Another good day in VBS. All went well. Many sad goodbyes. Amazing how much our students bond with the children in such a few days. Sometimes we adults are Martha's–too busy with the details to just fall in love with the kids.
An afternoon trip to the beach allowed us to see more of Haiti and the countryside. It was nice to get out of Port-Au-Prince for a bit. The water was Caribbean blue and beautiful mountains around. Tonight we pack and head back to the states. We will spend the afternoon and evening in Ft. Lauderdale and back to Joplin early Saturday. Pray for safe and on time travels.
Haiti 2015 Team
Today was another good day. We spent the morning at Delmas Baptist Church with the preschool children. The music, story, and craft teams were able to work with the kids. Other than a minor fear incident with the youngest kids when the realistic lion masks entered the room, it went great. The older kids loved it and so did the littles when they realized it was Jay!
We then had lunch and toured The Apparent Project, a wonderful ministry that trains Haitians in a trade, provides day care for their children and sells the crafts. It is an amazing place and their craftwork is beautiful. We also left them lots of formula to help them feed the workers' children.
Tomorrow will be our final day in Haiti. We resume our normal VBS with the older kids and pray for God to continue to work among the Haitians. We completed our study of 1 Timothy tonight. The outdoor veranda I mentioned in an earlier post was more like a sauna with that cool breeze I mentioned conspicuously absent. We were sweating like an old tent revival in August.
Thanks for your prayers and we look forward to see what God has in store.
Haiti 2015 Team
Day 2 of VBS is in the books. It was much less chaotic, and we got the VBS groove going. No major hiccups other than the frisbee mosh pit chaos that occurred when two groups were accidentally combined and the recreation team had 180 or so kids. It was quite entertaining once they knew everyone was OK and having a great time! Derek taught high schoolers another leadership lesson on 1 Timothy and the 6-12 year olds heard about Daniel and King Nebucanezzer.
All the teams did very well and continue to fully relish every moment with the kids. There were many decisions made today. So many in fact, they had not been able to figure how many before we left for the day. That's a good problem. We continue to make our prayer focus on the 100 lost kids who were to be there this week. We now know for certain that it is significantly less than than that!
Tomorrow we take a break from our normal rotation and the VBS will be for 150 3-5 year olds. We will assist them and will also share the story, games, music, and crafts with the 5 year olds.
Everyone on the team continues to do well (except one adult with some illness) and are enjoying the culture. We learn new appreciations everyday for conveniences like reliable electricity, internet, and air conditioning. But there are blessings that come from hanging outside with each other where there are cool breezes each evening.
Thanks for you prayers and please keep them going. We are seeing the fruits here!
Haiti 2015 Team
We had the opportunity to worship with Delmas Baptist Church on Sunday morning. Michael Hinnen did an excellent job preaching the word and 2 of our students led the congregation in some of the worship. Both services were packed to capacity. The opportunity to hear others singing and worshiping boldly is always a blessing. We spent the afternoon getting our VBS together, working on getting the rec games and balls ready, practicing skits and story, and rehearsing music. We ended the day with an awesome study of 1 Timothy chapter 2. Our students are being moved by The Word and their service this week. God is already changing hearts and placing burdens for specific people in our students' lives that we are praying for. Join us in that prayer. God knows the names, we just pray for opportunity and boldness to speak. Pray especially for the at least 100 lost kids who will be at VBS each day.
Today (Monday) we joined the task of VBS–600+ kids. It was just as you might expect on day 1. Chaos. But out of the chaos I am told that 11 children prayed to receive Christ. The Word never returns void. All of our teams were able to do their assigned task. We are pretty sure not all kids got to do everything, some may have done some twice, but we will not worry about perfection. We will continue to do the work. The children are beautiful. The adults are excellent in helping keep order. All the children who attended VBS today received a hot meal. This is expected in the USA but not a certainty in Haiti. A few of our crew stayed around to do some painting at the church.
Everyone continues to do well. All the students are enjoying the experience and are being stretched in so many ways. So many things we take for granted in the US are not a given in Haiti. The electricity comes and goes and the traffic is exciting. We are careful where we go.
This afternoon, we plan for tomorrow. Tomorrow we will do another day of VBS. A team from Compassion International will be there as well. Pray that we work seamlessly with them and that they too would be open to our message.
Thanks for your prayers,
Haiti 2015 Team
Arrived safely last pm and the team got settled into our new quarters for the next 7 days. We met briefly this morning and reviewed our plans for the week. A brief devotional from Luke 10:1-3 (the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few). This week we are called to be workers. But not like Martha v 38-42. We will not let the busyness of distractions about comfort, food, VBS plans distract us from our task of focusing on Jesus and advancing the gospel. We met with Pastor Paul and visited the church so we could do a little VBS planning. 600 kids in less space than FP North will be a challenge. Pastor Paul asked that we add a leadership study for the youth in his group at VBS this week. We had planned on a study with our kids this week so we will quickly adapt that to fit this need. Tonight we will have dinner at the guest house and then begin our daily Bible study through 1 Timothy. Paul's instruction to young Timothy about life, the church and the gospel. We will attend Church tomorrow at Delmas Baptist Church. Michael Hinnen, a student at OCC, will be preaching. 2 sermons (0600 and 0900-the 0600 is the most well attended!).
We have been confronted with the reality of extreme poverty here in Haiti from the moment we got off the plane and today's ride through Port Au Prince and up the mountains surrounding it. Pray that we God will show us how to respond.
Thank you for your prayers as we continue our work.
Forest Park Haiti Team 2015