Haiti July 1, 2015

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On the road
On the road
Arriving at Port au Prince tairport
Team getting ready to go into airport

 

The Cinco Christian School and Shalimar Baptist Church team is on their way home. What a wonderful time we all had – Americans and Haitians! I want to thank the members of Cinco Christian School and Shalimar Baptist Church for all their help in supporting this team so that they could come and help the Haitian teachers. Each year the Haitian teachers are becoming better equipped to do their jobs.

Thank you for all your prayers and support.

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Haiti June 30, 2015

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Team getting in line for Haitian Dinner
Haitian Dinner
Amanda's Birthday
Amanda & Ginette
Sarah & Vicki bathing Cinco
Cinco taking flea bath
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Amanda & Teresa in group
Vicki & Sarah in group session
Betty in group session
Roberta teaching
Sandy & Lisa in group
Danielle teaching
Teachers in Teacher's Conf.
Teacher's Conference
Group photo
Gathering firewood
Wash Day
Daniel's father
Daniel's father
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Amanda & Betty playing with kids
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Roberta playing with kids

Report by Betty Isenhower

Where do I begin to say what a blessing this trip has been! From the very first day I have been amazed at the friendliness and love we have been shown. The teachers were so eager to hear the things we were teaching and wanting to know more. Some of the teachers had to walk for over 2 hours in the hot sun and over rocky roads to get here. It makes me appreciate how God has blessed us and wonder how we can take so much for granted.

The children are always wanting to play and hold hands – children have a universal language of love and smiles. Just knowing that we have been here and are helping the teachers to have better ways of teaching the children makes this trip worth it. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be here and to be a part of what God is doing in this place.

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Report by Vicki Thornell

I came to Haiti to teach teachers, and yet I leave having been taught so much more. The love that is being poured out to us as we work is beyond imagination. No matter how often I come, it never ceases to amaze me how many blessings I get by being here. The teachers at the conference were so attentive; they hung on almost every word we spoke. They showed great interest and enthusiasm in each group, making it easy to teach and share with them.

It has been especially fun to share our time with our rescued puppy, Cinco. She came to the mission house very sick, barely able to walk or even hold up her head. Today, she’s bouncing around and playing like any normal healthy pup. It’s amazing what nutrition and love has done for her – she has been great entertainment for all!

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Haiti June 29, 2015

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Jerusalem 1 Church Sunday Night
Jerusalem 1 Church Sunday Night
Jerusalem 1 Church Sunday Night
Clint preaching Sunday Night
Jerusalem 1 Church Sunday Night
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Jerusalem 1 Church Sunday Night
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Amanda waiting on Conference to start
Group ready to start Conference
Danielle & Teresa
Clint starting 3rd Annual Teacher's Conference
Teachers
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Teachers
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Team teaching in small groups
Team teaching in small groups
Team teaching in small groups
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Amanda teaching group
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Sarah & Vicki teaching group
Roberta & Lisa teaching
Roberta showing how solar lights work
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Betty working in Teacher's Conference

Yesterday as we were walking around one of the team members saw a little dog lying on the ground with its nose under some steps. We looked around and we saw its mother lying about 10 feet away, with three puppies nursing. I went over to the little puppy and picked her up; the Haitian people told me to leave her alone and let her die, that she was sick. The Haitian people as a whole are not kind to any animals. I offered the puppy some water in my hand, and she drank a little. I carried her over to the mother but the mother would not let her nurse, so we decided to take her back to the mission house. We gave her some milk and bathed her because she had a tremendous number of fleas on her. She was so weak she could barely stand; when she did stand and walk, she ran into things – we thought she was blind. After she drank some milk, we put her in a box and went to bed. She slept all night and, as you can see in the photo, this morning she was up and running around like she owns the place. She has stolen all our hearts. She is eating and drinking now, and she has been named Cinco.
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Report by Teresa Stultz

Hello to all my family, especially my daughters, and friends in America and around the world! Today only reinforced my desire to do mission work here or wherever God calls me in the future. It is amazing how even our American school systems, that we are always complaining about, are more advanced than those of many other countries around the world.

Some of the teachers walked for over 2-1/2 hours, over two mountains, to attend the Teachers Conference we were holding. They came dressed up in their best clothes. The men all had on nice button down shirts, ties, and dress pants. The women all had on their nicest shirts and skirts. Everyone wore dress shoes. I cannot imagine having to walk for over 2 hours over mountains in my nicest clothes to attend a teaching seminar. Most of my fellow teachers and I go to workshops in jeans and t-shirts. We drive in our nice air-conditioned cars. I’m just saying, it is a huge contrast. These teachers show so much dedication to their craft just with the amount of effort it takes for them to attend the conference and how they come dressed in their best.

As the teachers arrived, each was given a backpack containing a solar light, pen, notebook, paper, bible, hymnal, and a rubber bracelet from Cinco. It was amazing how grateful each teacher was to receive the gift of light. Betty and I were talking about how all we have to do is flip a switch to have light. Here these people were so grateful to be able have a light source at all. We gave away door prizes containing simple items like Q-tips, toothbrushes, lotions, and washcloths. To them, those door prizes meant so much. Seeing them smile and get so excited about what we consider simple items was very humbling. They have so much less than we do, yet they are so grateful and full of joy.

Betty, Danielle, and I were in charge of teaching art and kindergarden activities. Praise God for all the wonderful ideas Betty had. They were simple. For example, the teachers really loved the idea of putting filler in plastic eggs. Then the children could shake the eggs the number of times the teacher instructed. The teachers could also write a number or letter on the egg; whoever had the letter or number the teacher called could shake the egg. Other items we were able to bring included pipecleaners, popsicle sticks, pony beads, posters and powder paint. Once Betty finished explaining how to use each item, she opened the floor to questions. Immediately, one man asked if she could explain again how to use these items; he had never been exposed to any of them. Praise God we were able to tell him that each school would be provided with at least a small amount of the items we demonstrated. Then another man raised his hand with a question. He asked us how we would teach a class size of 50. Yes, that’s right – 50. This man has 50 kids in his preschool class! As a teacher, I cannot imagine having a class size of 50 and no access to the most basic supplies.

In the second group we taught, we asked the teachers the ages of the children they teach. This was again a kindergarten teaching group. Some of the teachers said their students range in age from about 3 to 6. One man said that he has students as old as 10 or 12 just starting school. I just cannot imagine my own daughters not being able to start school until that late.

We ended the day by teaching secondary math teachers. Their secondary math is not like ours. So even those teachers were able to take away something. I was talking with one of those teachers, Sanders, at the end of the conference. He told me that, after spending all day in the conference, he now had to travel an hour (by car, more if he walked) to go study more for a different trade.

The teachers here are very dedicated, and grateful for even the simplest of things. I am so grateful for this experience. Not only has it allowed me to put what little French I know to good use, it has been so rewarding to do what God calls us to do and show these people love and help them. I pray I will be able to come back and help them again one day.

As usual, some of the local children have gathered in the courtyard, ready for us to show them videos and take photos (it is amazing how much they love that) or simply just to sit and enjoy each other’s company. So it is time for me to go play with children and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and scenery. I’m also happy to report that Cinco the puppy is doing very well. So long my friends!

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Haiti June 28, 2015

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Jerusalem 1 Church
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Jerusalem 1 Church
Music at Jerusalem 1 Church
Little girl in Church
Team in Jerusalem 1 Church
Little girl in Church
Team in Jerusalem 1 Church
Team in Jerusalem 1 Church
Little girl in Church
Little girl in Church
Walkabout
Beautiful view
Beauty of Haiti
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Walkabout
Walkabout
Haitian kitchen
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Haitian House
Visiting neighbors
Visiting neighbors
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Voodoo drums in temple
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Team in voodoo village
Kids in voodoo village
Kids in voodoo village
Team visiting small orphanage
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Kids in orphanage
Kids in orphanage
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Outdoor classrooms
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Women's Conference
Women's Conference

Report by Danielle Wood

We started our morning today with a Haitian church service. We’re on Haitian time here, so our signal to walk over to church was the sound of singing. It was so wonderful to hear familiar songs sung in Creole – we just joined right in! The highlight of the morning service was seeing the voodoo priest Oceania come forward to accept Christ. The ministry team here has been witnessing to Oceania for many years and he finally made the decision to commit his life to Christ. What a blessing! Pastor Do preached a sermon from Zephaniah and reminded the church that we should make it a priority to live our lives for Jesus.

After lunch and a brief time of rest, our group left the mission house/compound to visit some of the local Haitians. We took food and solar lights to hand out. Our first visit was to the former voodoo priest Sylvest’s home. He and his wife invited us inside to see their house. How humbling an experience! Why would any American complain over the size or condition of their home?

Next, we walked down to the voodoo village and met the voodoo priest Daniel. Daniel is still a practicing voodoo priest, but he allows Brother Chuck and his ministry teams to come in and play the Jesus film with a projector right in front of his home! One of Daniel’s sons, who is a former voodoo priest, has already come to know Christ, and we have faith that God will continue to spread through the hearts of that family.

On our trek back, we stopped in several homes to hand out food and solar lights. The Haitian people were so grateful and we enjoyed seeing the families, especially the children! We took a short break from the heat at the mission house, and then we made our way to a local orphanage. On our way up the mountain, Roberta spotted a sick puppy. We gave the puppy some water, and then Blanco brought the puppy back to the mission house. (She is currently being bathed and given much love and affection!) We walked about 20 minutes uphill to our destination. When we got to the orphanage, we sat in a circle while the kids sang familiar praise songs to us … in English! We heard “How Great is Our God,” “Yes, Lord,” and “Oh Happy Day.” It was beautiful!

After singing, we handed out the gifts we’d brought to the orphanage – some food, a few toys, and kid’s toothbrushes and toothpaste. Vicki gave a lesson and demonstration on proper dental hygiene and taught the kids how to brush their teeth and use toothpaste. This particular stop on our walk touched a lot of our hearts. It was very difficult to see children dehydrated and lethargic. It’s hard to know that there’s not much that we can physically do, but there is always power in prayer! What we cannot do, God can always do!

The views from the orphanage were breathtaking! We stopped several times to take pictures, but pictures don’t do the views justice. I never realized the beauty in Haiti!

We are currently finishing up some planning for our Teachers Conference tomorrow and Tuesday. After dinner, the Jerusalem IV church will be here for an evening worship service. We’ve heard that this will be a service we will never forget! Praying for many more blessings! Thank you for the prayers from home!

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Haiti June 27, 2015

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Parents and family at Graduation
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Grandma watching Graduation
Kids performing
Kids watchiing Graduation
Watching Graduation
Some kids not watching Graduation
Sitting with kids at Graduation
Watching Graduation
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Kids performing at Graduation
Team watching Graduation

Report by Lisa Downing

Our group of 10 has arrived safe and sound in Z’Orange and we are working to prepare for the 3rd Annual Teachers Conference! The school waited for our arrival to celebrate the end of the school year with a party. Throughout the morning the students, teachers and families celebrated with songs, dance and skit presentations. Although the sun was hot, a nice breeze kept us cool as we watched the performances.

The afternoon was full with the assembly of care packages and teacher bookbags that will be handed out during our conference. It is overwhelming to see the outpouring of donations received to make this possible. We send out a big SHOUT of THANKS to so many that made the donations. We certainly take for granted having items like soap, shampoo, and toothpaste readily available to us on a daily basis.

I have enjoyed watching two of our ladies have the opportunity to visit with their sponsored children. We also have two other Cinco teachers ready and willing to sponsor a child and we are working to set that up! What a joy for sponsors… having the chance to see their student in person and also meet their families.

We look forward to the next few days enjoying the glory of the mountains around us, visiting with our Haitian friends, and of course, our Teachers Conference on Monday and Tuesday. We thank our Lord for the opportunity to be here in Haiti and for the blessings we will receive while here.

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