Texas Tech – Day 1 & 2…

We have finally made it to The Mole! Our fearless leader Foul Martian (some believe it’s spelled Al Martin, I’m not convinced) has been leading us fearlessly.

After a couple days of traveling, we are settled in at the mission. After a 5 hour bus ride from Lubbock to Dallas, an early morning flight from Dallas to Atlanta, and another flight from Atlanta to Port Au Prince, we were finally in Haiti! For those of you who have been following this blog since last year, we are so excited because we did not have to take the 13 hour bus ride from Port Au Prince to The Mole! This year, we went from the airport to a hotel where we were able to swim, eat dinner, and get a good night’s sleep. We took 45 minute rides in small, 6 passenger planes to get from Port Au Prince to the Mole. Though many of us were very anxious about riding on the planes, they were a lot less sketchy than we were expecting!! Woot woot! The view from the plane was absolutely beautiful- plus the trip was 45 minutes rather than 13 hours so that’s pretty cool.

Since our arrival in The Mole we’ve been hanging out around the mission. We went to the beach, got accustomed to the land, and most fun of all we got to hang out with the kids at the orphanage!

Please be praying for us during this trip as we spread the gospel throughout Haiti!

Love,

Molly McClain

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Hey y’all! It’s Maddie!

I did not think I would be one of the first ones to blog but… here I am! Our Friday was filled with buses, airports and “taptaps”, which is our transportation in Haiti.

After all of the traveling, it feels great to call the Mole home. Molly gave you a chronological overview of our travels, so I’ll just skip to flying to the mission. We took a teeny-tiny, little airplane that seated five people and our pilot, Dave, (amazing) gave us a little bit of a roller coaster ride over the mountains (just for fun). We were met with doombuggeys that took us to the mission and soon after arriving we had lunch & met with the rest of the group. The rest of day was spent with the orphans, a quick visit to the local beach and unloading the supplies. I was even given a lesson on creole, compliments of little miss Rosie. After dinner Jody gave us a powerful sermon describing the kind of seeds we may sow on this mission and asked us, what kind of seeds we were (Matthew 13). I can tell you after the little I have seen of the town and it’s people, my heart is even more on fire for God’s mission. I know he is going to do a great work in this community and I only hope to serve him humbly and fiercely in bringing his people close to him. I ask for your continued prayer for each of us over the duration of this mission along with prayer for the community in Haiti. May their ears and hearts open up, to receive the word of the Lord and accept Jesus Christ as their savior. Thank you so much for keeping up with us!

With love,

Maddie Lamar

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Please feel free to leave comments. Comments will be read at dinner each night. You may notice a delay from the time you post until it appears.

We forgot to ask for camera cards tonight but we do have a #prooffoflife picture! Rest assured they are here and doing great! 😀

34 comments

  1. Hello from a very cold and windy Lubbock! We are glad to see that y’all arrived safely and are having fun. Each of you are very special in God’s eyes, and even though we do not personally know most of you, we are proud of your achievements and your giving of yourselves to others. And to the Chi-O girls (especially Tatum and Kristen), Hoot Hoot! Be safe and we look forward to reading more blogs. Love, Mom and Dad (financiers of Tatum’s and Kristen’s college)….

  2. Hello, Loves! Jodie, Maddi and Mason are praying for y’all as you begin the excitement of serving in the Mole! Be brave, be bold, and love big!
    Big hugs for Albert & Maddux! Love you two so much!
    Have a restful night.
    Jodie

  3. Hi Brad and the rest of the Texas Tech Wesley group! We have been praying for your safe arrival to Mole St. Nicholas. We are looking forward to reading all the daily blogs and hearing about your adventures and how God is working through you. We hope this will be a blessed week for you all. You are in our prayers.

    Love, Mom, Dad and Laura Shine

    1. She made 6 trips to the airport on the Polaris picking up teams. They came in groups of 5 and there were 30 of them! She chased the vehicle down the street every time – even though she was “locked” inside! She was wore out – it’s hard being the welcome host! LOL!

  4. Hey guys! So excited to hear that y’all made it to the Mole quite a bit faster than last year lol. I’m bummed I can’t be with y’all this year but I know you will do great things in the Mole! Love you dad and Maddux!! And all of my best friends from last year!! And the new people!! Have an amazing week guys!!

  5. Whaddup Wesley Fam!

    First of all, Chris told me zero things about the agenda for this trip. I literally don’t even know when y’all are coming back, and I definitely didn’t know y’all were staying in Port-au-Prince last night. Had me straight up stressin’ when I woke up to no update on the blog. So, someone give my husband a good smack for that! And then give him a really big hug and kiss for me 🙂

    So for the rest of y’all…here’s some news headlines that you may have missed since being gone. (Whoever is reading this aloud at dinner, please do a newscaster impression. That would be awesome!). Twitter has broke out into debate about how clean Tupperware actually is and should we trust it? / A man was arrested for breaching the White House grounds via climbing over the fence / Spurs player, LaMarcus Aldridge, is out indefinitely for heart arrythmia / And lastly, according to Scientists, potatoes could grow on Mars.

    So that’s pretty much what you’ve missed.

    I hope that you’ve all had some rest and are ready for what God may lead you to walk in this week. Praying for you all constantly.

    Tell Chris that I love him and make sure he hears you say it.

    Peace y’all,
    Beth

    1. I made sure to look at Chris as I read this – who was ALL smiles – and I did my best at reading your news – as a news reporter! 🙂 Thanks for all the laughs & the update!

  6. Hi, everybody! I am so happy to see that y’all arrived safely! It sounds like the plane ride was really nice – I was really looking forward to hearing about it, haha! I have been refreshing the page for quite some time tonight waiting hear how it is all going and I am so happy to see that you are all having fun! 🙂 I am praying for all of you and I cannot wait to hear how God works through each and every one of you during this trip! Also to Tyann there is no email yet. I’ll be replying every night to keep you updated & a little less stressed! Praying for everybody all the time! Have fun and love lots 🙂

    Love,
    Emma

  7. Unlike last year I don’t know a whole lot of people on this trip, but I’m sure each and every one of y’all are going to do amazing work for the kingdom! Wishing y’all the best this week! Shout-out to the people I do know, Tyann, Cole, Kelsey, Erika, and Brad! God bless, and I hope y’all have a good night!

  8. Hey Ty, I hope you’re having so much fun!!! I miss you like crazy and I can’t wait to hear how much fun Haiti was when you get back!!!! Love you!

    “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
    -Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭25‬

    -Chels

  9. Happy Sunday!
    Waking up here to a time change, 39 degrees outside and a TTU baseball loss yesterday:(. Hoping we get a W today!
    We are praying for y’all this morning! AND we love our Averie BIG!😘
    The Allen Family
    Cody, Steph, Graden, & Garrison

  10. Erika we are soooo glad to see you all made it, and everyone is still smiling! 🙂 Sending big prayers and hugs from Austin! We love you and your service. “Let them know we are disciples by our love!”
    -Mom, Dad, Travis, and Kendall ❤

  11. Woo Hoo! You made it and I am so thankful to God for safe travel and arrival!
    No bus ride!!!! What is up with that!?! Thats my favorite part of the stories of your mission trip is hearing the bus stories when ya’ll return….(the bumps, the dirt, the windows not going up, being peed on)…LOL…but in all honesty, I am so excited ya’ll didn’t have to take the bus.
    I am glad yall got to hang out in Port Au Prince and then take tiny planes to the mole and dunebuggy’s…oh baby! how fun is that!!!!!!
    Shout out to Al for being such a fearless mighty Godly leader and to Kristen for leading and preparing you all for this mission trip to do God’s work at the orphanage.
    Thank you all for being the hands and feet of Jesus to the Haitians.
    Mark 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
    All our prayers, thoughts, love and hugs to each of you…
    The Wild Wilson Family….Michael, Penny, Stephanie and Bethany
    P.S. Somebody keep Khalil in line and make sure he does some manual labor since he loves manual labor so much.

  12. I’m so glad you guys made it safely and have this amazing opportunity to help the people in Haiti.
    Cole, how long has it been since you’ve had a monster? Jk don’t think about it, you’ll go crazy.
    Amelia.. I am groot. Love you guys!! Have loads of fun!

  13. Hi Clairebear and the rest of the team. It’s so good to see all of your smiling faces and to know you made it to the Mole safely. Sounds like the small planes were a lot better than the bus! We are praying that God will use you to be the light to these wonderful people of Haiti and to drastically change each of you forever. We love you, Claire, more than you know and are so excited for the work God has for you. Keep your heart open to what He has in store for you. Give all of those sweet babies
    lots of loving.

    Love,
    Mom & Dad

  14. Hey Texas Tech Wesley Gang! Howdy from the Texas Panhandle! So thankful you made it safely. Was anxious to see Jody’s post. Praying for you all continually! May you share God’s love and grace with the Haitian people and I know they will see the light of Jesus upon your shinning faces! Can’t wait to hear all about your mission! God Bless you all! Love you much, Ty!

  15. Hi Claire Porter! Thrilled to know your trip over was a good one and you all are safely there. Love, hugs, and prayers for an amazing mission in Christ’s love.

    Love you with all my heart,
    Aunt Dia❤️

  16. Dear Audrey,
    We were so happy to see the group picture and hear you made it safe and sound! We love you and are so proud of you! We are praying for you and the rest of the awesome team. Let the Holy Spirit guide you and bless you on your journey!
    1 Samuel 12:16 “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes”
    Love,
    Mom and Dad

  17. Maddie! We hope you’re all doing well and are so thankful you have made it safe! I can’t express how excited we are to hear about all of the ways God is working through you when you get back, and to read all about it on the blog. I just want you to know Troy and I miss you so much and love you bunches❤ Please keep taking your malaria medication, and stay safe! We can’t stop thinking about you and your group, our church is praying for all of you. God bless you! “For it is God working in you, giving you the desire and power to do what pleases him” Phillipians 2:13

    We love love love you Miss Maddie Lamar!!!

    -Madison and Troy

  18. Great news glade you all are safe, hope you all have an amazing week.
    We love you Rachel, we will be praying for you all this week.

    The Farwells

  19. Hi Cole! So glad to see that raft thing worked out and that you made it there with everyone else, haha! We are excited for you, and loved seeing the picture of all of you there safely. We know you will be as blessed as the blessings you bring. We love you! Mom, Michelle, and Lora

  20. Hi Alyssa! We loved seeing all of the smiling faces in the group picture! Glad to know that the flight in the little planes wasn’t too scary! We look forward to reading the blog posts. Praying for an amazing week for the team!

    Love,
    Mom, Dad, and Landon

  21. Hi Abby and the rest of the team. I hope you had a wonderful Sunday. I am so glad to see this blog and be able to follow along. Can’t wait to see pics and hear all the stories from the week. Prayers to all for a very blessed week. I’m sure all hearts will be full on both sides of this mission trip. Hugs and love oh and Dixie is great 🙂
    Love,
    Mom and Dad

  22. Hi Abby and Happy Sunday,
    Loved the pictures and post last night and we were so excited to see that you made it safe and sound. We shared the post with our Sunday School class and other friends at FUMC Hurst today and they will be remembering you and your team in prayer in the coming week as well as following the blog. Our love and prayers to all of you and looking forward to wonderful things unfolding for you this week.
    Love you bunches,
    GIG and BILL

  23. Hi all –

    Massive blessings to all of you awesome soldiers! Glad to hear you made it safe and avoided the dreaded bus ride. Please tell Chris Brooks his mom and brothers say “Hi sweetheart” ….and “We love love love love love you.” He’s probably the old dude there (and Al 😉 ) but make sure you get him in some pics so his momma can see his sweet face along side yours. Hug the kiddos for me and spread the love you guys. You are a generation of God’s children like no other!
    Massive blessing and love – Kelly, Michael and Gabriel Brooks

  24. Thank your for the picture! You all look great. We are praying for you all and hope you guys are having an incredible time. God is on the move, through you!! Xoxo

  25. Hi Claire bear!! Here is a big hug with lots of prayers! So thankful you guys made it safely and greatful you didn’t have to ride”the bus”. I know you have already been a huge blessing to those sweet children. I pray their hearts are open to receive the love of Jesus as you share Him . Praying for a wonderful week On Christ name Auntie kim uncle Bruce and mo

  26. Doctor Blaine! Just wanted to say I miss you bro and let y’all know there are many people interceding for you. So walk boldly and love fiercely, not because of your own strength, but by the Spirit of God who dwells with all the saints. Run hard while you are there, saints. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

  27. Waddup party people!!!! I’m praying for y’all this week and I am so expectant for our King Jesus to stir up places in each of your hearts that need a good stirring. It’s so beautiful to know that this trip isn’t about what you do but about saying “yes” to the Holy Spirit as he leads you and prompts you to move and allowing it to greatly impact you when you go back to LBK.

    If you see Peirreson give him an extra hug from me.

    Lastly, shout out to all the OGs (you know who you are). I miss y’all a lot & hmu in a few months so I can buy you coffee and hangout. Ya girl is in Malaysia & headed to Thailand in about 2 weeks and will be back in good ol USA in July.

    Sending all my love from this side of the wifi.
    -Em

  28. Praying for the mission work done this week by the Texas Tech group. Abby Pursley, your grandparents shared about the blog and the work you and your fellow classmates are doing this week. Everyone back at FUMC Hurst is praying for each of you as you reach out your hands in Christ to those in need. God bless you all. Susan Ebert, FUMC Hurst Goal Digger’s Sunday School Class.

  29. Hello from Minnesota to Amelia and All the Team! We are not surprised to see you holding a dog in the picture…we knew if there was a dog in Haiti you would find it! We are praying for you all and the work that you are doing. May God be at work in and through each of you!
    Love, Ma and Pa Woolsey

  30. Hayden, We have really enjoyed reading about your experiences in Haiti. I know the Lord is with each of you as you share his word and love. Each of you will be blessed as much as you are a blessing for others. I am so sorry you had sea sickness. I think it is a family issue. Love you much and will continue to pray for you all. Grandmama and GG.

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