BC: VOLUME !1 | Psalm 96 1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. 7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. 9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his [a] holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns." The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. 11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; 12 let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; 13 they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.
FC: Haiti Mission Trip 9/04/09 - 9/12/09
1: When I know I can't I'll lean on You and trust If ever I don't I pray You push me to Without You meaning is lost So let everything I do have You
2: Hayley | Tim | Karen | Jim | Tamara | Kim | Angie | Jay | Mike | J. | Megan | Jennifer | Josh | Lindy | JEZI
3: The things we saw, the emotions we felt, the hands we held, the impact we had. Words cannot adequately express. Pictures cannot possible convey. For many of us, our story started before we even left. Financial trouble, major phobias, family emergencies, and even the loss of a loved one. So many obstacles - we knew this trip was something God ordained, but I don't think any of us knew just how big it would be. Haiti has truly stolen a piece of our hearts and we cannot wait to return.
4: So many different little creepy crawly things...at least these ones were cuteish. | This frog was just minding his own business in a tree. We only saw him because of his blue eyes. Pretty cool.
5: So I figured we'd get the gross things out out the way first...yeah I know! | These tarantulas were DISGUSTING and they were everywhere. Yes Jennifer really did get that close!
6: A picture is worth a thousand words or at least that's what they say. These pictures are from our trips to and from Port Au Prince. Shocking.
7: It is difficult to explain this to people, even with the pictures. There was quite literally trash everywhere. People would walk on it, around it, through it. The garbage was piled up to 6 feet high in some places. All along the streets. | Having seen these things I appreciate so much more the things the Lord has blessed me with. In one stream of water you would see a woman washing her child, another cleaning her clothes, and yet another using it as a restroom. Incomprehensible and unforgettable.
8: More of our drive through Port Au Prince
10: Haitian children LOVE having their pictures taken and we loved taking them.
14: We were able to go into a few of the classrooms on the compound one day and share some bible stories. Those beautiful little faces lit up when they got to play with stickers and finger paint. Even our translators got to act like kids and join in the fun. Those precious children have so much life in them, and we were able to see that life shine through for even a little while. What a blessing!
16: There were a few days that we were able to do some village ministry. In a squatter village on the beach there was a woman named Bernadette. We were able to share Jesus with her and she prayed to receive Him as her Savior. Before she would allow us to pray, she stood up to grab a washcloth as a head covering.(this is a way for women to honor the Lord in Haitian culture.)
17: Everywhere that we walked outside of the compound there were children that would grab our hands, our arms, our skirts, or or shirts to hold on to us. They so desperately wanted to be close to someone. We happily obliged them as I think we wanted to hold on to them just as much as they wanted us to.
18: As I worshiped at the church services on Sunday morning and Wednesday night, I could not help but think of all of my dear friends and family back home worshiping in my familiar church surroundings. Yet there I was in Haiti with my new friends on the mission team and the people of Ambas-Pere. I remember thinking how sweet and wonderful the worship was with our Haitian brothers and sisters. It really helped me to connect with them and I was reminded of the bond that we all have as believers in Jesus Christ. - Angie
19: I think these pictures shows the purpose and focus of New Missions. The rice bags in the background to feed the children and the shoe box gift to meet their physical needs. It also shows Angie & Jim praying for the young girl. New Missions strives to feed the children spiritually through Christian education and teaches them about the gift of salvation. That day was a huge blessing to me. - Jennifer
20: This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip. I think it shows how much it meant to the kids for us to be there. Our group was split into two (one focused on distributing the fabric and the other entertained the kids with face painting, a reenactment of David & Goliath, and making balloon animals). The girl in this picture (I am not sure of her name) had followed me around while we were doing village ministry on Tuesday in Ambas-Pere, so she'd already left a mark on my heart. Once she found me on Thursday, she didn't leave my side. I painted my face and then she wanted her face painted the exact same way. It was the best feeling to have a child that you had met only once before not want to leave your side. - Kim
21: One of my favorite moments on the trip was meeting Midrese Hilaire, the beautiful little girl I sponsor. I was so nervous about meeting her and was not sure what I would say. Midrese was shy, sweet and had the best smile. At one point, she looked at me and tried to tickle me. I don't know why, but that was the best part of our meeting. I fell in love with her the instant I saw her and will never forget our time together. I can't wait to see her again. - Kim
22: This is one of the most precious moments captured during our trip. Jim and his wife sponsor this precious little girl. While we were in Haiti, New Missions arranged for all the sponsors that were on our trip to meet the kids (and their family) while we were there. Jim and his little girl were walking down to the beach and they couldn't stop looking at one another. So absolutely sweet.
23: A few more pictures of our sponsors with their beautiful kids.
24: Tuesday afternoon we were given the opportunity to do a dry feeding - which is essentially giving 18 lb. bags of rice to the children that are un-sponsored. They also received a shoe box full of "Christmas Gifts." The children would line up and get a bag, then their gift and then we would pray for them. | This turned out to be a very emotional experience for many of us. There were lots of tears, but they were tears of humility and joy. The children came dressed in their best clothes, they were a sight to behold. Our entire team felt so fortunate to be God's hands and love on His people for Him. What an honor.
26: On Thursday we were able to hand out fabric in Ambas-Pere. Charlie called the Pastor at 7:30 that morning. When we arrived there were hundreds of people waiting for us. Charlie said this was the largest turn out he had ever seen.
28: The boy in this picture, taken Friday, September 11, is named Michelle. On either our second or third day, Michelle came up to me and wanted to hold my hand and put his arm around my waist. We talked as best as we could considering we spoke different languages. At one point, he said "ou momma". I was startled and afraid of what he was asking. He said it again. He was asking me to be his mom because he told me his parents had died. My heart was broken for Michelle and I looked forward to seeing him everyday. He would stand outside the compound gates and wait to walk with me and either hold my hand or walk with his arm around my waist. He had such a sweet spirit. When we were leaving the compound for the last time on Saturday, September 12, Michelle stood outside the gates waiving good bye and my heart broke again. - Kim
29: Our living quarters.
30: This picture was taken on Thursday afternoon. Charlie had driven us up the mountain to see more of Haiti. It was breathtaking.
32: These pictures really speak for themselves. Hayley had been praying all week about this decision. As you can see, it was a sweet display of a daughter responding to the voice of her Father. Beautiful.
33: We also had some FUN at the beach...yes the water is REALLY that blue! GORGEOUS!
34: BLOOPER WALL
35: BLOOPER WALL
37: This book is a compilation of stories, thoughts, memories, and photos from our trip to Haiti. Thank you to everyone who had a part in this trip. Your generosity, prayers and support have meant more than you can imagine!