Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Things to Pray for:
Rest and Strength as we are working great and long days
For Gods love to be seen in everything that we do.
For our eyes to be open to what god is showing us and for our ears to listen to his still small voice.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
We had the opportunity to play hopscotch and soccer with some of the local children this afternoon. It was fun to see the joy on their faces and hear their laughter as we played.
Our time in Haiti is coming to a close. We are ready to see our families and friends, but we will miss the time we've had here.
Thank you all for your prayers. We are looking forward to sharing our stories with you soon. Pray for us as we wrap up our time and begin our journey home.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
- Nathan Evans
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
After work we walked down to the creek by the boys home. It was good to see some of the beautiful country of Haiti. Pictures don't give the mountains and countryside justice. It is God's creation that you just have to see for yourself.
Pray that we will continue to display Gods glory to the workers and children and for strength to work through the week.
- Preston Smedley
The work is challenging. We spent the entire day sifting rock & sand by hand. It is a tedious job, but it allowed us to talk and fellowship as we worked. We are working right next to the school in Guibert, so at various times of the day we had numerous school children gathering to watch us work.
It is such a blessing to see the impact that the ministry is having on the local community, especially the children. They are so full of joy and hope. God is at work in this place and it is evident on the faces of the people.
Thank you for your continued prayers. Please pray that God will renew our tired bodies and grant us energy for the tasks ahead.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
This afternoon has been a wonderful time of rest and preparation for the week. We have enjoyed tremendous fellowship with Pastor JeanAlix and his family. We are ready to begin construction on a new depot (storage shed) tomorrow. Once the depot is complete, all the food and construction items used at The Boy's home, school, and surrounding community will have a new "home". This will free up at least two rooms for future classroom expansion at the school.
We are excited about what the Lord has in store for us. Pray that God works beyond our language barrier. Pray that the construction goes well and that all the needed materials are readily available.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
We are looking forward to worship with our Haitian brothers and sisters I. The morning. Pray for Danny as he preaches God's Truth in the morning. Pray for a great week of ministry and that God is glorified in and through us.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Btw today is Molly's 22nd birthday and she said spending it with 1500 kids and doing crafts is the best!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
A little further away, in Miami, are 5 of our team members… They weren’t able to get seat assignments on the horribly overbooked flight, so they’ve spent the day working out their next travel plans. They are now booked on the 7:45 flight in the morning and will soon be joining the rest of the team.
Tomorrow is going to be a wonderful day… it’s Sunday in Haiti! Haitian church is one of the most beautiful things to be a part of and tomorrow’s celebration is going to be extra special. We are having a house dedication service for 10 of the homes that we’ve helped rebuild. We will hand over the keys to the families and have a time of prayer for them. It will be a great opportunity to remind them of the reason that we do what we do!
Pray for our team to adjust well to Haiti. Pray that we embrace every part of our experiences and have great attitudes. Pray that the Lord would use us in great and mighty ways.
Please pray for our team members that are still in Miami. Pray that they will make the early flight and not have any more issues with getting bumped off of the flights.
Pray for the church service tomorrow. Pray that the Lord would be glorified in the house dedications and through our worship with our Haitian brothers and sisters.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Tomorrow we are breaking up into three ministry teams. One will be putting roofs on 7 houses, one will work on the mission house, and one will be doing a dental clinic for the children in our boys home and our 370 school kids.
Pray for us as we start our first work day. Pray for the leaders of each of our teams. Pray for safety for each of us and patience as we learn how to work together and alongside of those who speak a different language. Pray that our hearts would be sensitive to the needs of those around us and that we would be intentional in sharing Christ's love in everything we do!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Friends of Haiti,
As you know, we have reached the one year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan 12th, 2010. Jean Alix called this morning and asked that we pray for the people of Haiti. He said that today is going to be an extremely hard day for the entire nation…. Please continue to pray for our Haitian brothers and sisters. Pray that this day would not be one of mourning, but of restoration in the Lord: in a God of HOPE. Pray for the many Haitian churches that are reaching out to the lost and broken, that they would be able to share the Love and Hope that can only come from Him. Pray that the “God of refuge and strength” will lift up the broken hearted. Pray that the Lord will, “turn their mourning into gladness, and give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow” (Jeremiah 31:13b).
On the news, all that is being shared is the message of defeat and brokenness in Post-earthquake Haiti. I wanted to remind you, in the midst of such negativity, of the joyous amount of HOPE that I’ve experienced. I was in Haiti over New Year’s and have several encouraging stories to share.
1.) Dec 31st marked the end of the “40 Days of Prayer” event that the Guibert church had been participating in. Because of that, and New Year’s Eve, we had a HUGE celebration that lasted from 6pm on Dec 31st to 5:00am on New Year’s Day. This celebration was the most amazing thing I have ever been a part of… and it was just that: a CELEBRATION of what the Lord had done 2010. We literally danced in the New Year, before the Lord, with 300 of our closest Haitian friends! For the first 45 minutes of the year, we spent time in prayer, thanking the Lord for the past year and praying with anticipation for what he has in store for 2011. It was beautiful to watch these people, who had experienced such a traumatic year, worshipping and on their faces before the Lord, thanking Him in the midst of their pain and suffering.
2.) In previous years, my experiences of Haiti have mainly been with our boys and girls in our homes, some of our school children and a few church members. But because of the earthquake, we have been able to get outside of our “typical” ministry sites, and go into the community and create relationships there. As of today, we have helped build 34 homes in our villages! That means we now know of 34 families (ranging in size of 2-25), with whom we have worked side-by-side, building them homes. During the New Year service, I began to notice how many faces I recognized… began to put faces with names and houses… began to match the school children with their parents. And these were people who were LEADING in the service: leading the group prayer, singing solos, reading scripture! The Lord encouraged my heart with this visual of how much of an impact our ministry is having on the community as a whole. We have been able to serve the leaders in the church, and walk alongside them in their ministry, encouraging them as we go!
3.) Ronald is a 10 year old boy who was abused and forced to beg on the streets of Petionville. The Lord brought Ronald to our boys’ home on Jan 11th, 2010. On the next day, the streets where Ronald roamed, were shaken and covered in the debris from all of the buildings that collapsed that day. If Ronald hadn’t been lovingly taken off of these streets, the day before, he would have been crushed by the rubble. When I met Ronald, 10 days later, he was a broken little boy, with no hope or joy in his eyes. He had never been to school, had never been loved. Over this past year, I have seen him develop into a beautiful child. He is no longer the broken shell of a boy I met at the beginning of the year… he now has the hope and joy of the Lord in his heart! When he was sitting by me at the New Year’s celebration, a few weeks ago, he took the pen out of my journal and wrote his name in cursive on his hand, so proud to show me how well he is doing in school. He wrote out all of his numbers, 1-120, in my journal, along with many other words. In that moment, I was overwhelmed with the Lord’s protection and Divine plan for his life! He has come so far in just one year, and I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for him in the future!
I wanted to share these stories of HOPE with you, to let you know that the Lord is doing amazing things in our midst. He has used you this year to go, pray, and give to the work that He is continually doing. We would not be able to have our ministry without people like you who give, so that others can see the love of Christ in action. You have been responsible for sharing Christ with hundreds of people this year, who have been devastated by tragedy. Most importantly, each one of the people we’ve assisted knows the help comes from Christians, who love the Lord.
Thank you for sacrificially giving to our ministry. Please continue to pray for the people of this beautiful nation.