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Our Last Full Day In Haiti

 
Hello, Friends! We are already sad that we will be leaving in the morning.  We have enjoyed every minute with the beautiful children here. Today we went on a hike through Grand Savann Village and beyond to visit the sponsored children’s homes.  The children were  excited to receive their letters and special gifts we handed out, and it was wonderful to get to meet their families and siblings as well.  Afterwards we had some quality time with children in the church coloring pictures, playing games and handing out snacks and dlo (water).
 
When Evens Sanon was finished with his teaching in the church he was kind enough to take us to Miss Dana’s orphanage on Mellier Street.  She is such a joyful and spirit led woman.  Her heart broke for the children after the earthquake and she was moved to open an orphanage.  They are such delightful children, and we had a great time playing silly games together and singing songs.
 
We  concluded our wonderful day with great fellowship and devotion. We pray for the community of Grand Savann and everyone we encountered while we’ve been here. We also pray for safe travels as we venture home tomorrow! 
 
Heidi, Renee, Faith, MaryEllen, Christine, Lindsay, and Julia

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Bonswa!!

 
We have had an eventful last two days! Our hosts at Christianville introduced us to the projects they have going on at the compound and showed us the site where University of Florida students are doing research for Malaria, TB and Cholera.  Very impressive! 
 
 Yesterday, Sunday, we went to Grand Savann for church. Evens preached and did a wonderful job! We talked with people and had a great morning. Then we packed up and went to the beach! It was a beautiful, relaxing day. We felt so spoiled to be on the beach enjoying ourselves, listening to local music and drinking cherry juice. Egens told us he had a soccer tournament at 5pm, which we looked so forward to seeing.  Just like Haitian time here, the game was postponed, but it must have been in God’s plan anyway.  After mingling with some friendly faces at the field, Leon, one of the village nurses, and Pastor Benito took us to the location where they have started building the foundation for a new medical clinic!  As a group we prayed over the new construction and for the lives that will be touched in God’s timing.  We were so grateful for the relaxing Sunday afternoon.
This morning we went to Grand Savann for a prayer walk. We met with many women who were sick and in need of prayer. Some of the women had fevers, headaches, and then specifically one had malaria and another woman had a tumor. We prayed that God would reach his healing hand down to bless them. We prayed for the women and then sang a song in Creole  for them. Each one of them seemed to love it! It was a blessing to see young children start to join us on the walk. They would help us sing the songs and pray with us. It was wonderful to see God working in and through the kids also! 
This afternoon we ventured into the mountains to see an artist, JN Phillipes. He makes wonderful stone work, we were all impressed. The ride up into the mountains was peaceful and much needed for the group. We saw much of God’s beauty in the scenery.
This evening some of our group felt a bit courageous… we put on our shoes, got our flashlights, and went tarantula hunting! Yes, we did it! Our daring roommate at the guest house, Chase showed us how you can catch a tarantula with a cricket on a fishing line! We saw two tarantulas and one baby tarantula. I think everyone in Christianville heard us screaming as we encountered them and the dogs, Squirrely and Smiley, chased them under our feet! We got great pictures and videos, but after two big ones we decided it was enough!   
Another wonderful day in the beautiful country of Haiti! We are all so blessed!
 
Heidi, MaryEllen, Christine, Renee, Faith, Evens, Julia and Lindsay

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Hello!

 
Each day in Haiti has truly been a blessing. The days are going by extremely fast, it doesn’t seem possible that tomorrow is already Sunday. 
We arrived at the Christianville mission (in Gressier, Haiti) yesterday afternoon. Soon after we arrived we headed off to Grand Savann Christian church. There, we joined a local women’s group for their weekly meeting. At the meeting, Heidi spoke about the number of unreached people groups around the world. Currently there are 6,900 unreached people groups around the world. This means that less than 2% of their people claim to be Christians (around 2.8 billion people total). Something you may not know about the women of Grand Savann is that they are true prayer warriors. These women are full of faith and love for The Lord. We asked them to join Rochester Christian Church and pray for the unreached people of India. After Heidi’s message, we shared our testimonies with each other. 
 
This morning we headed back to Grand Savann to hear Evens teach the church on how to integrate technology into their worship. Before Evens’ teaching, we walked around the village and were able to talk to some of the people (thanks to Christine and her creole). We were also able to teach some of the members of the church the song we will be singing tomorrow morning during the service. This afternoon we were back at Christianville. Christianville has an orphanage that currently has 24 orphans, nine of which are in the process of being adopted. Like all the children we have seen, they are full of joy and laughter. The children here truly seem like family to each other. All the children want is a little love and affection, and we are able to do just that!
 
Tomorrow morning we will go to Grand Savann Christian Church for their service. Please be praying for the village of Grand Savann, as well as GSCC. Pastor Benito is doing wonderful things there!
 
Heidi, MaryEllen, Evens, Faith, Renee, Julia, and Lindsay
 
Also, please pray for Alia as she is spending the rest of the week with Pastor Joseph. She has a very special place in heart for the children of Haiti, especially those at Pastor Joseph’s. I’m sure part of God’s plan for her will be revealed as she spends her time loving on the children. 

Bonswa!

Bonswa!

 
We arrived safely to Haiti yesterday around 2 pm. It’s been less than 36 hours and we have already had many adventures! Pastor Joseph greeted us at the airport and then we were on our way to his orphanage. The children were extremely excited to see us. They all wanted their picture taken and simply enjoyed being held. We played with them for most of the day yesterday and they taught us some creole as well. As hot as it was yesterday, the night was absolutely beautiful.
 
This morning we woke up to the children singing in the church. They are so beautiful and always full of joy. Waking up to their voices is something I will never forget. Shortly after breakfast and a little play time with the kids, Pastor Joseph took us on an adventure. We went up the mountains and visited Baptist Haiti Mission. This mission had small shops, a bakery , and a restaurant to support its work. The lookout from the restaurant was breathtaking, as were many other views we saw today. After visiting BHM, Pastor Joseph took us to a lookout that viewed Port Au Prince. As we were looking out over Port Au Prince we prayed as a group for the city and the country. We prayed that the country would be rid of injustice and corruption. We prayed that God would reach all of the people of Haiti. When I say that it was the highlight of the day, I think I am speaking for everyone. 
 
Pastor Joseph is doing amazing work through and for God here in Haiti. His love for the children is unbelievable. He has come up with numerous ideas to help fund his orphanage such as a bakery, water filtration system, and a hardware store. I ask that you all pray for Pastor Joseph and his wife and their ministry. They are truly making a difference here in Haiti!
 
We look forward to what God has planned for us for the rest of the week!