On November 11th we began our second visit to Haiti this year to minister to the people of Merger and on the island of La Gonave. On this trip we had a total of eleven team members ready to serve.
On our arrival we were able to hire an old school bus as a means of transportation from the airport in Port-au-Prince to the small village of Merger which lies 30-40 miles West of Port-au-Prince. We met with local, Pastor John who has continued to make a large impact on this community through his work called Success Ministries.
Success Ministries focuses primarily on the children of Merger with programs like English classes, technology classes, soccer (futbol), teaching, and feedings. While in Merger, our goal is to assist Pastor John in facilitating his normal Success Ministries functions and to provide other services to the needy we meet there.Today our focus was on a local orphanage called Smyrne. This orphanage is within walking distance from John’s home. This children’s home is often in need of food for the kids so our first course of business was to purchase and deliver some food to them. The streets of Merger can be difficult to hike by American standards with large rocks, deep cracks, and steep inclines. The store where we would purchase bags of rice, beans, oil, pasta, and more is also a hike from the orphanage. Our first real God moment of the trip came when we asked the facilitator of the orphanage what foods they were in need of. Her reply was that they had just completely run out of food. Our timing was impeccable even providential. The guys on our team then began the laborious process of carrying the supplies back to the orphanage while the girls began to prepare Bible lessons, games, and supplies for our visit with the kids. Visiting the kids is always a great joy for us because we see them light up and get excited to play with the “blancs” (whites). They all want to be held, picked up, swung around, and see themselves on our phones’ cameras. After playing with them for a little we got them settled down and seated. Jordan and Cynthia then told them the story of Adam and Eve and demonstrated how Jesus bridges the gap Adam created. Jordan had prepared an experiment using acetone and styrofoam cups to show how we are changed and moldable by Jesus’ blood. The kids wanted to perform a song for us, then we started painting with them. We brought them paints, brushes, and canvases and had them all do pictures. They thoroughly enjoyed painting pictures for us and we will be selling their paintings to raise funds for them. While waiting on the paintings to dry we played with the kids some more. Several months ago we visited them and one of our team members had left a guitar for them. We were excited to see some of the older kids could actually play it and were learning some praise songs.
Afterward we retired to Pastor John’s house again to rest and prepare for the next day of service. It was a great first day and many children were shown love and received good teaching. In addition it was so fulfilling to know they will have food on their tables. The team was also able to get a taste for what the rest of the trip would be like.
To be continued…