Monthly Archives: November 2013

Haiti 2013 – Day 8: Travel home

We had breakfast and relaxed this morning, enjoying the beautiful view of the Atlantic.  DouDou arrived at about 11:00am, this time driving a larger bus that was able to accommodate us and all of our luggage.  We traveled to Port au Prince airport and saw Randy off to Atlanta and the rest of us boarded our flight to Fort Lauderdale.  Greg and Susan were able to get on a flight to Miami on standby.

Many thanks to Jeff Elmore, Jim Jehng and Bill Belcher who were waiting at the Fort Lauderdale airport to pick us up and take us back to SRC.

What a great end to a very blessed week!

Haiti 2013 – Day 7: Free day, travel to Club Indigo

Today we left the hotel right after breakfast so that we could go to Fayeton and say goodbye to the children before they had to go to school.  They thanked us for coming and it was a tearful goodbye but we knew we were leaving the orphanage much better off than when we came.  And we also knew, that many had trusted Christ this week.

We went back to the hotel and packed our bags to leave for Club Indigo, which is a seaside resort hotel a little over halfway to Port au Prince.  In order to take our luggage we had to make two trips but we all got there at about 2:30pm and had some time to relax on the beach before dinner.

Dean has been doing mission work in Haiti for over thirty years and he invited Pastor Minas and his friend Manu from nearby St Marks for dinner.  They both shared their testimonies with us and how God has worked through them through some very dangerous times in Haiti in the past.

We went back to our rooms to pack and get ready for our trip home tomorrow, very thankful for all that was accomplished this week.

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Haiti 2013 – Day 6: Install refrigerator, lighting ceremony and VBS

Today we started off the day with a devotion from I Corinthians 12 about the body of Christ being made up of many parts working together.  The team has worked well together all week accomplishing a lot for the Kingdom.  Someone pointed out that the little ones that we helped this week are also a very important part of the body, and valued very much.

We went to Fayeton and got to work finishing the wiring on the boys and girls dormitories and the pastor’s residence in the cafeteria building.  We decided to add a couple of lights in the cafeteria with an outlet that we would later use for “movie night”.  DouDou arrived from Port au Prince with the chest style freezer that we added to the plan at the last minute.  We mounted a solar panel on the roof of the cafeteria to power the freezer and also a refrigerator that will arrive next week.  This will allow more of a variety in the menu for the children including food that might otherwise spoil.

After lunch we gathered the children together for pictures and set up an  assembly line where they could choose a foam frame and decorate it.  Later we handed out the great quantity of clothing that had been donated by the students of SRCS and the people of SRC carefully packed into outfits by the Lord’s Closet team.  The kids were very excited to receive these gifts but the best was yet to come.

As it grew dark we setup a projector and laptop and showed the “Jesus Story for Children” (adapted from The Jesus Film project).  The kids watched attentively to the movie which was shown in Hatian Creole (with English sub-titles for the American guests) and it was thrilling to hear many of them praying to accept Christ when the invitation was given at the end of the movie.

Then we quickly setup for the “lighting ceremony” where we gathered the children in their respective dorms (it was completely dark now) and chose two of the most quiet and shy little ones to flip the switch.  Pastor Woodman said a few words of gratitude to the team for giving the children this great gift of lighting and power so that they could study later at night, have fresh food to eat, feel more secure and just to be able to see as they get ready for bed each evening.  The kids were very excited as first Lou Wensky flipped the main breaker switch in the boys dorm followed by Jenna doing the same for the girls dorm.  They were laughing, shouting, singing and dancing through the dorms as every light was lit!  It was an amazing sight!

We said our goodbyes for the night and went back to the hotel after a very eventful day.

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Haiti 2013 – Day 5: Wiring pastor’s residence, clinic and VBS

Today we started off the day with a devotion from James about faith without works and helping widows and orphans to prepare us for the day ahead.  After breakfast we went to Fayeton and started in on completing the wiring of the boys and girls dorms and the cafeteria building and pastor’s residence.  We had lots of little helpers and “supervisors” working with us.

Susan organized a cleanup squad to pick up trash and spruce up the campus.  Toni took a turn helping with some of the electrical installation.  Later Susan and Toni went over to the medical clinic where they saw another 100 patients from the community.

The craft for the morning was signing and decorating beach balls.  Each child got a ball with their name on it and had a great time playing with them the rest of the day.

We completed all the wiring of the dorms and cafeteria building and carefully tested each circut.  We found a few things that needed to be fixed so we decided to postpone the lighting ceremony until Thursday evening.

At the end of the day we gave each child a necklace that Toni had brought made by a group of orphans in the US.  Pastor Dony explained to the children that the orphans in the US are praying for them and wanted to give them a gift.  It was an appropriate way to end the day.

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Haiti 2013 – Day 4: Wiring dormitories, clinic and VBS

Today we started off again with devotions led by Gary who shared his testimony with the group.  After breakfast we went to Fayeton to begin a very busy but productive day.

We finished mounting the solar panels on the roof and completed the wiring in the solar room containing the inverter, charge controller and batteries.  We were able to power up the system and plug in the drill and it all worked, Praise The Lord!

The wiring in the boys and girls dorm buildings is almost complete including running the wire in trenches between buldings so we are very close to being ready for the official lighting ceremony to be held tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Toni and Susan opened the clinic today and saw over 100 patients including many of the staff of Fayeton and a few of the orphans.  Overall the childrean are in very good health.  Greg helped organize the medicine and supplies at the clinic.

We quit work a little early so that we could all watch as Gary gathered the children together and with the help of his friend Egbert (a puppet) and Pastor Dony, he shared the gospel message with the kids.  The kids loved Egbert and Pastor Dony added his own special voices as he translated for Gary and his friend.  It was a great way to end the day.

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