MOHI In Action
Sunday, January 14, 2024
As the first week of the new year unfolded, Mission of Hope International (MOHI) has been bustling with activity across its locations in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the USA. From serving symbolic pumpkin soup in Haiti to hosting a diverse team in the Dominican Republic and making waves in the USA, here's a glimpse into the impactful week that just passed.
Haiti: Nourishing Bodies and Souls
The school bells rang out once again, marking the end of the Christmas break in Haiti.
One heartwarming highlight was the serving of pumpkin soup to preschoolers and babies. Beyond its culinary appeal, the historical significance of this dish resonates deeply, connecting the children to their roots.
The vibrant atmosphere at Eglise Evangélique Mission of Hope in St. Etienne was enhanced by Gama, our guest preacher for the day.
Reports indicate that God's work is palpable in Thozin, inspiring hope and faith among the community.
Dominican Republic: Building Roofs and Building Bonds
The Dominican Republic witnessed a dynamic week with the arrival of Chair City Church's team, featuring multiple families and children from one to twelve years of age. The camaraderie between the visiting families and MOHI staff's children added a heartwarming touch to the week.
The team's hands-on involvement in constructing the roof for the La Grúa building, destined to house 12 families who lost their homes in a fire, showcased the power of collaboration and compassion.
Amidst the flurry of activity in the Dominican Republic, the visiting team from Chair City Church made sure to carve out time for morning devotions and evening debriefs. These intentional moments became a source of unity, strengthening the bond among team members and providing a space for reflection. During these times of spiritual connection, the team found solace and a deeper understanding of God's purpose in their collective mission. Such dedicated moments of reflection underscored the team's commitment to the physical projects at hand and the spiritual aspect of their journey.
An "excursion day" provided a break for the team, allowing them to explore Ocean World and indulge in snorkeling at Punta Rucia.
Six-year-old Leo happily volunteered for both the Sea Lion and Shark shows, showcasing his bold and fearless spirit (encouraged by his teammates). His enthusiasm added a lively touch to the events, reflecting the warmth and openness that define the MOHI family.
USA: Spreading Awareness and Changing Perceptions
Meanwhile, back in the USA, a significant moment unfolded as Alexis, daughter of MOHI leaders, addressed a community breakfast for nonprofit service providers. Her passionate and eloquent presentation tackled misconceptions surrounding refugees in the city, leaving a lasting impact on the audience.
This week showcased the power of collaboration, community, and compassion. As MOHI leaders reflect on the past week, they express gratitude for the support of friends, family, and partners. The verse from Ephesians 3:20 resonates as a testament to the faith and dedication that propels MOHI forward, believing in the potential for extraordinary impact. The journey continues, one step at a time, with the unwavering conviction that God's plans exceed human imagination.
Gratitude Overflowing: A Heartfelt Thank You to Taran & Katie Long
Some threads stand out more vibrantly in the vast tapestry of MOHI's mission. This month, we extend our deepest gratitude to Taran and Katie Long, whose unwavering commitment, compassion, and leadership have left an indelible mark on our organization.
Taran embodies the spirit of a true missionary leader. His bold approach and deep compassion have been a guiding light for those navigating mission trips. Taran's experience and knowledge have proven invaluable, providing a steadying presence in the midst of challenging circumstances. Taran's dedication to the well-being of others is evident. He patiently walks alongside individuals, helping them navigate the diverse array of emotions that a mission trip can unearth.
Beside Taran stands Katie, a force of organization and efficiency. Katie's adept organizational skills have been instrumental in streamlining various projects. Her ability to manage and coordinate ensures that every initiative runs smoothly, allowing the mission to reach its full potential.
Moreover, the Long children have become a source of joy within the mission community. Their presence adds a familial warmth, creating a welcoming environment for everyone involved. The Long family, as a unit, embodies the values of unity, support, and shared commitment to the mission.
So, here's to Taran and Katie Long—a dynamic duo whose contributions and sacrifices are shaping a brighter, more compassionate future for us all. We are grateful, blessed, and inspired by your presence in our mission.
Welcome: Bless Back Worldwide Medical Team
Last night marked a warm welcome for the team from Bless Back Worldwide in Charlotte, NC, as they joined us at Mission of Hope International. Anticipation and excitement fill the air as we embark on a week-long journey together, focused on impactful medical mission work. Our collaborative efforts will include conducting mobile clinics, engaging in home visits, and furthering training sessions with our dedicated Community Health Promoter, Marlouse. As we unite in this shared mission, we look forward to the meaningful experiences, connections, and positive change that will undoubtedly unfold in the days ahead.
In closing, we extend heartfelt gratitude to our readers and the countless individuals who continually offer prayers and financial support to MOHI. Your unwavering encouragement fuels our endeavors, enabling us to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those we serve. Together, as a community bound by compassion, we appreciate the collective effort that strengthens our mission. Your support is not merely a contribution; it is a vital part of the tapestry that weaves hope and positive change. Thank you for being integral to the journey of Mission of Hope International.