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Troubles   Leave a comment

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

A bad day in Haiti can be a good day.

For example, December 23 some Haitians piled 160 two-by-fours into the back of a truck. The plan was to use the wood to build benches for the school at Fond Baptist. There’s a village called Bataille in the valley not far from Fond Baptist. While they were going to Fond Baptist to drop off the bench materials, they also brought 25 bags of cement, 85 rebar rods, 100 sheets of metal (12 feet long), and some other building materials. The plan was for the people of Bataille to meet them at Fond Baptist. They would carry the additional materials by hand for the two miles and start to put a roof on the first cement building in their community.

This is the truck that had troubles.

This is the truck that had troubles.

The truck, packed and heavy, left at 6 a.m. It can take at least an hour to drive to Fond Baptist. However, half way there, the clutch went out on the truck. In America, we call for a tow truck, we call for help, and we wait for the mechanic to let us know when the repairs will be made. It’s inconvenient, but manageable. Sometimes we leave the project for another day. In Haiti, when a vehicle breaks down, someone walks to town. They buy a clutch, and come back. Then the day is spent repairing the clutch yourself. At 9 p.m. that night, the truck started the trek it began 15 hours earlier. However, the headlights went out. So someone kicked on the generator and held a light over the cab of the truck for the driver to see the road.

At 1 a.m. the next morning, the truck was unloaded. There was a light meal, light sleep, and a return trip back home.

Meanwhile, the people of Bataille still haul the concrete bags and other supplies for their roof: one step at a time.

The Haitians do not loose hope. Even after struggling with a broken clutch, they say that “January is a big month and the joy is so big.” A momentary trouble did not ruin the joy. Now the people at Fond Baptist have at the opportunity to sit inside. They are excited to have benches to sit on at school and at church. Even carrying heavy cement down a mountainside is light when your heart is happy. The people of Bataille are excited to start working on the roof. They will have help from an American team traveling to Haiti tomorrow (Friday, January 17).

A bad day in Haiti can turn around into a good day.

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Posted January 16, 2014 by hopeforhaitiws in General

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Anniversary   Leave a comment

“See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19).

Tent City in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake, January 13, 2010

Tent City in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake, January 13, 2010

Today is the anniversary of the earthquake. To know the future, study the past. To live today, hope for the future. God asks his people to keep their eyes out for the new thing he does, to see what comes of what we perceive as disaster.

Therefore, as we remember the country of Haiti and their past, we also hope for a future. We pray for our friends, that God will make a way in the wilderness. We pray they find streams in the wasteland. We pray they see the new thing God is doing.

Tent City from the earthquake outside Port-au-Prince, June 3, 2013

Tent City from the earthquake outside Port-au-Prince, June 3, 2013

For bonus material about those involved with Hope for Haiti effected by the earthquake, visit our website. There you’ll find under the Newsletters tab Sainrillia, a widow’s story.

Posted January 12, 2014 by hopeforhaitiws in General

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Three Stranded Cord   1 comment

Three Stranded Cord

Three Stranded Cord

“And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart” Ecclesiastes 4:12.

The new year of 2014 is upon us. It’s a time where we want to make goals to achieve for the coming days.  We are eager to start out the year differently than how it ended by not achieving goals of the by-gone days. We think, I will do it this year. Starting fresh revives us.

I remember when we were hiking up to Bataille. It was the first time a large team tried to master the mountains of Haiti. We hiked along a slick, mud-stricken single lane path to reach a people group that seemed to be forgotten. It’s the “out of sight, out of mind” concept. The trek took us, Americans, around 6-7 hours to complete. A Haitian can do it in 3 hours.

Along that path we had to cross the river. The Haitians made the walking through the swift running water easy. So I thought, I can do this, too. OK, Lord, help me get across this river. It must not be too rough of water. Well, I was wrong. My feet slipped on the slick river rock and I almost lost my balance two times. My guide quickly came to my rescue and held my arm, picking up the pace of the crossing. On the other side, an older gentleman helped me get out of the rushing water by grabbing the other arm.

Fresh starts may revive, but the Haitians purity of heart revived me. These Haitians wanted to protect me from the danger of slipping into the water. They helped in the time of difficulty. They knew traveling together is better than going alone.

So as you contemplate the resolutions you have set for the year, consider going to Haiti.

See the heart of people who love and laugh and live for Christ. We are here to serve God and others.  Isolation doesn’t get a goal accomplished, but as the Haitians know, being a team member does get the goal finished. Join a team today to experience the sweet nature God has placed in the heart of the Haitians.

By Liz

Mési   1 comment

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world” Romans 1:8.

Mési

Mési

Mési. It’s the name of the Haitian in the picture. Mesi has toughened hands because he blesses the church with physical labor. He helps haul generators, builds just about anything, and is always available to help around the church. He doesn’t say much. In fact, there’s not much he says beyond, “mési.” It sounds like, “mercy.” It’s also how to say “thank you” in Haitian Creole.

Hope for Haiti wants to say “mési” and thank you for your prayers, encouragement, support, and for volunteering.

We say, “mési” for caring for people you may never meet, for praying for children on the website that aren’t sponsored. Thank you for praying for our teams who visit.

“Mési” for your encouragement. Thank you for sharing Facebook posts, for reading blog post updates, and for responding. Thank you for encouraging Haitians who visit the United States. Thank you for the invitation from your church to hear a Haitian guest speaker. It is encouraging.

“Mési” for your support. Hope for Haiti has no overhead fees. This can be controversial, but we believe you give so that others may meet the Lord. We want to honor your intentions and give every cent to the Lord’s work in Haiti. We may not have giant advertising campaigns, and yet God still moves on hearts to support a child financially, or to build a church, or provide funds to give a Haitian pastor his first Bible. We constantly thank the Lord for donors.

“Mési” for volunteering. We have sent hundreds of pounds of clothing, school supplies, and vehicle parts. As you may know, there’s not really a Haitian postal system. All these things must be hand carried. This is done by people who hear the word, “go.”

And they do.

Sometimes it’s to meet their sponsor child. Other times it to help on a project your church has headed up. Our volunteers go to do what couldn’t be done while here in America: to hug a child who is being raised by their 13 year old aunt, to paint chalkboards, to have a meal in a place where you might not understand the language. They want to sing a song they know in English while the worship leader sings in Creole. They want to see the school supplies in use. Our volunteer doctors and nurses give medical attention.

Each of our volunteers go to give, but often times, they come back with a lighter suitcase and a lighter heart. The demanding issues at home are small and temporary after a visit. Our volunteers often come back changed because Haitians are extremely giving. Haitians give their time with glad hearts. They’ll give you eggs and fruit to thank you for coming. It might be their only meal for the day. They’ll haul huge stones barefoot while it’s drizzling to build a walkway to the outhouse because they don’t want your shoes to get muddy. Haitians will hold your hand and smile as if they don’t have a care in the world as you walk with them past shack housing. Haitians are giving, but we wouldn’t know that without going to visit. We thank you for your gift of time. Thank you for volunteering.

We thank the Lord you respond to the call. Mési.

“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ” Philemon 4-6.

Posted January 5, 2014 by hopeforhaitiws in Four Values

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