August 12, 2015

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We need your help. We have a small team going to Z’Orange in September to paint the school, repair desks, build a soccer field, and many other small projects to get the school ready for the new school year. We have been blessed to have enough money for the soccer field and playground, but we desperately need funds to enclose the 3 outside classrooms. When it rains the floor is nothing but mud, the children get wet, and they usually have to close those classes. We need to concrete the floors and build 6′ walls to separate the classrooms – the breeze could flow over 6′ walls and keep the teachers and children more comfortable in the summer.

We in the States cannot even imagine our children going to school without air conditioning, let alone going to classrooms with mud floors. Please pray and see if the Lord would want you to be a part of making these children’s lives more comfortable – they are the future of Haiti.

The total cost of this project, with materials and labor, is only $3500. The construction team leaves on September 5, so let me know if the Lord wants you to be part of this project. Thank you for your prayers. God bless.

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Haiti August 5, 2015

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The Wright Baptist Church team should be in the United States by now, and hopefully home late this evening.

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Report by Dr. Jeremy S. Gates

My goodness, every time I sit down to blog about my/our experiences here in Haiti, I struggle to find the words to properly express how amazing God is. Today (August 4) began for us at 5:30 a.m. We woke up, had our coffee and light breakfast before packing up and heading up the mountain to Jerusalem II Church. It took a couple of hours to climb the mountain and make our way over the terrain to the church. The trek is not easy, and it’s a challenge for the healthiest of persons. The views are absolutely stunning. Along the way we encountered people coming out of their houses and huts to greet us. We had the opportunity to give out some of the Manna Packs (nutrient dense rice) from Love A Child and Feed My Starving Children Ministries. To see the joy on the many faces as they receive the food makes all the effort getting it up to them worth it!

Once we arrived at the church, we spent a couple of hours with the children doing music, coloring, flying some kites we took with us, and playing games with a huge parachute and beach ball. We also distributed the Crocs shoes that so many of you donated. Wow! All of the children were so happy to receive a new pair of shoes, but one girl really touched my heart. We were nearing the end of distributing the shoes and we had one pair left that was a child size 2. This beautiful little girl was called up front by the pastor of the church (I had him help me keep order and distribute the shoes). She meekly walked up and had on a pair of little pink Croc shoes that looked like there was no sole on the bottom whatsoever. Her old shoes literally looked like she had taken them out of a trash heap and put on her feet. She slipped off the old pair and put on the new pair we gave her, and the smile that came across her face was priceless. I took a picture of her in her new shoes standing by the old pair. The simple joy in having a new pair of shoes. I didn’t hear any fussing or complaining about “not the right color” or “I don’t like that style…” Just a smile and a simple “merci.”

After the noon hour we hiked back down the mountain to the mission house and spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out with our kids in the yard. I asked one of the team members, “Why don’t we do this at home? Why don’t we take several hours and just hang out with our family and friends and enjoy the simple pleasure of fellowship?” I hate to admit it, but it’s because we tend to get so distracted by living the “American Dream.” Hmmmm…we have so much, but do we? Once again I’m reminded of the importance of investing in what really matters: faith, family, relationships, and the legacy we leave.

If you want an absolutely life-changing experience, I strongly urge you to pray about coming to Haiti with Truth Ministries. It’s not camp, it’s not a retreat, it’s not a vacation or a time to “get away and relax.” It’s work. It takes effort. It takes praying, planning, and spiritual preparation. If it was easy, we wouldn’t need to depend on God’s strength, wisdom, and protection. But I can absolutely guarantee you it’s worth every bit of investment you make. And the more you give, the more God pours back into you. The smartest investment you will ever make, the one you will always get the biggest return on, is investing in the Kingdom of God!

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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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