Texas Tech Day 3…

After coming to Haiti last year, Josh and I (Elise) decided to raise money through our wedding to build a cistern for a fisherman’s village. Instead of giving us a wedding gift, we asked for our friends and family to support the ones in Haiti that we met the previous year. I was heart-broken when the people of the fisherman’s village told me the lack of water that each family received each week. Each family shared a half-gallon of water for every 3 days. I know that I waste water brushing my teeth, warming up my shower, and cooking on a daily basis in the U.S. The fact that the entire population of the fisherman’s village barely had enough water to survive on created in me a desire to raise support and build a cistern.

My group left at 5am for KaPaFu, a small fisherman’s village, from the Mole. We loaded into a motor boat and arrived in the village an hour later. All of the school-age children had already left by the time we arrived at KaPaFu. (It takes them 2 hours to walk to school each morning.) We started our visit by gathering large rocks and buckets of sand from around the village. I learned how to carry a bucket of sand balanced on my head for 50 yards and carve a fish with poisonous bones. After the foreman of the village started using string to measure the size of the cistern, we started digging dirt out of, what was soon to be, the outer border of the cistern. Each border had to be 2 feet deep, and each corner had to be 3 feet deep for iron support rods. All the borders and corners were 1 foot wide.

After an hour of digging, we dug an entire border only 1 foot deep. We took a break and allowed the village people to invest labor into the cistern that will soon be an important part of their village. During this time, 2 different groups went into 2 different homes. The home that I visited did not contain any mattresses, pillows, bathrooms, or kitchens. All of these rooms are combined into two rooms. The huts were made out of a palm leave roof, bamboo interior, woven leafed exterior, and dirt floors. We were told that 5 to 12 people can live together in one hut as a family. The woman who showed us her home was proud to live in a house where she had a beach-front view, shelter to protect her family, and a front door to complete her home. We prayed for the baby in her womb, the 2-year-old that clung to my skirt all day, and that the cistern would be a daily reminder that Jesus is the Living Water. After sweating all morning digging holes, carrying sand and rocks, and spending time with the people of Ka Pa Fu, I know that we boarded that motor boat departing our Haitian family – not the strangers we met at 6:30 in the morning.

-Elise Hurst


As I sat on the bus that brought us to the Mole on Saturday, I spent the majority of the time looking out the window thinking. I got to see a small glimpse of the Haitian culture. I could feel the Lord softening my heart toward this country and giving me a learning attitude. I knew He was teaching me something. When we stopped in a town to get the orphans we were taking back, Emmanuel was handed to me. He clung to me and I held him tight. I was so blessed to get to show Emmanuel how Jesus holds us close to his heart. It brings tears of joy to my eyes to think of that little boys smile. Emmanuel and the others are now at the orphanage here in Mole and we can all go visit them throughout the day.

During the teen conference today we broke into small groups and Josh Portillio and I were blessed to lead a group together. It was so sweet to see how God blessed our conversation with these guys. After small groups, we told the guys we were all going to go play soccer. As I walked onto the field, I saw joy, heard laughter, and felt the bonds being made between us and our Haitian family here in Mole. A young boy walked up to me and I stuck out my hand to give him a low five. He placed his hand in mine and kept it there. I can’t fully explain how much this simple act blessed me. To see this boy and the look in his eyes was heart breaking and amazing at the same time. I could see the lack of love in his life and the desire to be loved in one way or another. After the soccer game, he held my hand as we walked back. Once we were halfway back, I told him I would see him tomorrow and he ran back to the fields. What a huge blessing. Praise God for allowing us to be here and providing everything needed to come to Haiti.

To my beautiful family: I love you more than I can put into words. I miss you beyond missing you. And I can’t wait to see you soon enough. Thank you so much for always pointing me toward Jesus and never-ceasing to exemplify his love to me. I couldn’t ask for a sweeter, more precious family. I hope the time in Colorado is great. Give this message to everyone and send my love with it.

To Emma MacKenzie Teakell: I like you sweet girl and I sure do miss you more than you know. I hope you are having an awesome break and I pray that you are safe in His arms. I also hope you are enjoying every moment with your family and having fun playing with little Wes and Ally. Tell everyone I say hi and that I miss them too. I can’t wait to see you when I get back.

Shout-outs to: Branson, Taylor, and Peyton. You guys are on my heart and I miss y’all a ton. Love you guys to death.

To everyone: Please keep praying. It is working. The Lord hears and HE IS SO GOOD!

-Daniel Taylor


Hey Y’ALL! (Meredith here)

Today was an incredible day! My group had the opportunity to do a VBS at a small fishing village. We went to their school and the headmaster graciously agreed to allow us to hang out with the kids. Since we were at the school, there were quite a few younger kids who weren’t able to participate. A couple of the girls and I went outside the gates and hung out with the little ones. It started out pretty awkward and the kids were super shy. As I was playing catch with a little boy and praying for him, his future and his family, a few women came over with their little babies. Side note: The Lord has definitely called me to girls/women’s ministry so this was a DIVINE appointment the Lord provided for me. Anyway, the women showed up and I immediately started praying for them and asking God what He wanted me to do or say. After a few minutes I felt Him prompting me to simply tell these women that they are BEAUTIFUL. That their children are BEAUTIFUL and the Lord sees them as such. They weren’t super responsive but I was okay with that. I continued praying for them and felt like the Lord wanted me to read some verses out of Proverbs 31. I got my Bible out and began to read. They listened and I just expressed to them how much Jesus loves them. They were appreciative but didn’t want to engage in conversation. Again, I’m okay with that.

I don’t know what that did, why the Lord had me do that, or what that made them feel. I know that’s what God asked me to do so I did it. I’m so thankful for that opportunity. It was out of my comfort zone, and a little scary but so rewarding. This trip so far is awesome! The Lord is moving big in our lives and in the lives of the precious Haitian people. Please keep praying for us! We are so appreciative of the outpour of love and prayer from our friends and family. Thank you thank you thank you!

Shout-out to mah numba one lady ARIEL JOHNSON! Love and miss you tons sweet girl 🙂 To tha fam, love y’all so much, miss you tons! Thank you for your prayers!

Later friends!

Peace & Blessings

Meredith Moorman


So my first full day of activities was amazing! Started out with my group doing hut to hut evangelism. The highlight of those few hours was talking to this older man about Christ and having to start from the very first verse in Genesis. He had never heard the name of Jesus before and soon after he accepted Jesus into his life. David, Audrey and I each were able to play off each other and explain the whole story for him!

I played my first game of Haitian Dominoes and my partner and I won!! They all thought it was funny that an American won and one of the men playing wasn’t too happy after. I am looking forward to VBS tomorrow and sharing love with these kids!

Taylor Noon


Please feel free to comment! Comments are read each day at dinner! The team really appreciated your love and support!


  1. Oh goodness, how I love seeing pictures of my baby. Shannon Paige Tumy, I miss you so much, but I see how wonderful and happy you look! I know you are receiving as many blessings as you are giving out and that makes me so proud. I can’t wait to hear ALL about it.
    Much love to you and all the Texas Tech gang!

  2. Abbey it is so good to see the love and compassion that is being shown through your group. We will continue to lift you up through our prayers. The babies are so precious. We love you, Meme and Aunt Terry

  3. It is so encouraging to read about the work that y’all are doing. Keep going hard and depending on the Lord for strength. Y’all are so loved and being showered in prayers. Can’t wait to read more as y’alls journey continues and hear stories when y’all come back. Love you all so much!

  4. what another great day of loving God’s people! We miss you beyond but are so very proud of you. love you lots=we are still lifting you up daily. Continue to show your kind heart to those sweet babies and keep sending those pics-LOVE THEM! May God continue to bless the Haitian people and you!

  5. Your blog posts are beautiful and encouraging. I can hear in your words the depth of what you are learning, feeling and experiencing and it is such a blessing to hear your hearts grow. I encourage you all to continue to light the path for others to follow. Your love will continue to make a difference long after this journey is over and just believe that the seeds that you sow..even those that do not take root as you plant…will grow in God’s time. I see in your faces the light of Christ that lives within you and I am so proud of each and every one of you. God’s blessings rain down on you like a holy waterfall today….

  6. Hey, Jody! This is Randi. Just keeping up with the current team as our kids are getting ready to be there soon. Praying for you all in this busy week. Felt led to share a word with one of your posters from this day….Love you, friend!


    I know you don’t know me at all, but I wanted to say thank you for your post about your time with the women and children just outside of the gates at the fishing village school. I appreciate your honesty in sharing how God was working in your heart and your desire to follow Him, EVEN IF you don’t understand or know what it was all about. With a group of kids headed your way (you’ll meet them Friday!) who are no doubt full of expectations and desires for how everything will go on their trip, it is so important for them to know, see and hear that we cannot always know what God is up to, and that our part is to simply be obedient to His promptings.

    Thank you for living out Proverbs 31:20, “She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”

    And my prayer for you today, as I think of you standing with those women at the gate, is Proverbs 31:31, “Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”

    In Him,

  7. Great work! Keep ‘planting the seeds’ of God’s love.
    The pictures are great and, as a parent, give me great comfort. And the kids are so precious, I want to adopt them all!

    Hi Eri! I’m so proud of you!


  8. Love all the pictures and reading about how God is moving in each of your lives and in the Haitian people and children. My prayers are continuing for you all from Lubbock, Texas to the nation of Haiti. Keep Al in line, I know he can get out of hand on mission trips. My love to you all and blessings, Penny

  9. I am so excited that you are blogging each day! Does this Mom’s heart good to read about this Haiti adventure. Elise – I am so proud of you and Josh as you listen to the Lord and follow Him so closely. Your love for the nations is inspiring. I love you so much!!!

    Praying without ceasing for the both of you, your group and the people of Haiti you are reaching and to those who will be touched later by those you are in contact with now.

    Mom (Cherl Prince)

  10. Daniel Taylor:

    Thanks for posting what you are experiencing. It’s amazing and inspiring.

    Two things come to mind: the awesome power of God, who is using you to transform others by sharing His love through you, while He is transforming you in this journey; and the faithfulness of God in your life and in your family, which is testified in the bigger story of your lives.

    In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. Prov 14:26

    We were reminded of this proverb in Colorado. We love you!


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