representing Martensville Baptist Church in Martensville, SK.  They are small in number, but mighty in spirit and enthusiasm. They are planning on going to the south to help with the home rebuilding.

Welcome to these four ladies representing Martensville Baptist Church in Martensville, SK.  They are small in number, but mighty in spirit and enthusiasm. They are planning on going to the south to help with the home rebuilding.

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Greetings on the Ground from Daystar Church

Watching the sunset and enjoying a slight breeze while sitting under a mango tree, I was tasked with the responsibility of writing a quick note to friends and family at home.

After several hours of waiting in airports, a late night hotel stay of questionable odor, unpleasant early morning wake up calls, one missing Haitian driver and a long, bumpy van ride, we arrived safely to the Haiti Arise compound this afternoon by the grace of God and strength gained through Carrie's amazing monster cookie survival kits.

We've been fed, given beds and had a tour this evening, and hope to start fresh in the morning after a good night sleep.

Stay tuned for more details to come.

God bless,

Jessica

 

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BTB-Last day in Haiti

Well, we are coming to the end of our time here in Haiti. Today is the final day as we leave at 4 am tomorrow morning to catch the first of 3 flights home.

Today we were able go to work at the new School over at the church. We were able to get two coats of Crème painted on the exterior of the lower level by lunch time.

After Lunch, it was arranged for our team to go a visit a neighboring villagecalled Vallue. Vallue was a really beautiful town perched on top of a mountain between Grand Goave and Petite Goave. The road to drive up to Vallue was pretty crazy, it was a very steep and winding road that was paved with concrete and only about a foot and a half wide under each wheel. It made for very tight passing between our truck and any motorcycle passing us. Once we were up top we were able overlook Petite Goave and the Ocean beyond from one side and it overlooked Grand Goave and the Ocean beyond from the other. Our Hosts Wade and Marilyn has heard that there was a cheese factory up in Vallue. We were able to meet an employee of the cheese factory who gave us a tour of their facility and then gave us a cheese tasting. They gave us cheddar, Gouda, cambert, and a 4th that we weren't given a clear name for. They were all pretty tasty but the best was probably the gouda. Our hosts did end up buying a pound of gouda as cheese is not all that plentiful in Haiti. After Vallue we drove down into Petite Goave and found a store that sold ice cream, it was a very nice COLD treat after 10 days of lukewarm water, haha.

After supper we meet on the roof as a large group and shared our hi lights of the trip with one another. Marc and Lisa then gave us send off message and encouragement.

As always our time here has been awesome, we truly wish we could stay for another month, or three. The work we were able to do, the things we were able to see, the people we were able to meet and connect with, it is all very special. For team bethel it has been life changing for each one of us. We were all able to experience the Holy Spirit in a new and refreshing way.

Each team member came with a servants heart and were all more than willing to do whatever was asked of them and because of that we were able to accomplish many of the smaller projects Haiti Arise needed to get done.

It is a blessing to come again and to lead a team that came with a servant heart and open to what God has for them.

-Cam

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Surrey Alliance: Last Day in Paradise

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blogger – Robin

Bonswa Family, Friends, Prayer Warriors

Tonight was our last night on the roof together under the stars, muggy and tired but without a drop of rain on our heads. Tonight we were the big group on the roof – actually a new family connected by our Haiti experience, with joy and sorrow, gladness and struggles still going on amidst rejoicing and victory. It is with mixed emotions we leave to rejoin our everyday walking around lives. Yet, we know God is on the move and we must move with Him with the rhythm and pace He sets for us.

Last time I was here I summarized a lot of what we had experienced together. Tonight, I’ll do some of that too…we were stretched in new directions, challenged to be outside our boxes or for some got back into our boxes.

From property walks – four properties now with a bakery space being built to painting and building, from the Petit Goave Hospital to Community walks, church meetings in the evening and Sunday service and the great surprise of trading out a community walk to be a part of the community that celebrated twenty-five being baptised, to the beach and back again several times. The food in the guest house was yummy and the goat and coke was great too. A growing children’s village with a new baby finding a home while our team was here is a definite highlight, a vision becoming a reality. Seeing children in both the main compounds is heart warming and delightful when you hear their laughter and recitation at school.

It’s a joy to be together and difficult too, many bodies in warm rooms require grace – and we extended that over and over to each other. Trying to be the first one to pray to get everyone to the dinner table, to a full church. A great big family. God’s family. What a beautiful family to belong to.

It was incredible to see how many things that were able to be accomplished in such a a short time for those who were about the many areas we were able to lend a hand too. God is so good and provided energy for the moment so many times that it is hard to count.

We learned to focus on what was before us and to be flexible when things changed and change they did several times. We witnessed a wedding car full with a decked out bridal party, the incredible baptism’s and on our way back from Taino a celebration of life. Life in Grand Goave is active.  

One of my favourite moments was an amazing community walk. Glory be to God!!

Our team(s) were very engaged and well prepared to share testimony, encouragement, pray for and be prayed for. I was personally prayed for in a style – Haitian style that was very real and personal, I’ll save that for a conversation with you if you want to know about it just ask.  

It was beautiful to see the making of new friends in spite of language barriers, the renewing of old friendships and the joy of the Lord so evident in daily life. Many of us have renewed the commitment of a deeper fellowship with God and with those in our lives.

We thank you for your prayers before and ask for you to continue to pray as we return home. We will see you all soon.

God is good, all the time.

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BTB Day 9

The last few days have been restful.  Saturday and Sunday we had the opportunity to visit the beach.  It was my first time on the Caribbean!  I even received a free souvenir to remember it by.  My very first Caribbean sunburn!  When they say the sun is hotter and more powerful near the equator, they aren't kidding.  My back has been sore ever since.  My Dad says its as red as his Coca-Cola shirt.  Sunday we had the opportunity to attend the Mahaneim Church, here at Haiti Arise.  They are on fire for Jesus!  The worship is loud and excited.  It was difficult to understand all that was going on, I think our translator doesn't always talk fast enough to relay it all.  Kinda like closed captioning on TV.  It's mostly right, but there are mistakes.  They did a good job translating, though.  I know I couldn't do it. 

Monday, my sunburn really kicked in, as it started to heal it started to hurt more.  I helped my family rebuild a rotten slide structure at the current elementary school, taking breaks when the sun got to hot.  After lunch, my Dad and I worked on clearing a drainage trench to help keep the water off the wall and floor of the church.  Greg worked on figuring out what the electrical problem is between the newer generator and the guest house.  Rob turned off the water to the guest house, making it impossible to shower for part of the evening.  He needed to replace the taps in the ladies washroom.  I tried to convince him to hook up hot water in my shower, but apparently we HAVE to take cold showers.

Today we finished the Church and Kim is finished doing touch ups and cleaning at the Children's Village duplex.  The church roof was leaking and wrecking the floor, which was rotting.  Apparently mango juice melts the galvanizing off the tin, and eats away at the tin.  So Greg and Cam worked diligently at replacing the rusted out pieces of tin.  It was hot work, as the sun reflects off the tin back onto the guy on the roof.  I think it might have been easier just to redo the whole side, but materials for a project that size are hard to come by. 

Its hard to believe our time here is almost over.  The thing I've enjoyed most about being here is the people.  I've met a few really friendly people here.  Daisy (pronounced Dezi) is the guy in charge of the tool room.  He also plays a really mean bass guitar.  Kendi was our interpreter when we went to market, and him and Caleb hit it off well.  The Honorat kids have been fun to hang out with, and have helped us to learn about the culture.  Abi and Caleb have a lot of fun with them.  Tomorrow is our last day, and we have been given the opportunity to head into the mountain village of Value.  It will be exciting to see another part of Haiti.

I am headed to bed now, to take advantage of the air-conditioned room.  Until it shuts off in another hour.  Then we roast in peace.

Good night,

Daniel, with help from my Dad

 

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Blogger; Alisha Lindberg

 

This morning was our last day of painting at the new school. Things are looking pretty awesome and I’m really proud of everyone chipping in to get so much accomplished.

After lunch we found out there were going to be water baptisms down at the ocean. We all got ready for a start time of 3pm but Haitian time kicked in and the crew didn’t leave until around 4pm. It’s a beautiful thing to step out of the business that we’re so used to back home and just let life unfold here without the stress of missing something or disappointing someone.

The baptisms were beautiful! 24 people openly declared their love for Jesus! Only 2 of them were adults and one was a blanc ( one of the missionaries ) all the rest were young people. God is raising a new generation that will follow Him and create lasting change in this country.

This evening we attended our last prayer service at church. We worshipped and were so blessed to hear our very own Robin and Sherry give testimonies from the platform of God’s faithfulness in their lives. Luke brought us an amazing message! That man is so very gifted! And he did great with the interrupter…. I mean, interpreter ;)

He riled the people and raised their faith as he taught on the perspective of bringing our lives, no matter the condition before God with Praise.

He taught us to Focus, Thrive, and take Victory. Then He ended his talk with a song:

There is Power in the name of Jesus x3 to break every chain x3

And there’s an army rising up x3 to break every chain x3!

It was powerful to see so many people come together in Praise singing the same song in different languages. Proclaiming the Victory our God has given us!

For me personally, God has used this trip to speak His adoration over me.

I wrote this in my journal yesterday:

“ it struck me today that the lessons I’ve learnt here were worth the $2600 that God paid for me to come. It overwhelms me that he thinks I’m worth that type of investment.”

I’m sure God could have spoken to me just as clearly at home but for His reasons he chose to send me across the world to a place with minimal distractions where I am surrounded by people who love me and treasure me to teach me this next lesson:

He challenged me to consider Canada as my mission field.

It feels like the time I have spent here in Haiti has made me fall in love with Canadians all the more. It’s funny the things we take for granted when we stay in our comfortable bubbles too long…

The people here live in materialistic poverty, but don’t for a second think that makes them poor. They are rich in faith and relationships and love.

These people will restore your faith in the goodness of humanity. They will teach you what serving another person should look like, and they will teach you to love yourself more then you thought possible. They see value in things that our culture has substituted for iphones and televisions.

I’ve become convinced that we are the ones who are poor and in need of the missionaries.

I’m excited to come home and see where and how God leads in this area. I know that the future is bright and full of hope for us. God is speaking and moving everywhere. And He is breaking chains across the world!

 

Painting supplies ready for another day of work.

Painting supplies ready for another day of work.

Water breaks are important.

Water breaks are important.

Pastor Marc and Pastor Wade with the people who were baptized today!  Very special!

Pastor Marc and Pastor Wade with the people who were baptized today!  Very special!

The jeep we ride in to get to the beach - definitely off road vehicle. 

The jeep we ride in to get to the beach - definitely off road vehicle. 

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Surrey Alliance Team; Monday May 1

Bloggers:  Grant & Sherry-Lee

WOW!!!!! We are so amazed how much the Haitian people love God. They loved sharing their stories and their love for Jesus. Haiti Arise works so hard in sharing the gospel and it shows in so many ways, the schools, church and community.

Today in Haiti it was a holiday, Labor Day, and both teams went to do more painting in the Children’s Village. The school is looking very beautiful. It was hot however, it didn’t stop people from working, getting things accomplished. We had a list of projects to do while we were here and tonight Wade (host) put a line through a good portion of the list.

The hospital visit was very hard due to seeing the malnourished babies, seeing a lonely 13-year girl that has no family to bring her food or supplies, this was really hard on the team. To this day I still think of each of them, and my heart breaks, however because we were able to sing, pray and help with cost of their testing and medication we are seeing God’s love shining through to them. Thank you all so very much for your prayers and generous donations that made this happen.

Another amazing event was the community walk where we were able to see families and offer testimony as well as prayer. One lady had wanted to pray for us and the power of the holy spirit was very evident as she prayed over us.

Sherry loves to visit at the school which is right outside the front door She sure loves those little munchkins as she calls them, they are so sweet and innocent and always smiling.  She gets lots of hugs and holding hands.

I see the Haitian people as being so friendly and caring always a smile on their face so very evident in church where the power of the holy spirit fills the room.

As we wrap up today we are so thankful to spend time with our beautiful Haitian friends. We are learning to simplify our life by focusing on God and what he has done here and what he continues to do.

Please continue to pray as our trip is coming to an end but our love for Jesus grows.

God Bless

Grant & Sherry-Lee

Update of our work list - many things accomplished. 

Update of our work list - many things accomplished. 

The entrance to the Childrens Village ~ the boys are escaping!

The entrance to the Childrens Village ~ the boys are escaping!

Almost finished painting the top floor balcony of the new school.

Almost finished painting the top floor balcony of the new school.

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Surrey Alliance Church: Sunday

Blogger: Marian and Robin   

Bondye Beni Ou         

Scott is a master of languages – he’s helped us to learn to say ‘God Bless You’ in Creole.

Sunday, the day of rest.  That is, our cooks are not here today. 

We helped ourselves to breakfast; boiled eggs, Corn Flakes, and milk made of powder  (Haitians don’t drink milk).  It tasted great!

In fact, we are so blessed by the simple things; showers that are cold water only,  fans that work, occasional air conditioning in our rooms and cool clean water.  I’m sure our group has drunk more water than we have ever imagined we could!

There have been some of the team feeling a little off at times but no major sickness – Praise the Lord!  Thanks for your prayers!

We’ve had some downpours of rain in the evenings. Two inches in a short time. It’s hard to imagine how the people in the community deal with such downpours, having seen the make shift one room homes they live in.

The group is enjoying our work and our ‘down time’.  We feel the heat and rest when we can. 

There will be some stories to tell.

This morning the church was full to capacity.  Scott and Marian shared a testimony.  Luke and Alisha sang “Extravagant” and Byron shared a message about God’s Love.  It was a blessing to sit amongst the Haitian believers, worshipping the same God.  They sing with passion and expression. 

This afternoon we enjoyed some beach time.  The water is warm and wonderful.  We made sure Byron wore water shoes so we would not have a repeat of yesterday’s drama.  Be sure to ask Byron the story of how he was helped.   We were also very appreciative that Dianna from the Three Hills team was able to help.  She’s a foot care nurse.

We went into the village for dinner tonight – an interesting experience eating in a ‘restaurant’ in town.  Two choices;  chicken or goat. To drink; coke, sprite or a very sweet fruit drink.  We’ll have to wait till morning to see how that settles with us all.

It’s been a very good day.

Thanks be to God.

And we continue; one day at a time.  

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Hey Back Home to our Family, Friends and the Faithful Prayer Warriors who go to battle on our behalf. Your intercessory prayers have moved hearts and hands into action. Our lives look different than when we came and we are grateful for your willingness to press in own our behalf. God is creating a newness in us.

For those who have been to Haiti before you know it’s the turning day as one week finishes and Monday arrives - our hearts become challenged to be in two places at once in a new way. Please pray us through this time of change.

More adventures to follow; if your love one hasn’t blogged yet please be expectant. Please continue sending encouragement through this blog, we all look forward to hearing from you. This is a terrific team and they are hoping you will take some time with them to hear their hearts when they get home. They have great stories.

Robin

 

 

 

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BTB Day 8

Well sunday has come and is almost gone. We started the day once again on the roof top having devotions and watching the sunrise bright and early at 6:30. Devotions were lead by Jordan where he shared how God has worked in his life.

We then headed downstairs where we had a breakfast of cereal, hardboiled eggs and Haitian bread. Our cooks get Sundays off so we are a little on our own for food, haha. We then were headed out the door by 7:45am for church.

Church started out with sunday school classes being quizzed abut what they learned and were asked to recite the scripture that was learned. Then we started into worship, were it had a Caribbean feel to the music. It is very upbeat, passionate and loud.  They were kind enough to post the English lyrics (along with the creole) on the powerpoint so we were able to sing along with them.

We then had a couple of the Surrey team members share testimonies of how God has worked in their lives, they were able to get what they were saying to be translated by Pastor Marc.

Pastor Byron from the surrey team gave a sermon translated by pastor Marc. Byron preached on the topic of God's Love and how it is something that we can't earn. He used the example of the prodigal Son and how the Son thought life would be great outside of his father's house. He shamed his father when he left and after he had "lived his life" he came home in his own shame. He thought that there was no why he would be welcomed back as a son but was hoping to return to his father as a servant. His Father received him home as a son and celebrated his sons return.

Church was just over 3 hours long a little bit longer than our own church services, haha.

After church we headed back to the guest house and waited for our premade lasagna to be cooked for lunch. After lunch some of us headed back to the beach for a couple hours in the afternoon. For anyone who wanted they could order a "lobster" it is more like a very large crawfish. Our team ordered only one and a few shared it. After a couple hours we had to make the trek back to the house to shower off the salt water and walk to a Haitian restaurant where we got the option of chicken or Goat as the main dish. On the side was plantain, a pasta salad, pickleaze (a spicy coleslaw). To top it off we got a coke out of a glass bottle. I don't like pop but Haitian coke is made with sugar cane instead of the corn syrup like our is and it is imo 100 times better. It was all quite delicious. We then walked home in the beginning of a rain storm. All in all it was a good day and back to work tomorrow, finishing up some projects and starting some small projects.

-Cam

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Sunday Photos

Scott shared a testimony of God's faithfulness

Scott shared a testimony of God's faithfulness

Church is full to capacity!  The Three Hills team spent a lot of time repairing this floor and wall, just in time for church. 

Church is full to capacity!  The Three Hills team spent a lot of time repairing this floor and wall, just in time for church. 

Once a month, after church, bags of rice and oil are handed out from the admin building.  

Once a month, after church, bags of rice and oil are handed out from the admin building.  

Beach day!  We spent a few hours at the beach!  Very warm water. 

Beach day!  We spent a few hours at the beach!  Very warm water. 

The locals caught crayfish and cooked them up for us, along with plantain. 

The locals caught crayfish and cooked them up for us, along with plantain. 

Goofy guys!

Goofy guys!

Out for dinner in the village, very interesting. 

Out for dinner in the village, very interesting. 

The Three Hills kids loved the pickup ride - oh, and Sherry was right in there with them. 

The Three Hills kids loved the pickup ride - oh, and Sherry was right in there with them. 

Those who insisted on walking home from dinner did not beat the rain. 

Those who insisted on walking home from dinner did not beat the rain. 

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