Welcome to the Healing Haiti + Eagle Brook Mission Blog. We invite you to follow mission team members as they experience what God is doing both through them and in them while in the mission field of Haiti.
'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Sunday, March 11, 2012
After the service we lead the children in an activity. My favorite part of the day was being able to really connect with the children. They were so willing to love and be loved. I talked with multiple kids that shared about their families and the struggles they had been through. It was a great way to end out trip in Haiti with the hope and faith that I saw in these kids.
Visiting Grace Village was by far the best way to end our mission trip this week. It's such an amazing and beautiful place! Brightly colored buildings with rolling mountains on the back side and a beautiful view of the ocean in the front. It is truly heaven on earth. I had the opportunity to feel like a kid again today and swing! There are no words to describe swinging there with the view I saw.
The children there really touched my heart and inspired me. They have nothing and yet they love, appreciate, and worship God more than people that have everything and more. Mind blowing.
I'm really going to miss my team! We have all grown closer as the week has gone on and I consider them my Haiti family. I'm so proud of us Team 3! We all worked together to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Couldn't have asked for a better group of people :-)
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Team 3- Water Truck Day and Baptism
Respekte liy a! (Respect the line)
We started off this morning with a hearty breakfast and a quick prayer. Our team loaded up in the tap tap (our transportation) and we were off to deliver clean water to three tent cities around Port au Prince. At each stop, happy children were eager to greet us as we got off the tap tap. Our team quickly adjusted to the chaos of filling water buckets. “Respect liy a!” (Respect the line!). We'd take turns filling buckets, delivering water to tents, playing with children, and practicing our Creole with locals. Resonating in our hearts and minds are the smiles and laughter brought to each city by this small gesture. After our work was done we headed back to the guest house.
Yesterday on the way home from Titanyen, I decided that I’d like to publicly display my obedience to God. There’s an opportunity to be baptized this summer with Eagle Brook; however, I felt that was too long to wait. After speaking with the group leaders (Beth and Charlie) and Pastor Mark, we arranged a baptism ceremony for today. We sang, I shared my faith story, and we prayed before heading to the pool across the street for the baptism. It’s truly an experience I will never forget. I’m so thankful for my Haiti team members. Also, I was pleasantly surprised after dinner to be treated to an assortment of cakes (pineapple, chocolate, and cheesecake) in honor of being baptized today.
Listening to the rain water pour down on our tin roof tonight, I reflect on the work we’ve accomplished so far and the friendships we’ve made here. Haiti will come home with me in my heart and in my prayers. Thank you to my family and supporters, Healing Haiti, and of course Eagle Brook Church for this life changing opportunity.
Love to all,
Friday, March 9, 2012
Bonswa!! (Good afternoon)The last couple days have been so amazing! Our team is working great together, getting close, and taking every surprising turn with a good laugh.
Yesterday we started the day with a super-spirit filled service and warm hug from the hugging lady. Then we headed off to shop. Everyone practiced some mad bartering skills with the help of our awesome translator/tour guides. It is an adventure dealing with Haitian tourist market workers.. and really fun! The biggest plus, though, is making it all the way up the mountain and over looking ALL of Port-Au-Prince and much of Haiti's mountains and surrounding ocean. It is such a breathtaking view!! We talked later about how the view from way up above was so different compared to the sights you see when wandering the streets below and how it might compare to who God sees things. It almost takes an amazing view like this to reiterate what a marvelous world He created.
Today we made our way out to Titanyen for an adventure. We started with a stop at a mass grave where thousands of people were buried after the earthquake. It was a humbling experience just being there and remembering and praying for those who lost their lives as well as the family they left behind. After that we stopped by a the market in Titanyen to purchase food for the elderly we were going to visit. Going to spend time with them, sing to/with them in Creole (Haiti's language) and English, and pray for them was a very moving experience. It's sometimes easy to forget how much visiting and just our presence can make a difference.
We also had some time after to go to visit the home for the sick and dying and help feed and snuggle them. Everyone seemed to feel more comfortable and make strong connections with the babies today, it was awesome. God is truly doing great things here through Healing Haiti and all of the partnered organizations. It is such a blessing to be a part of it!
Bondye Beni'ou :) (God bless you!)
Thursday, March 8, 2012
A quick note to say hello and let you know we're all fine in Haiti! You may have heard there was a small earthquake here last night. Most of the team didn't even know it happened because it was so small or they were already in bed sleeping.
Yesterday was moving day with a morning filled with a visit to a hospice, called San Files. We were expecting most people there to be elderly but that wasn't the case (average age was 30s). We loved them by going bed to bed rubbing on lotion or nail polish. It was humbling and challenged our comfort zones. A couple of the Healing Haiti workers accompanied our serving time: one with guitar and both sang. The effect was immediate smiles on the women's faces as they joined in the songs and worshipping God. It was an honor to be there and love them.
Today is shopping and city tour day -- a welcome midweek break to the emotion-filled last 2 days.
We were up this morning bright and early for a 6:00 neighborhood church service. A great start to the day! Caleb, one of our team members, was even prayed for. It's his birthday and people whose birthdays are today were to go up for prayer. We are definitely awake after a very Spirit-filled service. For those of you who've been to Haiti before and to that church service, yes, "hugging lady" was there and came to our pew to give each of us a hug. We couldn't help but feel very loved as she made her way right into and down our narrow pew space.
Love well today! Thanks for all your prayers!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Greetings from Haiti,
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Greetings! We have had a very eventful past two days in Haiti. It's hard to believe our trip has almost come to an end, but are so excited to share the experience with you all. Our team continues to grow strong by God's grace of the teaching through the Haitian culture. It's hard for me to even put into words the emotions that have been seen and felt over the past week. Our hearts just burn of compassion for these people, and we so badly want to reach them by sharing Christ by being His hands and feet. Ephesians 6:10-17 is our teams new verse representing God's almighty power that clothes us as we begin our day.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and His almighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand, Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all of this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. -Ephesians 6:10-17
Just makes you feel strong reading it doesn't it? Wow. Back to the details our past two days.....
Yesterday our team started the day off by attending a Haitian church service at 6am. With smiling energetic faces, we managed to make our ways out of bed for the early morning. Thank goodness Dave and Kevin don't have any hair. As we walked into the large white tent, we immediately felt the Holy Spirit's presence. Haitian worship services are quite different than ours. Rather than standing in their seats during worship, the Haitian's paced back and forth across the large white tent singing praise with hands lifted high. Their passion for worship was indescribable. Tears fell from my eyes. I know this experience was a big impact on our whole team.
After the amazing service, we spent the rest of the day traveling through Port au Prince and going up into the mountains. During our travels we were able to see the remains of damage in the city, and interact with the culture by doing a little shopping. As a source of livelihood for the Haitians, it was fun to see the team in action while bartering. You develop such a respect for the people after learning about what they simply do to get through their day. They have such passion for life.
Friday was a big "bonding day" for the team. My stomach muscles still hurt from the laughs. We all thoroughly enjoyed each others company, and were able to glorify God in doing so. To wrap up the day we shared in prayer and devotion time. Our two leaders Dave and Lisa are also exceptionally fantastic. Very strong in spiritual leadership, and compliment each other so well.
Breakfast today was again fantastic. The ladies freshly squeezed chadeque juice, it is ever so delicious. The accommodations Jeff and Alyn provide for the teams are just amazing. We are all so blessed to be here. Today we split into two different teams. Half went to the wound clinic and the other, San Fill, which is a hospice-type care setting . Team members at San Fill were able to massage using lotion and a loving touch, pray with them, and share God's love through care. I attended the wound clinic. It was an honor to be of service to the people in the first place, but to see the patients come in one after another, women with open cancerous wounds, and severe infections was heartbreaking. I saw the feeling of pain in a whole different light today. Our hearts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters at both places today. Praise God for their lives, and for giving us the privilege to serve them. The team regrouped and reflected after our heart wrenching morning. The home for the sick and dying was our stop for the second half of the day. This has to be one of my favorites. The two levels of children are in so much need of so much love, and our team had a great time holding little ones, and playing with the children. Wilson who is a Haitian Healing translator taught us the song Glory to God in Creole. We were able to laugh and sing this with the children today which was so neat. We pray the Lord would do His will in kid's lives, and would ask that He gives them healing, health and His protection.
Another incredible two days spent serving God, and the Haitian people. We are so grateful for all of your prayers and support. We also, are praying for you. Tomorrow its off to Grace Village. It will be exciting to see what God does through us and teaches us on our final day.
Posted by. Jennifer Long