Hope for Haiti; Post Earthquake Service and Learning
Students on this travel interim will have an opportunity to partner with Mission of Hope to serve at Haitian schools and orphanages and also participate in some construction projects. Click Read More to read the full blog posts.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Greetings from Haiti!
Today is the 2nd anniversary of the earthquake that affected every Haitian and most of the world. To honor this occasion, everyone staying at Mission of Hope went to the village of Leveque to participate in restoration on such a memorable day. Leveque is known as MOH 500 because it is 500 homes built post-earthquake specifically for earthquake survivors. 90 volunteers arrived at 8 AM and split up in groups with 50 of us digging a 2,000-foot trench to provide easier water access to the village, and 40 painting houses, moving roofing material and putting on the roofs. This was by far the most strenuous work day with many of us being tired and burnt, but definitely very rewarding. Once we started digging, many Haitians showed up with their own shovels and pickaxes eager to help. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of PB & J on hot dog buns and a ridiculous amount of Pringles. After lunch we went back to work until 4 o’clock finishing all the digging and putting in most of the pipes. Showers never felt so good.
After dinner, we had the pleasure of listening to Claudel, a well-known Christian Haitian singer. Not only was his music a blessing to us, but his testimony about his walk with God and his faith was inspirational.
We ended the evening with a devotional on Job that was especially appropriate in light of the anniversary of the quake that shook Haiti. For our time of prayer, we split up into groups and prayed specifically for: Mission of Hope, the government, basic needs, what God has already done, and the hope and faith of Haiti. Even though today is a somber day for Haiti, we expect God to do great things in the future.
A special shout-out from Baillie to Dave and her whole family. I love and miss you guys!
Hannah says hi to Mom, Dad, her grandparents, and AJ. See you soon!
Andrew says hi to Mom, because you are the only one reading this.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
It was another morning of sleepy eyes as we prepared for the day. Our group loaded a bus and headed to the village of Simonette. Here we divided into two groups, one led by Smith and the other by JR. Jeremy was also with us today. Both groups went to homes and asked the people if we could pray for them. Many of the people asked for peace in their soul or for healing for a family member.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Bonswa family and friends!
This morning we woke up to the sounds of our friendly neighborhood roosters and goats. We had the normal breakfast at 7 with slightly heavier eyes. We then loaded up in the large school bus and barreled down the hill towards a church that needed a paint job. The outside had been painted yesterday by a different group here, so our task was to complete the inside. This was supposed to be our task for the entire day. But with the help of hardworking Haitians, we finished the job by noon. Boom. It was the bees knees as our Haitian friend Steven would say.
Monday, January 09, 2012
To start off the letter we would just like to tell all the Mom's out there that we are all healthy and safe. This morning after breakfast we went to a village of Mission of Hope which includes about 500 post-quake homes that are small but sturdy. The poverty is very great there and there are a lot of malnourished children. When we got there, we gathered the children by walking through the streets, and they were eager to listen to the V.B.S. that we had prepared for them. We then had the opportunity to play with all of the children, and we showed them the balls, jump ropes, and frisbees. That caused complete joyful chaos.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
DAY TWO: Woke up to the sound of crowing roosters this morning after the power went off! We had a wonderful worship time with the local church, and we were so impressed with how authentic and spirit-filled the Haitians were. We took tours of the three campuses of Mission of Hope, and they have an unbelievable ministry here in Haiti that continues to grow. They are meeting the needs of so many Haitians as their mission statement is to transform every man, woman, and child in Haiti, one life at a time. We enjoyed a meal at a local restaurant and finished our day with a time of worship and group devotions. God is good!
Saturday, January 07, 2012
DAY ONE: We arrived in Haiti safely, on time, and with all of our luggage. Students are really excited to see what God has in store for them this week!