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Follow in the adventures of mission teams that visit Haiti ARISE.

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Hungry for Life Medical Team

The Cranbrook Hungry for Life Medical Team has been with us for the past two weeks.  Their blog is a great read.  They have been a group of 23 people who have given their all to serve the people of Haiti.

http://www.hungryforlife.org/partners/cranbrook-community/october-2016

 

 

 

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Thankful for Good People to Help in a Time of Need


 
In just over two weeks we have had approximately 40 people come to Haiti ARISE from Canada to help with disaster relief.  Some have gone back now, but the amount of work getting done is tremendous.  To date, 60 roofs have been repaired on houses in this area and in the area hardest hit by the hurricane.  Two church roofs have been replaced and the roofs on two Voodoo temples were placed by us as a witness to them.  The guys on the work crew were even given a tour inside by the priest. That is most unusual!
 
We currently have a medical team here from BC. They are treating 120 patients each day.  Last week, half of the team traveled to the hardest hit area (approx. 3 hours from here) to do a two day mobile clinic.  They took a load of food, hygiene items, pails for water with filter systems for them, and medicine.  They treated approx. 150 people in a day and a half.
 
They came back with many stories......here is one of them.....
 
Marc and a couple of guys were traveling down a road to a work site and came across a man walking down the road.  Marc stopped and talked with him.  He said that during the hurricane his wife was in labor and gave birth to a baby girl. As time passed during her labor, their house started to blow apart.  As soon as the baby was born, he ran her to his mother's house for safety. He then went back for his wife, however, his house had fully collapsed and she died. A few hours later, he and his mom heard a little cry and went out to see what it was....they found a baby (maybe 9 months old) by himself on the ground.  After doing some checking around, they realized that the baby's parents had been killed by the hurricane. Now, he and his mother are looking after these two babies.
 
This is a sad story but, please know, the Haitian people are resilient.  Our church was full on Sunday as many came to praise and worship their Lord God.
 
Thanks for your prayers.  Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti and those who are here to serve them.
 
Wade & Marilyn

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PAP Adventure

Where do I even start
Okay, things I have learned in Haiti thus far:
- 200 Haitian children have more energy than 5 white guys from Canada, a lot more.
- If you are having a nightmare that constitutes you being a state of perpetual sweat chances are you might not be having a nightmare, you’re just spending the day in Haiti.
- When concerning yourself with the Haitian electrical system one thing is of utmost importance, Come to terms with the fact that there are quite literally no minimum standards.
- Bug spray and deodorant are your friends.
- Tap the side of the toilet before taking care of your business… you never know what critters may crawl out. Thankfully that is a lesson I did not have to learn the hard way.
- When in a car: Buckle the heck up.
- Pedestrians not only don't have the right of way ever. They have no rights period. Apparently if a driver hits a pedestrian a lot of times he will just keep going.

Alright here is the low down on today. I had the opportunity to go into Port-au-Prince (PAP from here on out) with a man who works with Haiti Arise named Pipy (pronounced Paw-pee) to get electrical and construction supplies. I would be lying if I said I was not slightly nervous about driving into a town that I am nowhere close to familiar with; accompanied by a person that I do not know in the slightest who speaks fairly basic English. Let your faith be bigger than your fear. The other part of me was ecstatic to venture into the unknown and the mystery that Haiti holds. One of my teammates asked me last night if I was actually going, Im doing it!  I exclaimed, consumed with curiosity to explore that world that awaited. Pipy and I embarked on our journey early in the morning. God be with us.

About that ride in  It was relatively uneventful aside from. Okay just a quick aside: Mom and Dad if you're reading this now wouldn’t be a terrible time to stop reading and know that today had a happy ending. Back to the story: It was relatively uneventful aside from the above average speed we were travelling, the pedestrians that dodged our car merely moments before we would have hit them, and a few very close calls with oncoming traffic. Pipy told me that today was market day and that was soon very evident as we spent a lot of our time in (creole for traffic jam). We finally made it to the electrical wholesaler and I was impressed to say the least as It was equivalent to wholesalers back home. I tried relaying to Pipy what we required, he has done electrical work so he was fairly familiar with a lot of the material we needed which was a huge blessing. I was slightly concerned things wouldn’t be correct as sometimes in Canada its hard enough to get everything right when your speaking English, throw in a language barrier and things can get really bad really fast. My concern was alleviated when I looked at the computer monitor and all the part names were in English. PTL! They had almost everything we needed and some things we didn’t such as two guards with shotguns sitting at the front door. There were still a few things we had to pick up so Pipy told me would visit another store. Little did I know God still had a lot of adventure in store for us.

We started the next leg of our journey and encountered more….. can you guess what we encountered?....... More Blockis! What seemed like hours passed, Pipy and I talked … well tried too.. several of our conversations ended with us looking at each other and bursting out laughing because we knew we were losing each other within our lack of ability to speak each others languages. My creole is only as advanced as the phrase “mwen pa pale creole” which essentially translates to “I don’t speak creole”. Mad skills. I had told Pipy on the way to PAP that I needed four plain t-shirts as well for a group activity. He decided we should attempt to acquire those next.

Next thing I knew I was walking down an alley that was no more than six feet wide and lined with small shacks full of clothing on either side literally as far as I could see. I thought to myself “If I am going to get mugged, its definitely going to happen here”. We talked to a few vendors and one had three shirts but couldn’t find a fourth. Most shirts there were riddled with graphic logos, I needed something much more plain. I asked him how much for the three and, through Pipy, the storeowner told me 2000 goud which is roughly $33 USD. I told the salesperson I needed him to find me a fourth shirt that was plan like the other three. Pipy and the storeowner talked more and Pipy told me the storeowner came down to 1750 goud. I told Pipy I didn’t really care about negotiating on the price for the shirts I simply needed a fourth shirt (I used a lot simpler terms but I think the message got across). I ended up taking the three shirts for 1750 and finding a different vendor who had a plain shirt. Ask and you shall receive. We got out of the cramped little alleyway and continued our journey. There was a point where we drove around a block a few times, I looked at Pipy as I noticed he seemed confused. He looked at me and grinned while saying  we are lost. I just laughed knowing we would find our way. Even though I walk through the valley of shadow and death I will not be afraid for God is by my side.

Eventually we got to the Canex construction building that is essentially home depot. I saw another white person there, woot. We acquired the rest of our supplies, mission accomplished. As we left Pipy asked me if I would like to see downtown PAP, I hesitated wondering how sketchy it would be but decided I had come this far, I wanted to see every aspect of Haiti that I could. Dive headfirst into the adventure that is the unknown. On our way we almost got into another accident and I had noticed Pipy kept saying  Haitian  every time we had a near miss. I asked what meant and he told me it means. A little while later someone ran out in front of our vehicle and I exclaimed  Papy burst out laughing. Its cool how despite us hardly being able to communicate humour comes across so clear. We came over a hill and the ocean appeared on the horizon. Downtown was just ahead with a coagulating group of pedestrians filling the street. It was slow moving but eventually we made it through the crowd. The area reminded me of the slums in Nairobi. Seas of garbage lined the roads and rotting food served as the primary scent that clung to the air. My stomach turned and I felt sick watching people sit on buckets outside of tiny shacks surrounded by garbage. People  took care of business  in the streets and stared at us as we drove by.

We finally got out of downtown and grabbed lunch. I managed to find vanilla coke which cost 25 goud (roughly 42 cents American). God provides in some very delicious ways. I spent a lot of time paying attention to our surroundings on the drive back. The remains of a gas tanker that had exploded laid on the side of the road and Pipy told me it could be months before the wreckage was cleaned up. At some points on the trip back the ocean was literally a stones throw away, the beach was littered with metal shacks. I wanted to make a comment about how awesome it would be to have beach front property but I kept my mouth shut assaying something like that wouldn’t sit well on my conscience. I asked Pipy what it would cost to have a place on the beach and he told me it was not much. I tried explaining that land value went up in Canada based on its location especially where waterfront property is involved. He looked at me confused. It really made me think about what I see as valuable in life and why. I have started putting some serious thought into reevaluating how I spend my time and resources.

I got back just as our team was starting VBS. I feel like I’m dragging this out so Ill sum this up pretty quick. Playing tag and wrestling with a couple hundred Haitian kids (not all at once) in 30+ C weather is exhausting. Nuff said.

Justin

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Work Projects- VBS

Before we began our day today, our team spent some of our morning devotional time sharing what God has been saying to us. We discussed taking significant time out of our days to be silent and meet with God, and how prepared we would be to let go of our earthly possessions to live simply as the Hatians do if God were to so call us. It was mentioned that we sometimes forget to pray for the people, the church, and our sponsor children here. Another team member talked about how we have a tendancy to look at the Haitians with pity because of the extreme poverty in which they live, yet God's message is that in His kingdom, the last shall be first. Our team devotions are a valuable time for us to come together and set our eyes on Jesus before we start our work.

This morning we were split between 4 different projects. Austin, Devin and Dakota worked on rebuilding the play structure in the schoolyard. Even though they have to take breaks from their work when the kids come out for recess, there is much noticeable progress, and the kids are clearly excited about the guys' tools and the new pieces of equipment. Teanna joined some members of the other team to pick rocks at the Children's Village in order to make lawn maitenance possible (if you don't know what the Children's Village is, you'll have to ask one of us about it when we get back- it's a neat concept!) Danielle, Shanda, Brittany, Carly, and Damen finished up a little varnishing, and then started working on some pews for a church with which Haiti Arise has begun an outreach. Lastly, Justin went on an excursion to Port au Prince, which he is excited to blog about once I'm finished up!

In the afternoon, both our team and the other team combined forces to tackle day 1 of VBS for 200 kids. Our theme for the 2 days is the Armour of God. We began with worship and a skit, and then split the kids in half for craft/snack and games. The kids got to decorate flip flops (feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace- Ephesians 6:15) and had a tonne of fun wearing out the guys who were running games!

After dinner we went to the church for an evening of worship and prayer. I think we are all sufficiently exhausted from a busy day!
-Danielle

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Walk like Jesus Walked

Most of the team woke up exhausted from lack of sleep, due to exhaustion, but not me.  I discovered a great strategy and shared it with the team:  When you wake up at 3:oo a.m. and can't return to sleep because you are too hot, just have a cold shower, pajamas and all.  Works like a charm...I'm tellin ya....and you can bet where I'll be tonite at 3:00 a.m. when I can't sleep.

In the morning, I had the wonderful opportunity to help Tanya with the sponsership program.  We entered a buzzing pre-school class, handed out pictures of flowers to colour, and then tried to assist children to have info. recorded and photos taken.  This was not an easy task, and I learned it was important to watch cues from both the Haitian and Canadian leaders.

Tanya is a seasoned worker, but even she had to roll with it, and change plans in an instance.   One exciting thing is that Saffron and I were able to find our sponser child today for our family....straight from his classroom.  What a blessing to see this child in person, and witness his lively personality in an open-walled classroom! 

Before supper, we were able to go up and down the hills of a nearby willage, in order to share love, our stories, and prayers with the Haitians living there.  It was one of the poorest parts, and we saw women without shirts, rubble for homes, and multiple family members living in a tiny space.  Children running bear feet everywhere up steep hills of rocks.  These people have lost so much, they live in such poverty and yet they were open to our prayers and conversation.  What a humbing experience!  It reminded me of how Jesus walked into depair and shared love, truth, and hope wherever he went.  What an honour to be a part of this mission!

Love to Greg, Jude and Isaiah.  I miss you dearly and think of you often!

MaryLou

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Our second day

Hi everyone!! Today was our second day in Haiti and it was a very eventful day. We started our day with a nice Hatian coffee and a tour of all of the Haiti Arise land. Haiti Arise owns quite a bit of land. In our main spot there is our building that we are staying in with administration, an elementary school, a church, a tech school, a tool rental building, a carpenter shop, and a mechanics shop. The elementary school is right beside our building and it is really neat to see all of the kids running around outside often. Many of the children stand at the fence, smiling and waving to us. We got to have a bit of conversation with some of them. Lots of the children know a bit of either Spanish, French, or English. Our team is also practicing our Creyole. The tech school is for adults to learn trades, it is very advanced. They are not only able to learn, but even to practice their trades in the compound. Our team hosts informed us that the government has actually enabled Haiti Arise to give out legitimate certifications and diplomas. All of the teachers, students, cooks, security guards, and other workers are Haitian. Haiti Arise provides the Haitians with so many jobs and opportunities.
After touring our main site, we walked down the paths where many Haitians from the community travel to their homes and to the water canals. We got to see the new property that Haiti Arise is working on. In this area, they are building a primary, middle, and high school. They are also building a few apartments. These apartments are going to be used for Hatian couples who either cannot have children or their children are all grown up. These couples will be chosen for a child with no parents. Haiti Arise also owns a goat farm and a guest house. It is really amazing to see how Haiti Arise is prospering and how advanced they are in everything.

When our tour was over we separated into three groups to start tackling our main projects. Today we accomplished the first coat of paint on the guest house, packing 200 individual backpacks with school supplies, a bit of eletrical work, and fixing doors in our building. I was part of the painting group. Just outside of the guest house, we met two young boys who came and played soccer with us and taught us a bit more Creole.

After the hard work day we had a very good meal cooked for us. We then went to the church. The whole service was in creyole, but there was a translator there. After the service we came back and played some card games. Our team is continually grower closer to each other and to God. I can't wait to see wat else this trip will bring.
Taylor Gould

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Hello from Haiti

Hi Everyone!

Today was our second day at Haiti Arise, but our first day doing work projects and getting to start serving! We started our day with a tour of the compound, and I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we were in awe of what God has done through Haiti Arise to bless the people in Grand Goave. It's so neat to hear the people here at Haiti arise share their hopes and dreams for the future of Haiti Arise, and it's inspiring and humbling to hear them speak with such great faith that God will, and always does, provide.&nbsp;</p>

Before I begin, here is a little background info on how some things run at Haiti arise. When we first got here, the founders of Haiti Arise talked with us about giving out food and things to people in the community. They explained to us that giving a kid food or a mom money doesn't help them in the long run. The vision of Haiti Arise is that people would not become dependant on other people to meet their needs, but would turn to God as the source of their hope. By investing in long term relationships that Haiti Arise has built, and not looking for short-term fixes, we are doing more to help the people of Haiti.

This afternoon, a group of us worked in the guest house doing painting and varnishing. One little guy from the community, Robinson, got into the gated area where we were working and started chatting. I was so surprised to find that he was actually speaking Spanish! I was absolutely stoked because I know Spanish and got to chat with him for quite a while. As we were chatting and I talked with his family, I realized that he was really hoping that I would give him somthing like shoes, clothes, water, etc. Although I made some jokes with him about how my shoes are too girly for him and my clothes are way too big for him, it hurts your heart to hear and see. As a team, the overwhelming need and desperation here in Haiti weighs heavy on your heart. You want to give every shoeless kid shoes, and every pregnant mom money - so its an internal battle that you're constantly fighting through. However, we are comforted by the fact that any money, clothes, or things we give them will just pale in comparsision to offering the greatest gift of all - the gift of relationship with Jesus. Jesus is the living water that will quench their thirst and meet all of their needs. In this place where there seems like so little hope is to be found, we can find comfort in knowing that Jesus is their source of hope and comfort. As a team, this is something that we've really delved into today. We've all been so impacted by the poverty we've seen, but we can find comfort in the fact that they are known, loved, and cared for by their good, good Father.

Lastly, tonight we went to a Haitian bible study. This was something that really blew me away. Naive as I am, I had assumed that many of the people in Haiti would be newer Christians, and much of the church services would be "seeker-friendly" and focused on the hope and peace that God can offer them in their helpless situations. Instead, we sit through an extrememly deep and intensive study of a part of the book of Galatians. Although I have some Bible school under my belt, I'll admit that even I had trouble following parts of the exegesis that this pastor was giving of the chapter we studied. I was amazed, honestly - and so, so humbled by the way that they just devour the word of God and dive so deeply into scripture. As I watched, I prayed that that hunger would be something that we take back to the Link and something that God stirs up in the hearts of Linkers!

Of course, I had to have a bit of a teary moment (those who know me are not shocked by this!) when they wanted to pray for health and safety for our team. In an area prone to malaria, dengue, zika, cholera, etc., they wanted to pray for OUR health and safety. I hope that reading this, you can understand the gravity of a group of Haitians wanting to pray that you will be blessed, safe, and healthy. Wow, so humbling.


That's it for today! Trust me, I'll probably be back on here blogging again. So much happening here, and so many God-filled moments to share!

Kylie Thorne

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We've arrived

The Medicine Hat Link Teams have arrived!!! After filling out our applications last fall, to having our first team meeting in early January, months of preparatations &amp; fundraising and two days of travel! It really is a little surreal, but slowly sinking in as we settle in.  After landing in Port-au-Prince from Miami, our two hour drive to Grand Goave gave us a real taste of Haiti - seeing the locals along the dirt-ridden streets & canals, to crazy local drivers (we were in hands of good drivers though), locals selling their wares (right up to our vehicles) to many stray animals wandering around. It was a welcome sight to entered the secure, gated campus of Haiti Arise.

Our amazing team hosts Wade and Marilyn met us at airport, travelled with us to Grand Goave, gave us orientation to the guest house and many great tips of the dos and don'ts while here.

After getting unpacking all our stuff, including about 30 checked bags, majority of which were supplies -including all the backpacks and schools supplies (amazing the amount collected!), we had a great supper of chicken, rice and beans, salad, juicy mangoes and bread! &nbsp;On the roof top of our housing complex we had a very informative meeting by the founders of Haiti Arise - Marc and Lisa Honorat. It was just amazing to hear their vision of Haiti Arise which they started in 2003. This inculdes rebuilding the tech school here after the earthquake in January 2010. Things seem to be always changing and improving here at Haiti Arise, including new property they own for future expansion and development of the campus. &nbsp;Just amazing their faith and passion for the people of Haiti! &nbsp;Looking forward to how we can do a small part to contribute to their vision! &nbsp;As they said God brought us here for a reason. &nbsp;So blessed for the opportunity to be here!!! &nbsp; For now baybay, mezanmi (Creole for bye bye friends).
Rhonda Risdale

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The Link Team

Today we finally arrived in Haiti!! Its been a long journey, and it feels amazing to finally be here. I think everyone is happy to be done carrying huge bags, packed with backpacks, shoes, and school supplies for the kids here. Seeing the pile of things that we unpacked, I'm amazed at the amount of stuff we were actully able to bring down! It was worth the heavy suitcases!!

Flying in, it was amazing to look out over the ocean, seeing all the little islands, and eventually seeing Haiti. Being in an airplane and seeing the world from up above always reminds me how small we really are and how truly big and amazing God is, with His incredible design of it all.
Our drive to the compound was about an hour and a half and was very impacting for our whole team. Aside from the lack of road rules and crazy drivers, there is so much to absorb, looking around. There are so many people all around, buildings and shacks are so crowded together. Its hard to wrap your mind around all you are seeing and even imagine what it would be like to live in these places. I find it especially hard seeing small children in these conditions. It was definitlely overwhelming at points. However this eveing we were able to have a meeting with Marc and Lisa on the rooftop, and they shared their story, as well as some of what Haiti Arise is doing currently and also their vision for the future. Its encouraging to see them making a tangible difference here, creating real change that will impact the future of Haiti. I feel very blessed to be able to join in with them and support what they are doing here.&nbsp;
Carlie Gries

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Martensville Baptist Church

Martensville Baptist Church team is wiht us once again.  We are pleased to have Michelle (the team coordinator for Haiti ARISE) here with her team.  Check out their blog site......

http://martensvillebaptist.com/category/home-page-catagories/

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Welcome Father's House

We are excited to have the team from The Father's House in Vacaville, California.  This is a team full of energy and willing hearts to serve any way they can.

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Our final farewell....for now.....

Our final day for this year.....what a terrific day as we spent some more time with sponsored children....or in Damon, Delores and Lukis case got to sponsor a child of their own.  As she modelled her new sunglasses for all to see there was beaming faces all around seeing that such a little gesture brought great joy.

What a people! What a time!  Again, as we leave, we are more blessed than certainly what we were able to give.  So many moments of this trip don't have words.  The children today that would undo the ties in their hair just so you would pay a little attention to them to re-tie them.  Just went to show that it doesn't take much to affect a life and just a few moments with them make a difference in their day.

This team wasn't without its struggles.  In getting here the road seemed tough, but the struggle was worth the reward and we leave with a smile on our face and renewed joy in our hearts for the Haitian people.

Thank you to so many here that made this trip and all the efforts so worthwhile. To Marc and Lisa, thank you for staying the course as a vision this large does not come to fruition easily.  Our prayers will be with you in the coming months as you press on towards what God has been calling you to!  Wade and Marilyn, thank you for your endless hours of taking care of us.  Your guidance and direction of our Canadian mindsets I know can be difficult at times....so thank you for sticking it out to the end with us.  You definitely made our trip when you threw us in the back of the pick up truck and helped us look up and down the streets to find the families of our sponsored children.  Our week truly came alive with those visits.

Bethel, it was an honour to serve with you again.  We so enjoyed the first time we were here with you and it was no different this time.  Thank you for all the efforts you put forward this week in making us feel a part of you and partnering with us.  

The best part.....thank you to our Haitian family....becasue that is what you are to us now.  Seeing all the familiar faces and being welcomed by you was and is a great treasure that we take home with us.  May the Lord bless you and keep you until we meet again.  You will be often in our thoughts and in our prayers for your continued blessing on other teams and with each other.  Thank you for truly teaching us what the meaning of community is and how to live with radical faith.

Until we meet again......

Karen

 

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Joe's Blog by Joe

Hello all of my family and friends back in Kingston!  I sure hope you all get to read this and arent stuck in a snowbank somewhere.... ;)  What a great day today was!!  Wayne, Damon, Brooke, Lucas and I finally got the contruction on the fence completed.  After it was all done, several of peeps from both teams pitched in to paint it and the playground equipment.  It looks fantastic!

Some of the other members of the team, including Karen, Liz and Delores got to do some more painting at the guest house.  Colleen today did lots of sewing with her new buddy Victoria.

Karen and I were very excited to be able to visit our sponsor children and meet their families!  We were able to give them some gifts and much needed supplies.  How cool is that!?

 

We are all having a great time here helping out, visiting locals, meeting new friends, growing closer to existing friends and most importantly serving our Lord!  We can't wait to see everyone when we get back!

Bon Jay Ben U  (God Bless You)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another beautiful day in Haiti. There was a bit more of a breeze today which felt nice.  A bit of somber feeling for many as we come closer to our final days.  We had the opportunity to finish up on many of the projects we had started at the beginning of the week.  To see the list have so many projects crossed off is exciting.  

This being my second year to Haiti, during my previous year a few of us had the opportunity to help an elderly Haitian lady who had a stroke and now needed to use a wheelchair full time.  We had found out that she didnt go far from her place because the wheelchair did not have any where for her to rest her feet on and they would drag on the ground.  A few of us had helped with the wheelchair and placed feet on it.  This year we had decided to follow up and see how she was.  We went to visit her and she welcomed us in too her home.  We had showed her some picures from last year with us together and she defintiely remembered us.  So amazing to see her smile. This evening we saw her at church, I walked over to say Hello and she reached out her hand to me and gave me a kiss. Its truly amazing to see familiar faces and so many smiles.

The moon was so bright this evening during our debriefing as we sat on the roof, a fabulous way to end one of our last nights in Haiti.

~Shanna~

 

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thats a wrap

well its been another amazing experience here and hard to say goodnight and goodbye to friends we have come to cherish. Coming home is never easy in a lot of ways after you go through an experience like this.... sensory overload is how i like to explain it. Thank you to our church for the fiancial support so we were all able to make this journey. The support we get year after year from the friends in our church is such a blessing. I am humbled once again that God has provided and let me be apart of this team. As i reflect back on the last couple of weeks I am just so thankful for our team, the amazing staff/midterm missionaries at the compound, Marc and Lisa and most of all our heavenly Father! 

Each trip comes with new adventures and a new team. Watching members of your team go through the emotional and spiritual ups and downs on a trip like this is taxing but so rewarding. To be able to hold a child that you sponsor through school and talk to them about their lives is something that you cant really put into words.... I watched as both teams had individuals that one by one met with their sponsor children. Faces beaming and hearts full of love is what I watched over and over, then it was my turn... holding that innocent little child that without my help may or may not get 1 meal that day and possibly would get a couple years of schooling if they are lucky, just breaks your heart. But there is a hope, and a vision. thank you to everyone that is involved in any capacity with a mission. Haiti Arise is just one small cog in this wheel. What they are doing day after day and year after year is changing a people and a country. there are so many of these kind of organizations out there but this one has my heart and my passion. The friends ive made over four years of meeting staff and teams and haitians has changed my life forever. Watching my friend papa Roy work with his team of Haitians or Keith and Andrea working with the CV and the house parents, the calmness of wade and marilyn guiding us through our two week journey all adds to the experience.

What can i say about my true friends Marc and Lisa, they have a vision and they have put it into motion years ago. We love what you are doing and stand beside you everyday as you move forward. thank you for opening up a new world for us to grow and help others. We will miss you all until next year...

in closing out this years trip id like to leave you all with one thought.. we are all the same people no matter what color we are or where we live. We serve the same God and we pray for the same things. Family, finances, relationships are no different in any culture. They are all stresses that seem out of our control. trust God that he is in control and seek his direction. Lets not forget that our missionfield doesnt need to be across the ocean, its right at home. We were able to live in another culture and open our eyes in many different ways to things that we overlook at home. its always easy to see the desperation in the people of haiti, and yet a joy that fills them. We need to be aware of the desperation in the people around us in our everyday life, and show them the joy that we have in our Lord and Saviour.

Aaron

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A beautiful country--une belle pays

What a beautiful country! When we arrived last Monday I thought that the mountain was a mural on the terminal wall, but it was the mountains north of the airport. Haiti is such a beautiful country! I saw hope as we drove from Port-au-Prince to Grande Guave as new concrete buildings appeared on nearly every block. I could see the pride of a nation even in the organization of the garbage along the street. We didn't leave campus much in the early part of our visit since we were organizing the tie-dying of the shirts. My heart was warmed to see kids get to pick their own colours for their shirts. The Haiti flag--red and dark blue--was a popular choice among the boys.

We did get a chance to visit the Children's Village down the street and saw the beginning of contruction of the new school and the near completion of the duplex for the "families." The crew was Haitian led by Roy the engineer who spec'd the contstruction to 8.0 Richter scale.

 

 

This is the community development that helps train a new generation. Everybody gets to work. \i could see the pride of the builders as they formed, parged and sponged of the smooth stucco. There was even a young lady learning the trade amongst the men. My Aunt Roxanne, an engineer, would be proud.

 

Back on campus of Haiti Arise, we broke into teams of volunteers for various tasks that needed done. I led the team assigned to repair the fence around the "temporary" school. Fortunately, for the start of the project, the kids were home to celebrate Carnival, so we were able to get a good head start without disturbing their schooling. I have been immensely enjoying our team of Wayne, Joe and Brooke as we set new posts and fastened new boards. My new friend Ronald picked up new rough 2x4" for post and 1x6" for boards. My other new friend Desi dusted off a Jumping Jack to help tamp down the posts.

 

 

The weekend brought a welcome rest as our bodies were still adjusting to the Haitian winter which is like high summer in Ontario--hot and humid. We hit the beach which was stunning--I have never seen trees growing so close to the water that they offered shade in the late afternoon. I hope that future development doesn't have concrete replace the trees! In the first of two wonderful church services, my friend Roland let me sing a new song "Born to Make an Impact" for the church. Many and Lisa helped with the translation into Creole, although I didn't try to sing it in Creole! Then we went to Tapion childrens church which was completely adorable! Mostly children attend this church and it is so delightful to see them learn about the Lord. We went for goat and coke for supper. The goat was delicious! The pop was served in 500ml glass bottles! Sterling, the director of the trade school runs a taxi, a tap-tap, and he drove us around town on tour as we waited for our dinner.

Today we completed the main fence and started on the final leg before doing visitations in the town. We didn't go far from campus but were able to pray for three families and one lone cow herd resting under a tree. The children we recognized from our tie-dying, so it was exciting to see them coming to church!

There is a passage in Ezekiel that Pastor Cameron has preached on before and I feel that here in Haiti that I am immersed in the deep part of the river and the wave a passing over me. I love this beautiful country!

 

Damon

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Monday in Grand Goave

Greetings to our friends in Three Hills,

We thank you for giving us this chance to experience and minister at Haiti Arise.  The variety of opportunities, the fellow team members, the staff and participants here at Haiti Arise have all added to a wonderful time.  We are definitely blessed by all we have been able to see and do here.

The weekend (Saturday and Sunday) was a welcome change of pace.  Going to the beach, Sunday worship with the Haitians and eating out at a local restaurant were great exposures to more of the local culture.

Today it was time to get back to work - although we were aware that you were all relaxing on Family Day :-)

This morning our team members were diligently working on different projects - painting the Guard House at the Children's village, final preparations on the duplex at the Children's Village, visiting the sewing class at the Tech School and painting the Guest House - inside and outside.

After lunch the work continued on the projects with less manpower because some prepared to go on Visitation mid-afternoon.  The visitation teams met with several local families for sharing and prayer.  There was also an opportunity to visit a ladies prayer group.

We are all very aware that our time here is coming to an end.  We are starting to talk and prepare ourselves for what leaving may be like.

But for now we will anticipate our last 2 days of experiences and make the most of what we are given.

Anne

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Sunday!!!

Hey Bethel I guess you get me to blog for today, oh yah it's Virginia. Well today was kinda another off day, we got up at 6 then went to church, wich by the way was super cool, I could not understand some times but oh man it was like a wave came in and washed us to a hole nother country or something it was incredible. The people were singing like six different song all at once but the cool thing was is that it worked, evreyone sang what was on there harts. And you found yourself moving even if you didn't want to, you were so packed that you felt like you were at a pro baseball stuck between a crowd of shirtless, hairy, american men on hte hotest day of the summer in mexico. but honestly you don't notice till after the servace when you look back at what happened. One of the things that realy hit home for me was when the Haitians started to pray, they all prayed at once and it was not the same words, at times it seemed that that they thought that the louder you yelled the clearer God could here you. Mom whent to the cildrens church when the person was preaching and you know the phrase people say, the police and pasters kids are the worst, well that proved to be true. Mom said that when the man was teaching Asher (the oldest Honerat) put lipsick on Kiki (the one who the Honerats are adopting) then Kiki turned around and panced another boy. Anyway Damen (from kingston) wrote a song and we sang that in church, I don't know why most of the people can't speack engish, but whatever.

After church me and my brothers hung around we emailed my Dad, ate lunch, oh yah Mom had brought cinamon harts and chocalate for us for today, mines almost gone because I shared with Giffen (a long term missiary kid) and Russ, and not a bad thing by the way. We were going to go back to the beach today but we weren't invided when they went so no go, I wasn't going to go in anyway because of yesterday. If yu have not already herd I was stung by a Jellyfish, I still have a red spot, and poor ada (Griffens sister) she had got a rash and the water is salty we thought that it would make the rash better but it made it worse. Anyways we hung around till we went to tappion.

What tappion was is a church for childrgen it was cool and after that we went to Mondy's, a restrant in Grand Grave some call it goat and coke for one simple reason you get goat or chiken and coke, my family got two goat and two chiken then we split, and now we are at home in Haiti Arise playing games and blogging. Abigale if you are reading this I wish you were hear with me you would love it there are childen here that you would love. You would love the fruit and the games and kids and the food and everything, Ibought you a braslet that the people here in haiti arise make by hand and it has your name on it. anyways my eyes are starting to hurt so I must get off, bye Bethel.

-Star-

P.S.

If I spelt alot wrong there is no spell check:)    

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Haiti Hallelujahs by Liz

Our first day fully immersed in the Haitian atmosphere.  Church started off the day at 7:00, yes you heard me, 7:00 AM  we walked down the laneway to the beautiful outdoor church where we spent the next 2 1/2 hours praising and worshipping God in song, prayer, message and testimony.  Where others churches may have a sparse attendance at this time of the morning, the church was packed,  the Haitians excitedly raising their hands in praise.  Even though we 'blancs' don't understand every word spoken or song sung, God is definitely present.  Joe stepped up and gave his testimony, giving glory to God for answers to prayer in his family. It is such a joy to witness the Haitians as a community, they truly know how to love and care for each other.  

Today was also a time to see some familiar faces......the wheelchair lady and Dani, a young lady we connected with last year.  So exciting, a warm hug and beaming smile makes us realize that they have remembered us.  We can't wait until Monday & Tuesday to experience other community visits. 

Tapion Children's Church is always a highlight on our trip to Haiti.  A church that started several years ago as an extension of the Haiti Arise Church is now a Children's Only church, coming from all over the community to listen to Johnny and Rosalyn give a story, sometimes with flannelgraph, songs, and sometimes to have visits from church teams. Today we lead the kids in 'The Banana Song' and handed out bracelets and suckers which brought smiles to their little faces.  

A relaxing end to our day was a visit to the only local restaurant, 'The Goat & Coke' or (chicken & 7-up), depending on your order.  Impact team rode on a Tap Tap (the Haitian cab) through the winding, bumpy roads....but what fun and the ride back was on a small truck cab - Yeehaw!!!

 

 

 

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