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.

Contact Andy Bradshaw or Dale Bengtson

 

MOH Haiti/Emmauel Orphanage Newsletter

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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   dalebengt1@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Update #4

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)

 
Update #3

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)

 

 

Update #2
As mentioned in the previous update, Mission of Hope (MoH) personnel are busy with relief efforts throughout Haiti. Tonight at dinner, we were able to get an eye witness update into the aftermath of hurricane Matthew directly from Brad Johnson, who along with his wife Vanessa, founded MoH in 1997.  Brad has spent the past couple of days in the south of Haiti in the areas that received a direct hit from Matthew. 
 
Brad indicated that the scope of devastation to the south makes the 2010 earthquake seem miniscule in comparison.  If one were to take the southern peninsula and divide it in half, the area that encompasses the western half of that peninsula has been utterly destroyed: all vegetation has been flattened, all of the trees have been denuded of foliage, all of the crops and livestock have been destroyed, and all of the homes have had their tin roofs completely ripped off.  While the government did an excellent job of moving the populace from the coastal areas before the storm hit and sheltered them in buildings with cement roofs, such as schools and hospitals, the threat of cholera is increasing. The hospitals that were filled with people escaping the storm are now filled to overflowing with those who are sick from the disease. Today it was reported in the news that the death total has sadly reached 1,000. Unfortunately, that number is sure to rise in the coming days as disease claims more victims. Given the scale of destruction, it is estimated that it will take years for the area to recover, including the need for new homes and roofs to be built. For the next several months, the people in the area will be solely dependent upon aid for their survival.
 
The barge loaded with supplies from the MoH has reached the south.  Since all of the bridges in the south have been destroyed, and there aren’t many places for the barge to dock, the barge is off-loading relief supplies onto local boats up and down the coast, who are then transporting it into the regions of greatest need. The distribution of aid has been done very systematically and with great coordination. As also indicated yesterday, MoH has dedicated all of their food, water and medical supplies towards relief efforts and are very much in need of donations to meet the needs of the areas that MoH typically supports.
 
On the local front, the Haiti team arrived at Emmanuel orphanage in Titanyen today. Paint was purchased and painting has started on the new kitchen area. We also had time in the afternoon to interact with the children, singing together, telling them the story of Jesus and the feeding of the 5,000, providing a snack (of Swedish fishes and marshmallow carnival peanuts as bread), playing games we brought to teach them, and Tom even gave guitar lessons as we are leaving them with two guitars. There is tremendous value for the kids to know that there are people around the world that care for them and who come and visit them, a value that exceeds anything that money can buy. Diana’s medical team traveled to the village of Leveque today and they were able to treat 134 patients.  It was an excellent day all around.
 
All in all, everyone is doing well and we are trying our best to manage the 90+ of heat and the high humidity. We are truly amazed by God’s grace and how He works in the area.
Rick (on behalf of the Haiti Team)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading a Sponsor letter with our translator.
 
Update #1
Hello Everyone,
 
The Haiti team had an uneventful flight from Boston to Port Au Prince.  Where we are located in Haiti, the area of the capital and the region around the Mission of Hope (MoH) were not greatly impacted by the recent Hurricane.  In fact, it is difficult to see any visible changes to this local area since our last visit in June.  In fact, many of the local citizens are largely unaware of the devastation that has taken place in the rest of their country.
 
The areas most impacted by hurricane Matthew are in the very south and north of the country (all along the western peninsula).  There is particularly heavy devastation in the south and many of the staff at MoH are busy off-site involved in relief efforts in the affected areas.  Likewise, several other mission teams from North America had to cancel their plans to come to the MoH since their flights out of Florida were canceled last week, so the number of other missionaries is lighter than normal.
 
MoH as an act of faith has emptied out their warehouse of food, water and medical supplies and sent them on a barge to the south (all of the main roads and bridges to the south were washed out in the storm) and by truck to the north.  The barge arrived yesterday afternoon to the regions hardest hit by the storm and where the people are desperate.  Since MoH emptied out their warehouse, they are reliant on donations to replenish their supplies.  Anyone interested in helping out with the relief can make a donation through the MoH website.
 
One positive aspect of the storm was the performance of Haiti One, which is an coordination effort of faith based charities in Haiti and working together to resolve a crisis such as the one resulting from hurricane Matthew.  This level of organization was not in place during the earthquake in 2010 and has been a more recent organizational activity. Haiti One has performed as intended and MoH is very pleased by the success of this initiative.
 
Regarding our mission activities this coming week, Diana will be participating in a mobile medical team with other health workers, and the rest of the team will be working at the Emmanuel orphanage in Titenyen painting, patching holes in the roof and interacting with the kids.  There are other activities in the village of Titanyen that the team will participate in as well.
 
All in all, things are going as well as could be expected, according to His grace and mercy.
 
Rick (for the team)