Thursday, January 26, 2017

Haiti - Jan 26 - Feb 21, 2017

January 28, 2017

Today we had work crews working to build a playground, and assisting with the replacement of a roof at MPCA.

Shari and Deb had the joy of reuniting with Anite and the 13 community agents! They shared about how everything is going at their schools. They learned about administering Tylenol and Aleve. We will visit them throughout next week and meet as a group again next Saturday.

The OB nurses when to Dupin today and did seminars. They were expecting 25 to come but ended up with 37. The day went extremely well.

We put together kits to use to instruct ladies to create shopping bags from T-shirts.

January 29, 2017

    " I was glad when they said unto me,  let us go into the house of the Lord". Ps.  122            

Since we are blessed to have 3 different pastors this week, our team worshipped in 3 different churches, Each one had one of our pastors giving the sermon.  Pastor Tim Smith shared at St.  Marc, Pastor Lynn at MPCA and  Pastor Bill Burch at Dupin.  Following the service in Dupin,  the medical team and some helpful team members, finished the second day of the OB seminar and enjoyed a delicious Haitian meal made by church women.

The OB seminars were attended by 35 area pregnant women.  In fact,  one women took her homework very seriously and promptly delivered her baby after leaving the seminar on Saturday afternoon!  This women graciously invited us to her community to meet her beautiful new daughter!

When the women completed the 16-hour OB clinic, they were presented with a graduation certificate and an OB kit filled with hygiene pads,  homemade diapers in 2 different sizes, cloth diapers,  home birth kits,  vitamins,  tylenol, and baby blankets.  All the women were excited to get their OB packs and were very appreciative of their gifts.

Pastor Tim, Sharon, Deb, Jeff P., Julie, Adam, Jean, John, and Trish all attended St. Marc Church this AM. It was a wonderful service and we felt the Spirit of the Lord in the worship. Pastor Tim, Sharon, Jeff, Trish and Deb sang Victory in Jesus - Deb played the keyboard to accompany. It was wonderful to unite in worship with some of the friends that we have met in the past.

January 30, 2017

It was a very busy day today, with teams going many directions. Liane took a group to Dupin for crocheting class. 17 Haitian ladies came to the class today. When they return on Wed. they are expecting 30 to attend. The ladies really seemed to enjoy the class. They were taught to cut strips of T-Shirts and make yarn out of them. The project they are making is a purse. They learned a few basics today and were sent home with a crochet hook and ball of T-Shirt yarn to practice. Deb and Julie worked with the Community Agent in Dupin.

Jeff Perry stayed at the Mission Center to work on various plumbing issues. He worked on toilets, showers, sinks, storage tanks and so on. There is a lot of work to do on just general maintenance on plumbing. We are thankful he is here to share his expertise.

The OB group went to Degeance and did their seminars. 24 pregnant women came to the seminar for education on labor, delivery, and post delivery care. They walked very far and uphill in the heat to see us! WE have learned so much about these women. They are strong women and they have a faith in God that is truly amazing! One woman that we met today had experienced 2 stillborn deliveries and told us that she prayed for the Lord to give her a healthy delivery at home. Jen and Tammy prayed over her today. Please pray with us for a healthy baby and mommy. She is due this month!

Jean and Sharon stayed at the Mission Center to scape walls in preparation for painting the new pharmacy room.  Jean joined up with Jan to repair screens to protect against mosquitos. Then they got creative in closing up a possible rat entry hole in Rachel Inn.  Great team work.

Construction was begun on the playground at MPCA.  Plans were made for where the swings, monkey bars and teeter-totters will be placed, and the framework was laid for the footer that will hold
the posts for the fence.

January 31, 2017

What a wonderful day we had today with teams going in different directions.
The OB Team (Tammy, Denise, Amy, Jen, Sabine, and Stacey), Deb, Jeff Perry, Bill, and Sharon to the long journey to LaHatte. The ride up to LaHatte in itself is an adventure, as it goes through a dry river bed. It’s better than any amusement ride you will ever have! There were 8 ladies who attended the OB sessions. Deb and Sharon worked with the community agents in the AM. After lunch, the community agents sat in on the OB sessions. Jeff and Bill assessed what needs to be done at LaHatte in terms of maintenance of various structures. We had a great time interacting with the community people after our work was done while waiting for a driver to get us back to the Mission Center.  When the driver arrived, the ride back was just as exciting as getting there!

Today we had 26 ladies come to learn to crochet. They made a point to tell us to than all the ladies who helped make the t-shirt yarn they used to crochet with. They were grateful for all your efforts. They began a shopping bag today. It is so difficult to teach beginners to crochet when you do not speak the same language. Thank God above for the interpreters!!!! Continue to keep us in your prayers!

Shari went to Lanzac and spent the day there with the Health Agent. She was very impressed with how organized and motivated she was. She took it upon herself to stand at the gate where the children enter everyday to see if they had any health needs as they came to school.

Jean, Alicia, Heather, Judy,  Mary, Trish, and Shari scraped and painted at the Mission Center.
Tim and Mark went to Port Au Prince to a couple of “hardware” stores. Traffic was atrocious. Smells were interesting. 

John, Bob, Jon, Maureen, Trevor and Julie we were able to get all of the fence posts cut and installed. Construction for most of the footings for all of the playground equipment were completed as well. Tomorrow we’ll begin the concrete pour of the foundation which will support the fence that will surround the playground.

February 1, 2017

God continues to give us many blessings. OB team went to Degeance. Construction continued at MPCA . Scraping and painting at the Mission Center. A road trip to Port Au Prince for paint and supplies. Time spent with Health Agents. Crocheting at Dupin and the Mission Center. It's been a very busy day. We had a sweet time of worship tonight.

February 4, 2017

The Week 1 Team left for home on Friday. We were sad to see them go, but excited for the next team to get here. Today was spent getting ready for the Week 2 Team. One group went to MPCA for construction this morning. Others that stayed here made beds and prepared rooms for the new team. Deb and Sabina spent the day with the Community Agents. They all came to the Mission Center and we taught them about blood pressure. After lunch, those of us who are staying for more than one week served as volunteers to give the Community Agents some extra practice taking a blood pressures.

Week 2 Team arrived about 2:30 PM. They reported a fairly smooth experience getting through the Haiti airport. Andrea got to finally meet the Community Agents. She has been so involved in the planning of the program, but this is the first time she actually got to meet all of them.

February 5, 2017

Come into His presence with thanksgiving in your heart and give Him praise! That’s what we did today.  We attended church at three different locations.  Lanzac, St. Marc Mission Possible Church, and St. Marc Assembly of God Church.

Pastor Lynn preached at St. Marc Assembly of God Church and others who attended there were Liane, Deb, Sabine, Jeff, Heather, Bob, and Ross. This church was celebrating their 22nd anniversary and had many special events today. The music was beautiful.  Our group also provided music in singing “How Great Thou Art” acapella. Although our languages are different, we definitely felt the Spirit of God in our service. We were invited to eat lunch at the Pastor’s house, which was such an honor. The entire congregation had lunch today because of their celebration.

At St. Marc Mission Possible Church, Pastor Rick preached on Ezekiel 37 about dry bones and if those bones can live. The service was wonderful with lively praise and worship, prayer and even a family dedication! Kaitlyn, Jessica, Brooklyn, Donna, and Jim performed a silent skit showing how sin can stick to our lives, and Jesus is the only way to break that bondage. Lunch was back at the Mission Center where we had rice and beans, cabbage salad, pickled onions, steak and green peppers, and pasta salad prepared by the Haitian chef, Manita.

The rest of afternoon was spent getting to know each other and having leisure time before our work week begins tomorrow.

Special Prayer Request – Please pray for Kenson, a young teen boy from Degeance who suffered 2nd degree burns on his back and right arm last Monday. He is getting daily dressing changes by the Mission Possible medical team. He is continuing to improve, but this will be a long recovery process.  He and his family would appreciate your prayers.

February 6 - 7, 2017

Monday began another busy week.  The medical team and sewing team traveled to Dupin for the day. On our hike back, Andrea and Liane were able to do a home visit with the young mother who delivered her baby last week. Both mother and baby are doing well. The hygiene teaching team had a successful day at Chardenne thanks to a three generation team of Grandma Becky, Mom Amanda, and daughter Lexi. The painting team also worked at Chardenne and completed painting all the classrooms. Deb and Sabine continued to work with the community agent at Chardenne. The construction crew continued to work hard replacing the roof and pouring cement for the playground at MPCA.  Kaitlin spent much of her time with the girls from the school.  They loved her strawberry blond hair and crowded around her to make braids.

After our busy Monday, Tuesday began with the word flexibility. The US is not the only country with a new president as Haiti has a new one, too. It was his inauguration today so we found out at breakfast that all schools were closed for the day, causing a quick change in the day’s previously planned agenda. Most of the team spent the morning touring Degeance—the current school building, the surrounding town, and the new school location. Liane, Jessica, Jean, Brenda, Brooklyn, Deb, and Donna stayed at the Mission Center to continue a sewing class with the women from Lanzac. The afternoon was spent in various work projects around the Mission Center and at MPCA. We are enjoying ending are evenings with a moving time of group devotions led by Lynn.

An update on Kenson: Prayers are being answered as his burns continue to heal with no signs of infection and his pain nearly resolved. Keep praying!

February 8, 2017

Today was another day of wonderfully hard, hot work! One group stayed at the Mission Center working on various maintenance projects, including painting and welding.
A second group of guys spent the morning and early afternoon preparing a pump for the new well at the Chardene School.  After they had everything assembled, they made the trek to the school to install it (praying it would fit down the narrow hole about 30 feet deep).
The ladies teaching the hygiene class went to St. Marc School today.  Girls 12 years old through 11th grade were given hygiene kits after attending the class.  They were VERY excited and thankful for the information and supplies.

The medical crew was at the Degeance School in the morning and St. Marc School in the afternoon.
Another crew worked at the Mission Possible Christian Academy to tear roofs off two classrooms and begin the replacement process.  It’s very HOT for those guys on the roof!!

The ladies who teach sewing made a second trip to Dupin today.  It’s a long, difficult, hot hike up and a very treacherous, steep hike back down.  While they were there, they spent time with 32 of the local women teaching sewing.

February 9 - 10, 2017

The past two days have been very busy!  Our teams have really blended well and we have had a great time working together.

On Thursday, one crew went with Mark into Port au Prince for supplies.  The hygiene and medical teams went out again to educate and perform physicals on students at the Mission Possible schools.  The rest of the group stayed at the compound and worked on various maintenance projects.

Today we had two groups go to Dupin – a roofing crew and the hygiene crew.  Some of the ladies stayed at the Mission Center for the morning and did a sewing class with about 20 Haitian women.   The rest of the group went to the Mission Possible Christian Academy (MPCA) and painted two classrooms, which had new roofs put on earlier in the week.

February 12, 2017

Kenson, the young Haitian boy with severe burns was seen by an entire medical team that God brought together in a very unique way. He is feeling better each day. Keep the prayers coming!
The remaining team members in Haiti attended church at St. Marks. Lynn Thompson preached and Pastor Herve translated – with embellishments!

February 13, 2017

God worked his miracles in our hearts and souls as we worked with the beautiful Haitian people.

Presley realized that the accident she was in last fall was a miracle in the fact that she lived. In America, she had the best medical care available. Had the accident happened in Haiti, she would not have survived.

Libby learned to get “back to the basics” in her nursing duties today. She didn’t have the supplies at hand that she would have had back home. She had to get “down to soap and water”.

Brian learned that he can weld with solar power.

Ron watched a Haitian man climb down into a 3’ wide well and go down 130’ to attach a pump.

The paint team completed three rooms. They still managed to take time to play with the children. Jean taught a little girl to paint. Emily made faces through the window with another little girl.

Construction team worked on a roof.

Sewing team climbed a mountain to lay out quilts with the ladies of Dupin. Lianne had a short devotion time with the ladies which concluded with the Haitians singing hymn in Creole.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Haiti/DR - Jan 15-24, 2017 - Admin/Teacher Training

January 17, 2017

On Monday morning, we went to Lanzac and Degeance to present children's books to each classroom and meet with the Principals to go over strategic plans. In the afternoon we had our Teacher Seminar at the teacher school with 85 attending. The weather is beautiful and everything is going great. Judy said, "I loved seeing the progress of the Degeance property. Last year was just a field and this year there is a wall!"

January 18

Sharon teaching on manipulatives that can be used to help kids understand fractions.

Who can resist these sweet preschoolers? We are all doing great and excited for all God is doing this week!

Our team in our visit to Chardene where we presented books, sang songs with the students, and met with principals for strategic planning.

Patti teaching TPRS- a method of increasing reading through storytelling. She is using parables from the Bible.

January 21

Yesterday, we ended our time in Haiti.  We thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the week with our Haitian brothers and sisters.  Today we were able to spend the day with students from our school here in the Dominican Republic.  Tomorrow we will attend church.  In the morning, we will join the Spanish church as they reach out to the community and then in the evening, we will worship with the Creole church here.  Below you will see highlights of our trip.

Mary Jo teaching in Haiti on Effective Teaching (Haiti)

Judy helping a Haitian Teacher as she teaches them how to use art in their classroom (Haiti)

Sweet preschoolers in Haiti as we visit their classroom (Haiti)

The students in the Dominican Republic loved the math games we played! (DR)

Singing with students in the DR

Sharon made some new Dominican friends today

Tracy visiting with friends (DR)

The kids loved our courtyard games! (DR)