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A Thanksgiving Day with Pop Tarts, Cobbler, Water, & Living Water

by Makayla Hix and Dolly Viera, Young Adult team members

Happy Thanksgiving! Thursday morning our team started off by having Pop Tarts for breakfast, a family tradition for one of our team members! We were then able to go into Titanyen and participate directly with two local churches. Each of the church’s pastors identified 5 families who would greatly benefit from water filters. We partnered with the families in the installation and proper care of the water filters. We were then able to connect the water filters and explain John 3 and how Jesus is the living water.

God showed up many times today – the most notable moment was when one of the men who came to receive a water filter. His name was Dalexis and he spoke fluent Spanish. This was a blessing because Dolly also speaks Spanish and was able to clearly communicate with him. It was the first time this trip that we were able to have a conversation with a Haitian and not need our translators (which gave our village champion, Danny, a break).

After showing him how to properly use the water filter, we asked him how this water filter was going to improve his life. His response reminded me of something Christ would have said while on earth: This filter will give me clean water, but it will also allow me to give clean water to my neighbors. We were so encouraged by him. He learned Spanish from working in the Dominican Republic but returned home because he had a near-death experience and knew the Lord granted him a new life, a life fully devoted to Jesus. Now he strives to be the godly leader in his family, serves faithfully at his church, and holds fast to the hope that every man, woman, and child in Haiti will come to know Jesus.

Tonight, the Haitian women of Mission of Hope provided a delicious Thanksgiving meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, rolls, and cobbler.

We came to Haiti to bring people to Christ, to encourage our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. But we’re the ones who are leaving Haiti so encouraged by the joy and hope of every believer here. We are so thankful.

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Strength & Conversations

by Kristin Perry, Young Adult team member

“Hump Day” may have been the best day yet here in Haiti. Our team started out pumped up and focused to spread the good news, and that’s exactly what happened. We were welcomed off the safari wagon by several beautiful children, eager to play and love. Great conversations were started with the people of Titanyen about their lives here in the village, where they come from, what they do for work, etc. As each team spoke more with the men and women of the village, the Lord used us to encourage believers to continue boldly in their faith. Several women expressed the challenges they face on a daily basis in their cultures, and many of us were able to relate. As people walked by and curiosity spiked, our team courageously engaged these people, resulting in a new sister in Christ.

After lunch, the Lord showed His mighty power once again by giving us all strength to go back out to the village (the rice is beginning to weigh on us) and continue His work. A group of us engaged with a man who practices voodoo and were able to share the power of Christ with him. He expressed his belief in Jesus but has fear that he will be unemployed if he accepts the Truth. He promised to go to Mission of Hope church on Sunday, and we will continue to pray for him.Others of us had more challenging conversations and were able to witness the need for peace in the community.

Others of us had more challenging conversations and were able to witness the need for peace in the community.

As we wrapped up Day 4, we were humbled and encouraged to know that we have three new sisters in Christ, several conversations helping people feel assurance of salvation, a full stomach of Haitian spaghetti, and more than anything, the love and comfort of Christ in our hearts.

God is at work, but there is still work to do.

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“The Lord has been working, and our hearts are humbled”

by Young Adult team member Rachel Thompson

What a great few first days!

The Lord has been working, and our hearts are humbled. On Monday we spent our first day doing “SVT” (Strategic Village Time). During this time our mission is to love on Haitians, build relationships, gather valuable information for Mission of Hope, and share the gospel.

Our groups have been overwhelmingly encouraged with the response of faithful followers of Jesus! Hearing our sweet brothers and sisters in Christ share their stories, speak of how God is working in their lives, and how we can continue to pray for strength in their walk with Christ is so encouraging for us!

Along with strong followers of Jesus, we met several people who said they were Christians, but who doubted if they would be in heaven one day. They based this belief on how good their performance was or how bad they have sinned. We were able to guide and point them to truth found in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by grace that we have been saved through faith, not by works, so that no one can boast.” We reminded them that there is nothing they can do to earn their salvation and that they aren’t disqualified by their shortcomings. Instead, through their confession, trust, and faith in Christ they can be assured of their salvation. This was such a sweet moment to see their lack of confidence turn into a grace-filled confirmation of how Christ continues to pursue us and offer forgiveness each and every day!

Tuesday was spent serving two families by painting their homes. We were able to engage in conversation and encourage them while we served them by making their home a more inviting and welcoming place with a spark of color. One woman we helped was a widow who had two daughters who were 11 and 6 years old. She was a follower of Christ and worked as a vendor to provide for her daughters. She was super grateful and encouraged, which was an added blessing to us!

The other house we served was a younger man who is in seminary and discipling his Haitians brothers and sisters. Through acts of service we were super-encouraged to bless and serve these wonderful and deserving families who love and fear the Lord!

After a full day of painting, we had an amazing night of worship with the campus church at Mission of Hope. It’s always so amazing and powerful to sing worship songs to our Savior in two different languages! No matter the differences between cultures and nations, we are both singing to the same God and worshiping the Creator of the universe. Our God is so powerful, and we are thankful we get to see a small glimpse of what worship in eternity will look like!

Pray for our time in Titanyen and elsewhere as we share the gospel and build more relationships!

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Young Adult Team Arrives Right on Time

by Dean Ray & Bobby Senter, Young Adult Team members

We all finally made it to Haiti!! We had a couple events that meant 11 folks on our team (out of 16) weren’t able to make our flight to Haiti from Miami. Fortunately, our team of rockstars were flexible and stayed positive throughout the 16 hours at the airport, passing time by farkling and utilizing the downtime to prepare our hearts for the rest of the trip. We also had several great, eternal conversations as we stayed “on mission” in our home airport throughout the day. Because we were so delayed out of DFW, we were forced to stay overnight in Miami. We knew God was orchestrating everything.

We knew God was orchestrating everything.

When we finally got to the hotel (after 11 folks crammed into the airport shuttle), there was a tremendous series of loud thuds from the highway that could not be mistaken. While the girls began to pray, Frank, Dean, Vo, and Bobby ran towards the sound to find a car inverted with its engine and front axle ejected and smoking from the frame. Praise God that our friend Mauricio was still conscious, and while Bobby called 911, Dean and Frank were able to minister to him, keep him awake, and clearly share the gospel with him – even while he was bloody, bruised, and trapped in his vehicle.

The dash of the car was ripped out, and the backseat was smashed against the front seat. Gasoline was leaking everywhere. Mauricio was trapped but breathing. Fortunately there was no one else in the car. We were able to keep him awake through sharing the gospel and asking him some personal questions (family, occupation, etc).

It was so crazy to see the timing of our arrival, so we could help. God is sovereign and in control. Because of the delays, it took us 16 hours just to get to Miami, but it was worth every minute of waiting to share the gospel with our friend Mauricio. God is good.

We don’t pretend to know what God is doing, but we sure are thankful that we got to help our friend in that horrific situation and that God brought us to our final destination today at just the right time!

Please pray for our village time tomorrow, that we would be rested, bold, and faithful to share what Jesus has already accomplished with the Haitian folks we meet!

2 Corinthians 6:3-10

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