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EMEVI Missions – Future   Leave a comment

Present – Past – “Future”

3rd in a Three Part Series

Vision
Looking to the “Future”
Proverbs 29:18 from the Message – “If people can’t see what God is
doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what He
reveals, they are most blessed.”
Putting it into practice, that’s what is happening as the EMEVI Team
takes a step for the Future. Next year will take the team to Fort Liberte on
the north shore not far from Cap Haitien. As they see the Lord moving
they continue to do their best to stay in step, so next year, a day will be
added to the trip to allow for more time of ministry and outreach. August
8th-16th, 2017. They will, also, move the time frame up in August so there
is no conflict with the start of school. Fort Liberte has some history to it so
the EMEVI Team will also receive a hands on education seeing the Fort as
well as some statues that have been set in place to honor those that
made sacrifices for their freedom.
A heritage is not only being seen from the past but being built
within the folks that participate in these trips. Today it is being passed
onto the next generation. Lives are being changed, not only for the day
but, for an eternity as many commit their lives to Christ.
Others are being trained or discipled to take on leadership roles.
There is a Vision for the Future. We have a responsibility to respond. So,
what Vision has the Lord shared with you? Don’t forget the past, don’t
miss today, respond to the divine appointments He places right before
you.

 

Hope for Haiti http://www.hopeforhaiti.ws

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Posted September 13, 2016 by hopeforhaitiws in General, Newsletter

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Action Speaks Louder than Words – by Terri Whiteside   Leave a comment

Editor’s Note: This is part of the Stories of Hope series. If you have a story you would like to share about a time you were in Haiti with Hope for Haiti, please email saintmarchaiti@gmail.com and attach any pictures. Thanks for reading, thanks for writing, and thanks for your prayers.

It was my first time in Haiti. I didn’t know what to expect as we arrived in  Port au Prince on February 20th 2014.  My team hopped up in the back of an open bed passenger truck and traveled 2 hours to Bois Neuf where we would be staying. I noticed women carrying items on their heads, men driving scooters with 2 or 3 passengers, children dressed in uniforms, cows and goats roaming the streets and huts no bigger than one of my bathrooms. I was finally here.
When I arrived at my destination I was greeted by several young men and children. During my stay, I met a little boy. He was barefoot and too clean. His name was Greg and it all started with a smile, a sweet innocent smile. He gravitated to me as I did to him. I noticed he never said anything but he did smile. I was told that he was deaf and could not speak due to an illness when he was younger and he could not attend school because of this. I saw Greg every day.

Greg

Greg

I only knew a little sign language, but I decided to teach Greg how to sign “I Love You”. Every time I saw him I would sign to him “I love you”. By the end of our stay, Greg had caught on, he would sign “I Love you” back. I was not sure if he really understood what it meant, but it meant something to Greg and I.
My husband and I had gotten this opportunity through an organization called Hope for Haiti and when we learned we could sponsor children through them also, we knew that was something we wanted to do. As I was looking at the children needing sponsors, I came across Greg. He had not been on the list when I looked before we left for Haiti.

A Hope for Haiti board member went to our church and I asked about this when I saw him the following Sunday. He stated Greg should not be on there since part of the sponsorship was for sending the child to school but he would double check.

My husband and I had gotten this opportunity through an organization called Hope for Haiti and when we learned we could sponsor children through them also, we knew that was something we wanted to do. As I was looking at the children needing sponsors, I came across Greg. He had not been on the list when I looked before we left for Haiti. A Hope for Haiti board member went to our church and I asked about this when I saw him the following Sunday. He stated Greg should not be on there since part of the sponsorship was for sending the child to school but he would double check.
Later he contacted me and said yes he is on there and the money sent for him would go to help his family. My husband and I knew then that Greg was our child to sponsor and we did. I came home from work one day and the materials for sponsorship had arrived along with Greg’s bio. I started reading it and I couldn’t do anything but shout for joy. Greg and I had the same birthday; December 21st. God was letting us know; it had always been about a boy named Greg.
Even though Greg doesn’t have much, he is always happy. He is content in what he does have. He may not have 3 meals a day, a big pretty house and a different outfit for every day, but he has genuine people who genuinely love him. Sometimes we get so caught up in materialistic things that we forget about being disciples of Jesus and loving our neighbors. Even if it is a little boy at the far end of the world.

Terri

Terri

Terri Whiteside was born in Chattanooga. After graduating, she joined the U.S. Army and has been a nurse for sixteen years. She has been married to Chris Whiteside for seventeen years and has six children and three grand boys. She attends Hamilton Life Church, where she is the nursery coordinator.

First Visit to Fond Baptist   Leave a comment

This is part of the Stories of Hope series. If you have a story you would like to share about a time you were in Haiti with Hope for Haiti, please email saintmarchaiti@gmail.com and attach any pictures. Thanks for reading, thanks for writing, and thanks for your prayers.

As you’ll see in this story, prayer can make all the difference.

Going to Fond Baptist

Going to Fond Baptist

I have many memories of Haiti. But the first time we went to Fond Baptist stays in my mind. Art, Pastor Marcel and I had to walk that last little bit of the way. I could see people scrambling around, but no one approached us until we got to the village. They were all waiting for us in their best clothes because “Pastor was coming.” It was great visit.

Made it to Fond Baptist

Made it to Fond Baptist

The highlight was a man going to his cabbage field and digging up a few chicken eggs that he had put there to stay cooler. He gave them to Pastor Marcel. Talk about the widow’s mite. There it was right in front of me. I started to feel physically bad and we headed back to the truck. It was a difficult walk back for me. Prayers were raised up. My next doctor’s appointment revealed I was diabetic.  No doubt the Lord was protecting me during our visit to Fond Baptist. Could have been a lot different outcome.

By Jim

Marcel Art at Fond Baptist Church

Marcel Art at Fond Baptist Church

At Fond Baptist

At Fond Baptist

At Fond Baptist

At Fond Baptist

September 2014 Newsletter   Leave a comment

September 2014 Newsletter

September 2014 Newsletter

Storms of Life   Leave a comment

Storms of Life

Storms of Life

Is this the only image you see when trials come into your life? All seems to have lost color, beauty. All you can see is the clouds of hurt, bitterness rising up against the spreading cloud bank of darkness, which meets the skyline to overtake the only shadow of horizon. We no longer see the hope promised by God. We have bolted our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s leading and our eyes are visionless.

My family, friends and I just recently returned from Haiti where we met a new community who love God and hope to establish a church in the future. We also visited our dear friend, Pastor Marcel, who struggled personally with the recent outbreak of Chikungunya. Pastor Marcel once started in this bleak place with the ministry that was left in his hands when the missionaries departed Haiti. Yet Pastor Marcel made the choice to keep his vow to his Lord of serving his country with God’s help. Pastor has seen the ministry grow under the direction of God from one church to churches in many communities surrounding the St. Marc and mountainous area.

We who are in this desolate state can make the same wise choice as Pastor Marcel did. Let’s opt to make a learned choice and become an overcomer, trusting in our Lord and His promises. I John 5:4-5 says “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” Learn more about God and His character as the Lord carries you through the trial(s) and restoring the beauty of Him who loves you dearly.

He also tells us in James 1:2-4 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Come to Haiti and see the beauty God is growing in this small country.

By Liz

Worshipping in the Dark   1 comment

Pastor Rosemond

Pastor Rosemond

What will it be like to be in the presence of the Holy of Holies? Will the beauty of Heaven even register? Someday we will know. I believe when we are in fellowship and are worshiping with other believers we are as close as we can get here on earth, we had that opportunity in Haiti. Thursday evening we arrived at the church in Sylvan to greetings from members of the congregation and Pastor Rosemond(above).

Church in Silvan

Church in Silvan

The church was cinder block and concrete with a tin roof. There was no air conditioning, fans, or even electricity.

Inside the church at Sylvan

Inside the church at Sylvan

We walked into the sanctuary. As visiting guests were guided to the front. The seating was a menagerie of cinder blocks and planks as well as chairs that members brought from home. The worship leader stood at the front and led the congregation in worship from a hymnal. The congregation sang beautifully from memory (most can’t read). The service continued as night settled in. Jim gave a message using an old table as a pulpit and a kerosene lamp for light. Moise a young pastor who traveled with us translated. At the end the church congregation sang a few more worship songs some of which we could recognize the tune. I was sure God was in this place and the surroundings didn’t matter.

By Bud

August 2014 Newsletter   Leave a comment

August 2014 Newsletter

August 2014 Newsletter

Posted August 14, 2014 by hopeforhaitiws in Newsletter

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