Au Revoir

Did you miss me?  We had two weeks with no groups coming in, so we decided we’d take a little r&r, while we had the chance.  Time away was very different without Alexis.  We thought of her often and really missed having her with us.  I must say, however, that we actually rested.  That was something new.  We were gone for two Sundays, so I missed two blog posts.  My apologies.  Rest assured, however, that everything continued on in our absence without skipping a beat.

Progress continues at the missionary compound.  Do you see the flower bed?

Progress continues at the missionary compound. Do you see the new flower bed?

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Lina continues working with our little budding artists.  It’s so exciting to see these kids have the freedom to paint, draw, glue and glitter.  This is not usually part of the regular curriculum here in Haiti, so it’s really special to have Lina working one on one with the students.

Arts & Crafts time with Lina

Arts & Crafts time with Lina

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Leah came to work with us for three months, back when Angela was running the MOHI clinic.  A year and a half later, she is returning to her life in the States.  It has been a joy to work and live with Leah during this time.  Lex and I feel as though we have another daughter spreading her wings and going to the States.  (I realize she’s been grown and independent for many years, but we’re talking FEELINGS here!)  During her time here in Haiti, Leah worked hard day in and day out in the medical ministry.  She’s always been very passionate about her work with her patients.  She demands respect for them from the community, our staff and our foreign visitors.  She has been a friend to many, including me.  She has been a wonderful host to many of you who have served with us here in Haiti during the past year.  Many tears have been shed as she prepares to head home, but we all trust that she is never alone and will always remember those she is leaving behind.  Would you please join us in praying for Leah and all the Lord has prepared for her?  Thank you.

Memories Made

Memories Made

Leah's Paradise

Leah’s Paradise

Leah loves those babies!

Leah loves those babies!

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Dr. Lavaud and Nurse Ruth will continue caring for patients in the medical clinic.  We will bring in some others to help with general administrative duties and, of course, there’s our amazing partners at Bless Back Worldwide who remain committed to the clinic ministry.  We know the Lord has a plan to continue from here.  Again, your prayers are greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Melissa Roper represents Bless Back Worldwide here in Haiti.

Melissa Roper represents Bless Back Worldwide here in Haiti.

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Last night our friend Cheryl Vasil Minor arrived at MOHI along with a team from All Saints Church in Belmont, MA.  Cheryl brought along a new team member, her daughter, Rachel-Anne.  We are so happy to see them sharing this experience together.   Rachel-Anne will be teaching music to our students all week.  The kids had such a great time with this last year with Sandy.  I know they will be very excited to have Rachel-Anne working with them this year.

Cheryl hurt her foot last night.  The doctor says it should be feeling better in a couple of days.

Cheryl hurt her foot last night. The doctor says it should be feeling better in a couple of days.

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We had a wonderful service in Thozin this morning, with a focus on becoming as children.

Matthew 18:4 "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (KJV)

Matthew 18:4 “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (KJV)

This morning they proclaimed, "I have decided to follow Jesus...No turning back, no turning back!"

This morning they proclaimed, “I have decided to follow Jesus…No turning back, no turning back!”

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Thank you for joining us with prayer and/or financial support. Progress happens because we are all working together. Thank you!!!

Another Perspective

Tuesday we will be heading to a distant, mountain village called Anse-a-Pitre, with our friends Bob and Sally Heier.  We are planning to do a mobile medical clinic and some activities with the school children.  The village is located high in the mountains that border the Dominican Republic.  It’s a beautiful, but somewhat treacherous drive.  Your prayers for safety and a positive day for everyone are greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

I thought I’d try something a little different this evening.  For those of you who are wondering what a week at MOHI in Haiti might look like, here’s what it looked like to Melissa Roper.  Melissa led a team to Haiti from Bless Back Worldwide (Charlotte, NC) that impacted so many people in so many ways.  I hope you enjoy the insider’s view…

January 18, 2015
The Haiti team just arrived in Atlanta. I've decided to name this group "Team Lean and Mean". "Lean" because we are a small team (although we won't be as lean after a week of Angelise's delicious fried plantains and homemade bread) and "mean" because we mean business. This is the most seasoned group I've ever traveled with and even the newbies are acting like pros. It's been a pleasure watching everyone jump into their roles already. Can't wait to meet our 3 team members traveling in from Ohio!

The Haiti team just arrived in Atlanta. I’ve decided to name this group “Team Lean and Mean”. “Lean” because we are a small team (although we won’t be as lean after a week of Angelise’s delicious fried plantains and homemade bread) and “mean” because we mean business. This is the most seasoned group I’ve ever traveled with and even the newbies are acting like pros. It’s been a pleasure watching everyone jump into their roles already. Can’t wait to meet our 3 team members traveling in from Ohio!

Team Lean and Mean...ready for action! First task- bed!

Team Lean and Mean…ready for action! First task- bed!

Worship and hearing God's Word...a beautiful start to our week!

Worship and hearing God’s Word…a beautiful start to our week!

Sweet moments today praying with the people in the village near the guesthouse. We met the newest member of the village born just last night. Prayers for blessing and mercy on each home!

Sweet moments today praying with the people in the village near the guesthouse. We met the newest member of the village born just last night. Prayers for blessing and mercy on each home!

Interesting to see the reach of blessings from Charlotte. Notice the orange Charlotte Eagles T-shirt with the Carolinas Medical Center sponsorship.

Interesting to see the reach of blessings from Charlotte. Notice the orange Charlotte Eagles T-shirt with the Carolinas Medical Center sponsorship.

 

January 19, 2015
How about starting your week off with this smiling face?? The clinic is in full swing today!

How about starting your week off with this smiling face?? The clinic is in full swing today!

Pat spent the morning working in the classrooms, then training the preschool teachers.

Pat spent the morning working in the classrooms, then training the preschool teachers.

It's exciting to collaborate with our new Haitian doctor. The two physicians saw patients together, learning from each other!

It’s exciting to collaborate with our new Haitian doctor. The two physicians saw patients together, learning from each other!

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The dental team is finding their groove. One side of the room is happier than the other though. Mary is doing cleanings while Chris is doing extractions!

The dental team is finding their groove. One side of the room is happier than the other though. Mary is doing cleanings while Chris is doing extractions!

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We have a fabulous triage/intake team. The Haitian nurses are taking blood pressures, Chapel and Caroline are checking patients in, Linda is doing therapy, and Chris is doing, well, a little bit of everything!

We have a fabulous triage/intake team. The Haitian nurses are taking blood pressures, Chapel and Caroline are checking patients in, Linda is doing therapy, and Chris is doing, well, a little bit of everything!

And here is our highly over-qualified water boy!

And here is our highly over-qualified water boy!

At the end of the day, all the action is happening in the pharmacy. But look! Becky still has a smile on her face!!

At the end of the day, all the action is happening in the pharmacy. But look! Becky still has a smile on her face!!

 

January 20, 2015
Team Chris... Do you think they called each other and planned this??

Team Chris… Do you think they called each other and planned this??

It's s full house today!

It’s s full house today!

It's touching to see the love of parents- both mothers and fathers- as they bring their children to the clinic!

It’s touching to see the love of parents- both mothers and fathers- as they bring their children to the clinic!

The two cousins are hard at work side by side!

The two cousins are hard at work side by side!

Speaking of hard work....teaching is a tough job! Pat is busy in the classrooms today working with both students and teachers.

Speaking of hard work….teaching is a tough job! Pat is busy in the classrooms today working with both students and teachers.

 

January 21, 2015
We finished up the day yesterday connecting with friends olds and new !

We finished up the day yesterday connecting with friends olds and new !

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Tuesday afternoon was spent doing health lessons and screenings in the village.  The human sized demonstration of flossing was quite the spectacle to watch!

Tuesday afternoon was spent doing health lessons and screenings in the village. The human sized demonstration of flossing was quite the spectacle to watch!

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We met this young handicapped woman. Her hands were filthy, so the nurses taught her family about the importance of good hand washing.

We met this young handicapped woman. Her hands were filthy, so the nurses taught her family about the importance of good hand washing.

An office suite with a view! Up and running in the mountains of Haiti.

An office suite with a view! Up and running in the mountains of Haiti.

When we were setting up for village lessons, this sweet man cleared a spot with his machete, then brought out his only two chairs for us to use. It was a humbling moment.

When we were setting up for village lessons, this sweet man cleared a spot with his machete, then brought out his only two chairs for us to use. It was a humbling moment.

Last night the kids played cards while the old folks Farkled.

Last night the kids played cards while the old folks Farkled.

Lisa had a tough round.

Lisa had a tough round.

Jerry holds down the pharmacy in St. Etienne.

Jerry holds down the pharmacy in St. Etienne.

Dad and daughter made a great team! They are sharing many special moments together!

Dad and daughter made a great team! They are sharing many special moments together!

Starting the day off right with prayer and a song. So sweet to hear the voices joining together to say "How Great Thou Art".

Starting the day off right with prayer and a song. So sweet to hear the voices joining together to say “How Great Thou Art”.

What makes our doctors so great is the way they connect with their patients. They take the time to show them that they care.

What makes our doctors so great is the way they connect with their patients. They take the time to show them that they care.

 

January 22, 2015
Lots of great stuff happening today! Here are some of our friends from the village who have come into the clinic to see us!

Lots of great stuff happening today! Here are some of our friends from the village who have come into the clinic to see us!

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We have fabulous translators! Sometimes they just can't watch the procedures though!c

We have fabulous translators! Sometimes they just can’t watch the procedures though!c

Look how professional this dental team looks with their matching outfits!

Look how professional this dental team looks with their matching outfits!

We love working with our Haitian colleagues- Ruth and Dr. Lavaud!

We love working with our Haitian colleagues- Ruth and Dr. Lavaud!

Pat has her hands full today teaching about measurement using toy cars and her fancy recycled track!

Pat has her hands full today teaching about measurement using toy cars and her fancy recycled track!

Linda has a line of patients waiting for therapy outside her "room" (aka the bathroom). Adaptable is our middle name!

Linda has a line of patients waiting for therapy outside her “room” (aka the bathroom). Adaptable is our middle name!

Look at Lisa smiling at her computer today! She has kept the EMR system up and running perfectly!

Look at Lisa smiling at her computer today! She has kept the EMR system up and running perfectly!

The cutie of the day!

The cutie of the day!

Little big man came to the clinic on his own today !

Little big man came to the clinic on his own today !

Twins!

Twins!

This fella was literally walking taller when he left the clinic today. Before....after.

This fella was literally walking taller when he left the clinic today. Before….after.

This fella was literally walking taller when he left the clinic today. Before....after.

This fella was literally walking taller when he left the clinic today. Before….after.

Our last two patients were characters! They used Becky as their personal water boy!

Our last two patients were characters! They used Becky as their personal water boy!

Chris is a trooper! It's "Not Happy Baby" day and he gets to measure them all. Plus he's the King of Urine. We love you Chris!

Chris is a trooper! It’s “Not Happy Baby” day and he gets to measure them all. Plus he’s the King of Urine. We love you Chris!

 

January 23, 2015
Chris is a trooper! It's "Not Happy Baby" day and he gets to measure them all. Plus he's the King of Urine. We love you Chris!

Chris is a trooper! It’s “Not Happy Baby” day and he gets to measure them all. Plus he’s the King of Urine. We love you Chris!

We've been privileged to treat several local police officials. We are thankful that they work hard to keep the peace in Grand Goave.

We’ve been privileged to treat several local police officials. We are thankful that they work hard to keep the peace in Grand Goave.

We've been privileged to treat several local police officials. We are thankful that they work hard to keep the peace in Grand Goave.

We’ve been privileged to treat several local police officials. We are thankful that they work hard to keep the peace in Grand Goave.

Translated in English, "eerwwwaaaagh".

Translated in English, “eerwwwaaaagh”.

Cutie of the day! Bonus- she's not crying!

Cutie of the day! Bonus- she’s not crying!

As a treat yesterday after clinic, we enjoyed a ride on the boat to Taino Beach. It was fun to swim and haggle with the vendors selling their goods!

As a treat yesterday after clinic, we enjoyed a ride on the boat to Taino Beach. It was fun to swim and haggle with the vendors selling their goods!

As a treat yesterday after clinic, we enjoyed a ride on the boat to Taino Beach. It was fun to swim and haggle with the vendors selling their goods!

As a treat yesterday after clinic, we enjoyed a ride on the boat to Taino Beach. It was fun to swim and haggle with the vendors selling their goods!

As a treat yesterday after clinic, we enjoyed a ride on the boat to Taino Beach. It was fun to swim and haggle with the vendors selling their goods!

As a treat yesterday after clinic, we enjoyed a ride on the boat to Taino Beach. It was fun to swim and haggle with the vendors selling their goods!

Lots of education going on today in the classrooms. The teachers also learned how to administer fluoride treatments weekly to the students.

Lots of education going on today in the classrooms. The teachers also learned how to administer fluoride treatments weekly to the students.

Lots of education going on today in the classrooms. The teachers also learned how to administer fluoride treatments weekly to the students.

Lots of education going on today in the classrooms. The teachers also learned how to administer fluoride treatments weekly to the students.

Ask Teresa later about what is in that bucket!

Ask Teresa later about what is in that bucket!

Our birthday girls!!

Our birthday girls!!

 

January 24, 2015
We capped the week with a Teacher Appreciation dinner for the MOHI teachers. They are training the future of Haiti.

We capped the week with a Teacher Appreciation dinner for the MOHI teachers. They are training the future of Haiti.

We capped the week with a Teacher Appreciation dinner for the MOHI teachers. They are training the future of Haiti.

We capped the week with a Teacher Appreciation dinner for the MOHI teachers. They are training the future of Haiti.

We capped the week with a Teacher Appreciation dinner for the MOHI teachers. They are training the future of Haiti.

We capped the week with a Teacher Appreciation dinner for the MOHI teachers. They are training the future of Haiti.

Goodbye Haiti! See you again soon! This has been an incredible team- skilled, compassionate, and adaptable!!

Goodbye Haiti! See you again soon! This has been an incredible team- skilled, compassionate, and adaptable!!

TEAM SPRING FEVER is looking for a few good team members to join us in HAITI for the week of March 21-28, 2015. What could be better after a loooong, cold, wet winter than a week of service in beautiful, warm Haiti?? We are still looking for dental providers, RNs, EMTs, and non medical. We will have our first meeting this Thursday, January 29, 2015. Please contact us if you are interested in joining this wonderful team.

TEAM SPRING FEVER is looking for a few good team members to join us in HAITI for the week of March 21-28, 2015. What could be better after a loooong, cold, wet winter than a week of service in beautiful, warm Haiti?? We are still looking for dental providers, RNs, EMTs, and non medical. We will have our first meeting this Thursday, January 29, 2015. Please contact us if you are interested in joining this wonderful team.

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Team Lean and Mean Arrives

I returned to my office for a few days this week and started catching up on emails. After all the hospitality work I’d been doing, it was nice to be able to focus on administrative tasks for a little while.

Monday was the 5th anniversary of the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti. As I reflected on the horror of that moment, and the uncertainty of the hours and weeks following, I remembered the sense of uncertainty and hopelessness that clung to all of us. I also thought of how many millions of people were affected here in Haiti and throughout the world by that one short moment in time. It is estimated that some 300,000 people died that day (or shortly thereafter). Each of those individuals had family and friends who were left brokenhearted. For many months afterward we all wondered which of our friends had survived and which had not. I remember seeing Pastor Guy a few months later. I was so happy to see him, realizing that he’d been spared right in the middle of Port-au-Prince. We all laughed, hugged and stared at each other a bit longer than we normally would.

Monday marked 5 years since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti.

Monday marked 5 years since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti.

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Our daughter, Alexis posted the following video on her Facebook this week. It’s a song written for the 5 year anniversary and performed by dozens of popular singers in Haiti – including the president of Haiti, Michel Joseph Martelly. It had me reduced to tears. I realize many of you won’t understand the words and many of the scenes are graphic, just as our lives were at that time, but I thought I’d share it with you anyway. If you don’t want to listen to the entire song, at least listen to the first 30 seconds or so. President Martelly is the first person to actually sing in the video (and he has a very nice voice). The song is mostly in Haitian Créole with a little bit of English thrown in. Among other things, the song calls on God to help the people of Haiti because of the intensity of the pain they are feeling.

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Those of you who have stayed at the MOHI missionary compound here in Grand-Goâve will remember the house next door that was also destroyed in the earthquake. The house was built just a few feet from the MOHI compound wall. Probably a year or so after the earthquake, the owner knocked down the second floor, but he left the first floor standing. He had so much invested in the house. He was hoping against hope he’d be able to salvage it. Five years later, he finally decided he was ready to let it go. We made arrangements with him to have our crew knock the building down. Two days later it was gone. Everything at the compound was totally covered with concrete dust, so we’re still cleaning up from that. Rain has fallen since then, so all the dust is settled now. When I came out of my room this afternoon, as the sun was getting low, this is what I saw. (The picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s quite lovely in person.)

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We had a very active week in the clinic, with several severe cases. I continue to thank God for providing for all our need as we minister to our students and neighbors: spirit, soul, and body. I’m so glad Leah is back in the saddle again and I’m thanking God for His grace in her life.

Dr. Miche Lavaud completing a medical consultation in the clinic at Mission of Hope International

Dr. Miche Lavaud completing a medical consultation in the clinic at Mission of Hope International

Dr. Olga Smulders-Meyer examining a woman in the medical clinic at Mission of Hope International

Dr. Olga Smulders-Meyer examining a woman in the medical clinic at Mission of Hope International

Dr. Vicki Kvedar doing an eye exam with one of the patients at the Mission of Hope International Medical Clinic

Dr. Vicki Kvedar doing an eye exam with one of the patients at the Mission of Hope International Medical Clinic

Leah and Mama Angelise

Leah and Mama Angelise

Waiting to see the doctor

Waiting to see the doctor

Evangelina Worcester helping in the medical clinic

Evangelina Worcester helping in the medical clinic

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Our students had exams this past week. Leah always has clever comments when she sees a photo…

"Awwwww. Stressing out about that exam a little, Pumpkin?" - Leah Fuller

“Awwwww. Stressing out about that exam a little, Pumpkin?” – Leah Fuller

Something tells me someone was being a little sassy here!

Something tells me someone was being a little sassy here!

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We’ve been anticipating the arrival of this team from Bless Back Worldwide. They call themselves “Team Lean and Mean.”

Bless Back Worldwide's Team Lean and Mean

Bless Back Worldwide’s Team Lean and Mean

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This team will be focusing on medical/dental clinics and teacher training/appreciation this week. They also will do some ministry in the Gallet (the village near the missionary compound) as they do each time they come.

Bless Back Worldwide joined us for our Sunday Morning Worship Service in Thozin

Bless Back Worldwide joined us for our Sunday Morning Worship Service in Thozin

Lisa McCloy (Bless Back Worldwide's Team Lean and Mean) helps prepare the laptops for tomorrow's medical clinic.

Lisa McCloy (Bless Back Worldwide’s Team Lean and Mean) helps prepare the laptops for tomorrow’s medical clinic.

Team Lean and Mean join the worship team Sunday night.

Team Lean and Mean join the worship team Sunday night.

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I shared this picture on Facebook this week, but for those of you don’t indulge in Facebook, I wanted to share these with you. I absolutely LOVE seeing my husband interact with older people.

Pastor Lex has many friends.

Pastor Lex has many friends.

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And here are a few snapshots from this morning’s service in Thozin. Lex preached at the church in St. Etienne and Pastor Sean Moore shared a message here in Thozin with us. It was a very encouraging message about going through hard times and seeing Jesus right there with you in the midst of it (Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, and the storm where the disciples woke Jesus to tell him they were about to die). The message was a blessing to me personally and I could sense the congregation was really ingesting it, as well.

Sunday Morning in Thozin

Sunday Morning in Thozin

Thank you for your interest in Mission of Hope International, your prayers and your financial support. Together we are working to positively impact the lives of many of our neighbors in Haiti. God bless you!

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Leah’s back!!! Yay!!! In all the highlights of this week (of which there are quite a few!) Leah’s return is the highest of the highs for me. She was back for a day and I realized it was as if she was never gone. Friday morning Lex told me he didn’t think she’d be wanting to go to the clinic yet. Since she’d just arrived and we had the Christian Leadership Academy taking place at the missionary compound, he figured she’d wait until Monday. I assured him that would NOT be the case. I was right this time. She walked up to the clinic first thing in the morning – walking so that she could stop and greet all her babies along the way. Welcome home kiddo! (I’m not sure when I started considering twenty-somethings kids, but apparently I have!)

Leah, Liz and Lina

Leah, Liz and Lina

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MOHI Medical Clinic

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While Dr. Lavaud, Dr. Manoucheka and Nurse Ruth held down the medical clinic, Chel and her team from central Massachusetts visited some of the surrounding villages in the mobile medical clinic. With several respiratory therapists and students, they focused on educating the local people about lung health. They also did blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, as well as wound care and basic first aid for those in need. Those needing to see a doctor were given appointments at the MOHI medical clinic.

Mobile medical clinic with Chel Finn's team from central Massachusetts

Mobile medical clinic with Chel Finn’s team from central Massachusetts

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We were grateful for Rich Edson who joined Chel’s team, even though he was not a medical professional. He blessed us with his carpentry skills, building several shelving units in the missionary rooms. Thank you, Rich!!!

Rich Edson building shelves in Leah's new room

Rich Edson building shelves in Leah’s new room

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In addition to Chel’s amazing team, we also welcomed several people who came to minister in the Christian Leadership Academy. Pastor Dan Lee and Don Tiesenga arrived last week. They were joined by Stuart and Maike Rankin. Stuart and Maike went through the earthquake with us 5 years ago and both returned to assist us during that first year. This is their first time here in the past four years, and also their first visit here as husband and wife. Pastor Rex Holt and Chris Creighton came in from Southern California. Nurse Liz Cambo also made a return visit this week.

Sam's found a friend in Liz Cambo!

Sam’s found a friend in Liz Cambo!

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The Christian Leadership Academy was an amazing event this year. The daytime sessions were held in front of the ocean at the missionary compound under the choukoun (giant gazebo or round pavilion). It was such a pleasant atmosphere for everyone and we received over five hundred people the first morning. This is the biggest event we’ve ever held at that location and we were so pleased with the church members who worked so hard to make everyone feel so welcomed. General sessions and workshops alike were eagerly attended and people were fully engaged in learning. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Pastor Dan preached the opening evening service and Pastor Rex Friday and Saturday evenings. Each service was well attended and the people were grateful for the ministry of the Holy Spirit in each one.

Christian Leadership Academy morning sessions

Christian Leadership Academy morning sessions

Feeding hundreds of leaders

Feeding hundreds of leaders

Studying and discussing the Bible

Studying and discussing the Bible

Workshops

Workshops

Preparing to receive overnight guests at the school

Preparing to receive overnight guests at the school

Evening services during the Christian Leadership Academy

Evening services during the Christian Leadership Academy

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If you’ve been following what’s been happening at MOHI recently, you know we’ve been working on reconstructing and adding to our couples rooms. This construction had a time limit which arrived yesterday. We are so grateful to God and all the workers who literally worked around the clock to finish these rooms in time to receive guests from Mission E4. Indeed the team arrived last night and were able to sleep in these rooms.

Missionary Housing

Missionary Housing

Welcome to the team from Mission E4!

Welcome to the team from Mission E4!

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………..This morning we were privileged once again to baptize twelve new believers in the ocean in front of the missionary compound. From the songs of joy to the shouts of hallelujah, everyone was blessed to see these declarations of faith in action.

Twelve people were baptized this morning at the missionary compound.

Twelve people were baptized this morning at the missionary compound.

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Pastor Dan Lee brought the closing message for the Christian Leadership Academy this morning. Gama did an amazing job with the translating, allowing the message to flow and the people to understand and receive the words spoken.

Sunday morning in Thozin

Sunday morning in Thozin

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Lex and I so appreciate everyone who made this week so totally remarkable: our construction workers, masons, carpenters, plumbers and electricians – all the ministers who ministered at the Christian Leadership Academy, all those who cooked, cleaned, registered guests, arranged the sound, ran the errands, made airport runs – all those who attended the event – AND as always, all who have supported us this week in prayer and with financial donations, we are so grateful for your partnership and all that it is causing to take place in Haiti. Thank you!

2015 Even Better!

By the grace of God and so many generous donors, 2014 was an incredible year! Over 140,000 meals were served, water was brought to our St Etienne campus, Leah joined us full time, we received a mobile clinic from the Chapel, Bless Black Worldwide invested in the renovations of our medical rooms, thousands of pounds of food and clothing were distributed, homes were built for families in need, we held our first (and very well received) Women’s Health Fair, dozens of decisions were made for Christ, over 800 students received attended school and Lex ate alligator for the first time. Thank you for making this a great year. We look forward to an even better year in 2015. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones from all of us at MOHI in Haiti!

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We appreciate John Armour’s hard work to get our plumbing set up for us. Our guys had a great time working with him, too.

Plumbing with John Armour

Plumbing with John Armour

Conscience International demolishing and hauling rubble

Conscience International demolishing and hauling rubble

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We continue to work hard at completing the couples rooms at the missionary compound. Today the rooms are being tiled and bathroom fixtures installed.

Couple's rooms construction

Couple’s rooms construction

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Cheryl “Chel” Finn arrived on Thursday with a team from Central Massachusetts. They have already participated in quite a range of activities. They toured much of MOHI and some of Grand-Goâve, built a set of shelves, hauled off rubble, enjoyed a boat ride to the beach, packaged and distributed food in a neighboring village, and held the first of 5 community health outreaches, focused on respiratory health teachings, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings.

Chel's team tours the school

Chel’s team tours the school

Community Health Outreach

Community Health Outreach

Packaging food for distribution

Packaging food for distribution

Village ministry and food distribution

Village ministry and food distribution

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We said goodbye again to Alexis on Saturday. She’s now back in Tulsa, completing her last semester of high school. She’ll also be traveling to Peru during her Spring break. Thank you to all of you who have chosen to encourage her by donating toward the cost of this mission trip. She’s over half way to reaching her goal of $2,000. If you would like to help with these expenses you can make a donation here – please make a note that the donation is to be used toward this trip to Peru.  Thank you.

 

 

Friends do each other's hair

Friends do each other’s hair

Saying goodbye

Saying goodbye

Brother and Sister saying goodbye

Brother and Sister saying goodbye

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As Alexis was leaving, Pastor Dan Lee, Don Tiesenga and Lina Worcester were arriving at MOHI. We have a long history with Dan and Don and are always so blessed when they come to Haiti to lend a hand. Dan always has such great insights to share with the church, as well as with Lex and I personally. Don is quite proficient at counting pills in the pharmacy and loving on kids. One of the kids he fell in love with about ten years ago was Madona Bazile. I loved watching him search her out at church today and the way his face brightened when he located her and her mom. Of course Madona is no longer a little kid. She is in her final year of nursing school and working full time at the Be Like Brit orphanage.

Gama translates for Pastor Dan Lee

Gama translates for Pastor Dan Lee

Don and Madona

Don and Madona

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Lina is here for several weeks. We look forward to getting to know her better and for the help she will offer.

Our churches are almost as excited about our upcoming (Thursday through Sunday) Christian Leadership Academy. We have changed the format a bit this year. The daytime sessions will be only for registered church leaders and pastors (registration is free to them) and will be held at the missionary compound on the Bay of La Gonave. Breakfast and lunch will be served in between sessions. The evening sessions will be open to the public and held at the Thozin campus. Please keep this event in prayer as you think of us. We are expecting dozens of senior pastors from churches throughout the country who are just now learning of our ministry here.

Here are some pictures from this morning’s worship service in Thozin:

Sunday School Sweetie

Sunday School Sweetie

Chel greets the church

Chel greets the church

Mr. & Mrs. Ary

Mr. & Mrs. Ary

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church service in Thozin

Pastor Laramie Brown praying at church this morning

Pastor Laramie Brown praying at church this morning

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Every now and then something will catch my attention and make me laugh. Here was one such moment…

Who is very the best?

Who is very the best?

Thank you so much for your continued interest in Mission of Hope International. If you haven’t visited us yet, please consider forming or joining a team to come serve and witness for yourself how the Lord is moving here in Haiti. Contact us today! God bless you!

Madame Ary

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration and are anticipating a new year filled with love, joy, health and prosperity. May you be blessed (in all ways) to be a blessing!

While I didn’t take the week off from work, I did take it off from my office. I spent many hours cooking and baking for Christmas and also for Angelise’s wedding. While I was available to hang out with my daughter during her short break from school in Tulsa, the reality is that we didn’t get too much time together. I was quickly reminded of why it was so difficult for her to focus on school here. She spent her week at rehearsals, at the beach with the Hands and Feet Project, doing hair, helping the Be Like Brit kids prepare for their Christmas Eve presentation and generally visiting with most everyone in the city! Nevertheless, I have been so enjoying having her home for a little bit.

AJay, Alexis & Esther

AJay, Alexis & Esther

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After raising two American children in Haiti, Lex and I have quite the repertoire of things that families living in Haiti are likely to miss from America – especially at Christmas time. We are blessed with so many American missionaries that we are able to fellowship with. Three of these families stayed in Haiti for Christmas, along with their children. These families are all making apparent sacrifices to live here and serve the people of Haiti. It was a blessing to be able to invite them over for Christmas dinner and enjoy watching the kids open their gifts.

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Missionary Christmas

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Angelise’s wedding was absolutely beautiful and we are so happy for her and Ary (aka “Harry”). As is customary in Haiti, we will now call Angelise Madame Ary. Here are some pictures from their special day.

One of the groups that sang at the wedding

One of the groups that sang at the wedding

My favorite pic from the wedding - the vows

My favorite pic from the wedding – the vows

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In Haiti, the kiss is by far the favorite part of the wedding ceremony. The anticipation of the guests are visibly and audibly apparent as the moment approaches. Lex will often add to the fun by having the groom move down the isle and begin his approach to his bride, culminating in the kiss. He then has the bride do the same. I have to say, Angelise’s approach and kiss were markedly better than Ary’s.

The Kiss - es!

The Kiss – es!

The spread

The spread

Some of the wedding party

Some of the wedding party

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple

The Happy Bride

The Happy Bride

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Christmas Eve day we were able to show our support of our students that live at the Be Like Brit orphanage. They put on a special program with singing, dancing and skits.

Christmas Eve at BLB

Christmas Eve at BLB

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Work continued this week at the missionary compound at Cayes Mirliton. This is where we house so many teams coming in to serve in Haiti.

Going from plywood to concrete at the missionary compound

Going from plywood to concrete at the missionary compound

Flooring in the choukoun

Flooring in the choukoun

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School is on Christmas break, but the medical clinic operated all week with people from our communities receiving medical consultations and medicines for all that ailed them.

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Medical Clinic

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We are always so grateful to John Armour for his support. John created the amazing water filtration system that we use at the mission to produce pure water for drinking. He also worked with our Haitian crews to form up the footings for our school construction (among many other things). John is back at MOHI for a few days, specifically to re-route our plumbing and re-install the water system in a new location at the missionary compound. An added benefit is that we were blessed by his preaching ministry this morning in the church service in Thozin.

Welcome back to Haiti John Armour!

Welcome back to Haiti John Armour!

This morning at the church in Thozin

This morning at the church in Thozin

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Please join us in praying for a New Year filled with blessings for the people of Haiti. Happy New Year to you all. May your days be filled with love, joy and peace.

Mianna

I was touched this week by the tiniest little person. Mianna was brought to our clinic earlier in the week by her neighbor. Her mother died about a month ago and she was being cared for by a pastor’s wife. By the time she got to our clinic she was in very poor condition. A tiny baby, weighing only 3 pounds, but with the appearance of a 90 year old.

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Baby Mianna

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I have had many conversations with Leah about the dangers of babies failing to thrive and suffering from malnutrition. I know that there are a couple of nutrition programs that Leah refers people to, but I don’t know how to contact them. It so happens, fellow missionaries, Carrie and Ashleigh were in the clinic with another little girl at the same time. I brought them to Mianna and asked if they knew of any programs for malnourished babies. They didn’t, but Carrie told me that they would take the woman and baby to go buy formula and help out any way they could. In the meantime, I called Leah in Florida and sent her a picture of Mianna. Leah told me the baby should go to the hospital in Petit Goave immediately. I called Carrie and they brought Mianna to the hospital. The doctor was pretty nonchalant about the whole situation and told Carrie Mianna would be in the hospital for a week before she would have her strength back. We were all saddened when Mianna died on the second night.

In situations like this, I usually have lots of “what ifs” going through my mind.
“What if they’d brought her to us when her mother first died?”
“What if Leah were here?”
“What if we’d reacted more quickly?”
But of course it’s too late for what ifs. I’m so grateful for Carrie and Ashleigh having been there to care for Mianna, for bringing her to the hospital and for making burial arrangements for her. I believe they did it for the least of these and so Jesus considers that they did it for Him. (reference: Matthew 25:45)

Baby Mianna at almost 2 months of age, Carrie and Ashleigh

Baby Mianna at almost 2 months of age, Carrie and Ashleigh

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special people at clinic

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Sean Collins, who spent 3 weeks with us last month, came by to visit for a couple of days with his brother. The many friends he’d made among the student population were so happy to see him. They also enjoyed doing some more work with him on the laptops.

Sean Collins returns with his brother

Sean Collins returns with his brother

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It’s a fun time of year for our preschoolers. Okay, so most times are fun for them, but now it’s Christmas time!

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preschoolers

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We have been housing many married couples and Leah in our transitional houses, constructed of plywood. We recently began rebuilding them using concrete and adding a second floor. This building will need to be operational in January, as we will be hosting as many as 60 people at a time. Our crew of experienced masons, steel workers and carpenters, along with lots of laborers have been working almost round the clock so that we will be ready for our soon coming guests.

Missionary Housing

Missionary Housing

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We are particularly excited about a great group of ministers coming in for our Christian Leadership Academy. Added to the list of amazing folks this week? Stuart & Maike Rankin! Stuart and Maike were leading the American/German team that was with us when the earthquake hit almost 5 years ago. They were (finally – in my opinion) married over a year ago and have been living in Germany. Maike was very instrumental in obtaining a grant from Ein Herz fur Kinder towards building the school in Thozin and Stuart returned a few weeks after getting home to serve an extended time with us after the quake. We are all so excited for their return.

Stuart and Maike Rankin

Stuart and Maike Rankin

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Also returning this week, architect Paul Fallon stopped in for a couple of days. It was great to be able to show him around the school, and for him to see the students using it. He also came at a great time, when we needed a bit of architectural advice on the water tower and some of the rooms at the missionary compound.

Paul Fallon returns to visit the school he designed and supervised construction of

Paul Fallon returns to visit the school he designed and supervised construction of

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Last night we came home from the airport with our daughter, Alexis. What an emotionally charged reuniting we had. She has been living in Tulsa, OK and attending Victory Christian School for her senior year of high school. It seems that every time I saw her today she was being hugged by someone else. Realizing that Alexis has spent most of her life in Haiti and grown up in front of our church and mission community (since she was three!), it’s no wonder that she has been missed by so many.

Carline and Alexis

Carline and Alexis

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It was such a joy to hear Alexis’ voice once again in our church services today! This morning Pastor Laramie Brown shared a very informative message and tonight Scott Long joined us with Pastor Scott Larson and a young man who has quite a remarkable testimony of the power of forgiveness.

Pastor Laramie with Cledson translating his message

Pastor Laramie with Cledson translating his message

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This week will be a time of showing appreciation to our staff and fellow missionaries, as we celebrate Christmas with them. Angelise will be getting married on Saturday. Woo Hoo! In the midst of all the celebrating, we are already busy preparing for our Christian Leadership Academy, January 8-11, 2015! Thank you for joining us in prayer that many hearts will be touched during all of these special events.

Thank you so much for reading and for supporting this ministry. Many hands make light work! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

Happily Ever After

In less than two weeks my friend of 13 years will be married. Many of you who have visited Mission of Hope in Haiti have met Angelise and have been the recipient of her wonderful hospitality. Lex will be performing the ceremony at the missionary compound. We are decorating the choukoun (large gazebo in front of the ocean) and trying to get the lawn to fill in…although it’s not likely to happen in time. Angelise has been cooking for us for years and now I get to cook for her and her guests. I’m really excited about this big event and I’m excited for her “happily ever after” finally arriving. Angelise changed her wedding date so that Alexis could be for it. Apparently it’s critical that Alexis be here to do her makeup. I’m just kidding, that’s just an added benefit.

Preparing for as long as you both shall live.

Preparing for as long as you both shall live.

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Amy Long quickly worked her way into the hearts of many of our students. As she prepared to leave on Thursday, preschoolers broke into a loud chant, “AMY! AMY! AMY!”

Multi-tasking?  Always.

Multi-tasking? Always.

Nurse Ruth did everything but kiss the booboo.

Nurse Ruth did everything but kiss the booboo.

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Dr. Lavaud, Dr. Manoucheka (Dr. Lavaud’s wife) and Nurse Ruth have been taking care of lots of sick people this week. I burned myself this week while making breakfast for a team and Nurse Ruth fell over herself trying to take care of bandaging my burns. No worries, the burns were minor, I just needed to bandage them up so I could work with my fingers. We’ve been seeing a lot of little ones in the clinic. I’m so grateful for donors who provide food, clothing and medicine for many of our patients.

Prayer, vitals and gifts of food and baby clothing are part of the medical ministry at MOHI.

Prayer, vitals and gifts of food and baby clothing are part of the medical ministry at MOHI.

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We had a special treat this morning at church. While Lex was with our St Etienne, we in Thozin were blessed with a very relevant message from our missionary friend, Sean Moore (serving at the Hands and Feet Project). It was the first time he has preached at the church, but certainly not the last. He prayed for several groups of people during the message and brought forth some powerful truths about the importance of beginnings. The one scripture he shared that really struck me was from Titus 2:14, speaking of Jesus Christ, “who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” He stressed that Jesus gave Himself for us to redeem us (meaning that we NEED redeeming!). The last part of the verse spoke to me – we are to be a purified people who are EAGER to do good. I want to be eager to do good! I want to be someone who looks for opportunities to do good!

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We were joined this morning by teams from the Hands and Feet Project and Be Like Brit. Renord was happy to accommodate the Hands and Feet Project’s team when they requested a tour of our facility. Since the kids at the Hands and Feet Project all come to school and church at MOHI, we are very much an extension of the project’s ministry to these kids. We love partnering with them, too!

A team from the Hands and Feet Project

A team from the Hands and Feet Project

Mountains, Peanut Butter, Peru, Really!

This week we hosted a team from Clinicians of the World, based out of Rochester, MN. They spent the week in the mountains of Grand-Goâve, educating about parasites and treating children for worms.

Friends from Clinicians of the World pose with Dr. Lavaud's wife - who is also Dr. Lavaud.  Dr. Rowlens and his team worked with people living in the mountains of Grand-Goâve all week.

Friends from Clinicians of the World pose with Dr. Lavaud’s wife – who is also Dr. Lavaud. Dr. Rowlens and his team worked with people living in the mountains of Grand-Goâve all week.

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Our dear missionary friends, Bob and Sally Heier, joined us for the week. Besides keeping us up late at night, they helped with organizing our e-book collection and working with our Haitian staff in the medical clinic. Wednesday was an extra special time for everyone up in the mountains of St Etienne. Medical care is hard to come by in the area (just like water used to be!), so every Wednesday we have lots of patients. We had a great team working together to make sure that all 59 patients were seen.

We so loved having Bob and Sally with us this week!!!

We so loved having Bob and Sally with us this week!!!

AJay assists Dr. Lavaud during clinic in St Etienne

AJay assists Dr. Lavaud during clinic in St Etienne

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Dr. Lavaud was at a seminar this week, learning about the importance of vitamin A for those in our communities. His wife, Dr. Lavaud (too!) was happy to fill in for him all week. She and Nurse Ruth kept things going and helped many who were not feeling well.

Pastor Bauvais prayers with patients before the doctor starts seeing patients.

Pastor Bauvais prayers with patients before the doctor starts seeing patients.

Dr. Lavaud's wife (Dr. Lavaud 2) worked with Ruth this week in the clinic.

Dr. Lavaud’s wife (Dr. Lavaud 2) worked with Ruth this week in the clinic.

We often give out layettes in the clinic - these were provided by World Wide Lighthouse Missions (Manchester, CT)

We often give out layettes in the clinic – these were provided by World Wide Lighthouse Missions (Manchester, CT)

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A couple of years ago, we were asking people to donate jars of peanut butter for MOHI while we were Stateside, with the intention of shipping the peanut butter to Haiti before we returned ourselves. Our friends, Charles & Cheryl Finn, who have been coming to Haiti for close to a decade now, decided to get others involved. The next thing we knew, there was a great Peanut Butter Challenge going on among several volunteer fire departments in central Massachusetts. (They tell me that firefighters are a rather competitive bunch. I never knew.) Charles went to work making a special trophy for the winning department. We are so grateful to all the generous firefighters who worked so hard to gather peanut butter for a third year.

Cheryl shared this good news with us: “And now the long-awaited news of the winners in the 3rd Annual Great Peanut Butter Challenge!!
The coveted Great Peanut Butter Trophy goes to
EAST BROOKFIELD for the 2nd year in a row! Congratulations!!!
Our other winners were:
2nd place. Uxbridge Fire
3rd place. Mendon Fire
Honorable Mention to our other participating departments of Ashburnham, Douglas and Rutland.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated!! All together we collected 1,060.26 lbs of peanut butter–WOW!! So many children will be fed because of each of you. Well done, well done, well done.”

The East Brookfield (MA) Fire Department brings home the coveted Peanut Butter trophy again this year.

The East Brookfield (MA) Fire Department brings home the coveted Peanut Butter trophy again this year.

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Lex has been working daily for weeks now in St. Etienne. As you can see from the pictures below, he is making great progress with the water tower up there.

The water tower in St Etienne

The water tower in St Etienne

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In case you haven’t noticed, I am particularly fond of our preschoolers. They are all just so CUTE!!! Once they get past being terrified of us white folks, they become quite affectionate.

Preschool is FUN!

Preschool is FUN!

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If I were to have a favorite, Stanley certainly might qualify. My office is very small and normally AJay is at the other tiny desk doing his school work. This week, however, he went to St. Etienne on Wednesday, so when Stanley came for his daily visit, he found a seat to sit in. I ended up finding some crayons and giving him a picture to color. Well, he is only 3 years old, so his scribbles didn’t surprise me. I decided to see if I could teach him to color in specific spaces rather than just scribbling. How do you think he did?

Stanley hard at work

Stanley hard at work

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Church in Thozin this morning was a joy for me. We had a guest musical group in that really encouraged the congregation. The married women’s group sang a song. They may not be the best singers, but Haitians love their mothers so much that we always enjoy hearing them. Pastor Lex shared a “get ready to celebrate Christmas” message that was enjoyable, funny, thought provoking and faith building.

I’m not very fond of seeing people point their fingers and say “you have no faith” or “you’re full of doubt.” It may be true, but unless you tell me something else, I won’t know what to do about it. Today Lex shared some of his “no faith” or “doubt filled” moments with the church. They were funny to look back on, but seemed quite intense when we were going through them. I felt like people were encouraged that even if they are lacking in faith, there is hope. They don’t have to stay in that state. I mean, look at the things Pastor Lex went through. God was gracious and he was able to turn his back on his doubts and put his trust in God. I think I could do that, too!

Worship Service in Thozin

Worship Service in Thozin

Standing in front of their Sunday School class

Standing in front of their Sunday School class

Personalities are seen even during prayer times.

Personalities are seen even during prayer times.

The yard takes quite a while to clear after church.  We like it that way!

The yard takes quite a while to clear after church. We like it that way!

Big sisters love caring for their little brothers.

Big sisters love caring for their little brothers.

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While we were in Florida at the end of September, we were happy to make a new friend. Amy Long has a long history in Haiti, but has been back in the States for just over a year. She talked to us about her desire to return to Haiti. We’re so glad that a visit to Mission of Hope International was on her agenda this week. She arrived this morning, just in time to join us for church. Afterwards we gave her a little tour and introduced her to some of our friends here. It was so fun for me to watch her tease and joke with everyone in Créole. Amy is in Haiti to visit a couple of places and she is expecting the Lord to show her where her next home will be. Would you pray with us concerning this, as well? If MOHI is the place the Lord has for her, then we definitely want to welcome her on board. If it’s somewhere else, we want her to know that and be free to follow the Lord’s leading. Thank you for your prayers.

Amy Long knows Haiti.  Her first morning here she was cracking jokes with everyone.  I think we could get along!

Amy Long knows Haiti. Her first morning here she was cracking jokes with everyone. I think we could get along!

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As many of you are aware, our daughter, Alexis, is living with a wonderful family in Tulsa, OK this year, while she completes her senior year of high school at Victory Christian School. She has been doing incredibly well in her classes, spiritual life, and socially, as well.

During Spring Break, her class will be traveling to Iquitos, Peru on a missions trip. Alexis has been praying and contacting some friends, hoping to be able to go with her class. The trip will cost $2,000. God has been good to her. This week several folks sent her support and she now has $400, the amount needed for the first payment.

Having been raised here in Haiti, Alexis loves reaching out to others. She told me that she would love to reach out to the people in Peru, but also that she would like to learn from the trip with the hope of bringing back something to Haiti.

I know many of you who have come to Haiti have been blessed by her – interpreting, singing, hiking, listening and encouraging are all areas that she excels at. Please prayerfully consider being a blessing to her by supporting her in prayer and with a financial gift so that she might continue being a blessing to others – this time in Peru.

Financial gifts can be made to Mission of Hope International and we will forward them to her school to pay the remainder of the trip money.  Please be sure to make a note in the memo “Alexis to Peru.”  Thank you.

Alexis in High School

Alexis in High School

Giving

Did you know that Giving Tuesday is this week?

Please remember our students here in Haiti as you consider giving this week. By sponsoring a class at the MOHI school, you will be helping to provide a great education, healthcare, nutrition and so much more to children that are truly in need of assistance. Just like Lex, who was able to attend school by the grace of a sponsor, these children will be prepared to impact the world around them. Please visit our sponsorship page and pledge from $10 to $100 per month to ensure these kids are receiving all the benefits that school will provide for them. Thank you.

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A few years ago we decided to start celebrating Thanksgiving here in Haiti. Although it’s not a national holiday here, we really do have plenty of reason to celebrate. This year our Thanksgiving celebration included friends from Haiti, America and Chile. We had a truly international experience with many people bringing dishes to share with everyone. Before dinner we had a baptism service where two American visitors were baptized. As we began eating, Pastor Laramie Brown read some excerpts from William Bradford’s writings, reminding us of America’s beginnings, the difficulties and deaths faced that first Winter, and the gratitude the colonists expressed to God for His provision and care.

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

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While Thanksgiving may be an American or Canadian holiday, it is certainly fitting for all who put their trust in the Lord to express their gratitude to Him in all things. I must admit that I am so grateful for the wonderful community we have become a part of here in Grand-Goâve. Fourteen years ago I felt very isolated, but today I am at home with both my Haitian friends/family and our international friends/family. I am truly blessed!

This week our friend and fellow missionary, Travis Knipple, brought his Haitian work crew to our Thozin campus to install a solar powered electrical system. Travis is an electrical engineer by trade and a missionary by heart. It was wonderful to have Travis, his wife Jamie and his workers join us for Thanksgiving dinner, too. Electricity is very expensive, as is running and maintaining a generator that usually runs for about 12 hours per day. This solar system will reduce those costs significantly, while also enabling us to expand our medical services. Having 24 hour electricity means we can consider storing medicines that require refrigeration – such as vaccines.

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Solar Installation at the Thozin Campus

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Dr. Lavaud and his staff continue to “hold down the fort” while Leah is in the States.`We had so many babies this week and lots of ear aches. We are so grateful for our Haitian medical staff that can tend to the needs of so many each week.

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The MOHI Medical Clinic was full of babies this week.

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School has been going well at both the Thozin and St Etienne campuses. This week we distributed peanut butter to over students in St Etienne.

Peanut butter distribution to over 200 students in St. Etienne

Peanut butter distribution to over 200 students in St. Etienne

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I often hear our school administrators and Lex saying that the success of our students is a direct result of the investment of our students, their parents and our teaching staff. All three aspects are critical to the students learning and performing well. Before we even moved to Haiti, Lex would share with me about his vision for the MOHI school. His desire was to have a school that would provide an outstanding education for kids whose families would never be able to send them to an expensive, private school where that quality of education might be found. Things did not start out quite so amazing, but today our track record is phenomenal. We have graduated four high school classes and every single one of those students have passed their national exams on their first attempt. Today we have students, parents and staff that are content and full of hope for a bright future for these incredible kids!

The preschool teachers have been decorating the classrooms for Christmas while the students continue working hard.

The preschool teachers have been decorating the classrooms for Christmas while the students continue working hard.

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Happy elementary school students at MOHI in Thozin

Did you do your homework?

Did you do your homework?

Stephanie Harper joined us for a few days of work as well as some R&R.

Stephanie Harper joined us for a few days of work as well as some R&R.

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Earlier in the week, Stephnie Harper joined us for a few days. Stephanie works at the Union School in Port-au-Prince and was looking to enjoy a few days outside the city. Besides helping to prepare some food for Thanksgiving, Stephanie also spent a day organizing some of our E-book titles.

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Two of our very favorite people arrived yesterday for a short visit. Bob and Sally Heier were our mules, carrying in some needed supplies for us – including something perhaps not so necessary, but definitely appreciated: Christmas lights! Sally is an amazing, Haiti-seasoned RN and will be helping out in the clinic some this week. Bob is an amazing preacher and blessed us this morning at the church service in Thozin.

Pastor Bob Heier preached the Word of God with power in Thozin this morning.

Pastor Bob Heier preached the Word of God with power in Thozin this morning.

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Dr. Rowlens Melduni also arrived yesterday with a medical team from Clinicians of the World. They will be working in the mountain regions of Grand-Goâve this week, focusing on providing medicine and education to rid children of worms. He was sharing with the church this morning that approximately 80% of all Haitians living in this area are infected with worms and they steal about 30% of the nutrition being consumed by their hosts. Medical care is almost nonexistent in many of the mountain communities. We are happy to be a support to Clinicians of the World as they work in these villages.

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Welcome to Clinicians of the World!

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It was great to have Dr. Rowlens share with the church about their work. LaSonya, who travels with the team, blessed us with a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace this morning.

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Dr Rowlens shared with the congregation about Clinicians of the World’s work in the mountains of Grand-Goâve and LaSonya did an amazing rendition of Amazing Grace.

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Another longtime missionary friend, Ed Locket, joined us in our worship service this morning, as well. We haven’t seen him in quite a while, as he spent considerable time in Honduras and also in the States. The church (including me!) was really interested in hearing his report about his time in Honduras. The area he was in has a lot of gang activity. Every day someone is killed. He told us that the government and police do what they can, but that the church also plays a critical role in impacting the community. As gang members hear the Good News of Jesus, they turn to Him and endeavor to follow His ways. Not only are they now preaching the Gospel, but they are no longer killing and they are influencing others to stop, as well.

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We LOVE having Ed Locket share about his adventures at church.

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Here are some more pictures from this morning in Thozin…

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Worship Music

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Snack time in Sunday School

Baptisms at the Missionary Compound this afternoon

Baptisms at the Missionary Compound this afternoon

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Most Sunday afternoons we have a bit of a crowd at the missionary compound, as friends and children come together to enjoy the beach and fellowship with one another. For the past month, we’ve had people getting baptized, too. It’s so awesome to see young people making the decision to die to their own selves and rise up to serve the King of kings.

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Did you know?…

The Thozin campus often serves as the local barber shop, as well.

The Thozin campus often serves as the local barber shop, as well.

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Thank you for taking the time to stay updated on our activities in Haiti. We appreciate you!!!