We had a wonderful time in Haiti! Our team was amazing: 16 small-church-Presbyterians, 7 big-church-Baptists, 4 Haitian Christian leaders. Ages ranged from 12 to 70+. With all our differences we had amazing unity. God put each person on the team for specific purposes that became evident throughout the week. We also had a lot of fun together! Our team back home was even more extensive with friends praying, funding, sewing (curtains for the orphanage!), getting supplies, and helping prepare crafts. It was truly a team effort from the beginning.
We served 400+ children in 2 schools and an orphanage. We worshiped in a village church. The guys in our team built a big chicken coop for 1000 chickens. The profits from the chickens will provide sustainable financial income for the ministry of OM Haiti.
The women on the team planned and prepared some of the crafts for the school and orphanage. When we arrived in Haiti, we found out that an additional school had been added to the itinerary. We panicked a bit, realizing our carefully planned crafts were going to have to stretch to an additional 150 children! With some creativity, rationing, and a lot of flexibility–everything worked out and we even had plenty of supplies left over to donate to the various locations.
One of our lessons was based on Ephesians 4:16. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. We made bracelets to illustrate the verse (we are like the beads, Jesus is like the string!) We also had the children each decorate a popsicle stick and we glued them together into big art pieces to illustrate how important each child is in God’s big picture.
We also shared Matthew 6:25-26 from The Jesus Story Bible. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
We had popsicle stick frames for them to draw how God cares for the birds, flowers, and for them. It was amazing to see how excited they were to have markers to draw with and a piece of their own art to take home or hang up in their classroom. They simply do not have these basic supplies in their own schools or homes. They were so intent on their projects and so proud of the finished product.
The “unplanned” school was part of God’s plan. While the Merceron school and the orphanage had decent buildings, this school was quite primitive. Half of the “classrooms” are simply tin roofs with chalkboards and tarp walls with rocky dirt floors. We found out that this school serves the poorest children in the neighborhood. But the property is rented, and the landlords want to sell it. The school will have to close this June if they cannot purchase the property, which they cannot afford. The children and teachers have been praying each day for God to open doors for them for their future. Join us in praying with them!
Below are photos of the second “unplanned” school we visited. The top is their playground! Lots of rocks and there is even a chained (barking) dog by the shed?! But the kids still had a blast playing ball and running all over the place. The backpacks are hanging up in the “hallway.” Next to it is the classroom with a tin roof and only chalkboards and tarps for walls. The floor was rough gravel and dirt. But the kids are so eager to learn, and the teachers are obviously dedicated. Everyone seemed grateful to be there.
On Sunday 16 church members were commissioned by Pastor Jayme for our 6 day ministry trip in Haiti. We leave Saturday, February 13. We will be serving with OM at a Children’s home, and in the village of Merceron. An additional group of 7 from a church in Kennesaw will also be joining our team.
The following video shows the work of OM in Haiti and tells about the village we will be visiting. In the video you will see 2 chicken coops that provide funds for the local school and church. Our team will be building a third chicken coop to support the work of OM Haiti. We will also be worshipping in the local church and serving in the school which are both also shown in the footage. Please pray for our team!
Our weekly women’s Bible study is currently studying “Women of the Bible” by Georgia Settle. Join us on Friday mornings 9:30-11:30 at the church, or join the group meeting at Brookdale Assisted Living Facility on Wednesday evenings. We have enjoyed digging deeper into the lives of these biblical personalities.
We are so excited to be sending our first international team to Haiti! 16 members of our church will be serving with OM in Haiti from February 13-19, 2016.
A year ago we heard about the town of Merceron that God dramatically changed from a labeled voodoo village to a vibrant Christ-centered village with it’s own sustainable school, church, and community center. Read the full story here. Or watch a powerful video about the founding pastor who’s tragic death sparked spiritual life in this village. We are so honored to have the chance to visit this town and serve our Haitian brothers and sisters by building an additional 1000-chicken coop and serving in the school teaching Bible lessons, making crafts, and playing games with the children. We will also be serving in a children’s home in Port-au-Prince with the same activities and lessons.
Please pray for us as we make final preparations, travel, and serve in Haiti.
Join us Sunday, February 7th for a send-off meal after church!
And check back on this blog for photos and updates!
We are so blessed to have participated in spreading the warmth of God’s love with Moldovan families for yet another winter.
In a country with harsh winters, scarce firewood, and the poorest economy in Europe, Moldovan families and elderly citizens struggle to survive through the winter months. Children often have to wear their winter coats inside and elderly citizens are reported to actually freeze to death due to lack of firewood, the main source of heat for their homes. Christ Presbyterian Church has joined with OM in supplying food parcels and firewood for Moldovans for several years. The local churches in Moldova work together to distribute the food and firewood a tangible delivery of God’s message of hope and love.
Transnistria is a partially recognized state located mostly on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine. Each winter Christ Presbyterian prayerfully sends funds for OM’s ministry in this extremely poor region. Senior citizens and children frequently freeze or starve to death during the harsh winters.
OM provides food parcels and firewood in Jesus’ name to needy and homeless people. These gifts are blessing people and showing God’s love to them in tangible ways.
Meet the precious recipients of these parcels in this detailed report from OM Moldova: Transnistria Project Update Oct 2015
Thank with all my heart the church for the help in the form of food parcels. This help is a miraculous present from God because I really need food, as do my five children and I am grateful to you.
May God bless you.
“GALATIANS IS ALL ABOUT THE GOSPEL – THE GOSPEL ALL OF US NEED THROUGHOUT ALL OF OUR LIVES. IT’S DYNAMITE, AND I PRAY THAT ITS POWERFUL MESSAGE EXPLODES IN YOUR HEART AS YOU READ THIS BOOK”-Tim Keller
Ladies’ Bible Study
Day: Friday Mornings
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Place: Christ Presbyterian Church
Start date: Sept 11th
We will be working through Tim Keller’s 13-week study on Galatians
Materials fee: $5
CPC ladies are excited to meet up with Trades of Hope on Thursday, July 30, at 7:30pm at the church. We hope you can join us!
Women around the world live in slums, work in sweatshops, and are victims of the sex trade. These women don’t want charity. They want opportunity. Trades of Hope offers the opportunity to improve their own and their children’s lives by marketing their handmade products.
This ‘Katie necklace’ is so bright and beautiful for the summer. The best thing about it is that it is made by Ugandan women living in a slum community who, through this opportunity, are now able to feed their families, send their children to school, purchase plots of land, and build homes. Katie Davis who the necklace is named after, left her home in the US and went to Uganda as a missionary . You may have read her book ‘Kisses from Katie’. She started a beading circle and some of the local ladies make this and other beautiful pieces that Trades Of Hope sell for them. Sales from the Katie necklace help feed 1,200 children in Uganda each week!
Bring a friend and come join us on July 30. You can see the products, try them on, buy if you like, and enjoy an evening with friends (and free chocolate!)