As I prepared for this trip, I signed up to receive the blogs by e-mail. When I arrived here at the orphanage, I was reminded that these are more than stories and pictures. These are real people…real orphans…real poverty…real struggles. The other day, I watched a woman hit her son with a stick until he hunkered down behind his hut crying. Jody told us that many of the women here feed half of the their kids one day and the other half the next day. At the clinic today, a man came in with a huge, open gash on his leg that occurred three days earlier. We cleaned it out and gave him antibiotics.
All of these are real people!! All of these people need Jesus just as much as I need Jesus. The woman beating her son…the son being beaten….the mom who can’t afford to feed her kids…the kids that are hungry EVERY DAY…the man with the wound…me…you. Jesus is the only Light that can break through our darkness. He !has reminded me on this trip to love the one right in front of me, because the one right in front of me needs His love…needs to know that they matter…needs to know that God has a specific purpose for each of their lives. So, I’m just here loving on the one right in front of me, and I encourage you to do the same-Candace J.
Hey Friends & Family!
Guess you all are as warm as we are here in Haiti, huh? Last night we went to the town park & showed the Disney movie, Cinderella. Lots of girls that attended our “Once Upon A Time” retreats joined us along with many other children and adults from town. It was shown on a sheet under a pavilion. There is a long wall and steps for seating and the students along with NWHCM staff prepared popcorn for treats. The children had never seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. Many adults were laughing as well and seemed to enjoy the evening under the stars with the cool breeze blowing around us! (Magical…as some friends might say!)
At end of movie, we shared the gospel as it paralleled the story of Cinderella. We shared that Cinderella could do nothing to help herself. She was stuck in hopeless circumstances. Then the fairy godmother gave her the gifts that allowed her to go to the ball, meet the prince, and live happily ever after. We shared that God has given us the gift of Jesus but we have to receive the gift to live happily ever after in heaven with God…just as Cinderella had to receive the dress, shoes and coach to go to the ball! Thank you all for the many prayers, we know God is answering them! Love to you all! Marla
I had a great day today! All of the teams went to Preskul today (except the pastoral team.) Some of us were transported by boat, and some of us in the back of a truck including me. It makes a bumpy ride a lot better when everyone is singing Disney songs in the background.
When we finally got there the medical clinic set up their stations and the students went hut to hut talking to the families. We gave them a gift of a door sign. It had their last name on the front, and the house number on the back. We also gave them a picture of them from when we visited last year. When we gave it to them we told them that every time that the family sees the sign that they would remember that us, as well as our team will be continuously praying for them. Also we shared that God loves them and He has a specific plan for their life; even when times are tough. Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” This is the simple message that was shown throughout the village today.
After this we played some games while the clinic continued. I had a great time, sharing the gospel to people who need it! Thank you for your prayers and support. I can’t wait to see all of you once i arrive back home. Pray for the team to keep us healthy, and for us to finish strong. Love you guys:) Parker
What a wonderful place Preskul is. After a motor boat ride across the bright blue water we entered this primitive fishing village. We probably treated 50 families with whatever we could treat. I realized what survivors these people are. They could have extremely high blood pressure so we gave them vitamins because they don’t have access to bp meds. Also saw a terrible leg wound that was healing. No ER to rush to, simply clean it out. Lots of aches and pains from hard work. They are amazing people who I have learned so much from. Such diligent people with beautiful smiles who need to know Jesus.
Won’t surprise you that Tom went into the village to meet people and children. He also helped fix the eaves on the church where we held the med. clinic. . . . plugged the ends and rigged it so the water would flow into the cistern. We have grown to care for these people of the Mole and want to do whatever we can to show them and tell them about Jesus, their Savior.