Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Last night I asked God to “Break my heart for what breaks yours” and today He did exactly that.
Today was filled with emotions for our team.  Our first stop was Home for Sick and Dying Children.  We brought with us diapers/wipes donations to give.  When we arrived, the children were filled with joy and smiles and reached their arms out to be held.  Being my first trip to Haiti, it was really hard to see in person the conditions these children are in.  All I wanted to do was take away their pain, hold them forever, and tell them that they are loved, unconditionally.  Every person on our team had a moment with one or several babies that they’ll never forget.  I had a hard time holding back the tears, but I also had a hard time not smiling! What an experience.
Next stop was General Hospital.  This, too, was an experience I will never forget.  Walking in, my heart sank.  This was not your typical hospital.  Families come to the hospital with their own supplies for their sick children and wait around for a doctor’s assistance.  Here, we passed out care passages (snacks, goodies, and essential needs) for the sick patients and loved up the kiddos.  One of our translators brought his guitar along to play and sing worship songs.  It was amazing to see some of the people clapping and singing along!  There were also a few children here who were abandoned by their parents.  God touched my heart (and I’m sure everyone else’s on the team) when I met a little boy who was left at the hospital by his parents.  When I met him, he was all smiles and full of positive energy, such a reality check.
Four members of our team went to the Wound Clinic to help clean and bandage sores for people in need of aid.  Almost all the wounds were severe.  What a blessing to have those members volunteer to help!  The rest of the team went to Port-Au-Prince and the top of the mountain to shop around and get some goodies.  The view from the top was absolutely beautiful!  It was great to take a moment to see God’s beautiful creation, and thank Him for an amazing, eye opening day.
We are excited for the day tomorrow, water truck and Gertrude’s.  Every day is a new experience and a blessing to be a part of!

Sarah colberg

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Today was our teams first day serving in Haiti. We started the day with a stop at a school called Elder school. It was so fun to watch the kids in the classrooms they liked waving to us and having their pictures taken. Even though the school is nothing like we have at home the kids were so excited to be there and made us realize how much of a privilege education is to these kids.

Next we did our first of three water delivery stops in City Solei. As soon as we arrived people came with their buckets to get their water. The best part for most of us was having the little ones to hold. They would just run up to us, throw their hands up and knew that someone would pick them up. It seems so sad that they just need to be held and despite the fact that they don't have anything they seem so happy.

Our last stop for the day was at the Haitian Initiative/Tony Sanneh Foundation. Here members of our team played soccer with the kids in the program while others watched and cheered everyone on. After the soccer playing we got to serve kids food which was the manna packs from Feed My Starving Children. It was a pretty awesom experience see these kids being so excited and greatful for what they were given.

Today was such a great day for our team. Together we showed love to those who need it most in our world and became the hands and feet of Christ. And we will do it again tomorrow!

Ashley Jensen

Monday, November 10, 2014

The day finally came and then the snow began right about the time we were suppose to arrive at the airport! With feelings of anxiousness we knew  we needed to get out  of the airport  as  soon as  possible! Through the grace I of God , we made it to Haiti as planned  and  on  time!  God is gooood!

We are ready and willing to be obiedient to whatever direction God leads us this week.   More to come  to  tomorrow after water truck!

Jessica  Hoberg