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Wednesday
Feb102016

Wednesday, February 11th, 2016

Greetings from Grand Goave!  Sandra here.  It's so lush and green on this 7 acre campus!  It's also teaming with interesting wildlife.  We have our team meetings on the roof of the mission house.  Last night, a leaf bug flew into the group and was drawn to my flashlight.  We were able to have a good look at this critter that looked exactly like a green leaf.   We also have "spiders" here that are a somewhat smaller version of a tarantula.  

Last night, there was one such spider in the girl's room, in company with a cockroach.  I screamed for a man to come so Cody and Levi came to the rescue.  The spider was on the ceiling near my bunk!  Cody sprayed it with mosquito spray and it ran fast.  I gave my shoe to Levi and the grade six hero  smacked it to goo!  Then he whacked the cockroach in like fashion.  

Greg also had a similar encounter in the middle of the night which explained the spider corpse lying in the hallway surrounded by ants.  By morning, Levi was feeling invigorated so when he spotted a coconut tree, he climbed it like a monkey.  We all watched and cheered him on!  He reached the coconuts and knocked one down!  Woo hoo!

Yesterday was a workday but today was different for some of us who went to the local market to buy goods for VBS: namely peanut butter.  The market is mostly produce, rice, and beans.  They also sell some things that you would see at the pharmacy.  I gathered that many of these items are sent over as donations and are then sold by the locals.  Even when I packed for myself before I left, I removed all packaging of new items in order to reduce the size.  At the market I saw pills in blister packs for sale with no box.  When I got back to the mission house, I asked about this and was told that they don't seem to really know what they're buying or selling.

I noticed people covered their heads with just about anything, including toques! That looked pretty hot.  I suggested to our leader that we take a tap tap (taxi vehicle) back home because we were hot.  She told me that walking is good for me.  It wasn't too bad actually and we made it.  :)

In the afternoon, we went evangelizing in the community and gave out hygiene kits.  These kits also included the gospel of John in Creole.  We had a really enthusiastic translator with us and we were grateful for him.  I spoke to a group of young men, about age 18, and I told them about salvation and I read Romans 10:9 to them.  I held up my Bible to them and asked them if they had a Bible.  They said they didn't.  I then made an unwitting mistake.  I told them if they came to the mission they could get Bibles.  They asked, "Where do we go to get a Bible?  Who do we ask?  Who do we talk to?"  

I said, "Just come to the mission and ask anyone who's there and they will give you a Bible."  

I heard some rustling beside me.  Marilyn and Anne were quickly opening the hygiene packs to get copies of the gospel of John, which they gave the men.  

I was then reminded that I must be careful about what I promise and to whom I promise it.  I talked to Wade, the missionary who hosts us.  He said that just passing out Bibles can cause a swarm in need of crowd control because people are interested in receiving something from a white person.  Fortunately, he said that Haiti Arise is an official Gideon outpost and drop off.   He said there are about 230 Creole Bibles here and we have three boxes of the gospel of John.  

Wade also suggested that I make sure a person is literate first.  Only 50% of kids go to school and only 2% of them finish school.  

Back in the village, where we were evangelizing, we were able to ask people, through our translator, if we could pray for them.  Everyone said yes.  "Non problem", they said.  

We invited the children to vacation Bible school tomorrow, which will be for two days.  (peanut butter will be had!)  We invited the adults to church which is on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  Many people said they already go to the church.  We came across the church ladies group having their meeting.  They stood outside in someone's courtyard and sang beautiful worship songs with their hands raised.  We listened for a while.  Our translator told us what they were singing.  One lady came with her Bible and I could tell it was well-read.  

One man was taking out a stump bit by bit with a machete.  It looked like a very slow process.  He asked us to pray for him because he had no place to live and he had seven children.  Cody prayed a beautiful prayer for him.  

We prayed for a little boy in a wheelchair who couldn't talk or walk.  He was given a hygiene pack and he squeeled with delight and smiled big.  It was a wonderful time.  Marilyn was told she should be a preacher!  Her outgoing personality was great in the community! :)

Our time on the roof tonight was great.  We sat in a circle together with the team from Kingston, Ontario.  We have joined together as one team and we get along famously.  Then there's Roy, from Peachland, who's a contractor. He works hard and is a funny guy who reminds me a lot of David Nadeau.  The difference is that Roy's beard is Duck-Dynasty long!  He keeps me company at meals because I always have a second helping and he's so busy talking it takes him a long time to eat.  

On Tuesday night after supper, there was church.  Roy and I were still in the dining room when everyone else was at church.  I tidied up quickly and told him I'd see him there.  I thought he'd be right behind me.  I went to the church and slipped in the back row.  The sermon was very, very long.  Anne got worried about me and wondered where I was so she got up to go and look for me.  I saw her leave the church and I wondered what she was up to.  She went back to the dining room and asked Roy if he'd seen me.  He said, "You mean the little one?  Yeah, I saw her go down the trail to church."  haha!  After that, I have been sure to always let Anne know where I am.  

Well, I'm a half hour past lights-out so I should get to bed.  The Septs are playing cards with Greg and Roy so we'll all have to shut 'er down.  

God bless you all and thanks for praying for us!!!

I really like it here and I feel comfortable.  

Tuesday
Feb092016

back at it…...

Well we at BEMC from Three Hills are here at Hait Arise for the fourth year in a row and we were so excited to be meeting up with friends from past years. I love walking out of the airport and seein friendly faces from both haiti and other teams that we have served with before. We left on our journey on sunday and for the first time we had no hicups on our way down, travel went smoothly and all our bags arrived. Today is tuesday and we did the tour around all the sites that are being worked on. Its always so amazing to see how much things have changed over the past year.

tomorrow we will be really getting into our projects, the focus being on getting everything completed in the duplex at the childrens village so we can move the first house parents in and get them settled. Such an exciting time to be here and see the first parents moving in. The school is well underway as well and the progess of the whole childrens village is awesome. This is my 4th year straight being here and i cant tell you what it does to my heart to see the visions coming to reality. i am so grateful to all those who have supported us so that we were able to come down and serve again.

My last thought for the night is one of humbleness... tonight we had bible study at the church once again, it always hits me how passionate they are about our wonderful Saviuor and Lord! We may live in different worlds, and speak a different language but we serve the same one and only true God. We read the same words from the scriptures and truly want to love the same man that died on the cross for our sins...

blessings from Haiti

Aaron Sept

Tuesday
Feb092016

A great first.....



Great first day for Impact Haiti 2016! Our team of 9 are here and excited to be part of what Haiti Arise is doing here in Grand Goave, Haiti. We had a relatively uneventful trip here and thankful that our 20 pieces of luggage all made it here in one piece!
We began the day by walking around the compound and outside the walls to see how projects have progressed, catching up a bit with our hosts Wade and Marilyn and greeting all our friends here from years past!  We were excited to see that the elementary school was well under way and everyone working on this were Haitians.
The duplexes that have been worked on other years are far enough progressed that the first couple will be moving in this weekend!  Before then we have furniture to put together, appliances to hook up and a welcome mat to get put at the door.  The "first parents to the orphans" are in training this week and we had the privilege of meeting them today as well.
The team rolled their sleeves up after our walk about and started on a few projects.  The load of luggage we brought resulted in 183 hygiene/ children's packages.......the guys got going on ripping down and building a fence in the school yard....oh ya, sorry don't want to forget Brooke in that......she had to be in the mix with her shovel in hand! 
So many exciting things to cover....but let me show you pictures as that always gives the best story...
yes....no doubt we are happy to be hear.....feel the heat.....bond together as a team....and experience all that God has prepared for us to be part of.  Amazing culture, amazing spirit,....we are thankful to be part of it.

 

Tuesday
Feb092016

Impact Kingston and Bethel Church Team

Two great teams arrived safely yesterday.  Welcome to Impact Kingston from Kingston, Ontario

and.......

Bethel Church from Three Hills, AB.  They have arrived ready to work and play and minister in the community.

Wednesday
Jan272016

As we prepare to leave and have our final roof top evening, we are reminded we have shared in a life changing experience.  We all are struggling to put into words what we have seen and experienced.  One thing is sure, our hearts are forever bonded to Haiti and its people.

Some highlights for me today are meeting and working side by side with the Children’s Village’s first mother.  She has a heart to serve and raise up strong Godly leaders.  Our family, was able to travel to Leogane to meet another little girl we sponsor with a different organization.  To sit with her, hold her hand and look into her eyes was truly special.  What an honor to meet a child you have prayed and cared for, from a far.  We also finished up all the bunk beds and headed to the beach for a final dip in the ocean.  The ocean is a beautiful turquoise blue and so refreshing to sit and soak in after a long hot day!  On our way back from the beach, Jayden and Amilyn’s sponsor child Charles, spotted them and ran full tilt to them.  His smiling face and bright shining eyes were all you needed to know exactly how he feeling.  We then walked over to were his mother was sitting and had a chance to meet her and see how they live.  She was warm and inviting towards us.  She informed us she attends Haiti Arise Church but does not have a bible of her own.  As I sit typing, Jayden and Amilyn are writing an inscription into a new bible donated by our Sunday School children!  Full circle…children sharing the word of God with other children.  My heart is bursting with joy as I look back at our team and how they have stepped up to serve.  The hand of God has touched us in so many ways and we will forever be changed.

Rhea Lynne