Texas Tech & PV Teens in 2014….Day 3

Wow. What a day! I am so excited to be watching what God is doing here. Second full day here in the Mole and God is definitely at work. We started the morning by walking to Karenage for church. With the 50lb freedom drama bag and 25 people, we made the 30-minute trek to the nearby village. We watched a short church service and then began our drama. I remember standing in our small pods on the side and I was almost in tears. I was just pleading and begging God that he would be present.

My heart hurts for the brokenness here and I wanted so bad for the people to respond. I wanted this drama to be the breaking point for someone. We went through the drama almost perfectly. The audience would clap, yell, cheer and do everything they could to show us they were intently watching. They loved it.

After it was over, we went to talk to some people. KJ, Bruce, Hannah and I went over to a small group of teenage kids. We started to ask them questions and began getting frustrated after about 5 minutes of no answers from them. So we started to a go a little deeper. As soon as that happened, I noticed the girl next to me kind of mumbling under her breath. I said a short prayer and saw an opportunity. I began to talk to her about having a relationship with Jesus. She explained that she didn’t know if she had one but she definitely wanted one. As soon as she said that I could barely sit still. I just wanted to get up, scream, hug her, and tell everyone. Not wanting her to start crying or change her mind because of my weird actions, I kept my composure. I asked about any other prayer requests and we began to pray. We each took a turn and prayed for this beautiful girl’s transformed life. We prayed for wisdom, comfort, and growth in this new journey. We would love if you all would continue to pray with us over 15 year old, Joselanda. What an incredible, life changing experience. I can only imagine the roaring party going on in heaven right now.

After we played for a little bit, we walked back, ate lunch and took the orphans to the beach! Though we all love the weather here and think it’s so hot, the orphans were shivering in the water. Guess that proves we are from Missouri. Don’t get me wrong though, it is hot here. Many of us have sunburns and will hopefully come back with a nice tan!

Tonight the Texas Tech is supposed to be arriving to the Mole after a long bus ride! Pray for their health as they begin to recover and start their work in the Mole as well! Also tonight, we are having a movie night with the kids in the Mole and are watching The Jungle Book. It has been an amazing experience so far and I am so excited to see what else God has in store. Thank you all for being our pray warriors and keeping us in your thoughts! We couldn’t do it without Jesus by our side. Hope it’s halfway warm there!

Love you all,

Mikayla Minnick


Texas Tech is expected to make it here on campus by 8pm tonight!


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  1. Woo Hoo!! Way to go students!! What a blessing to experience this amazing trip through words and pictures! Thank you so much for listening to the Holy Spirit when you were prompted to go to Haiti. You are changing lives and your life will never be the same!!


  3. It is so great to hear about all the joy and transformation taking place! I hope that God continues to move through you all, and that your impact is unforgettable in Haiti. Praying for all of you and the Haitians you are ministering to. Good luck, and stay safe!
    Lots of love,

  4. WOOT! WOOT! Wonderful! Be RELENTLESS! Do not ease up. Pray for more. God is able to do more than we can imagine!

  5. Mikayla, what an awesome day-thanks for sharing with us and of course we will pray for Joselanda and you all. God is definitely working through you guys, they can see the light in you and are drawn to it. So exciting!!! Great pictures too. Looks like you are having fun with all the kids. Hannah, loved the picture of you and the little girl and all the smiles!! We miss you!!!

  6. Great pics and a great write up today! We love you guys and are proud of the work you are doing in Haiti. Since it snowed here today, kind of wish I was there too. Bring on summer! We continue to pray for each of you as you minister to the Haitian people. Can’t wait to see you all on Friday!

  7. Love the pictures and the stories! God bless you as you minister in Haiti and bring joy to these precious children! Praying for you Caleb and missing you. Anxious to hear your stories when you get back home. Love you, Grandpa and Grandma Longley

  8. Love the pictures. We are praying for the TTU team and all who are there this week. God is working through each of you.
    Wishing you a fruitful week with good health and lots of joy.

  9. Ashley,
    Keep up the great work and play with the kids. We are praying for you and enjoy the witness you all are doing for the Kingdom!! We had 1 inch of snow this morning so enjoy the warm weather.. LULU is missing you. Timmy says hi too

  10. Super excited to hear about the response to the drama! Keep shining for Jesus. Use every opportunity, every chance, every minute to share His story. We will continue to keep praying that God will be glorified in everything you do and say! Thank you for being willing to be used by Him!
    Dad and Mamma Stahl
    p.s. K.J. Mom says to stop being camera shy.

  11. Mikayla your blog touched my heart! You are definitely where God wants you to be! The pictures are so great to see. And I do see some sunburned girls…Kaylee, Olivia, Ashley, Emily. Praying for a restful night for each of you. Proud of all of you for doing Kingdom work this week! Love Jane Minnick

  12. Hello to all the Texas Tech crew! Prayers going up all around for this mission group. Hope your trip in was safe and full of fun!

    Praying that you’ll be the Hands and Feet of Jesus and spread His perfect love to the people of Haiti! May God use you to share His good news!
    Can’t wait to hear of your encounters this week!

    Love and blessings!!!
    The McIvers
    (Emily’s peeps)

  13. Laina Laina Suzy Jane-a! 🙂 Happy joyful spectacular wonderful almost-birthday!!!!!!!! We love you so much and are praying for you and the entire team. May you all carry the Gospel boldly, knowing the Lord hems you in behind and before, and has laid His hands upon you for such a time as this! (Psalm 139:5)

  14. kate
    sending this scripture with prayers and conviction that the Lord is doing mighty things through you and the entire group

    The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things! The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!” Psalm 118: 14-16

    mom, dad, matthew and becca

  15. Lisa, your small group is praying for you. May you experience all God has for you. You go, red girl!

  16. Praying and fasting today for all of you. Be strong and courageous, full of grace with deep love for the Haitians and for one another.

  17. What a blessing you all have been for this community. May The Lord continue to use you all for His Glory and their Glory of knowing Him and His Love for them. Continue to smile and always remember the smile goes in deep. It shows God in your lives.
    Praying for you all
    Aunt Teresa
    In Sheridan WY
    love you all and especially that wonderful nephew of mine KJ
    praying for you all and when the Holy Spirit brings you to my heart.

  18. Averie, I miss you a ton!! I hope you are having a blast pouring into the people there. I am praying for you as well as everyone else there. What day do you speak with Payden?

  19. We are so proud of our daughter for serving the Lord and wanting to make a difference in lives and souls of so many people. How amazing it is to see young people volunteering to serve other. Take care and may God bless you all!

  20. Hello Tech Wesley! So thankful yall made it safely to Haiti!!!!!!! My prayers and thoughts are with you each day. You are missing nothing here in West Texas but the darn wind! Praying for each of you by name has you minister to the Haitian people. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus in Haiti! Keep up the great Kingdom work! Love you all, Penny

  21. Praying for the Texas Tech students and all who are traveling with our daughter Brinia Pearson! May you plant new seeds and water existing seeds there in Haiti, that will forever remain!! Many blessings and safe travel

  22. Very exciting to read all the great things that are happening. We are praying for all of you. Mikayla, your dog Nemo sits in the dining room by himself at times. We concluded it is because he misses you. He confirmed that today when Jane said “Where’s Mikayla?” And he ran to your car in the street. Not kidding. Next time take him (and butch) with you. 🙂 Love you all. Finish strong!

  23. I just read about the boy who came from Preskul to the conference because he wanted to be with you all. We’re so proud of you guys. We’ve been praying all day for confidence in sharing your faith. We can’t wait to hear all of your stories. Stay strong!
    Mom & Dad Eissler

  24. Hey Wesley, I love you guys and am praying for all of you I hope y’all had a nice trip to Mole!! Can’t wait to hear about it. It makrs me sooooo happy to know there are some really Godly people there right now being God’s hands and feet. I pray y’all have Joy and peace and that y’all stay healthy:) P.S. Someone give Averie a huge hug for me!!

  25. Laina, It sounds like the Lord is moving in a special way in Haiti . We are thankful that you and the entire team were obedient to His calling to serve at the Mole. Have a great week! And Happy Birthday!
    Love, Mom and Dad

  26. So proud of the work The Lord has opened up to you, Texas Tech Wesley! You are all being lifted up in prayer daily. Much love to you all!

  27. Ashlyn,
    I almost can’t stand not talking to you everyday! …but giving you up for the Lord’s work is worth it. I am so proud of you and Shannon and your other Tech friends for spending your break serving the Lord. Tell Shannon that I am praying for you all! My BSF group is praying for you this week, too! Can’t wait to see pictures and hear about what God is teaching you! We love you!


  28. Trusting God to move in and through the Wesley team! Our God is an awesome God whose hand is mighty to save! (We love you, Isaac!) Rick & BJ

  29. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAINA!!!!!!!!!! I hope you had a wonderful day and are having a wonderful time there!!!!! I cannot wait to see in in just a few days and hear some stories! I know you will probably be sad to leave there, but remember that God is still working even though we must leave!!!!

    Love you!!!!!!!

  30. So glad to hear of the wonderful things going on in Haiti! Remember Romans 10:15: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Laina, I hope you are having a wonderful time and a great birthday!
    Miss you and love you,
    Your proud sister

  31. Helloooooooooooo Tech Wesley Team! Thank you for showing and sharing Christ love in Haiti. Prayed for each of you by name today, Love and hugs to you all! Penny

  32. Kate I love you and miss you & I hope that this mission trip is all that you had hoped for it to be! I’ve been praying for you and I hope that God is working theough you like He always has. I love you Katie!

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