S: Haiti 2011
BC: Goodbye Haiti!!
FC: "In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Mathew 5:16 | HAITI 2011
1: From January 16-22 our team of women performed a women's conference in Guitton teaching the chronological Bible. The women came from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm to worship, study the Bible, do a craft, and eat lunch. Many women traveled miles on foot to come, and many brought children. Jenny Clark and I played with the kids and helped serve the Haitian women and American women wherever we were needed. A men's team worked on plumbing and electricity in a nearby Christian school, Cyprus, that was destroyed in the earthquake in January 2010.
2: We used the second story porch to do our personal devotions and to meet together as a group at night for worship, for "snap shot" time to recap daily how God blessed each person, and for prayer. It was so powerful!! | The first afternoon the Holy Spirit led me to prayer walk around the compound. Kids started coming to hold my hands to walk with me, so I began praying for each individual who became part of our chain. It got up to 9 kids! Definitely a Divine appointment!
4: We enjoyed seeing the school children from Cyprus in the red uniforms and Guitton in the green uniforms. The Cyprus Elementary School is meeting in a tent until the new school buildings that Bellevue teams are constructing are completed. The Guitton school is only a few years old and meets in the church inside the mission compound. Markenzie who lives at the mission house is the principal. The schools are able to provide lunch for the kids, which is a blessing.
5: This is the Joseph family who lives in a duplex by the school at Cyprus. They were given this house because they lived in a mud hut with 11 people and no possessions. Mrs. Joseph was so thankful for the house that she gave Frank a basket of bananas for us to eat while we were there, which equals one day's wages. Frank reminded us of the story of the widow's offering and how Mrs. Joseph gave us all that she had. We were able to repay her the next day with the same basket overflowing with gifts and her first mattress ever. She used to sleep on an iron bed frame only, and she sang Halleluiah as she tried out her new bed! God pays back more when we give joyfully and sacrificially.
6: We LOVED playing with the Kids!! | This little boy above had no pants or under ware on (very common for kids), so Leslie Hollowell and I found some pants in a bag to give to him. We had to show him how to put them on one leg at a time because he didn't know how. He was happy to pose and show off his new shorts.
7: These photos were taken at Phyllis Newby's compound. She has a three story mission house, a hospital (more like a 1940s U.S. war clinic), and an orphanage with 60 children. She has been a single missionary in Haiti for 40 years and has started over 200 churches all over Haiti. She is from Jamaica and went to seminary in Indiana. She faithfully moved to Haiti alone after college with no money or plan because God told her to. She radiates God's presence and character. She is full of Godly wisdom, and God has used her and blessed her in indescribable ways. The picture below is Jenny, Leslie, and me. | The far left picture is of Phyllis' bed. She shares her room with orphans and has only a few shelves full of possessions. Her life is the epitome of storing up treasures in heaven and not on earth (Mathew 6:19-21) and setting your mind on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2-3).
8: We gave the women a banquet on the last night of the conference where our men served them and we women greeted them. We prepared all afternoon decorating the church and setting up the food. We all had a blast dressing up and enjoying the fellowship! The women love the chicken dance, so they enjoyed watching the men do it and then joining in to end the night.
9: Above left is Kit (our cook), Phyllis, and Sandra (full-time missionary who lives at the mission house with her husband, Mark). Above right is Jenny Clark as she gave a quick speech on what the week meant to her. Jenny, Mrs. Dodds, and I did this because we didn't speak at the conference. Below right is Frank and Phyllis.
10: Wahoo Bay
12: Bellevue College Mission Trip May 28 - June 4
13: On the drive from the airport to the mission house, we stopped at the mass grave right outside Port Au Prince for the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake victims. Over 100,000 people are buried there. The black crosses and purple ribbon are memorials for the families. The side of the mountain where the dirt shows is what was used to deepen the graves to keep dogs and animals from unburying the bodies. The bodies are buried under the gravel. | We also drove through this busy market to get to the mission house. There were booths and tables set up everywhere selling food, clothes, and anything else the Haitians can find to sell. The sellers set up the booths that they rent between 5 and 6 am and stay until sunset around 6 pm every day. | The motorcycles below are their taxis. They sit all day waiting for clients. They carry up to seven extra people!
14: This is the mission house where we stayed in Guitton. It is 12,000 sq. ft., open air, generator powered, and the water is from a well. It is surrounded by a cement wall with barb wire. A church and soccer field are also in the compound. | This is the kitchen in the mission house where there are two ovens, stoves, and tons of cabinets. We each helped in the kitchen some of the week. Everything is cleaned with clorox water and hand sanitizer. Each team brings their own food from America. | This is the main women's room with 12 bunks. There is a men's room just like it, a suite, two rooms with a jack and jill bathroom, and an SMI room upstairs. Downstairs is where the missionary apartment and the Haitian workers' rooms are. | The women's community bathroom that is very clean. The men's side also has one. Bugs flock to the lights in the bathrooms and rooms at night. | This is the second story porch that we would meet on at night. There is beautiful scenery of mountains to the east and Caribbean ocean to the west. At night the stars and moon are magnificent since there is little electricity in Haiti. | The living room is where we gathered to have discussions, to hang out, and to play cards. A Haitian, Son, brought souvenirs for us to buy and set them up in the back corner of the room.
15: Sunday afternoon after attending the Guitton church service, we all walked to the beach about 50 yards from the mission house.. | Many Haitian children went with us, and the boys climbed up the trees to get coconuts. Sammy cut them open with a machete, and everyone tried it (except me). Most thought it was gross.
16: Everyone played with the kids in the compound on Sunday afternoon. It was a blessing!
18: CONSTRUCTION | on the Cyprus Elementary Christian School that collapsed during the earthquake. We worked there in the mornings.
19: Monday night we had a competition between two teams to see who could bag the most rice and beans in the shortest time. We gave these bags to the people in a tent city later in the week.
20: Street Evangelism
21: Sports Clinic
23: Wednesday afternoon we washed the Guitton school kids' feet to put new shoes on them given to us by Soles for Souls. They had never had their feet washed so most laughed because it tickled. We measured their feet first and carried them in to get new shoes after their feet were washed and dried. We also put cream on and bandaged the open wounds that many had. It was hard to get the shoes on because their feet are so arched and crooked from walking on rocks without shoes. | H UM I L I T Y | John 13: 14-17
25: We handed out bags of clothes, shoes, and rice at a tent city near St. Ard. The wooden homes had only a few wooden bunk beds for a whole family. In the middle of the mud, we found a white feather - a reminder that God is Immanuel even in the most dirty and spiritually dark place in the whole word. The bottom right picture is our guys pushing the stuck bus out of the mud.
26: The people below were waiting in line for a bag of food from the orphanage | Our team toured Phyllis' hospital and orphanage Thursday after going to the tent city
27: Wahoo Bay
28: "God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised." Hebrews 6:10-12
29: After Bellevue college ministry left Saturdau, Ellen and I settled into the quiet. mission house. Sunday morning. we went to the St. Ard church for worship.. The church dances and sings as they form a line to give tithes in the collection box. Definitely joyful giving! | Sunday night we ate leftovers, which we did all week, and talked to Mark and Sandra. We listened to Markenzie on his radio show while we all played dominoes with Sammy.. It was fun!!
30: "And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come; I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:12-16
31: We ate breakfast with a three year old, "Dadoo" or Lily Grace, in my arms who is in the process of being adopted by a family from east TN. She is hopefully going to be adopted by Christmas. | Ellen and I sat in the bus for a while, and this little boy and girl kept trying to get in the bus to play with us. They were precious! | The construction team laid the foundation and walls for a new church near the tent city by the time they left at the end of the week. Praise the Lord! | Monday we went to Phyllis' orphanage to play with the kids and help a mission team from east TN with construction. We drove past the tent city to get to the construction site.
32: We walked around Phyllis' hospital, and this man started giving us a tour and opening doors for us. He spoke only Creole, and we were afraid he was going to lock us in a room because he would never go into a room with us. We later found out that he was a janitor who thought that we would give him a tip. Haha, oops!
33: The Orphanage
34: I asked Phyllis what is the most important advice that she can give me. She sat silently and prayed for a while. She finally replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your sou and with all you mind and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30)
35: Ellen and I helped them take pictures of the kids with their names and outline their feet, so their church can sponsor the kids for Christmas and give them new shoes. | These two older missionaries from east, TN come to Haiti every year to help Phyllis. | I had to trace each child's feet, and every one had flees all over his/her feet. It was very humbling. The orphanage holds around 60 kids from age 2 to upper twenties. It is a place where the kids are given better opportunities for education and spiritual growth than their own homes. Parents choose to put their kids there to provide a better life, but some kids are orphans. Phyllis teaches the kids bible stories every single night. Below one of the women handed out left over brownies to the kids. They loved them!!
36: Port Au | Port au Prince is the biggest city in Haiti where the only international airport resides. This is where the earthquake occurred on January 12, 2010 that killed hundreds of thousands of people. All the buildings are
37: Prince | made of concrete, so each floor pancaked during the earthquake causing damage that can be seen in the pictures. The city is very dusty, full of trash, and chaotic with only a few traffic lights and cars going everywhere.
38: We visited Heartline ministries in Port Au Prince that has helped young women since the earthquake. One building is a home where expecting teenage mothers are taken in and cared for. They are able to raise their babies here as they are young. In another building there is a delivery room with all the necessity supplies to give to the mother in a care package after birth. There are also rooms for check ups for other expecting women. They have classes each week for pregnant and new mothers to teach them important skills.The ministry has its own garden, chicken coop, and fish farm for food.
39: We visited heartline ministries in Port au Prince that has helped young women since the earthquake One building is a home where expecting teenage mothers are taken in and cared for. They are able to raise their babies here as they are young. In another building there is a delivery room with all the necessity supplies to give to the mother in a care package after birth. There are also rooms for check ups for other expecting women. They have classes each week for pregnant and new mothers to teach them important skills. The ministry has its own garden, chicken coop, and fish farm for food. | Another building at Heartline ministries is used to teach women how to sew and make clothing, bags, etc. The program in the classroom is for 8 months and provides them with the materials needed to practice and learn. The pieces are sold in their store in the bottom left picture. After the women finish, the ministry provides each woman with her own sewing machine in order to make a living on her own.The middle pictures are from the ministry's guest house where mission teams stay to help the ministry. It was beautiful and even had a gift shop. The top pictures are from Baptist Mission Haiti on a mountain where we ate lunch and toured
40: We moved to the suite that had a queen bed, porch, and hot water shower in order to make room for the next few groups. We hung around the mission house reading, playing with the kids, marveling at the beautiful scenery, and CLEANING!! | The mosquito net gave us great memories. It never stayed up no matter what we did, and the fans blew it on us with all the bugs stuck to the outside. Needless to say, we still got bitten. Every bug in Haiti visited us since we had the only light at night.
42: These boys loved to be goofy and take pictures! The sunset clouds were amazing the night before the next group came. Our week alone in the mission house was about to be over. We were ready for another group because it was lonely in the huge mission house, especially at night. The picture on the bottom left is the kids watching Mark mow the grass. They were enthralled with it and wanted to help, since they had never seen it.
43: St. Ard church with Hattisburg, MS mission team
44: Our third week Ellen and I helped Rita from IN cook for the mission team. It was fun and great experience! We love Rita. We helped the mission team prepare bags to bring to the tent city, and we also led a group evangelizing through St. Ard. We experienced a lot of spiritual warfare like usual. Loud bangs of thunder kept happening when Ellen's group said Amen in prayer. One man said he was not ready to accept Christ because he worships voodoo. Many people are afraid to leave voodoo because they do not want their families to be victims of the voodoo worshipers' persecution. Many won't leave because their income is from voodoo.
45: The mission team did construction on the school and also performed a medical clinic. Inez in the left middle picture lives by the school and did not feel well. They were able to treat her.
46: Tent City
47: Wahoo Bay
48: Food Handout | On our last Saturday (6/18), we handed out the bags of leftover food from the previous weeks. The kids ate soo much and kept coming back for more. In the morning the MS group left, and the new East TN group arrived in the evening. We helped clean the mission house to prepare.
49: On Sunday with the new group we went to the Guitton church in the compound in the morning and walked to the beach in the afternoon. I had to clothe this little boy who was just carrying his clothes.
50: Driving through St. Marc and countryside to get to the church where the medical clinic was held
51: Medical Clinic
52: "Jesus replied, 'No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God'." Luke 9:62 | On our last night, Ellen and I got our toe nails painted by K.K. We played cards with the mission team, took pictures with the missionaries and Haitians, and packed. The mission team in the pictures below paved a bball court in the compound.
53: On our last morning :( on Wed. 6/22. Saying goodbye to Mark and Sandra (missionaries), Frank (SMI president), and Sammy and the Haitians. This trip was a life changing experience!
55: Almost home!! We were sad in the airports, but really excited on the last plane to Memphis to see everyone! We ate at Chilis in Ft. Lauderdale, and it was the best hamburger and fries ever! We decided to photograph our pretty toes that had designs. | "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and to release from darkness the prisoners" Isaiah 61:1-3