Texas Tech & Pv Teens – in 2014 – Monday

FROM PV TEENS….

Hey, this is KJ from Pleasant Valley! Being here in Haiti is something that has changed my life, even though it’s only been 5 days. Words and pictures don’t do justice to how beautiful it is here and how amazing the people are here.

Over the four days we have been here we have done so many exciting things. We went to a small fishing village and did our Freedom Drama. We have spent hours playing with the beautiful orphans living near us. We went to the beach and took some crazy pictures with some friends. We also are keeping track of how many times people spill on themselves, Paul is at 22 and I am at 6.

We also went to a small village named Karnage for church and was able to witness a girl accept Jesus! This last day, the 17th of March, was incredible! We started our day out walking house-to-house learning more about the people in the Mole. We were learning their needs and finding out more about their faith. As soon as we were done with that we went to the school and did the Freedom Drama for all the kids in school. This usually wouldn’t be a big deal, but we have never been allowed in the schools in the past. Our team is the first team ever to be able to do something like that.

Later in the day we started a conference for the Middle School aged kids, while the Texas Tech team did one with the older teenagers. Though it didn’t go as planned for the boys I know God will use it for the better. I can’t wait to see how God will change us all in the last few days we have left. Coming in I had no idea what to expect but half way through, I don’t know if I even want to leave. God has been amazing here and I know that He will show Himself even more in the next few days.

I love you all who are willing to pray for us! Thank you so much! I miss you all, too! Cool. Cool, Cool, Cool (of course Jordan told me to say this).

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FROM TEXAS TECH TEAM….

WE ARE HERE WE ARE HERE!! Our journey yesterday was grueling to say the least but it was not without great joy. Our bus broke down about 3 hours into the bus drive and left us stranded in a roadside village. Our team was hesitant to leave the bus while it was being repaired but we decided to meet the crowd that had somehow formed around our bus. We received quizzical looks and many shy faces as we began to greet the people of the village, naturally gravitating toward the kids. We tried to figure out a game we could play with all the kids without the language barrier, so we settled on a very chaotic game of tag.

The kids led us to a wooded area where we ran and chased the kids until our out-of-shape selves could chase no longer. We began to sit in the mud and the kids would rotate between the team members they had attached themselves to and their new favorites. The girls were fascinated with our hair and insisted on braiding and unbraiding for an hour, I lovingly got my hair braided about 13 times.

Then began the games, chanting and clapping in a circle (similar to our “little Sally Walker”). This entranced the rest of the villagers, they loved watching us “blanc” folk trying to do their dances, especially the boys. It was then time for us to leave our new friends. I think God had our bus break down for a reason, we needed it. We needed the joy that radiated from the children’s faces as we chased them through the jungle. It made the rest of the journey just a little less brutal.

Today was our first full day in the Mole! It began with us receiving a million little hugs and kisses from bright and shiny little faces at the Orphanage and my heart could not be more full. The first one to run to me was Be-Be, the sweet little girl I had taken to the orphanage just 2 short years ago. I’m sure she didn’t recognize me, but I wanted to explode with joy as she held my face in her hands. I saw Jesus in those sweet little eyes.

We had the morning to relax and gather our thoughts and materials for the rest of the day, so we played with the kids and visited the beach, which was sensationally beautiful! Our team is bonding and creating relationships with the children and the translators we will be working with on this trip.

This afternoon we had a youth conference with the teens of the Mole. Each day we’re talking about an aspect of who God is and splitting into girls and boys to talk about our lives and things we’re going through. This was fantastic. Its one thing to play with the babies all day, but to be able to have conversations with girls our age in Haiti is life-changing, and it helps them to know that we struggle with the same issues that they do. It’s so amazing to see first year trippers break out and come into what the Lord has laid on their hearts.

I’m in love with this place, the people, the faces, all of it. It is such a blessing to be able to see what the Lord is already doing here and getting to be a part of it.

Missing my family and my wonderful Fiancé, love y’all

Shannon Tumy

P.S.  … Dillon Loves his momma.

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39 comments

  1. Reading this just fills my heart with so much joy!! I know the exact look of love from the orphans and it’s just amazing. Praying for you, Tech Team and a special shout out to Maddux and Dylan Cole! Much love friends!!

  2. Hi friends!

    I’m so glad to finally read a post about how things are going! It’s pretty crazy to be on this side of things after being in your shoes for the past three years! I’m praying every day for you guys. I’m excited to read each day about how God is working in the Mole! Just remember that you aren’t there to save anyone; you can’t. You’re there to simply share the Gospel! Share it boldly and love on all those sweet Haitian people!

    Please gives hugs and kisses to Mikela, Malaya, Rosie and Izzy! Miss those girls so much. Also say hi to Wendji and Rosemirlene for me if you see them! And to Jody and Miss Beth — Love and miss y’all, hope all is well! Praying for the both of you this week.

    Love,
    Meredith

  3. welcome glad you’re safe and enjoying the orphans meet the P.V.B.C members and enjoy all the orphans together have a great time ministering to the folks in Mole have a great week and enjoy Diane

  4. We are praying for each & every one of you!!!❤️ Also enjoyed the pictures!
    Love,
    Cody, Stephanie, Graden & Garrison Allen

  5. I second Meridith, I know everyone will enjoy their time there as well as fall in love with all of those little ones. Most of you don’t know me because I didnt go to Tech but I did go a few years back with a few of your members. K-Truck, try not to cry too much holding all the babies. You have one week to share your love so don’t hold back and let it out! I will keep up all week with everyone.

  6. Shannon!! So glad y’all made it ok and that things are going so well! I miss your face, but they need you more than I do right now. Love you so much! Mom

  7. PV students: how incredible the favor God is granting you! Ms Beth’s photo on fb today made me weep as I thought of how God orchestrated the formation of your team & what he is doing through you…praying for you daily as you walk in obedience & joy to this call on your life!! Love you all so much!

  8. Hey friends! I don’t know many of you but already consider you all to be my friends because you took off a week of “normal” life and ended up in the town of Mole St. Nicholas as you followed God’s calling for you. This people of this town have captured my heart and I am confident that if they haven’t captured yours yet they will by the time you leave.
    PV team, praying that God continues to give you all the energy and strength that you need to continue to pour yourselves out the rest of the time that you are in Haiti. Don’t stop loving, hugging, playing, talking, caring, or encouraging the people you encounter. Also, please give Emily a HUGE hug for me!

    Texas tech, you’re journey and time in Haiti is just beginning and that is AWESOME!!! Praying that you all remain healthy and strong throughout your trip. Praying especially for your conference with all of those teens. That is so awesome!!! Pour into those kids as much as you can! Listen especially to the Spirit in deciding what to say and do with them.
    Praying for you all!
    Morgan

  9. Dear Emily, Hey girl! I hope that you made it to the Mole just fine eand you are already experiencing God’s presence. I cannot wait to hear about the bus ride! I am so happy that you are able to be in Haiti once again, but I must admit, I’m pretty jealous! I ask that you please give Manu and Presley a giant hug from me along with all of the other beautiful people of the Mole. I hope you are able to get the chance to see and talk to Anafenda again. I know she would absolutely love it. Em, I cannot express how proud I am to call you one of my best friends and a sister in Christ. You have grown so much in your faith and have gained so much wisdom throughout all if your trials and triumphs. I speak for myself and many others when I say that you are an excellent role model to many. God has such amazing plans in store for you and this second trip to Haiti is just one of many. With that being said, use this opportunity to show the Haitians His love and compassion not only through your words, but through your actions. I hope you have a wonderful week and I cannot wait to hear all about it when you get home! I love you Emmy.
    Tory Cooper

  10. Hey! It’s Dylan’s Momma! Glad you all made it safe! I’ve got you all on several prayer chains. May God bless you all for your commitment. Chuck says ditto!

  11. Avery….So glad everyone made it to the Mole safely. Looks like the bus breaking down was a blessing in disguise! Your love and joy for the Lord is contagious and radiates through the smiles on your faces. We can’t wait to see more pictures of your new friends from Haiti and your team! Lots of love…Mom, Dad & Coleman

  12. Ashley,
    Hope you are healthy and I know you are ministering to many around you! We love you and can’t wait to hear the stories and all the other things you will share when you get home.

    dad

  13. Ayye! So glad to see y’all are having fun and spreading the good news. I am praying for all my Wesley peeps and everyone else there! So happy to know there are some awesome people there being the hands and feet of Christ. Love all you guys so so much. PS. Someone give Averie a huge hug for me I miss her to death:) can’t wait to hear from you guys. Peace and grace through our Lord!!!

  14. Love seeing those smiling faces! So thankful for this blog and being able to see all that you are doing! God is surely working through you!

    Em,
    We are all so proud of you! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! That pic of you with all the kids around you! You’re trending on my FB post! Lol!

    Love you big big!!
    Mom, Dad, Grace & Moses

  15. Hey Tech Wesley team…
    Al!!! I love you! So relieved to see a picture of you, but sad not to see Maddux. Prayers that this will be yet another amazing week of being the hands and feet of Jesus to the sweet Haitians. And yes, all is well here. No worries! Love y’all. Give Maddux a hug from his momma! 🙂

  16. This is a little something for Laina Sue Garrison from Tara and Jonathan:
    Happy happy…happy birthday! We love you and we’re praying for you and the whole group as you finish your week…and that God would move in miraculous ways! God bless you and see you soon! =)

  17. Sitting here in the McMahan living room…..smiling as we read your stories and reinminisce over our own memories from Haiti. Glad you made it to the Mole safely, breaking down is always the best! Yall are doing Kingdom work. We are praying for yall to be filled with boldness and patience. How does the soccer field look? Is Johnson Jr. around this week? Enjoy those mangos and water pouches! Tell Jody, Jose, and Miss Beth hi! Love: Taylor, Zach, Kade, Eddie, Susan, Leah, Jake, and Jamie.
    P.S.
    Dylan, sorry you missed family dinner, I know you’re jealous! But the chickens did great today, we painted the whole house!

  18. Ashlyn,
    I miss talking to you but so glad you are doing the Lord’s work! I love the pictures! You are in your element! Tell Shannon hello. I am praying for you both and the entire Tech Team. My BSF group is praying for you this week! We studied Matthew 22 tonight and how Jesus taught about the greatest commandment “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind” and the second is like unto it “Love your neighbor as yourself”. I am so proud of how you are following these commandments to Love God first and then love your neighbors in Haiti. Can’t wait to talk when you get back and see what God teaches you there. Remember to take those times to be still before the Lord and to listen to His voice.

    I love you!
    Madre

  19. So glad to see you made it and God is busy using each of you. Love and prayers…Tim,Lea Ann, and Dru Lust.
    (Love ya,Ty!)

  20. My wonderful and glorious EM,

    God has anointed you from your beginning. You have listened to Him and followed. You are my hero.

    Love Loads,
    YaYa

  21. God is so good ~ what a wonderful opportunity to be able to minister in the government school there. It has been so exciting to see what God is doing through you all as you minister this week! We continue to lift you up in prayer throughout each day ~ God bless you and keep you in his care.
    Love from the Longleys
    P.S Caleb we haven’t seen much of you the past couple days 🙂

  22. KJ,
    It was so good to hear your words, to hear your heart. We are thrilled that you were all able to take this powerful drama to the school where the Holy Spirit is working even now on the students’ hearts. And then…to see someone come to Christ!!!…there is nothing more precious than that. We love you! We love seeing all of you serve our Lord! Listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit to guide your every step and then dare to follow!

    Daddy and Mama

  23. PV team. What a glorious day you had yesterday. Yep it’s early morning again. (Emilee knows what I mean) Such an awesome God we serve that he would have you there and prepare you “for such a time as this” Esther 4:14. Our omniscient God is amazing and timing is all his and you are blessed to be a part of his plan. How incredible it was that he arranged for you to present the gospel message in a government school. That is how big our God is. I must comment on the pictures and events from the past couple days and draw on the parallels of the life of Paul, how his life of missionary work to spread God’s gospel was carried out by his own two feet and small boats traveling over open waters, in comparison to your journey of traveling on foot to the villages near by and by small boats to carry the message of God. How truly amazing is your adventure at this time of serving God’s purpose in the mission field. We are praying for strength and endurance to run the good race and finish strong.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sweet Pea we love you! We are so proud of you!

    God bless all of you.

    Dad

  24. This morning as I sit enjoying your photos again and reading the comments from family and friends, God’s abundance overwhelms me. Not only are you all there in ministry, reaching out, touching lives in Haiti, but you are also doing the same for those of us here at home. What a wonderful God.

    Blessings to you all.

    YaYa

  25. Dillon,
    Good to see you in the pictures. Hope it is all that you thought it would be and more. God always has a plan that might not be what we thought, but one that always works for a reason. Thanks for the PS by the way. Keep posting the pics. Good luck Tech Wesley group and prayer up the for the other group that is there also and travels home.

    Love,
    Mom

  26. What an amazing adventure you all are having, not very many young people are giving an opportunity to see the Holy Spirit move and work in such a real way! My prayer is that you never forget that excitement, the overwhelming joy of watching someone become your brother or sister, to see it all come together, to watch them except Grace for the first time. I pray that you are taking lots of mental pictures, and enjoying this mountain top experience to full capacity!

    KJ we are so proud of you, of the young man you are and how your love for Jesus spills out into everything you do. Your heart for people and to follow Jesus brings tears to my eyes. This is where I would like to insert all kinds of mushy stuff to embarrass you… but take note that I am not! We love you, and can’t wait to hear all about your adventures in person! Stay strong kid, and keep your focus on the Kingdom!

    Blessings, Aunt Karisa, Uncle Zach, Danny and Hope!

  27. If my calendar is correct (trust me it’s not my memory) I believe Bruce Thomson has a birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday, bro! I think everyone needs to give you a whoopin.

    We all miss you, Jillian! Not just Nemo 🙂 Praying for all of you! Finish strong.

  28. I’m so proud of all you doing wonderful work, but especially my wonderful sister, Emily! I’m thinking of you and praying for you, Emily, and as always, I’m so proud!

    Love/miss you!

    Kate

    Ps – TJ sends his regards!

  29. We are praying that everyone is safe and transforming lives in Haiti. Our prayers are for a safe stay and return to all the volunteers. Thanks for all the great work you are doing in Jesus name. Brittnee, enjoy your time while you are there. We are very proud of you. Yes, we miss you!

  30. Hey Jake,
    Wishing you a Happy 19th Birthday tomorrow!! I know this will be a birthday you will never forget. It’s great to hear about all the good work you all are doing. We are so proud of you and all that you have become. We love reading the blog and seeing all the pictures. Prayers to you all!
    Love,
    Dad, Mom, Jhett and Jentri

  31. Kathryn’s mum
    Hey TTech ministry team Praying you continue to shine bright for our Lord Jesus. You are the hands of Christ so proud of you giving up your Spring break to do God’s work. Praying for your strength & health
    Love you Kathryn miss you lots love you more mum

  32. Katie J. it takes my breath to think of the things you get to be involved in. You & your friends are on an amazing journey, one I’m proud of each of you for doing. I try imagining through your eyes the things you’re seeing, the hope in the childrens’ eyes, the angst, perhaps even dispair in others eyes. I know you & your group are delivering the message that Christ stands on authority & that His authority delivers a hope no other entity can deliver. I pray for those you are ministering to, as well as you & your group. God bless each of you…

    Uncle Jimbo

  33. I miss you too babe and I love you so much and I’m so proud of you! Can’t wait til you get back and I can see those big blue eyes again!

  34. Katie, I am so proud of what you are doing out there. Have fun! Work hard. Savor this moment. And what a wonderful moment it is! To spread the Gospel in this way it phenomenal. I can’t wait to hear your stories!

    Uncle Eric

  35. Katie J., I am so proud of you! To freely give so much of yourself so that others may come to know Jesus Christ, is nothing short of amazing! Have an awesome trip, miss you bunches! Love you, cousin JenJen

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