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Haiti Sister Church Team Trip - October 2016
A team of nine headed to Haiti on a cool October evening. After a short lay-over in Miami, the team landed in hot, humid Port-au-Prince. After a visit to the Christian World Outreach (CWO) headquarters, the team boarded a small Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) plane and headed to Ouanaminthe, the site of St. John's sister church. A short 40-minute flight later, the group arrived ready to check out the church. It had been two years since a team visited Ouanaminthe. The team was there to both work side-by-side with Pastor Icher and church members to pour the second story balcony floor, a job involving a lot of cement mixing and hundreds of buckets of cement to be halued to the second floor. After days of prepping the floor, the cement was ready to be poured. Thankfully enough funds had been raised to hire a team of workers to help haul the cement and rent a cement mixer. The team also brought crafts to share with the children and played games with soccer balls, balloons and bubbles. The team was blessed to hear the children's choir practicing one afternoon while working on the floor.
India is halfway around the globe and worlds apart from life as we know it. It was a privilege to be able to participate in the recent mission trip and to partner with United Evangelical MIssion – India (UEMI). On our trip we were able to see the three ministries of UEMI in action and we gained more of an appreciation for just how life-giving and lifesaving their activities are.
After a brief orientation at the UEM offices, we visited the Talitha Cumi center in Bangalore. We were blessed to hear the testimonies of recent graduates who have earned sewing certificates. These certificates will give the women a way to earn money for their families and secure a brighter future for their children. Many in the class also had accepted Jesus as their personal Savior – a priceless gift! We also visited the Talitha Cumi center in Agra, where a new group of students helped us better understand the desperate situations they live with.
Next we got an update at the United International School (UIS) and spent time with the children at the New Life Children’s Home (NLCH). The UIS has been gaining in enrollment and community prestige thanks to recently receiving full accreditation from the Indian government and after hosting a former President of India for a special day of celebration. Thanks to the vision of the UEMI founder, along with many faithful sponsors, children in the Home (80+, currently) are warm, safe, well-educated and lovingly cared for – a sharp contrast to their prior lives. In addition, every day, they not only learn about Jesus but also see examples of His grace flowing abundantly.
After leaving Bangalore, we travelled to many villages served by the Community Transformation Center (CTC) pastors. These fearless servants seek to transform lives both here on earth and for eternity! We witnessed the dedication of a new church (100% funded by the new believers worshipping there). This small church has become the focal point of the village, since a recently dug well on the property provides the only source of clean drinking water for the community. What a joy to know that “Living Water” is available to all who seek it there, as well.
For the balance of the trip, we attended more church services and made house visits where we had the opportunity to pray for individual needs, celebrated the baptism of new believers and saw many more specific examples of what God is doing through UEMI!
Our 2014 Mission Trip to Haiti was Productive & Blessed!
Click HERE and check out a short 4-minute interview about the trip with Tim Boettcher!
Working Side-by-Side, Learning, Singing, and Serving!
Our team of nine left Denver at 1:00am on October 1, headed to Charlotte, Miami and finally Port au Prince, Haiti. We visited the CWO (Christian World Outreach) children's feeding program, where we played with the children and watched as they learned Bible verses, sang, and prayed. Then we had a good night's rest before flying to St. John's sister church in Ouanaminthe, in the northeast corner of Haiti. We flew on an MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) plane where we landed on a dirt run way. The pilot had to first buzz the runway as it was covered with children, motorcycles, goats, and chickens! After buzzing the runway once, we landed safely and comfortably. Thank you, MAF!
We worked for five days on the church building, doing crafts with the children, making many new friends and singing Christian songs in English and Creole. The church members were a joy to work alongside as we dug holes, cut and wired rebar, and carried and poured lots and lots of concrete. We sweated and then sweated some more! All while enjoying the work ethic and joy of the men working on the church and the wonderful and delicious meals prepared by the women. Probably the highlight of the trip was getting to worship with our new friends Sunday morning! Beautiful songs, passionate prayers, communion, and a true and deep devotion to eachother and to Jesus Christ. What a blessing it was to do church togehter!
The children made beautiful drawings and craft projects, using every crayon, scrap of paper, and speck of glitter they could find! We also had a great time playing frisbee and jumping rope; those kids have so much energy! The children were eager to hear stories of Jesus from one of their Sunday School teachers as we all listened in. We taught them songs in English and they taught us songs in Creole. Needless to say, their English was much better than our Creole!
We were blessed to be able to work with this dedicated, hardworking crew, and learn with the beautiful, sweet children! We made friends with the women as they told us about the nearby fruit trees, how they balance water on their head, and their amazing love for the Lord! The church still has a ways to go before completion, but we plan to stay in touch and pray for the Ouanaminthe congregation and the community as they finish the building and continue their outreach into the community. We also hope to return to continue work with our sister church!
We felt God's protection during our whole time in Haiti, leading us and encouraging us to get to know the Haitian culture while learning from and working with our Haitian friends. We look forward to visiting our sister church and this wonderful community again ... we know no better way to serve the Lord than side by side with Christian friends!