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Haiti Mission Trip September 2015
 
Carol Haisten went with the North American Haiti Partnership mission team Sunday, Sept. 13th, 2014.
The post come for different people on the team. As you follow these post, please keep them in your
prayers as well as the rest of the Team Members.
 
 We will head back to Haiti, where we will focus on medical missions, supporting local pastors, and developing relationships with the children of several communities. We ask you to pray about being a part of this potentially life-changing week. According to the World Bank, Haiti is the poorest country in the world, yet it’s only a three-hour flight (yet a world away) from Atlanta. We are not going on a mission trip in efforts to be a hero. It’s not about us – it’s about God, and the folks in Haiti don’t need heroes – they need long-term partners.

Be in prayer about these opportunities to serve God and experience the mighty things He is doing in Haiti.

 
 
HAITI UPDATE: Thursday, September 17, 2015
The Haiti mission team leaves today at 12:00--Patti Cox, Jessi Kessock, Spencer Cullom and Carol Haisten along with 13 others from Sixes UMC.  Thank you for your many kind expressions of support and especially, your prayers.  Daily updates will be posted on the church website. A special thanks to Malek Eljiche for providing a van to transport our luggage and supplies to the airport.  
 
Carol Haisten
 

Good evening all!

The Mission team (14 of us) arrived in Haiti after a slightly bumpy but good (and short) 3 hour, 40 minute flight.   After a bit of time trying to clear baggage claim, we were met outside the airport with smiling faces and hugs from our ‘brothers in Haiti’ who loaded up the ‘tap-tap’ (Haitian taxi) with our luggage, then piled us into the 2 vans and delivered us to our ‘Oasis’, the Palm Inn.

 

The team had a late ‘light’ dinner and talked about tomorrow’s schedule.  We are visiting Pastor Baptiste’ school where we will have a medical clinic, pharmacy, optical clinic, and what is promised to be a FABULOUS Bible school with the kids. (Our VBS Queens went ‘all out’ planning so much fun, bible stories and activities that it can’t help but be a big hit for the kids!) This is the school that St. Andrews UMC started 10 years ago, and Sixes UMC joined over 2 years ago, both raising money to help the kids who couldn’t afford to go to school to get a good Christian education.    

 

It’s getting late, so we need to finish settling into our rooms and get some sleep.  We start the day tomorrow around 6am!

 

Good evening and God Bless!

 

Lori and Charles Chase

Missions Coordinators

Sixes UMC

missions@sixesumc.org

 
 
HAITI UPDATE: Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Good evening friends and family!
Another warm day in Haiti- Warm by the sun, but also warm because of all we love we have felt toward others today.  The people in the village were lined
up to be seen for medical or vision problems, and plenty of kids hoping to play and have fun in VBS.  We were only able to see about 60 patients each
in medical and optical, with a lot of the people needing hypertensive meds and reading glasses.  For most of them, this will be the only time they will
be seen by a Doctor or Nurse or fitted for glasses this year, so they are all very anxious to be seen.  We always want to do more, but it is most
important that we do what God puts on our heart, and stop and pray with the people along the way when the need arises.

The kids were so very precious, and we didn't want to stop holding them and playing with them!  On the way to lunch, we took a long scenic tour then
after lunch, half the group went on to a beautiful scenic drive to some shops for souvenirs.  After making the best bargain they could, some of our
folks would then 'tip' the vendor, and in return, receive an extra gift from the vendor!  Doesn't quite sound like shopping in the American cities, does
it?  No, I didn't think so....

Back at the hotel, a quick swim before dinner felt amazing!  The hotel has such lush landscape, complete with cats, parrots, and parakeets!  We get
ESPN here, so we decided to have dinner while watching the game.  A picture is attached.

Spencer gave a very heart-felt devotion tonight, then we ended with a round of songs then off to our rooms to finish the game.  A great day, please
continue to pray for our health and endurance while here.  There is a lot more we would like to do while we are here this week, but mostly we want to
do what God will lead us to do.

....now back to the 'Dogs'
 
 
HAITI UPDATE: Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Good evening from Haiti!

We went to Onaville today and spent the morning with Pastor Baptiste’ congregation. Amazing music, sweet people and a great reminder about the power of God when you have real faith like Hezekiah.  After church, we got to hear from Rosalyn (Pastor Baptiste’ wife), and the Onaville Women’s’ Ministry about the Sewing Ministry that our churches (Sixes and St. Andrews UMC)  are helping to start with this group. They are very excited about the opportunity to learn to sew and make clothes for their families and to sell to help earn some money.  We had raised enough money to purchase 5 treadle sewing machines (powered by foot levers since the electricity in Haiti is not reliable), and have brought them multiple suitcases of fabrics, patterns and other sewing notions.  At Vacation Bible School the previous week, the leader of the Children’s’ Ministry had already taken some of the yarn we had previously brought and had taught the children to make hats and purses out of it.  The Sewing Ministry is an example of the Micro Credit businesses that we have been starting in Haiti in order to help them go to work and provide for their families.  It is a wonderful way to partner with our Haitian brothers and sisters in a sustainable way.  Attached is a picture of most of the team at church this morning.

After returning to the hotel in the early afternoon, we had time to rest a bit, then get ready for the next three busy days of medical and optical clinics, filling pharmacy needs, and playing with the kids while teaching them about the love of Jesus!  

Thanks for your continued love, support and prayers for the team! 

Haiti Mission Team  September 2015

 
 
HAITI UPDATE: Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Good evening friends and family!
Another warm day in Haiti- Warm by the sun, but also warm because of all we love we have felt toward others today.  The people in the village were lined
up to be seen for medical or vision problems, and plenty of kids hoping to play and have fun in VBS.  We were only able to see about 60 patients each
in medical and optical, with a lot of the people needing hypertensive meds and reading glasses.  For most of them, this will be the only time they will
be seen by a Doctor or Nurse or fitted for glasses this year, so they are all very anxious to be seen.  We always want to do more, but it is most
important that we do what God puts on our heart, and stop and pray with the people along the way when the need arises.

The kids were so very precious, and we didn't want to stop holding them and playing with them!  On the way to lunch, we took a long scenic tour then
after lunch, half the group went on to a beautiful scenic drive to some shops for souvenirs.  After making the best bargain they could, some of our
folks would then 'tip' the vendor, and in return, receive an extra gift from the vendor!  Doesn't quite sound like shopping in the American cities, does
it?  No, I didn't think so....

Back at the hotel, a quick swim before dinner felt amazing!  The hotel has such lush landscape, complete with cats, parrots, and parakeets!  We get
ESPN here, so we decided to have dinner while watching the game.  A picture is attached.

Spencer gave a very heart-felt devotion tonight, then we ended with a round of songs then off to our rooms to finish the game.  A great day, please
continue to pray for our health and endurance while here.  There is a lot more we would like to do while we are here this week, but mostly we want to
do what God will lead us to do.

....now back to the 'Dogs'
 

HAITI UPDATE: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Hello Friends!

Sorry you didn’t get an update last night, lots going on, working late, connectivity issues, etc.  However, here is a summary of the last 2 days:

 

Monday we visited a Pastor’s school near Port-au-Prince.  It didn’t take long to realize that getting glasses is a

‘fashion statement’ around here, as the kids from each grade were lining up for an optical screen, but few were interested in a medical exam….After resolving that issue, we continued to see those that needed exams, and visiting with the kids!  We got back to the hotel in time to set up an onsite clinic for the hotel staff and our local staff of translators, drivers, and guards.  It was great to serve those who serve us!  We also met a sweet mom and her beautiful daughter that she was trying to adopt.  After restocking the pharmacy and optical, it was time to turn in and get ready for another day!

 

 

Tuesday (today) was a busy day (aren’t they all?).  We served at Pastor Dieuseul’s church, where we set up all the clinics plus VBS on the flat (covered) concrete room overlooking ‘tent city’ where everyone lived in tents held up by sticks and tarp.  It was a lovely, breezy day, so nice to be outside!  After serving the people, the Micro Credit board of the church presented information about their program.  In just over 3 years, 20 people had successfully completed the Micro Credit program and paid back their loans, and 10 more were enrolled.  What a great way to give people an opportunity to help themselves!  Before we left, we gave them the money to start 7 more Micro Credit businesses!  Wow, how amazing!     Back at the hotel, we saw the remaining staff members that couldn’t make it yesterday, some took a quick swim, then we were back at supper by 6:45. Doc Jacobs led the devotion tonight with something called “Melissa’s story” which tells of healthcare the way it should and could be in a few short years.  Well, time for rest now, we have our last full day tomorrow with a site visit of the new Bethesda Referral and Teaching Hospital, then off to our last clinic.  

 
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 Haiti Mission Trips for 2015:

 

 
 

 
 
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