Haiti August 4, 2015

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Report by Chuck Poplin

The last days of a trip are almost always bittersweet when you have to say goodbye to one of the team members. After breakfast everyone went to a small Church of God in the area where several children and even a couple of adults met us. Our team of interpreters started a great time of leading the kids in different songs. We were all pleasantly surprised and blessed when two of the girls there stood up and sang a well-known worship song, in both Creole and English! They were so young and yet sang so well and so confidently! Several of the boys from the Jerusalem church area must have felt challenged, because after finding a place nearby to practice a few minutes they returned to sing a couple of songs themselves. We were all blessed! The Wright Baptist VBS team then had the attention of all the kids, as well as the participation of some, as they told the story of Noah.

After finishing there, it was time to tell Betty goodbye. Having met her on my first trip to Haiti and seeing her lead the medical then and again this week, I was especially happy to watch my daughter, Amanda, following her desire as a nursing student and working with Betty and the team. Then, also to watch my niece, Stephanie, and Joe, my daughter’s boyfriend, both having their first mission experience in Haiti only added to that blessing!

After lunch, everyone walked to still another church in the area where the plan was to meet kids there and have the VBS team lead again in singing and teaching. Though we were disappointed to arrive and find no one there, everyone sat down to rest a few minutes and, in just a short time, a few kids walked over. When the interpreters began leading in some songs, more and more kids came over to join the fun. By the time it was over, there was a good group of children who had fun and heard that Jesus loved them.

It is simply amazing to see the work that TEM has accomplished since that first trip. You can easily see and sense God’s blessing on the work in lives of the children and the adults in the area, as well as the progress in physical structures. Lives are being changed through the ministry of the gospel in Z’Oranges. That is clearly seen.

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Haiti August 3, 2015

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Report by Jenna Sasser

This is my fourth trip to Haiti with Truth Evangelistic Ministry, and it has been one of my favorite trips so far! This morning, after a wonderful breakfast made by Ginette (egg omelet and cheese biscuits) we went to church at Jerusalem I. I love the way the Haitians worship. They put their heart and soul into worship, and truly mean it. I so wish that every American could come to Haiti to see how grateful we should be in America. Sometimes we take church for granted–we just go to go, or go because someone wants us to, or go because we have to–we don’t go to be in the presence of The Lord. We take so much for granted at home–food whenever we want, plenty of choices to drink, a roof over our heads, a bed to sleep on, and yet some of us still want more. These Haitians love The Lord, and they are grateful for what little they have.

After church we ate lunch and played outside with the kids; they have been so joyful that they have someone to play with. Then we came inside and helped inventory all the medications and supplies from the medical clinics. The Haitians have no access to medical help–to see how many came for the medical clinics we held was amazing! They came from all around to get medical attention. After inventory I went back outside to play with the kids, and then it started pouring rain. Who knows if we will have church tonight if the rain continues…..Please keep the team in your prayers for the remainder of the trip, that we all would show Christ’s love to everyone–everyone on our team, and all the Haitians.

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Report by Miranda Gates

Hello friends. This is my third time in Haiti and I love it. My favorite thing to do is just to be with the kids. We play all kinds of games. This week we did VBS for the kids. We told Bible stories and played games. Just to see joy on their faces brings me happiness. Tonight we are going to church. I love to hear the people sing. I can’t wait until we can come back in September. Thank you for all the prayers. I LOVE HAITI!!!!!!!

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Haiti August 2, 2015

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Report by Kristin Gates

This is my third time to Haiti this year. God has been so gracious to provide a way for our family to come. Each time we love it more. Haiti is love. You feel the love of God here with His people. The smiles on their faces are genuine.

Today we went back to Daniel’s voodoo village to do the medical clinic. So many needs were met. The people stood and waited so patiently. One of the ladies we ministered to was in her seventies. She let us know that she would not give her life to Christ but only satan. Pastor Jeremy had the opportunity to share with her that Jesus is the Truth and that He is the only way to Heaven. She allowed us to pray with her.

I can’t wait to return to Z’Orange. When we are here I feel like we are home. May God continue to bless Haiti and His people.

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Report by Corinne Hutchison

This is my second time here in Haiti and I have fallen in love with this beautiful country and its people once again. It is truly incredible to sense God’s presence around our team and the people we work with. Earlier this afternoon we visited the orphanage and just loved on the kids, told the story of Noah’s ark, handed out stickers and candy and played games with them. At the beginning of VBS a few of the older kids sang for us a song in English, it was extraordinary to hear their beautiful song in continual praise and gratefulness for what they have, even though it is so little. I continue to be humbled each day here in Haiti, it is amazing to see the children’s pure joy and love that they so freely share with us. I simply love Haiti; from the people to the beautiful moon over the mountains each night, Haiti feels like home. I hope I will have the opportunity to return soon to show God’s love to my dear sweet friends.

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Report by Dalton Edeker

This is my second time to Haiti; the children here are so kind in the way that they love us, each other, and God. Many times every day I sit back in my chair and think how lucky I am to be here. One of these times today was sitting in an orphanage listening to the children sing songs to us, and yesterday visiting a former voodoo priest who gave his life to Christ a few years ago. We visited a voodoo village and ministered to the children through VBS.

VBS was a blessing in itself; the children loved listening to the story of Noah as we acted it out and one of the interpreters translated the story to Creole. After the story we did crafts and had the children draw lions with crowns on coffee filters, and then we handed out candy and stickers. The smiles on the children’s faces brought joy to my heart and a smile to my own face. The love that is expressed here and the care that is expressed by the people doing the medical clinics is so great, and I know the adults and children are grateful. The work that is being done here is going to save so many lives, and I am so glad to be a part of it.

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Haiti August 1, 2015

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Friday evening we took a little walkabout and visited the people in Z’Orange and gave out some food on our way to Daniel’s voodoo village. When we arrived there were a few people and some children. We began singing songs, praising the Lord, and more and more people came to join in. Young and old danced and sang as we praised our Lord. I know satan hates it when we are there, especially when we’re praising Jesus. After about 1/2 hour of singing we started the Jesus film. Afterward Pastor Jeremy spoke about salvation, and gave out lighted bracelets, which they all loved. I wish you could see how intently the young and old watch the Jesus film. The little children sit quietly taking it all in.

Today, Saturday, I took Craig and Melissa to the airport to go home and also took Linda, Rebecca and Jordon to a guest house in Port. The rest of the team is having a medical clinic at Daniel’s village today. Thank you for all your prayers.

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Haiti July 31, 2015

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Report by Jennifer Maloy

What another wonderful day in God’s service in Haiti. This morning we held another medical clinic at Jerusalem I. There were Haitian people who had hiked 2 hours down a mountain to be seen in our clinic today because they have no other medical care available to them. There was no grumbling or complaining, just a gracious spirit that someone would listen and take care of whatever they needed. As a nurse, it breaks my heart to have such limitations on what we can do for these people, especially knowing the conditions are treatable. God has really used this trip to convict me of my grumbling and complaining. It is hard to do here because as I look around I see so many who haave nothing, and it makes what I want to complain about seem like nothing.

Tonight we are going to Daniel’s voodoo village to show the Jesus film. An area that was once occupied by Satan is being overtaken in the name of Christ. It is such a blessing to see the children learning about Jesus and know we are playing a part in spreading the good news of Christ here. We are all looking forward to going.

Please join us in praying for the people of Haiti. Please pray that God’s Spirit will just be poured out on these people. Please pray for safe travel for the members of our team who are leaving tomorrow, and for the members who remain here. We are all tired and hot, so please pray daily for our strength to be renewed and our focus to remain on God’s will and purpose for this trip.     – With love from Haiti ~ Bondye beni ou ~ God bless you!

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