Rooted 2017… Day 3

After 33 hours of traveling, tons of soccer, sunshine, dirt, delicious food, warm hugs, some rain and lots of hand holding…. we made it to the second full day!

Today we had our second day of the girl’s sports camp – yesterday we played basketball, gaga ball, and soccer.  Today we played volleyball, ping pong, and some more soccer (or chase the ball around in one large blob).

After all the fun and games we came in and I spoke to all the girls about what it means to be a woman of God – how God sees us, how others see us, and how we see/should see ourselves. We ended up walking all the sweet girls home – a block or a mile – and got to meet and talk with their parents.

Everyday I become more and more amazed of the beauty not only of this country but these people, and how God is moving in their lives and throughout their country. It’s full of lots of laughing, looking silly as we try to communicate in Creole, trying new things, and getting out of our comfort zones.

I’m amazed at the love and kindness shown by the entire community – the orphans, the mama’s, the town kids, their parents, their grandparents, and even their dogs. I am in love with the people, the country, and all the love – giving and receiving.



Between playing with orphans, digging a trench, eating some bomb diggity food, the beach, teaching English numbers, and lots of hugs… these past few days have been unlike any other.

I’m so utterly humbled. God is doing great things here and it’s such a blessing to take part in it. God bless you Mole and all of your belle people.



Hey dad, hey mom!

I don’t know if you’re following this blog site but if you are, I just wanted to say we made it here alive and well, haha. We rode a bus for 10 hours from Port-au-Prince to the Mole. It was amazing, and the people and children of Mole are amazing! It’s so pretty here!!

My group got to go to one of the fishing villages by boat and pray and hang out with them. I got everybody to play red rover, and we all had a great time!  Hope you are all doing well and I’ll see you soon!!!



Hey Mom and Dad! Everything is great. I love you! And Bailey, I miss your face too and I’ll see you soon!!  Amanda


Please feel free to leave comments. Comments will be read each night at dinner. They were SO thankful to hear the comments from the last 2 blogs so keep them coming! It’s such an encouragement for them!


  1. I can see the Spirit of God in all of your photos!! You all are amazing and doing wonderful works for Gods people of Haiti!!! God bless you all. I miss my baby girl, Jen, but love seeing these photos and reading about how God is using you, and how you are answering His call!! Proud mama right here!! Jen, today would have been Grandpa’s 90th Birthday. I know he is looking down on you with a huge smile on his face, with pride in his heart for you!!! Love you!!!

    Paul, Gods light is shining through you in these photos with the children!!! I know Shawn is right there with you!! Love you too!!!!

    Thank you all for the love in your hearts and your willingness to serve the Lord!!!

  2. Nicole, so glad you could do this trip. Sounds like a wonderful experience. Isn’t it amazing how the other side lives, and lives happily with minimal things. You should be a flight attendant and see MORE of the world!
    Aunt Margaret

  3. A little wisdom from Beth Moore for you Rooted folks: “There is no place God cannot go, especially with a willing, half-scared-to-death, ill-equipped vessel.” God has made you willing, equipped you and is making you brave.
    I am praying Ephesians 3:14-21 over you all today:
    14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

  4. Andrea, what a great opportunity for you and for the kids there in Haiti. The pics are great and I’m sure your learning as much from them as they are from you. Seems like all is well and you guys are doing some good in the community. Continue to show love and they will see the light of God shining from you. Continue sowing seed and we’ll see you in person soon. Take care, God Bless, Praying for you and the team, Love Dad.

  5. Nicole, brings joy to see you and your cohorts so happy being with those kids. Sharing your knowledge and the word and spirit of the Lord. I love seeing the photos and all the smiling faces. So glad your are able to contribute to another culture. Keep on shoveling. All our Love, see you soon. Love Papa/Mama

  6. Hi Nicole and to.your whole group. Love the pictures and the updates. Have not seen a sad face! Can I go on your next trip?
    It is on my bucket list. You all are an amazing inspiring group. My prayers are daily for everyone
    Grandma Patti

  7. Grace, we are so happy that you stepped out and chose to do this trip; I know God is doing a great work in you and through you to those orphans…thank you for being obedient to the call of God in your life and having a heart for missions. love you mom and dad.

  8. The path in life God has prepared for us is full of surprises. You have take a road that will not only have changed your life…but so many lives you touch. There is no amount of money equal to each hug you give and sharing God’s love to the orphans and vulnerable children and adults. Thank you for choosing this path. May God continue to show you the way as you serve the people of Haiti.

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