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Tuesday
Oct212014

A New Year.....Welcome Teams

Yesterday, we welcomed our first teams of the new year......

                                    Cornerstone Team from Saskatoon, SK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               Rocky Mountain House Alliance Team

Laurens and Louisa also arrived for one month with the teams.  They are here to work on plans for the Goat Farm and do some follow up on the Agriculture program that they spent 10 weeks teaching this past winter.

 

 

Friday
Apr112014

Rocky Alliance: Final Thoughts from DFW

As the experience in Haiti was coming to an end, we wanted to share a quick, final words of what we thought about this trip while we were waiting for a flight at Dallas. These are the words from our team members:

Gord:  Left Haiti Arise at 4:30 am, what an incredible 9 days of seeing God answer prayer, move in incredible ways and the whole team accomplishing soooo much in terms of faithfully serving God in the opportunities we had to serve.

Ben K:  Amazing ministry that I’ve never been experienced before. Feels like as if we were in a hot tub, and just as when we were getting used to water, we were kicked out of the water. :(

Ruth: It was great to see the part of the vision of Haiti Arise becoming sight. Especially the clinic up and running by local Haitians. Technical school up and running.

Joyce:  God is doing incredible things through willing people.  I am so impressed with the Haitian staff at Haiti Arise and their vision for what the future can bring.  I feel honored and humbled to have been a part of their vision and pray that the things we were able to do will be used to further their work.

Dan: It was nice not to think about work for the last 10 days.  What next?  Not sure but there are a lot of opportunities to make a positive impact on their life rather than the rat race of material gain.

Benjamin A: Despite how much I am already missing Haiti, I am excited for the plans God has for me back home.  I am truly so thankful for all that God has taught me and how he is continuing to teach me how to bring glory to his kingdom. 

Graham:  The last day was a bit down for me, partly feeling like I missed some things that could have happened in Haiti and part grieving having to leave.  But God is so good.  He allowed me to share my story with the gal beside me on our last flight and it was clearly evident it was God ordained.  All is redeemed now.

Tannis: God has poured out blessings on us this week…I think of all the stretching, exhilarating, fatiguing, delightful, prayerful times and I marvel how God is responsive and speaks to each one of us, uniquely, when he doesn’t have to compete with distractions.  Thank you to all who prayed…God heard!!

Doug:  It is such a pleasure to be able to serve in a place where God has so obviously blessed the vision and leadership of Marc and Lisa.  I have learned a lot about letting God work through our willingness serve.  Great team to spend time with and nice to be warm (I am looking forward to not sweating just brushing my teeth!).

Gene: The last nine days has been people putting hands and feet to the gospel. It’s been great to see teams from two different churches in two different countries, come together in an effort to minister to the needs of the people of Haiti. What a pleasure to have spent 9 days with two great teams.

Tuesday
Apr082014

NCC Blog: Day Nine - By Chad Lorenc

There is so much to say and no way for me to communicate in a way that would do it justice as we wrap up our trip here at Haiti Arise.  Like so many things here it seems so perfectly orchestrated - like our early morning devotional sunrises.   Come Sunday we started getting a little homesick (or wife sick), the team started talking a lot about our kids at home…but none of us quite ready to leave.  Today has been perfect we wrapped up with a hospital visit and a half day at the beach and ended with a church service… and we are ready to come home. God so moved in our hearts and was doing so many things in us that the wisest and gentlest elder among us our mama Renee decided she wanted to be baptized.  It was a time of rededication, releasing, and receiving healing for the journey and season she has been in- it was incredible.  I feel full. Spiritually, mentally and emotionally and am ready to decompress and process all the amazing things God has done on all the mind blowing things we have seen and experienced here in Haiti.  The people here are amazing Pastor Mark and Lisa, Wade and Marilynn, Roy and the whole Haitian staff.  They are world changes impacting Haiti and the team that visit them; it is a awe inspiring multi-dimensional ministry.  Haiti is an amazing place and there is a powerful generation of young men and woman Christians that I believe will change the face of Haiti over the next two decades – I was so privileged to meet some of these men and women of God.  We made a drive into Petit Goave to visit the hospital and witness the amazing changes God is already making through dedicated Haitians who are building their communities.   This is something you want to be part of God is doing amazing things in Haiti and He’s doing though people on the ground and native Haitians.  Haiti Arise seems to have mastered a plan to maximize impact to both Haiti and to the teams by allowing God a lot of room to work.  I took my three boys down here ages 15, 13, and 10 – and God did amazing things for each of them.  I would encourage anyone to come and if possible bring their kids- after salvation and Baptism this is likely the biggest spiritual event in their lives and maybe in mine as well.  

Tuesday
Apr082014

Rocky Alliance: Joyce Richie's Blog (Day Eight)

It’s been quite the day.  Last night Roy, the project manager for Haiti Arise, announced that the big “pour” was happening and all hands were needed on deck.  The Haitians arrived at 0700 to set up and by 0800 the “blancs” were on site.  Bucket by bucket concrete was passed up the scaffolding and poured on the roof top.  Roy figures 35 yards were poured by the end of the day. Most of us had our hands in it at one point, filling 5 gallon buckets with stone and gravel. (which were then picked up by the Haitians with one hand and poured in the mixer! L) There were plenty of tired folks this evening, but the joy of having that project competed was worth it all. 

 

Graham and Gene were sentenced to the woodworking shop with the admonition that, “I need you to make cabinets” so cabinets they made.  They made great progress; the cabinets will be going in the duplexes at the Children’s Village.   

 

Tannis held class number 3 for the Traditional Birth Attendant course.  The numbers increase every course, with 55 in attendance today.  Apparently the word is spreading in the villages.  What a fantastic opportunity to share with these community members who are so eager to learn.  The final installment is tomorrow. 

Ben Kim has been installing and updating computers for the site.  He is almost able to see the end of the pile. It had been a delight to work alongside each and every individual on this team as well as the other team and staff here at HA.

Tonight we gathered as a group to celebrate what God is doing here at HA.  The challenges, the joys, and the future of this ministry were shared and prayed for.  God is at work here and in our lives.  Pastor Wade had challenged us with the following statement:  “If having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the number one issue in life; which country is first world and which is third world; Haiti or the US/Canada?”

Thank you each one for praying for this outreach.  We are excited to share with you the lessons that we have learned and that God is teaching us.

-Joyce Richie

Monday
Apr072014

NCC Blog: Day Eight - By Nate Lorenc

When life gives you lemons, well, eat the dang lemons. Them lemons might be sour, but if they are, drown them in high fructose corn syrup, sugar, water you found in the mysterious stream by your house, and make some lemonade.  Basically, make lemonade.  Make it work.  This wonderful metaphor described our day today, in a nut shell.  This morning, we found our teammates scattered this way and that around Grand Goave, going places, running errands, and all that good stuff.  Most of the boys were returning from a night at the Honorat’s, one in which we witnessed the presence of a living, hand sized tarantula.  We easily disposed of this slight nuisance by first knocking it off the wall with a broken broom held firmly in Griffin’s hand, and then Pastor Mark maliciously beat the spider half to death with a mop, and I (Nate) finished the job by skillfully employing the use of an electric tennis racket bug zapper and toasting the arachnid like a cheap steak in a bad roadside steakhouse.  Anyway, we had teams ready to do our different tasks for the day, but then the there was a misunderstanding and the teams got split up.  We had to play it by ear, but we ended up with a finished path, and freshly laid concrete on the roof.  All was well.  A team of us were planning to go up to Tapion to finish up the work on the children’s church, and due to some light delays, the work overlapped with the second set of home visits.  We (Keith, Clay, Chad, Ben [from the other team] and I) are praying that the Lord will give us an opportunity to go do the home visits for that second time before we leave.  From the stories of all the other teammates, the home visits were absolutely amazing, and everyone had an amazing time ministering to the Haitian people.  Just now, we had an incredible debriefing discussion with Mark and Lisa Honorat in which we shared our feelings and experiences.  The presence of the Lord was definitely there.  Tomorrow is the last day, and we are all hoping that it will be a grand exit.