Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hello This is Damar again, We are now in Port au Prince and I am sitting in a stuffy cyber cafe to post this. We spent most of yesterday on the road to Port making several stops along the way, one of those stops was at the school were we are sponsoring a well with help from several of you who helped to sponsor this team. Thank you and thank you also from the Haitians who will benefit from this well. May it not only be a source of water to quench their physical thirst but as we prayed there at the sight, each time they get water from that well may they be drawn to the source who gives everlasting water!!! Jesus Christ!!! This morning we went to a location where they are opening a new orphanage and installed a well water pump. We then went to the baptist mission for lunch and stopped at the local lookout were you can see most of Port au Prince from. I apologize we haven't been able to post more pictures but the internet connection has been to slow. When we get home I will try to post some. This has been a very exciting trip and we have def. seen God moving, not only in the lives of the natives but in our lives also. Continue to pray for us our flight leaves tomorrow at1:20 with a layover in Miami and arriving in New York at 11:59 Thanks again for your continual prayer support God Bless! Damar

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This message is from Nate to show he can use a computer when put under pressure.
In all seriousness the trip has been a good experience. God is truly larger than comprehension.
I'll be back and until then God Bless.
hey this is Mike.

The tour we took of the Help From Above School was one of the highlights of my time in Haiti. To see the joy of the children as they participated in the field day -science competition was wonderful. But what made it touch my heart was the fact that these children were being taught the word of God. They say change starts with the next generation. Seeing the school reaching the minds of the children with the message of Gods salvation is the start of this change. Also the dedication we saw in the teachers, administrators, kitchen staff, and others was touching; and the love they expressed was sincere and heartfelt.
The Help From Above school is a true beacon of hope in a dark country. I will not forget this school and all of the other wonderful experiences of this trip.
Hey everyone, this is Susan. So it's day seven of this trip and my words cannot begin to describe the things that I've learned/experienced/seen/felt etc. in those seven days. I'm am so amazed at the way that God has been working in this group. I feel God has given us great unity amongst the eight of us and the missionaries here; it's a wonderful feeling. Anyway, there is a lot that I could describe that stuck out to me on this trip so far but I will stick to what I had the pleasure of doing today. Erin, Kathy and I were able to go out to Joy and Leon's beach house to pray with Esther, Joy and Barb. We prayed over this country, the school, the church and the church's pastor Daniel. When we were discussing what needs prayer it was pointed out that we should not focus on problems but focus on praising God. Of course we need to be aware of problems but focusing on them can just bring you down and frustrate you. God knows what the problems are so we need to hand them over and just praise God. This lesson just really struck me since it is so true. After we prayed we all shared testimony, it was great being able to share and listen to each other and offer encouragement to each other. Clearly God is really working in this trip.

Oh I just have to mention that the beach was one of the best experiences ever. I was blown away with the beauty God put there, (and rather appreciated being able to relax in the sun and cool down in the refreshing water over the weekend!!)

Many Blessings to all,
Hey all. I hope all is well with you. Things are going well in Haiti. I just wanted to write about something that has stuck out to me on this trip. This trip for me has really been one of intersession. When I first got here I was able to interseed as we were traveling from Port au Prince to the guest house. I was able to pray for provision because there is such a desperate need and also doing spiritual warfare. There are a lot of spiritual strongholds here. There are many who are entrenched in Voodoo and superstition here in Haiti. Haiti was also dedicated to Satan so there is great need for intercession here. The first day we were here we were able to interseed for a woman who had recently become a Christian and was under a lot of persecution from her unbelieving family caught up in superstition. She even feels an evil presence and gets sick every time she goes to her family's house. The Lord allowed us to see early on the spiritual oppression that is here. We were also able to do a prayer walk yesterday that really stood out to me. Two young girls were following us and brought us to two houses to pray over. The missionary, Barb, that was with us did not even know the families. We also got a chance to pray with some fellow believers on our prayer walk. A mother of one of the people we were praying with was there. Barb told us later that she is not a Christian and was really suprised that she stayed to pray. Even though there is a language barrier I have to believe that the Lord is still working in a mighty way through our prayers.
The prayers of you all are asked for and greatly appreciated. Again there is much spiritual oppression here. Take care and God bless you all.


Monday, March 2, 2009

So far, in retrospect

Hey, this is Hans.

(sigh)...where to start? God has done so much in me personally, half of which I don't even know how to verbalize at the moment, so let's stick with an incident in the half that I can. One of the most prominent blessings I've been able to experience this week was the opportunity I had to go snorkling in the Haitian reef. I would say what I saw was breath-taking, only I needed those breaths while underwater. I saw some of the most beautiful of God's creations I have ever had the opportunity to encounter up close and they blew me away. Seated on a stranded log in the midst of the reef, staring back accross the unbelievably blue water at the vibrant, sun-baked shore, I developed a new and radical appreciation for and insight into the beauty of God and His creation. Moreso than this I was given a greater glimpse into the reality and entirity of His presence in this world and in my life. I am tiny and broken, but God is beyond massive and loves me in great big bunches. The fact that He is able to take something as broken and failure-prone, and insignificant as me and mold it into something beautiful, something He delights in and takes pride in, something He can use for his astounds me. As I said, trying to address this often leaves me straining for words, and to borrow from Thomas Aquinas I feel everything I've said thusfar concerning God is straw in comparison to who He really is. How awesome it is that I have the ability to pursue and encounter brushes with God's glory!


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hello everyone! This is Kathy. Today was another beautiful day here in Haiti. This morning we went to church early around 8:30am. Church is over here before our church even starts in America! The pastor seems very sincere and expresses such a heart for the spiritual growth of the Haitan people. Some of the songs they sang in their language were hymns I recognized from home. Hymns like "There is a fountain" and "Holy, holy, holy". It was neat to be able to sing together and worship God in our own languages. It poured during part of the service and the rain on the tin roof made it difficult to hear for a time. But the sun came out and the ground was dry even before we left the church. The sun here is incredibly hot!
We took in the beach today after having lunch with the missionaries that work here. It was wonderful to spend a Sunday afternoon socializing and relaxing in the sun. Some of us even had the opportunity to play a game of volleyball with a few of the Haitan teachers from the school run by the missionaries here. It was fun to spend time with them even though we couldn't understand eachother when we tried to communicate and despite the fact that I'm anything but a volleyball player! However I made an exception for today and it was worth it.
Thank-you to those of you who are praying and thinking about our team. God bless you!

Hey all this is Brant. Just an update on things in Haiti. We went out and learned how the Haitians made rope yesterday, is was really interesting. We helped make some, and hung out with the people at that tribe. We jumped some rope with the younger ones, I think we had 4 people jumping on the same rope at one time. We do have pictures, I guess you'll have to see them when we get back. Before we left, we did get to pray with the whole tribe. I actually was able to lead the prayer while Leon interpreted afterwards. The people were very opened to us praying for them, and did associate the prayer with being able to recieve God's blessings. It was good to see that there are those who do believe.

Nathan and I are the most sun burned, we went snorkling all day yesterday. WOW, the most beautiful sights you can ever imagine. I can't believe that there was a time in my life that I didn't think there was a God. His creation is awesome.

Church was good this morning, we studied John 10. The people really can understand this because of the Shepherd issue. Jesus is the good Shepherd, maybe we, in the United States don't understand this as well as the Haitians, because there are actually shepherds here. They shepherd mostly goats, but I've noticed that they will walk around with their master, and seemed to never get mixed up about who they were supposed to be following. May we all be the same as the goats, never getting mixed up about who we're supposed to follow. Our master provides for us more than we can ever acknowledge, lets give Him all the praise and glory, His name is Jesus.

Continue praying that we can break this "stranger" barrier and be able to actually talk to some of these people about our Lord and Savior. It's a difficult thing waiting on the Spirit to move, but I know it's coming.

We thank you for your prayers, and I hope we can get some pictures out today. We are constantly trying, I promise.

Also pray that mine and Nathan's sunblock will work better today. It really burns right now.
Hey everyone just a quick post to let you all know the internet has been down haven't been able to post anything and when we do have it, it has been to slow to post pictures. Sorry had a whole page written yesterday and it dumped me off when I went to post it, so hopefully after lunch I can post some of the happenings. God Bless, Damar