Home Assignment

It has been FOREVER since I have shared anything here. Sorry! I told you I am not really a blogger.  🙂  But I was recently in the U.S. for 2.5 months on Home Assignment, and I wrote about it in my newsletter. So I wanted to share some photos of my time at home.

I decided to try to make the most of my flights, so I flew from Haiti to visit a supporting church in Bowling Green, OH. To do that, I flew into Detroit…which meant I got the added pleasure of spending a couple days with my good friends, Tammy and Jim Hobbs! I also had the pleasure of shoveling the driveway with Tammy after probably a 6-inch snowfall. Actually, I really did enjoy it!photo

After a couple days with Tammy, she brought me to meet up with friends from Brookside Church in Bowling Green. These are friends I met in Haiti about 3.5 years ago, but it was my first time visiting their church. My time sharing with the church went really well, but it was the time I spent with Mark & Beth and Andy & his family that I enjoyed most!

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Andy – an elder at the church and member of the team who came down to Haiti – interviewed me.

After my weekend in OH, I headed to my first home – Minnesota! And I got home just in time to go to the viewing of my nephew’s film that he and some buddies made and entered into a film festival. They were they only high school team in the festival, and I am so proud of him!20180309_180041

In those first couple weeks at home, I had the chance to get together with several of my friends – my best friend from junior high, college friends, church friends, Haiti friends. Loved it!

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Me and my “bestie”, Tanya!

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My fun friend and frequent short-termer in Haiti, Maria!

Pretty much every Sunday I got to share at a different partnering church. These are all churches who support me financially and/or in prayer as well as churches who are significantly invested in the GlobalFingerprints program in Haiti. It was a joy to share with them stories of what God is doing in Haiti! And I especially enjoyed the chance I had to share with many children’s ministry groups, including an Awana club! (Wish I had pictures!)

I also got to participate in a ReachGlobal debrief. This was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the past, look to the future, and lay it all at the foot of the Cross. We had some great times of worship and devotionals, personal reflection time, and a few different times to process one-on-one with other ReachGlobal staff and members of our Care team. Needed it more than I realized and so thankful for it!

The weekend after debrief, I had the special privilege of getting together with 2 former students! So cool to be able to keep in contact with these 2 for so many years! Both are married and one is expecting her first child. Crazy! Thanks for taking the time to get together, Hannah and Charito!29354341_4449057986094_5265754491401941466_o.jpg

It was also super fun to connect with another ReachGlobal missionary friend who was also on home assignment at the same time! Thanks for some great talks and walks, Angie!IMG-20180417-WA0003.jpg

Did I mention that Minnesota had some exceptional spring snow while I was in town?! I hated to admit it to all the folks who had already had several months of winter, but…I was enjoying it!

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I love hiking in the fresh snow! This day it was still coming down pretty good!

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I was staying with my friend, Tanya, and she & her family recently moved farther out. Loved being so close to a state park and great trails!

From the evening of Friday, April 13 through the morning of Monday, April 16, we got 22 inches of snow! Crazy! It was blowing so hard on that Saturday that even the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport shut down for 8 hours! I didn’t drive anywhere for 2 days…and didn’t even go outside on Saturday (Heidi and I may have binge watched pretty much all of the first season of “Victoria”.). But on Sunday, once the wind died down a bit, I couldn’t wait to go out for a walk.

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And who can resist a snow angel?!

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The next couple weeks were more of the same (minus all the snow) – sharing at churches on Sundays (which involved one weekend trip to Naperville, IL), meeting with ministry partners throughout the week, and getting together with family and friends.

Throughout my home assignment, I was thankful to be able to spend some time on my personal health and development as well. I got my teeth cleaned and went to a gastroenterologist for the first time (got more out of that than I bargained for!). I had lots of great conversations that were good for my emotional health. I met with a financial advisor and even gave away some things I’ve had in storage. And I went on an amazing Quite Waters retreat!

The retreat was at Two Rivers Church in Knoxville, TN.
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The green, rolling hills and flowering trees in TN were beautiful…and quite a contrast to the snow in MN!

Two Rivers has been a resource to ReachGlobal, in general, and to our team in Haiti, in specific. They are a church that focuses on Word and Spirit (the Two Rivers) and have taught us more about prayer as a two-way conversation and how God speaks to us. Quiet Waters was a sweet time set aside to just hear from God!

During my final weeks in the Twin Cities, I was busy trying to wrap everything up – see everyone I could, buy whatever I needed/wanted to bring back to Haiti, last church presentation, etc. Somehow you always manage to get it all done…or at least the things that REALLY needed to get done. But I did manage to sneak in a Twins game with some friends!

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Thanks, Steve and Joelle, for inviting me to come along! It was a beautiful day…though I still had to bundle up a bit!

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If you couldn’t tell from the other picture, Steve got us 4th row seats! Pretty sweet! We could look right across home plate and into the Twins dugout. Should have gotten a picture of Paul Moliter!

And then I got to go up north and spend a week just being with my parents! It was wonderful to have a week with no place I had to go and the time to just visit with my parents and help them with some yard projects. I love doing that…when I don’t HAVE to do it ALL the time. 🙂 And God blessed us with beautiful weather! We did take a little time to just relax outside as well.

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We enjoyed a fire…and of course had to roast marshmallows! (Even made s’mores with some gluten-free graham crackers!

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The epitome of calm!

From MN – on my way back to Haiti – I stopped in Hershey, PA to spend some days with friends and supporters there. My team was praying that I would have some time to relax before my return to Haiti…but they forgot what kind of hosts the Chocklettes are! Yep, that’s right – I have friends named Chocklette (pronounced like chocolate) who live in Hershey! Isn’t that awesome?! And they are awesome people who treated me to a wonderful few days!

I got to spend time at Hilltop Christian Nursery School where Becky is the director. It is housed at Hershey EFC, and they partner with a school in our area to do teacher training. My first full day in Hershey was Hilltop’s hot dog lunch to raise money for Haiti. I got to help serve. Becky was really the big promoter!

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Complete with ketchup and mustard shoes!

The next night we had a Haiti dinner at the church. The Chocklettes made a wonderful Haitian meal – rice and beans with chicken, pikliz, beets, and mango ice for dessert. And another man from the church was able to find and contribute several bottles of Kola Kouwòn (Crown Cola – a Haitian soft drink that tastes a little like liquid Juicy Fruit). And then Becky shared about Hilltop’s involvement in Haiti; I shared about ReachGlobal’s work in Haiti in general; and Pastor Dave shared about Hershey Free’s involvement and opportunities going forward. It was a wonderful night of coming together!

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In addition to some yummy meals out and time at Hershey Park, we spent a lovely afternoon at the Longwood Gardens. Not only are the gardens beautiful…

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…but it was also the first day of the fountains for the season.

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And we stayed into the evening for a illuminated fountain show choreographed to the music from The Wizard of Oz. Super cool!

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Can you tell what this represents? And there are even flames on the top of the small fountains!

My time in Hershey – and the States – wrapped up by sharing with the KidStep kids of Hershey Free on Sunday morning and having a special lunch out at a nice restaurant to celebrate Mothers’ Day.

I would definitely say that my home assignment was a success. My “assignment” was to:

  1. Raise Additional Support/Connect with Supporters
  2. Retool/ personal and professional development including: taking courses, writing, reading books, attending debriefing etc.
  3. Refreshment

My time at home allowed me to accomplish all of those things! And I am so blessed by all my family, friends, and partners who showed me such great hospitality, generosity, encouragement, and support!

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Lost

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. Let’s be honest – I am not really a blogger. This blog has been more of an overflow for my newsletter at times…a place to put more pictures, etc. But I feel the need to write. If you know me, you know that this almost never happens. I only feel inspired to write when I am really emotional. Right now, I am overwhelmed by loss…and this seemed like the place to get it out in words.

I was recently visiting friends of mine in Corpus Christi who are running ReachGlobal’s response to Hurricane Harvey there. On my third day there, I got word that three people I am connected to here in Haiti died…all on the same day!

Early that morning, my friend wrote me to tell me that a 24-year-old friend of ours died. Just a short time later, on that same morning, I received an email from the manager of our GlobalFingerprints program in Port-au-Prince saying that the mother of two kids in the program died…as did an 11-year-old girl in the program!

What?!

If that isn’t bad enough, there seemed to be no known cause for any of the deaths. I saw my young friend just the day before I headed to Texas. He was fine. Two days later he had horrible stomach pain that sent him to a nearby hospital. They gave him a shot to help with the pain and sent him home. Two days after that his family took him to a different hospital. I know they inserted a catheter and sent him to go have x-rays…but, for some reason, the family took him home instead. Maybe not enough money…? That night he died.

The 11-year-old girl went to bed fine on Saturday. When the family woke up on Sunday, they found her dead. What?!

When a young person dies, it is sad. When they die and you have no idea why, it makes it so much harder. But, unfortunately, that is the reality here in Haiti. Death is common. And, unless it is an accident, the cause is often unknown. It isn’t right.

But all of that is not what prompted me to write. It’s what I heard later.

I got to know this 24-year-old young man through my friend. He used to spend a lot of time at her house. She helped him out. His mom had died; his dad was sick. I gave a little money to help his dad have a needed operation. A few years ago, I found out he got a young woman pregnant. We had a tough conversation. I decided to help him pay for a course to learn how to lay tile. He and his girlfriend had a baby girl and made a life together.

Over time, I didn’t see him as often. I’d run into him from time to time. I found out that they were expecting a second child. I got the sense he wasn’t really going to church anymore.

And then, a few weeks ago, I saw him on the road. We chatted. I told him we had a visitor staying with us who was building some cabinets…and invited him to come work with him if he wanted to learn. He spent 2 days at our house. He even brought his daughter one day. He mentioned wanting to get some tools that would enable him to take tile jobs. We talked about. He sent me a few texts. And then he stopped by the day before I left to talk in person. That was four days before he died.

After I got back from Texas, my friend and I got together and she shared all she knew of his death. It sounds like he had gotten involved in voodoo. That’s why he wasn’t spending as much time at her house – she found out about it and told him he couldn’t bring that into her home. He was also sleeping with another woman. And here’s where the story really gets crazy…

People are saying that maybe he was poisoned…and I tend to believe it.

(That is something that never would have entered my mind prior to living in Haiti…and learning more about the culture over these almost 5 years!)

Apparently he told his “wife” about the other woman…and she talked about it very publicly at a “dance” – a voodoo celebration.

I was shocked to hear my friend recount how, when she saw him on the last day of his life, she told his wife that if he died it would be her fault!

What?! How could she say that?! HE’S the one who was cheating on HER! How can it be her fault? And, yet, a couple of my friends told me that’s how the “system in Haiti” works. If a hidden “sin” is made public, it puts the involved parties at risk.

Death…voodoo…infidelity…poisoning.

I feel lost when I try to make sense of it all. It just doesn’t make sense.

And I am so saddened at the loss…how lost people are.

…and that I didn’t know…or do anything.

 

Oh, Lord, fill me with Your Light and let me share it with others so that the lost may be found!

 

“My people have become lost sheep…” ~ Jeremiah 50:6

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” ~ Luke 19:10

Whirlwind

As I wrote in my latest newsletter, life has felt a bit like a whirlwind lately. Here are some of the beautiful reasons why…

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA few days after getting back from Florida, we had the “Inauguration” of the new GlobalFingerprints program in Jan Jan run by Pastor Henry Claude and Rosita Joseph.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow fun to see the kids all dressed up for the occasion! This boy was the first child to be sponsored, but I am excited to announce that ALL 70 kids registered in the program are now sponsored! Praise God!

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A couple days later, I got to help Sally put on her second health fair for children with special needs.

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Children went through a variety of health education stations, were seen by nurses and Sally, and then got to spend time with physical and occupational therapists.

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And there was a whole team of folks working to provide special equipment to help improve the quality of life for these kids. Much of the equipment was made by hand on the spot…and you can see for yourselves what an impact it made!

The very next day, Karen arrived from Hershey (in connection with Becky and the team from Hilltop Christian Nursery School) to do trauma training with our GlobalFingerprints staff and the teachers from ECCA school.

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I guess we were busy because I totally failed to get any photos (sorry, Karen!). Guess I will post the one photo I found from Karen’s page – her transportation to the training. 🙂

Before Karen even left, the next group arrived…

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My sisters from ElevateHer (yep, I will claim them…gladly)!

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We got together part of the Sèk Sipò Pou Fanm…

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…And we headed back to do another trauma care session at the Baptist Church of Torbeck (outside of Les Cayes)…

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And also at a new church for us in Port Salut

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The destruction in this area is hard to comprehend!

But the kits that we put together with funding raised by ElevateHer…

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…was a huge blessing to the women! Showing the love of Christ in word and deed!

I got a 1-day break…and then on to…

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GlobalFingerprints health checks

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…even including some Zumba!

The team found time to have fun with our neighborhood English class, too!

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The day the medical team left, the training team arrived…

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…to spend time with the GlobalFingerprints staff going over a tool we use to evaluate the overall well-being of the child and the progress that is being made through the program!

And with March 8 being International Women’s Day, the Sèk put on a program for the women in our area.

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Whew! Thankful for a God who can calm the storms of life…even the ones within me!

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M&M’s, Big Tex, and Good Friends

Some of you probably remember some of the photos I posted from the idyllic waterfalls of Bassin Bleu, the hike up to the Citadelle, or the amazing sunsets at Kokoye Beach. All of these experiences I was able to share with my friend, Marie. Marie served just up the road at Haiti Health Ministries for 2 years, and during that time she was not only my adventure companion but also my good friend.

While I miss having her here, I am so happy to share with you that – upon her return to the States – she met a wonderful man to whom she was married just last Saturday! And I was privileged to be able to travel to Texas to celebrate with her and Mark…and several other Haiti friends!

Dr. Clemence and I traveled from Haiti together and met up with Matasha (who had also served at HHM) later that night.

Dr. Clemence and I traveled from Haiti together and met up with Matasha (who also served at HHM) later that night.

We were blessed to stay with Marie's friend, Katy, and her husband, Cal - what a sweet couple with a heart to serve!

We were blessed to stay with Marie’s friend, Katy, and her husband, Cal – what a sweet couple with a heart to serve!

We got to spend one day together at the Texas State Fair. As a Minnesota girl, I was excited to compare it to our "Great State Get-Together."

We got to spend one day together at the Texas State Fair. As a Minnesota girl, I was excited to compare it to our “Great State Get-Together.”

We had so much fun that day with another of Marie's friends, too - her maid-of-honor, Zoe!

Here are Clemence, Marie, and her maid-of-honor, Zoe. We had so much fun together!

Anyone who knows the Minnesota State Fair should know of our famous 'crop art' - I love it! So I was excited to check out the Texas State Fair's 'canstruction' - sculptures made out of cans of food to raise awareness and donate to the local food shelves. Cool!

Anyone who knows the Minnesota State Fair should know of our famous ‘crop art’ – I love it! So I was excited to check out the Texas State Fair’s ‘canstruction’ – sculptures made out of cans of food to raise awareness and donate to the local food shelves. Cool!

This one was one of my favorites.

This one was one of my favorites.

I have to admit that it was also pretty cool to see some Texas longhorns in person!

I have to admit that it was also pretty cool to see some Texas longhorns in person!

And Marie made sure we got to see Big Tex - the giant mascot who welcomes you to the fair. :)

And Marie made sure we got to see Big Tex – the giant mascot who welcomes you to the fair. 🙂

But, of course, the main event of our trip was the wedding of M&M - Mark and Marie! Isn't she beautiful!

But, of course, the main event of our trip was the wedding of M&M – Mark and Marie! Isn’t she beautiful! And can you guess what the wedding favors were? You guessed it – M&M’s in all kinds of varieties. Yum!

I didn't have the greatest camera with me, but here's the happy couple with most of Marie's family.

I didn’t have the greatest camera with me, but here’s the happy couple with most of Marie’s family.

And it was so much fun to be there together with so many other Haiti connections...including Dieula (founder of ElevateHer who puts on our women's conferences) and Sally (with whom we do the community kids' health fairs)...

And it was so much fun to be there together with so many other Haiti connections!…including Dieula (founder of ElevateHer who puts on our women’s conferences) and Sally (with whom we do the community kids’ health fairs)…

And Aleece - who stole away from PA school Friday after class and flew back early Sunday for the baptisms of some kids in her youth group - and Sally's husband, Robert

And Aleece – who stole away from PA school Friday after class and flew back early Sunday for the baptisms of some kids in her youth group – and Sally’s husband, Robert

A sweet reunion! (Here is Katy's husband, Cal, chatting with Zoe...with Katy, Dieula, and Sally in the background)

A sweet reunion! (Here is Katy’s husband, Cal, chatting with Zoe…with Katy, Dieula, and Sally in the background)

And, after looking all week, I even bought a new pair of shoes (and a dress and sweater) for the occasion! ;)

And, after looking all week, I even bought a new pair of shoes (and a dress and sweater) for the occasion! 😉

Again, isn't Marie so beautiful!

Again, isn’t Marie so beautiful!

And don't they both look so happy!

And don’t they both look so happy!

We are happy for you! And I am so happy I could share this sweet time with so many friends!

We are happy for you! And I am so happy I could share this sweet time with so many friends!

 

Lots of GlobalFingerprints

After getting back from our division conference in Panama, August was a blur of a bunch of wonderful GlobalFingerprints activities!

Leadership Retreat

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Twice a year, we have a retreat for the staff of our GlobalFingerprints program. It is a time to develop them as leaders, but also a time for building team unity. Unfortunately, Steve was not feeling well so was not able to attend…which means I got a bit more experience leading. It was a good time!

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One retreat each year we hold at a nice beach resort. Here is the whole group after enjoying a nice buffet lunch (We named the giant fish “Steve” so that he would be with us.).

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We are excited to be planning the launch of a second GlobalFingerprints site in Haiti! One of the managers of the new site was able to join us on the retreat, and it was so encouraging to observe questions being asked and knowledge being shared.

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We also scheduled some free time so that we could have some fun together and enjoy the amazing water!

 

AyiTeen Camp

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A few days after the leaders retreat, we had our second annual AyiTeen Camp for the youth age 16+ in GlobalFingerprints. The first day is held at the church.

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We always begin with a time of worship. Our GlobalFingerprints staff is so talented…but it’s extra cool when they ask some of the kids to lead worship as well!

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This year’s theme was “Stronger Together.” Throughout the day, we had a couple large group sessions focusing on the theme, and then split into smaller groups to discuss.

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Day 2 of the camp was at Kaliko Beach. So, after a brief time of worship and meeting as a large group…

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…we hit the beach and pool!

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Throughout the 2 days, we had team competitions…which was pretty intense and a lot of fun. But, for me, the highlight was having a young woman choose to receive the love of Jesus Christ!

 

Health Screenings

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Just 2 days after the AyiTeen Camp, we were busy doing health screenings for the kids in the program. After checking in and getting their chart, kids had their heights and weights measured.

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Of course, when there weren’t too many kids who needed their heights and weights measured, there was other “work” to be done as well. 🙂

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All kids are given Albendazole, a deworming medication, preventatively. With that comes not only water but a cracker with peanut butter…so kids don’t mind the medicine too much. 🙂

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And BMI’s are calculated to make sure kids are growing as they should.

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Then the kids head upstairs to see the doctors.

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Even the wait is pretty fun!

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Some of the “lucky” ones get their fingers pricked to test for anemia, but…

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It must not be too bad. 🙂

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Then a new toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and a hug…and they’re out the door. 🙂

 

VBS

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After 2 days of health screenings, we went right back to put on a program for the youngest kids in the program (9 and under). Even they helped lead worship!

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We used our same theme of “Faith Like a Mustard Seed.” The kids rotated through 5 stations. At this station they learned the story of Daniel in the lions den and worked on memorizing a Bible verse.

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At this station, they listened to the story of David and Goliath…and played a game in which they took on Goliath.

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There was another station that told the story of Esther…

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…and here all the kids got to make themselves a crown so they could be princes and princesses.

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Can you tell they liked that?! 🙂

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There was also a station for doing heights, weights, and Albendazole…but they also played a get-to-know-you game that involved candy. Sweet deal!

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And the last station was a “Faith Obstacle Course.”

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One person was blindfolded…

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While a friend helped them navigate the course. When they were done, they talked about what it means to have faith.

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And then all of us princes and princesses got together again at the end to talk about what we learned – how all these people had just a little bit of faith but in a BIG God…and God was able to do amazing things! He can do the same in our lives!

 

Lots of Catching Up

So…hopefully by now you’ve realized that I am not really a blogger. I’ve always liked the idea of keeping a diary or a journal or a blog…but I just have never gotten into it. So this blog really has become an overflow (an infrequent one at that) for things I don’t have space to put in my newsletters. Mainly, it is a good place to post lots of pictures. So that’s what I am going to do – post a bunch of pictures to catch you up on what’s been going on with us for the past (too many) months. 🙂

April

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Becky (from Hilltop Christian Nursery School in Hershey, PA) was back again with a team to continue doing teacher training at ECCA school.

May

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Evaldo and Astrit led a Pathways training (how to study and understand the Bible and share it with others) with pastors and church leaders in Port Salut, Haiti.

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A big group of people – both medical and non-medical – came down to help Sally put on her fourth community kids’ health fair.

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Then we did health screenings for the kids in GlobalFingerprints.

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We wrapped up the week doing a program for the kids age 10-14 years old in GlobalFingerprints – focusing on the theme of “Faith Like a Mustard Seed.”

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At the end of the month, Lynn Richter brought down trumpets, trombones, flutes, and clarinets for the GlobalFingerprints music program. She taught the staff and other leaders who then started teaching the youth.

June

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The wonderful sewing team from Constance came down not only to work with the ladies on sewing and crochet skills, but also to pour into their lives spiritually.

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One of the highlights of the summer for me was getting to assist with the training of 20 women in trauma care and leadership. The training started in May and finished in August with a practical field experience in mid-June.

June/July

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We were blessed with a couple amazing teams (Riverside & Forcey) who served in a variety of ways, including starting some tire gardens in a nearby community.

July

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Quinn got to participate in her first Challenge youth conference…with about 4,500 other youth! Sharron and Astrit got to be a part of the conference, too.

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July 4-7 ElevateHer put on their third women’s conference in Gressier…this time with the help of the women who went through the training.

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We were blessed to have a young intern (Madison) with us for a few weeks who, among a variety of other things, helped Stephanie and Sharron put on a couple English camps.

August

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Our whole team spent a week in Panama for our ReachGlobal division conference (held every other year). We started our time there with a trip to the Panama Canal.

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One of the highlights of the conference for me is always the worship – praising God together in song…

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…And communing with Him in His beautiful creation!

 

2015 Celebrations

With the new year upon us, we recently took the time to reflect back and praise God for all that He did in and through us in 2015.

ReachGlobal Haiti Team 2015 Celebrations

  • Interns “found themselves” while serving in Haiti
  • Stephanie on target to arrive early in 2016
  • Kelly B. continues to grow in her faith with her family
  • Jennifer Blevins long-term and fully funded
  • Sewing partnership
  • Orality Training
  • Pathways Training
  • Evaldo/Astrit translator (they’re also mentoring him)
  • Translation of Pathways Courses 1-2 in Creole!
  • Growth and Influence on Ex-pat Community
  • Continued strong partnership relationship with HHM and Healthfair
  • Teacher Training at ECCA
  • Relationships with Haitians in our community
  • Medical and Dental check-ups for our Haitian employees
  • Bible Studies with our employees
  • All contract employees have safe housing
  • Water to employee houses
  • Repair of community wells
  • GlobalFingerprints Celebrations
  • 2nd Annual Women’s conference with Sally and Local Church
  • Mark & Steve influence with 200th anniversary of Protestant church in Haiti
  • Haitian Perle Coffee being sold in 16 stores and at Hershey EFC
  • Dorlus’ surgery and recovery
  • Increase in number of STTeams
  • Larger STTeams
  • STTeams discipleship focus
  • Consortium meetings more robust
  • Haitians in USA for ONE conference and at New Orleans
  • Church Planting Catalyst training began
  • Trinity Seminary with 2 student scholarships ready for Haitians
  • Haiti Movement Leader Network
  • Haiti Potential Movement Leader Network
  • STEP change in how they develop leaders
  • Joe Casey – Mobilizer for Haiti and STTeams and Consortium
  • Influence in lives of STTeams
  • Evaldo / Astrit influence in Brasilian church
  • Evaldo / Astrit returned fully funded, even after 50% currency devaluation in Brasil
  • Senior Haitian Church leader came to know who the “church” is through Consortium influence
  • Senior Haitian Church leader was “invested in” for the first time by our influence
  • 2 wells helped to fund, install
  • 1 electrical generator project helped to fund, install
  • School roof helped to fund, install
  • Relationship Influence on variety of individuals

GlobalFingerprints Haiti Team 2015 Celebrations

  • 300 backpacks given out
  • 300 Bibles given out
  • Ayiteen Camp
  • Fedjina shown grace and love amidst pregnancy
  • Medical Treatment/check-ups for all 298 kids
  • Glasses given out twice (even for Villes – supervisor!)
  • Angeline / Angelene  heart issues – heart surgery
  • Music beginning / music classes
  • Wahoo Bay retreat for leaders
  • Kaliko Beach for kids
  • More children (298)
  • Child proudly coming to church with Bible
  • Giraud’s health
  • Antoine’s marriage
  • Wisconsin runners raising money for program, being able to come for distribution
  • Professional School beginning with 3 classes (English, Computer, Music)
  • Sofie coming to Christ
  • Spiritual Development
  • Relationships between supervisors, leaders, US team
  • Anne-Marie digging into program
  • Separate age groups / health issues
  • Girls’ spiritual retreat
  • Teen Sexuality classes

We also spent time discussing challenges and dreams for 2016. Would you pray for these things with us?

One of the “Key Result Areas” we have as a team is: “Community Impact – Seeing Gospel transformation in families, children, and communities in partnership with the local church.” Our GlobalFingerprints program is one way we go about trying to do this. Thus…

Would you pray for the GlobalFingerprints supervisors and staff as they work to more intentionally share God’s Word with the children in the program?

And ReachGlobal has a commitment to health, with one of our guiding principles being: “We are Team-Led and Team-Driven.” Thus…

Would you pray for our ReachGlobal Haiti team as we spend time every month for the first half of 2016 really working on developing our team?

Thank you so much! And please let us know how we can be praying for you!

Hope to see you in Haiti in 2016!

In Christ,

Jen, Evaldo, Astrit, Dave, Sharron, & Quinn

* As God has grown our team, we have need for additional ministry funds in order not only to continue but also grow our Gospel influence in Haiti. If you would like to give to our general Haiti fund, you can do so:

  1. Online by clicking here and entering “Acct. # 3914” in the “Other” box.
  2. By making a check out to “EFCA” with “Acct. #3914” written on the memo line and mailing it to:  EFCA, 901 E. 78th St., Minneapolis, MN. 55420