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Chris’ Testimony   Leave a comment

Meet our new board member, Chris Whiteside!

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19a)

Meet our board member, Chris!

Meet our board member, Chris!

“I can’t get enough of Haiti now. There’s always something different.”

If you talk to Chris, it’s impossible to miss the passion for getting his hands dirty and helping, especially on a mission trip. Yet, a few years ago, his perception of mission trips was different. He thought trips geared toward spreading the gospel were for Bible-thumping people whose intentions were to change people to think like them. Now, he realizes trips are about helping somebody. And through that service, he is the one who is changed.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

Chris first went to Haiti not expecting change. If people are asked about participating on a mission trip, they may say, “Let me pray about it,” but never go. Chris, and his wife, Terri, prayed about participating after attending a meeting for those interested in going to Haiti at church. They said yes, and brought their son along so he could have the experience before going to college. Chris answered the call to “go” as it says in Matthew 28:19.

From that trip, one fond memory marks the change in Chris. Chris and other teammates were waiting in front of a grocery store in an open-air truck. A Haitian looked at Chris and said in English, “Welcome home.” Now, although Chris may not be at home, his favorite part of going to Haiti is getting off the plane and breathing the smelly humid air and saying to himself, “Welcome home.”

While at “home,” Chris connects with the worship. Whether water is running down the walls from the storm outside, or the church is standing room only at 6 am, Chris admires the Haitian Christians for their worship. He appreciates seeing all ages involved, and how the younger adults take charge of being ushers for the older attendees at church services. “It’s fascinating to us, but everyday life to them,” Chris says.

Chris still travels to his “home” in Haiti. He also works diligently on behalf of Hope for Haiti, an organization that connects American Christian churches with the 13 churches and 8 schools in Haiti who are making a difference in their local community. From sponsoring children, to rebuilding vehicles, to creating gutters out of PVC piping, Chris is ready to apply a helping hand. With a smile in his voice, he says, “I never knew missions would be like this.”

Do you feel your response should be to make a change in your own life? Visit http://hopeforhaiti.ws/about-us/who-we-are to learn more about Chris and how you can support Hope for Haiti.

 

 

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Posted October 15, 2017 by hopeforhaitiws in General

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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.

 

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Posted September 13, 2016 by hopeforhaitiws in General, Newsletter

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Two’s Company   Leave a comment

Shared from Amanda Blackwood’s post

f I was a blogger this would be called Another Miracle on the Mountain. In Haiti, Pastor Marcel and 2 EMEVI nurses go up in the mountains every 2 weeks for clinic. It just “happened” to be clinic time so they were in the mountains yesterday (June 17th). Last evening a woman showed up at the clinic. She had delivered a 3 1/2 lb. baby yesterday morning. The midwife knew there was still another baby in there. After waiting the whole day and the 2nd baby not coming, the midwife, mom and new baby walked 3 hours in heavy rain to the EMEVI clinic (with a hemoglobin of 7.4). Because of the heavy rains Pastor Marcel couldn’t drive them down the mountain to the hospital. So Pastor called Dr. Thompson here in the states for some tele-medicine assistance. Knowing what meds and equipment were in the clinic she gave them their instructions. Then she texted some of us and asked for prayers for the mom, second baby, Pastor and nurses. I immediately texted my prayer warriors! She communicated with them in Haiti off and on for a few hours. Imagine her surprise when after midnight, our time, Pastor calls with the news there wasn’t just 1 more baby but 2!! Triplets!! All girls, one weighing 3 1/2 lbs (the first one) and the next 2 weighing 6 1/2 lbs a piece! The mom walked 3 hours in the rain 12 hours after delivering 1 baby, still in labor with 13 more pounds of baby. Can you even imagine?? In the midst of this the generator ran out of gas and they finished all this without electricity. Pastor called this morning and they had dismissed them to go home. (It is Haiti.) Everyone was doing well at this point. 😊 God’s provision is so wonderfully amazing. The power of prayer is so wonderfully amazing. I would like to ask for continued prayer for these 3 little miracles! Bondye bon! (God is good in Haitian Creole.)

2016-06 Triplets

Posted July 10, 2016 by hopeforhaitiws in General

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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