University Christian Church – Day 1

We want to thank everyone for their prayers.  We had a great trip.  We made it to Mole around 12:30 today.  We were served a very nice lunch.  After lunch, our translators gave us a tour of Mole. We got to swim in the ocean and it felt wonderful.     We  played with some of the children today which was fun.  We will have dinner soon.  Tomorrow, we will go to Marouge  for church.  We will meet people and start doing our surveys.

We are here! Even though Haitian time is the same as central time it still feels like our clocks are very off!  Probably has to do with waking up at 3:30 this morning!  But we made it safely and even got to play in the ocean today–probably the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen.  It’s been exciting, sobering, tiring and fun.  This afternoon we learned a lot about what we’ll be doing over the next few days, as well as some insights into the culture from the leaders here.  At the beach this afternoon I got to play with some little boys and wished my boys were right there playing with us.  Micah, J & Liam, you would have had so much fun!  I was thinking of you the whole time!  Josh you would like the history–Christopher Columbus landed here and we saw an old Spanish fort.

Tomorrow we go to church in Marouge, then start the survey process.  Please pray that we can understand what the needs are and that communication would be clear.  And pray that we can abandon our own agendas to reach out to people right now as God leads.  And pray for Sara–she has a cold and isn’t feeling well.   FYI this blog will be updated each evening, but it may not actually post until morning.  And they’ll read the comments to us, so feel free to tell us how much you love us and miss us and want to buy us flowers when we get home.  🙂  Amy

**Please feel free to comment. All comments will be read right after dinner every night.


  1. I’m thankful the team has arrived safetly and I’m sure Michelle and Morgan enjoyed the ocean. If yiou made it by just afternoon, the flights today must have worked well. Miranda survived 5 volleyball games today. V1 and Jr. V won their brackets. Enjoyed a very nice fall today. Looking forward to hearing about chruch tomorrow. Take care and God bless.
    Pictues look great.

  2. I was excited to read your recent post tonight as my wonderful hubby Raymond Stallings is there with your team. Glad you all arrived safely and are settling in for a great week of opportunity and service.
    Margie — Yorktown VA

  3. Very glad to hear you made it safely & smoothly to your destination! Jealous for the ocean, but not jealous of the sand! 🙂 Liam woke up at 5:15 this morning and wouldn’t go back to sleep, so early morning shared. We had a beautiful fall day here, sunny with a high of 75! Micah & I worked on his volcano this morning and we finished the plaster strips, leaving it to dry. All 3 boys played in M & J’s room for a while, which allowed me to get in some football watchin’. Which, by the way, K-State pulled out another nailbiter, winning 41-34. 6-0! EMAW! (Make sure you tell Ron.) We miss you tons and can’t wait for you to come home so we can all cuddle together on the couch! (Amy, not Greg; sorry, Greg.)

  4. Dear Team,
    I am part of the team that proceeded you. I am lifting you all up in prayer! Be prepared to experience God during your week in the beautiful Mole! Listen to God, because there is much He wants you to know and much He wants to do through you. We did the surveys and it will give you great insight to the people there. It is such a blessing for me to follow along in your journey as well. Thank you for following God’s call.

    Jody, you will see me again some day! I can not get Mole out of my head! I have had dreams the last few nights of there. I pray for you, your family, and staff daily!

    In Him,

  5. Thankful for an uneventful traveling day. Be courageous! We love you Papa & Gigi (Steve & Karla)!

  6. Hello, everybody! So blessed to hear you made it safely to Mole. Church here was a blessing today and the teacher appreciation meal and program was super nice and uplifting.
    Gregie – last night Kenz and I were watching the K-State game together and I said I missed you. She looked at me and said, “Are you serious? He’s only been gone a day and a half!” HAHA Well, that’s what happens when your best friend isn’t hanging out with you. She obviously thought I was a nutcake – no comment on that, please! 🙂
    Praying for all of you sweet people – take your watches off and just ask God what He wants you to experience each day.
    Much love from the “windy” city today!


  7. Hi everyone I m glad that you all made it there safe. I will continue to be praying for you all while you are there. Can’t wait to hear more about what is going on.

  8. Was so excited to see a picture of my sweet daughter and all of her friends there in Haiti. We are thinking and praying constantly for all of you. Hope you are feeling better Sara!

  9. Praying for you ALL constantly! Especially Amy missing her boys, Sarah’s cold, and of course, my own Brown Boy. He is a true international and very tuned into the spiritual world, so I’m guessing nothing you see or do there will faze him remotely. And he gives good hugs if you need comforting. 🙂

    I wish I was there but the little rugrats truly are needing me here this week. Had a bunch of Claire’s MCC friends and Sophia’s MHS friends here for the K-State game. Then they all showed back up Sunday for left-over chili AND they are all coming back Thursday night for Movie Night to watch Gone with the Wind.

    As in Genae’s post, UCC was wonderful on Sunday. I hadn’t been in a couple of weeks. It is true that you feel desperate for the refilling that only corporate worship can bring. And it wasn’t too loud. Ha!

    Please tell Elias that Nick is well and happy, that Claire has a couple of MCC soccer games this week, and that Sophia has an Applebee’s photo shoot in KC on Wednesday. Call time 6 a.m. Ugh.

    On a sad note: I must request prayers for our ER staff. The distress of our emotionally unstable patients has been escalating in general. We’ve had several incidents that have required police intervention. (We all wish they’d use their tasers more often! Did you hear that, Brad Schoen?) A patient who was denied narcotics pulled a knife on one of our nurses last week, and Saturday a woman killed herself with a shotgun in our parking lot, right outside our ambulance bay doors. Very, very traumatic for our staff, the person who witnessed it, and those who dealt with the aftermath (including Doug Trout). Not to mention the family. Our ER is unsecured. Anyone can walk in at any time with a weapon and we feel like we could be shot like fish in a barrel.

    But God is in control! And we will be all be in heaven someday no matter what happens on earth. Yay!!

    And now, since K-State plays KU this week, I must be disrespectful to our neighbors on I-70:

    “KU is like a possum. Plays dead at home and gets killed on the road.”

    Last but not least, I found a KU sweatshirt buried in Sophia’s closet. I yanked it out and said “Get rid of this! It’s like having a Oiuja board in the house! It brings in EVIL!!!” Claire took it to Dani Denver. Poor Dani needs an intervention.

  10. I’m glad to hear that you all made it safely! I’m looking forward to reading more updates as the week progresses. Praying for you all!

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