Sunday, October 22, 2017

Haiti Travel Update


2 Corinthians 12:9 - Each time he said "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

Oh, what a beautiful Sunday in Haiti! While we were celebrating mass this morning at Nativity, our missionaries attended a church service in Monarch. The three-hour service was full of worship, song, music, and praise. The team sang Amazing Grace with the community, and then team leader Ellen was asked to preach for a few minutes. The verse she spoke about was 2 Corinthians 12:9, reminding all of us that God's grace is sufficient to help us, no matter what we think our weaknesses may be.

After church, the team spent some time playing with some of the children of Monarch, kicking soccer balls around and jumping rope. After lunch they split into two groups for a prayer walk through the community. Caitlin and Ellen were blessed to have been joined by the children that they are sponsoring during this walk, it was a special moment for them indeed! (Information on how you can sponsor a child will be coming soon!)

As the day came to a close, they headed back to Bohoc for some rest, dinner, and reflection time. The team is settling in well, though still in awe and wonder of their new surroundings and the daily lives of Haitian people. They truly feel that they have been brought together and to Haiti for a great purpose, and God is guiding their hearts as they seek to do His will during their time there.

Tomorrow brings a very exciting day, when our team will get into the business lessons that have been prepared for the community. We can't wait to hear all about it!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Haiti Travel Update

The team was up early again this morning, and enjoyed a breakfast of eggs, bread, peanut butter, and bananas before starting the long drive from Port-au-Prince to Bohoc, where they will be staying for the rest of their trip in a guest house known as Haiti Unlocked. Bohoc is just a few miles from Monarch, but the drive actually takes about 30-40 minutes from the guest house due to the condition of the road. In fact, just a few years ago, there wasn't a road to drive on at all!

The team arrived in Monarch at about 2:00pm and were greeted excitedly by our friends in the village. After a warm welcome, the team met with the community Leadership Council to share introductions, community updates, and hopes for the future. Team leader Ellen was part of the group that first came to Monarch, when Nativity chose to partner with them. Since that trip in 2015, much has changed. The Leadership Council continues to be grateful for the new school, and are also more confident in the goals that they want to achieve for their community. There is much to look forward to in Monarch!

After meeting with the LC, the team took a tour of the community, stopping to see a new water pump, a charcoal making station, and a sugar cane press. The methods used for making charcoal and pressing sugar cane are very primitive by our standards - using oxen to pull machinery, for example. Some of the team members who are new to Haiti were surprised and humbled by the lack of developed resources that we often take for granted here in the U.S.

Today was an exciting day, just the first of many to come in the next week as our team continues to share life with the people of Monarch. Tomorrow they will attend church services, and spend some more time getting to know the people of the village.

Please continue praying for the people of Monarch, and for our team! Be sure to leave messages of love and encouragement in the comments!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Haiti Travel Update

Our missionaries have arrived! After meeting Major, their 410 Bridge guide, they piled into vans for a short trip to their guest house for the evening, called Mon Chez Moi (My Home). They spent some time relaxing by the pool in the warm tropical breeze, and then enjoyed a traditional Haitian dinner of plantains, chicken and rice, and a spicy macaroni and cheese.

After dinner, they spent some time together reflecting on their travels, new surroundings, and feelings about what lies ahead. The team is in great spirits, full of excitement that they are finally in Haiti, after many months of planning, and energetic for the days to come. Tomorrow they will be up bright and early to make the four hour drive into the mountains, and Nativity will be reunited with the community of Monarch once again.

Please continue praying for the team, and for Monarch!

Haiti Travel Update

And they're off!

This morning our Fall team gathered at Nativity before dawn to depart for Haiti! Friends, family, Home Team members and past missionaries joined together in prayer over this amazing team before heading off to BWI for their 8:00am flight. They will have a layover in Atlanta, and then fly on to Port-au-Prince, arriving at approximately 2:45pm. Once they arrive in Haiti and meet up with their 410 Bridge guide, the team will be taken to a guest house near the airport to spend the night before heading up to our partner community, Monarch, tomorrow morning.

Please join us in praying for the team and their mission. This is an exciting trip, as they will be focusing on helping members of the community learn business and entrepreneurship skills, which will help their economy grow.

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for this amazing and talented team. We ask that your Holy Spirit guide them through their journey, as it has through their entire preparation process. Help them to rely on you for strength in opposition. Let their hearts guide them as they do this important work. Keep them healthy, strong, and safe.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,

Amen.





You can follow along with their journey here, and make sure you leave your messages of love and prayers in the comment section!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Kenya Travel Update

Praise be to God!

Our Kenyan Medical Team has returned home safely. The group has many stories to tell about their successful mission, but now all they wish is a shower and the assurance of sleeping in their own beds! Thanks to all Church of the Nativity parishioners, the mission home team, and family members who have kept our team in their daily prayers. God listened.

For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord.
~ Jeremiah 30:17