MOH Missions Trip: Spring 2017 (TBD)
Immanuel Church has supported and teamed with Mission of Hope (MOH) Haiti for the past several years. Our prayer is that God will be glorified and that Jesus would be made known.
For those considering joining our Spring team traveling to to Haiti, we are looking at three possible weeks: April 22-29, April 29-May 6, May 6-13. We will make the final decision based on which week is most convenient to the most people.
If you have been thinking about joining a team, please let us know right away so that we can give you the details of the process.
A Little Info About Our Team
Our team members are TBD.
For additional information about MOH Haiti go to: www.mohhaiti.org. Information specific to mission trips can be found under the "Get Involved" link.
Final Haiti Team Update
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Our team has departed from the Port Au Prince airport and we are winging our way toward Boston. I would like to summarize for you what these last eight days have been like for us; but that, of course, is just not possible. Instead let me try to tell you about one hour—our final hour this morning at Emmanuel Orphanage.
Before leaving for the airport, we stopped to say goodbye to the children, Yvon, and our village representatives and translator. With an earlier than usual flight time, we knew our time would be limited. A strong bond had been established between the children of Emmanuel Orphanage and our team this week; so, anytime we could carve out would be a precious gift.
We arrived to smiles and hugs, and -as always- beautiful and heartfelt singing. Children spoke and offered us words of great encouragement and thanksgiving, and we were able to do the same in return. As the hour was drawing to a close, the children encircled us and prayed over us—thanking God for His goodness and asking for His protection for us. It was truly an overwhelming moment as children’s voices reached up to heaven on our behalf. We, in turn, encircled them and prayed for God’s protection and provision and thanked God for them and for the blessing they had been to us.
There is one lesson that I learn again and again with each trip to Haiti. It is expressed in Proverbs 16:9: “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” We go to Haiti with ideas and activities planned and projects to accomplish, but these plans of ours diminish in importance as we begin to interact and invest in the lives of others. Our call to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, all of our minds, all of our souls, and all of our strength and then to love our neighbor as ourselves is about relationship not activiity. Thanks be to God for His visible and powerful demonstration of the value of God exalting love-- given and received and unrestrained by language and cultural barriers!
Dale (for the Haiti Team)
P.S. There are seven new children at Emmanuel Orphanage that need school sponsors. If you are interested in supporting one or more, please contact Dale Bengtson firstname.lastname@example.org
With the week winding down, the team has completed all of our outreach activities: Diana’s medical team finished up their second visit to Monaville, while the rest of the team was able to construct water filtration units and distribute them to three churches within Titanyen, including at one church in the most impoverished section of the village. This church and adjacent school in this area consisted of little more than a tin roof providing cover for a well-used blackboard and a series of wooden benches resting on a dirt floor. We were also blessed to have met a spry, 95-year old woman who founded one of the churches many years ago by trekking into themountains to obtain wood to build a humble church building. In total, we were able to distribute enough water filtration units that should provide clean drinking water for 33 families for several years.
At the orphanage, guitar lessons have been progressing and the guitars have been left in the care of several of the children. There is great enthusiasm among the kids to engage in music, so we hope to be able to see their progression during future visits. The painting project was notable to be fully completed, but supplies have been left at the orphanage and the painting will be completed under the supervision of the orphanage director. On one of the walls that is painted white, a local artist has already begun scribing Psalms 46 and 96. We also distributed several more games for the kids to play with and they had great fun playing with cardboard airplanes.
Late in the afternoon we were treated to singing and dancing by several of the younger girls in the orphanage, and our visit was capped off with a dinner of authentic Haitian food that we enjoyed with the kids and workers in the orphanage.
Tomorrow we plan to spend a relaxing day at the beach resort. Tonight we experienced our first sustained rain of the trip and the temperature has dipped down into the upper 70s, so we hope that it warms up tomorrow. :-)
MOH is also in the process of sending another barge ofsupplies to the south of Haiti where 750,000 people are now dependent on relief aid for survival. Please continue to pray for them.
On a closing note, the topic for our daily group devotional tonight was love. More specifically, one of the questions was “Are you demonstrating the sacrificial love of Christ in your life?”. Our thoughts turned to many of our family members who have the burden of keeping our households running while we are in Haiti, and often under challenging and chaotic circumstances. We are grateful for their willingness to sacrifice their own interests in our absences, and look forward to seeing them again in a few days.
Blessings to everyone,
Rick (on behalf of the team)
The Immanuel team is tired and content at the end of day five in Haiti. It continues to be a joy to be in the presence of the children of Emmanuel Orphanage. They have so much to teach us about loving God and loving one another. Our days are filled with lots of playing, sharing Bible stories, singing, and working on the orphanage kitchen. What a special opportunity God has given us to be here.
This afternoon, after a time of worship together, everyone decorated t-shirts with fabric markers.
Thanks to the generosity of many and some great Haitian construction workers, the first two phases of the kitchen are nearly complete. (See current kitchen and new kitchen pictures.) Now, there is one final step—to throw away the old and worn and dangerous charcoal stoves and replace them with propane burners. We hope to have the pricing for this before we leave. We’ll let you know in case you’d like to help!
We continue to hear reports of devastation in the south of Haiti. Being well supplied and on the ground already has allowed Mission of Hope to respond quickly by bringing supplies to some of the more isolated areas by barge. If you are interested in learning more about their efforts and how to help, go to www.MOHHaiti.org or their Facebook page.
We covet your prayers and look forward to seeing you soon.
Dale (for the team)
Rick (on behalf of the Haiti Team)
Reading a Sponsor letter with our translator.