April 22, 2015

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TEM urgently needs your help. We have been trying for 10 years in Haiti to buy an acre of land behind the school and church in Z’Orange for the children to have a place to play before and after school. We want to build a soccer field for the community and school, and a playground with swings, monkey bars, seesaws, etc. Until now the families that own the land didn’t want to sell; now they are ready to sell it.

We would be able to have soccer tournaments with the other schools in the area. This area could be a community center. Later on, we would like to build a pavilion where all four churches could have their outdoor functions.

The Lord has given us this opportunity, and the cost is only $6000. TEM has already sent $650, so all we still need is $5350. Now for the urgent part:  I’m leaving Tuesday April 28 to go to Haiti, and I need $2350 for the first payment. We have an arrangement to pay for the land in two payments: $3000 on April 28 and $3000 on May 21. Please, please pray about this – TEM is growing, and we desperately need this land so we can grow.

If you can help us with this need, please send a check to TEM at 1945 Patrician Way, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547. Or you may use PayPal on this website.  Either way, please let me know that you are making a donation so I will be able to take the money in with me on Tuesday the 28th. My personal email is truthem@gmail.com.

Pray that the Lord will use His children to provide.

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April 14, 2015

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Dear brothers & sisters in Christ,

Thank you so much for the money you gave Bro. Chuck to pay my house. My list is so long, so I could not write all the names. May the Lord bless you all and your ministries each and every day. You are all my good Samaritans.

Ginette

 

 

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Haiti April 4, 2015

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April birthdays for Miranda and Caroline
Birthday cake by Ginette
Rising early getting ready to go to airport
Haitian van to airport from mission house
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Team at airport

Ginette baked a cake last night for the April birthdays of Miranda and Caroline, to their surprise.

The team from First Baptist Church of Walterboro was dropped off at the airport this morning and should be arriving in Ft. Lauderdale around 11:30, and will be on their way home. This group truly showed the love of Christ this week to the Haitian people. They very seldom sat down. they were always outside playing with the children. The Haitian children will never forget them.

Pastor Jeremy, Kristin, Miranda and Lane will be taking a later flight this afternoon.

Thank you for your prayers.

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Haiti April 3, 2015

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VBS Jersalem 1
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VBS Jerusalem 1
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Hike to Jerusalem 2
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Hike to Jerusalem 2
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Pastor Philip at Jerusalem 2
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Jerusalem 2 VBS

Report by Philip McNeal

As I am writing this article, the rain is pouring down on the valley of Z’Orange. This is the second time this week. It rained all Monday night and Tuesday. This is my 5th trip to Haiti, and I have never seen this much rain. I’m not complaining, though. The rain sure has cooled the hot climate here, and has also been a blessing to the people in Z’Orange who depend on farming to live. Like back at home, it is planting season for them. The rain not only provides needed moisture but also softens the hard, dry ground so they can hoe it for planting. Yes, I said “hoe.” One of the amazing sites this week has been seeing several men lined up together on a rocky, sloping field swinging long handle hoes in unison preparing the soil for planting. The ground is too hilly and rocky for plows, so they have to do it all by hand. Farming is hard work for the Haitians, but many do it because it’s their only way to survive.

Earlier today we closed out the Pastors Conference that has been going on since Monday. What a blessing it has been to teach and encourage the Haitian pastors. They are so hungry to learn to be better leaders and servants for the Lord and His church. For most of them, this conference is the only training they have the opportunity to attend. They treasure the learning and the certificate that verifies their effort.

The other members of our team have been busy with VBS and holding a Women’s Conference. I’m so proud of every one of them. They all have adapted well to the culture and demonstrated the love of Christ to the Haitian people. No one has complained or been uncooperative, but all 11 have truly functioned as a team and reflected the body of Christ. It’s been great working with and getting to know each one. Tomorrow (Friday) we will be finishing our work and preparing for our return on Saturday. Leaving is going to be hard; however, it sure will be nice to see my wonderful wife Jackie, who I expect is anxiously anticipating my return. See you soon.

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Report by Mikael Odum and Stephanie Hooker

Today some members of the team took a 2-hour hike up a mountain and 2 hours back down. To say the least it was one of the most memorable experiences. The hike up the mountain was very challenging. We had to take many breaks. We left at 7 o’clock and returned at 11:15. When we got to the top, we walked through some villages. As we passed through, some of us invited the children and mothers to join us at Jerusalem II, which is where we were going.

When we got to Jerusalem II, little children began to come join us at the church. We handed out fish that we had made and gave each child cookies, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. Each individual was very happy to receive the gifts which we had brought them. As more people began to come join us, we went inside the church and began to sing worship songs. When we finished singing we acted out the story of The Good Samaritan. The children thought Periton (one of the interpreters) was so funny. After we finished acting out the story we told the children God loved them and we each loved them very much.

Finally, we prayed together and told each child goodbye. One of the women who had joined us for worship lives beside the church; she let each of us go into her house, which she had decorated beautifully. We then began our journey down the mountain. The preacher from the church that we worshiped at joined us. He led us back down the mountain, which was extremely rocky and steep. Instead of going down the mountain the same way we came up, we went down the river bed, which was very rocky and dry. We are so blessed that we made it up and down the mountain safely. We all had a great experience and we are so glad that we got to have it together. We definitely bonded as a group, and by the end of the trip we were working as a unit. As Coach Riley would say, “We never leave a man behind.”

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Report by Caroline Hooker

I shared a wonderful experience with about 12 women in the Women’s Conference yesterday. Some shared their testimony, we prayed, and we sang songs together. The women of Haiti are so sweet and loving. These women have the same struggles as we do. They enjoyed having someone to listen to them and pray with them. We gave away door prizes to the women, and they were so exited! All of the women were given books that had many Bible Stories with pictures in the Creole language, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. The Women’s Conference was a wonderful experience for us as well as for the women of Haiti.

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Report by Pastor Jeremy

It was a joy to be part of our Pastors Conference. We had around 60 Haitian pastors and church leaders faithfully attend. The times of teaching during the day were wonderful, and each team member did a great job bringing God’s Word. The times of worship at night were powerful and we saw God move in amazing ways. When the conference ended, we had the joy of seeing the pastors receive their certificate of completion as well as a small gift. The joy on their faces was priceless. To see so little make one so happy humbles me beyond belief. When we concluded a Haitian pastor stood and thanked the American team for coming. “We have no money to give you, but we do give you our sincere thanks,” he said. I spoke for the whole team when I said, “My dear brother, we’ve been paid with the blessing of being here and knowing you. The joy was completely ours.”

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Haiti April 2, 2015

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Church Jerusalem 1 Wednesday night
Church Jerusalem 1 Wednesday night
Church Jerusalem 1 Wednesday night
Church Jerusalem 1 Wednesday night
Church Jerusalem 1 Wednesday night
Church Jerusalem 1 Wednesday night
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VBS Catholic School
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Walking to Daniel's voodoo village
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Entering Daniel's voodoo village
Entering Daniel's voodoo village
Entering Daniel's voodoo village
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VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
VBS in Daniel's voodoo village
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VBS in Daniel's voodoo village

Report by Cat Leopard

Wednesday at 3 p.m. was the beginning of the Women’s Conference. It was supposed to begin on Tuesday; we praise God because the people so desperately needed the rain for their crops. We sang “Father Abraham” and “Jesus Loves Me” in the Creole language together as women. I loved seeing them truly worshiping God. We had over 20 women gathered together.

I had been praying about what to talk about with other women in Haiti that would be applicable to them. God placed it on my heart to talk about how to endure trials and have joy in the midst of difficult times. I asked different ladies to volunteer to read a scripture passage in their native tongue. I shared with the ladies that even though I am an American and they are Haitian, we have one God who understands what we are going through. Our trials may be different, but we worship one God who cares about even our smallest struggles.

One of the passages we read was Galatians 6:2: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” I had not planned to ask a question, but the Holy Spirit placed it on my heart to ask the ladies, “How do you bear each other’s burdens?” I didn’t know what to expect, but they responded with some wonderful thoughts. Then I asked the ladies if anyone wanted to share their burdens. Two ladies shared their burdens, and we held hands and prayed for them. The translator said that they are not used to sharing their struggles, but you could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. It was an amazing experience seeing God working in their lives. We are meeting another day for the Women’s Conference, and I am definitely looking forward to it. I want to spend more time with them.

When I held a lady’s hand to pray, I noticed that she had her wedding ring on. She had lost the only stone in her ring, yet she was still wearing the ring. How many of us in America would continue to wear our ring if it was missing the only stone? This was a simple yet challenging reminder to me that physical things don’t matter.

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