Haiti September 12, 2015

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The team is on it’s way home today. The American flight out of Miami will be running late, but hopefully they will make it home tonight as planned. The team was blessed by the Haitian people, and the Haitian people were blessed by the Americans. It is a beautiful thing to watch God unite His people from different countries and cultures through love. There truly is only one race, the human race from Adam created by God. Thank you for your prayers.

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Haiti September 10, 2015

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Report by Dawn Hutchison

As our week comes to end, I sit and reflect on the many blessings we have received from our Haitian family. Yesterday we were able to visit an orphanage and listen to their beautiful voices in worship. During our walk there, we stopped along the way take in the beauty of God’s creation, something we so often neglect in our busy world.

School is beginning. Each day we have seen children arrive in their uniforms and sit in the heat to learn. What an amazing blessing to see them all line up for lunch and eat, sharing with one another without prompting.

Yesterday evening, we walked down to Daniel’s village to watch the Jesus movie. It never ceases to amaze me how everyone there knows almost every word of the movie. Our team was able to minister to Daniel and pray over him, as he has not been well. The time I have enjoyed most is the time spent outside enjoying and playing with the children, holding hands and giving hugs. We arrive thinking how much we are going to give them, but end up leaving with how much more they have given us.

I was reminded this morning in my quiet time (Colossians 3:23-24) about our investment in these children. We have such a desire to provide them with earthly necessities, that we sometimes forget that just loving them and pouring God’s love into them is the bigger investment. God didn’t create us for time, but eternity. To think that we have been given the opportunity to teach them this while we are here is overwhelming.

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Haiti September 9, 2015

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Wednesday morning was another day of work around the mission house, with the team painting the school, working on hot water and other projects. After lunch the team played with the kids outside on and off the soccer field. The kids love the Americans, especially Kendall and Miranda. Kendall is the youngest girl to have come with TEM to Haiti; she is 7 years old. Of course, by now, all the kids know Miranda.

Last night we all went to Jerusalem IV Church, where the Haitians truly praise the Lord as they sing and dance. Naturally the Americans join right in and forget how they act in the American churches. It is so energizing to see the Spirit move in the people here as they praise the Lord in their little church made of branches and worn out tarps. Pastor Joe preached a simple but powerful message that the Haitians will not soon forget.

Today is Thursday and the team has left to go up to a small orphanage; this afternoon they will be going down to Daniel’s voodoo village. We will also be showing a Creation video tonight at the voodoo village. Again, thank all of you for your prayers and gifts that give us the opportunity to show the love of Christ in Haiti.

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Haiti September 8, 2015

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I tried all day yesterday to send an update, but the internet just was not going to work. The team painted the inside of the school while Bill, Pat and Pat Gary worked on generators. We now have all generators working, thank God. George Truelove is hooking up an instant hot water heater–that’s right, a hot water heater! We are installing it not so that we have hot, hot water, but water just hot enough to take the edge off the ice cold water in January and February.

Thank you for all your prayers and gifts. God bless.

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Haiti September 7, 2015

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Report by Jennifer Hennis

We all had been given our assignments for the day. Some of us would be painting the school, fixing the generator, picking up team members from Port au Prince, and assembling soccer goals. Some of the kids in the community were also clearing the field where they could play soccer.

Today was also the first day of school! The kids looked muy belle (pretty) and muy bo (handsome) in their plaid navy uniforms. We talked with them while setting up our painting supplies in some of the empty classrooms. We painted 5 rooms and then played games with the kids. The kids love games! We play double-double, thumb war, arm wrestling, they make videos on phones, and play on the teeter-totter. We also cleaned up all the paint tools and many of the kids wanted to help.

My favorite part of the day was taking the pieces of the goals to the fields and putting them together with the kids. We set up each goal one at a time, and with each step you could feel their excitement rising. They knew they were one step closer to playing soccer! Pastor Jeremy explained, through our interpreter Paraton, that the soccer fields were God’s and the kids would be expected to be good stewards of what was His. After we prayed over the field and the kids, we threw the soccer ball to one of the kids. It was like watching Christmas morning as the teams were quickly selected and they started to play. They wore pure joy on their faces running from one side to the other. We were the ones who were given a treasure we would not soon forget.

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