2012 Rockstars…Day 1

We arrived to beautiful weather, a beautiful island and many smiles. We have indeed be blessed. Marvin Quin, Grever/McGee group from Cincinnati area


Hey all-

The Black Mountain Group has a good story to tell- Planes, trains and automobiles (OK no trains but busses and tap taps). Willa and I lucked out and rode the plane with the others from Port Au Prince to the Mole. We were welcomed with a delicious meal, a tour of the town and dipped our toes in the water. It is gorgeous here. Beautiful scenery and beautiful people. The boys are still riding on the bus… They should be here around 8ish. Pleasant Valley set up the McLellan tent for us! Many thanks! I am looking forward to crashing with the wind in the palm trees as my lullaby. Thinking of you all. In His Love.



Hello Friends!

The Pleasant Valley group has arrived in the Mole! Everything went really smoothly with our travels – we had really nice people helping us in the airport. We had lunch and then the guys headed out to the construction site to set up their tents and get oriented out there. The ladies took a guided tour with some of Jody’s girls. We stopped by the construction site, then headed out toward the beach. That took us through a cool fort. Then we headed back to the mission to regroup. Our checked luggage is riding the bus from Port au Prince so we are looking forward to a major unpacking party later this evening! It’s awesome to be back and see familiar sites and even a few familiar faces! Thanks for your support and interest in our trip!



The bus just arrived right now with the Black Mountain Team! So everyone is here safe and sound! We will read comments each night at dinner so please leave a comment for your friends and family here!


  1. Oh good!!! Glad to know everyone is down there safely…we’ve been praying and we just know God is up to something really wonderful! Thanks for posting, Kelly, and we look forward to stalking the blog for all of the updates! Much love, Heidi

    I love you dad and hope you are having fun!! love Addie

    l love you, Daddy. I wish I was there. Ryland

  2. So thankful everyone arrived safely! I look forward to more updates and pictures. Abigail loves finding her daily notes and surprises and is starting to feel a bit better. We are all looking forward to hearing about how the boat building progesses.

    “My owie feels better, I love you, and thank you for sending a message” – Abigail

  3. So glad you made it safely! Kelly I said some extra prayers for you and the kids, I am glad you were spared another long bus ride! Aaron we miss you already (Aiden keeps answering the door with “daddy!” when any of my brothers come over.. he was pretty psyched to hear you got to ride on a plane though). Love you, praying for you constantly throughout each day!

  4. So glad to hear you made it safely! Praying for you constantly throughout each day! Aaron Aiden keeps running to the door yelling “daddy!” Everytime one of my brothers come over. He was pretty psyched to hear you got to go on a plane, but want you to know he gets to come next time. Love you! (Btw I don’t think my last comment worked, but I apologize if this is a repeat)

  5. Black Mtn peeps,
    So glad you made it safe and sound. Praying constantly for you all. Cant wait to hear and see more.
    P.S. Wes, no word from the fence guys. I may have to call Monday and put the smack down.

  6. Hi Jason, We are thinking about you and praying for you, your team, and our Haitian brothers and sisters. We are also praying for your family. We heard it was a long and interesting trip. So glad you arrived safely. We look forward to reading the updates. I wish I could have gone with you, but I’m thankful you have this opportunity to visit and serve in a place close to my heart and grandmother’s. With love, Dad and Mom

  7. Kelly, Ryan, Gray, and Willa- So glad to know you made it to Haiti safe and sound. We think of you often and wonder what you are doing. Hugs to you all. Praying for you daily. Love you, Kari and family

  8. I am so glad to hear that you all are safe and sound and can’t wait to hear all the details! Looking forward to seeing more pictures! We are all praying for you and know that everyone is going to be greatly blessed by this journey!! Miller and Eli say to be safe Daddy and they love you so much they could eat you up!! We love you!! Kelly

  9. We are praying for everyone on the team. Glad to hear you made it down safe and sound, God’s plan is perfect. Pray you all have a Spirit filled time and are blessing and are blessed in mighty ways. Looking forward to hearing about the time down there and the work God is doing through His people down in Haiti. Love the pictures, keep them coming!

  10. I want to give a shout out to my main cuz Kevin “Ray Ray”. We are all so proud of you! You are an inspiration to all of your friends and family. You always lead by example for your girls and you are a great role model. Safe travels for you and the mission group. God Bless

  11. As a friend of Gayla’s, I have heard stories of her great experiences along her journey of faith. Best wishes to you, Gayla, and the rest of the team, on this trip. And I know that the people you serve are receiving great gifts from your work. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Nancy E.

  12. Hi Kim and Mikayla! We are praying for you and know that God is doing a great work there. We can’t wait to hear all about it in person! Keep up the good work. Love you, Carrie

  13. Mendy-Just want you to know that I’m praying for you…that God works through you in amazing ways this week…that He touches lives…that the people you come into contact with feel the love of the Father for them!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!! God bless!!

  14. Kim, Mendy and Mikayla, so love your heart for missions and so excited to hear how the Lord has used you already! please know that I prayed for you this morning and may you continue to keep your focus on God and please take care of yourselves. In Christ, Areli R

  15. Hi, Team! You are in my prayers. Kevin, thanks for showing us Men how to follow when called. May Jesus’ heart touch those you are helping. Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ-James

  16. Hi Jason,

    Our thoughts, love, and prayers continue for you and all of your Team members – and of course, for the Haitians. We pray that your last hours there are all that you need and hope they will be. We pray that each of you has experienced and shared God’s love in a life changing way. We know that your lives have been touched in a meaningful way and that each of your lives and those with whom you have become friends and worked side-by-side with in Haiti have been enriched and blessed. We pray that you feel good about all that has been accomplished in ways that are seen and unseen. Our prayers continue for safety as you say goodbye and travel home. A lot of folks are waiting to welcome all of you home – and two precious little ones are eager to see their daddy. With love, Mom (and Dad and Kenny)

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