Saturday, July 1, 2017

Haiti Travel Update

The team was up bright and early this morning at 7am for a breakfast of eggs, toast, mangoes, and bananas, and they got on the road to Monarch. While the guest house is just a few miles away, the trip is a 30-40 minute bumpy ride on a road made by the Monarch community members themselves just a few years ago.

As they approached the village, they got a surprise - a procession of community members had come out to lead them into Monarch! They entered the community to the sounds of trumpets, trombones, and drums. What an amazing welcome! 

The Leadership Council welcomed them into their new school building that Nativity was able to help with through the generosity of our parishioners. They prayed together, made introductions, and provided an update on how their community has grown since our last visit. They said over and over again how grateful they are for the new school building. Aside from providing a wonderful space for their regular students, it has excited other members of the community and encouraged more students to attend school regularly. We are so happy to hear that the school is already changing lives!

After a light lunch in the village, the team got a tour of the community. They closed the day with some time playing with the children, and getting to know some of the adults. They headed back to the guest house in the afternoon, tired from their exciting day and from the Haitian summer heat. After a dinner of chicken with rice and beans, they spent some time together sharing their impressions of the day. Tomorrow they will join the community at a church service in the morning, and then teach the children a Bible story in the afternoon.

Please keep the team in your prayers as they continue their mission! 

11 comments:

  1. The welcome from the community sounds like it was really special! Also wonderful to hear about the school! We are praying for each and every one of you every day. Tell our brothers and sisters in Monarch we are praying for them too. -Erin

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  2. What a fantastic welcome and first day! Praying for you for Monarch constantly! Love you all!

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  3. Love the update and the pics!!! Praying for you daily! ~Holly

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  4. What an amazing way to enter the community of Monarch! It's wonderful to hear how all of you are following God's call and showing God's love. Remember to cherish those moments in the community. Sending prayers for strength and energy today as you spend time with the children of Monarch.

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  5. As I'm reflecting on the amazing welcome you were given, I am reminded of Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, being led into the village by a carpet of cloaks and palm leaves and led by joyful shouts. While they were welcoming you, they were truly welcoming Jesus who is working through you this week!

    Matthew 21: 9 "And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, 'Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"

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  6. I got chills reading about your joyful welcome to Monarch! What a wonderful way to begin the fellowship you will experience this week. Continued love & prayers for all of you & the Monarch community.

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  7. What a beautiful welcome from our brothers and sisters in Monarch!

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  8. Such a wonderful welcome to the community! We are thinking of you and praying for you constantly! Much love & prayers for each of you.

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  9. What a full day for our Haiti team!
    So proud to be part of significant growth with a community there. Prayers are floating all the way to Monarch from Timonium.
    Dori

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  10. That is so amazing!!! God's light shines in all of YOU - keep up the great work!!! :) Amie

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  11. Thinking of you constantly and growing your prayer circle. Nice to hear of your interactions with the Monarch community. Wonderful that we've been able to follow your journey. Keep the faith!

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