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2018 Haiti Team Presentation Sunday May 20

Dear friends, family and faithful supporters,

The 2018 Lifesong Haiti Team will be conducting a trip presentation Sunday, May 20th.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Lifesong Community Church

13333 Ramona Avenue

Chino, CA 91710

 

Please join us for church service at 10:30AM

Lunch will be at 12:00 PM

Team Presentation at 12:45PM

Support through a coffee cup

One of the things that I enjoyed so much on this trip was meeting people who were doing such impactful things for their community. As I sat drinking my coffee this morning, I realized that one small thing that is totally in my power is where I spend my pocket change. Michael Pollan once said, “You don’t have to wait for [people in power] to get their act together…you can act now. There are alternatives. You can vote with your fork.” (Interview, Bill Moyers Journal, 2008).

As a coffee-drinking Portlander, I can’t quite start my morning without that cup of java–and was super thankful that Haitian coffee was available on our trip! When we met Beaver and Kathy Brooks, we got a chance to browse through their store. That’s how I found out about Singing Rooster coffee (singingrooster.org)….and started thinking that might be a better way to both fill my cup-in every sense of the word– in the morning. So if you think you have no power to effect change, think again. You can support what God is doing around the world with a cup of coffee.  – Carol

Mesi Lifesong! Bondye Beni Ou!

Mesi Anpil (thank you) and Bondye Beni Ou (God bless you)!

6D4E2AEF-2E9B-4792-8061-67337C6743DCThanks to all of you for participating with us through your prayers and support. You are the “stay” team that allowed us as the “away” team to go to Haiti.

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This was the “away” team on Mount Sinai (really-that was its name!) which overlooks the city of Gonaives, Haiti, where we ran the medical outreach at Pastor Ezekiel’s Fayeton orphanage and church.

Lifesong Haiti Team 2018
ESMI in Gonaives and other cities in Haiti

Where is Gonaives?

We went hoping to be a blessing to the children and staff there, but we were also blessed by them as well. These are some of the children at the orphanage on our last day praying a blessing over us.

Angel Bethany and orphans

While we were there in Gonaives, we got to connect with other believers working in Haiti that are working to bring the good news of Jesus and God’s kingdom to earth.

The picture below shows my brother Craig and Pastor Mark with Beaver Brooks, who runs a community economic development program called Much Ministries, and Richard Senat, one of our ESMI translators. Richard had to be away from his two girls the whole week so he could help our team. We met up with Tom Wright, (in the picture on the right) a former surgeon who now teaches pastors to become more effective. He ran a pastor’s conference for the week that we were doing our medical outreach. You can see Dr. Wright in action on the ESMI site videos! 

other workers in Haiti

It was very encouraging to me to see how God used the backgrounds, unique skills and experiences of each person on the team-whether it was sports, Spanish, art, youth ministry and even Tetris playing-in our work at the orphanage and the community. While Craig and I were seeing patients, the others on the team connected with the children there through games and fun–and they were uniquely gifted with their skills in fancy handshakes and baseball/soccer skills!  To find out how God can use Tetris skills, you’ll have to talk to Christian Kim.

Rocks and Overlook

In Gonaives many of the houses are made of concrete blocks and stones. The bricks and stones are carried by hand up the mountain and brought to the worksite. While the stones individually are small, these piles of stones, combined with mortar and hard work, are used to create a home that will shelter a family.

On this Orthodox Easter Sunday I’m reminded of Peter, who might have felt kind of useless, like a small stone that seemed insignificant – so afraid of admitting he knew Jesus that he denied Jesus and cursed in front of a teenaged servant girl. But it was to Peter that Jesus said upon this rock I will build my church. And I think of a little boy in a crowd, when the Big Cheese disciples didn’t know how they were supposed all these hungry people, who offered up his lunch of a couple of rolls and a few sardines and saw Jesus feed 5000.

If you are wondering if there is any way you could participate in what God is doing around the world, I’d encourage you to consider,  what do you have? Are there gifts or skills that you might see as insignificant? God is able do mighty things when we allow God to use what we have. Remember what God can do with a rock, or a few loaves and fish!  – Carol 

Partner with El Shaddai Ministries at

www.ESMIhome.org

Want to know more about Much Ministries or MTW?  Check out Kathy and Beaver Brooks’ company, 2nd Story Goods (2ndstorygoods.com) and their foundation, Much Ministries

Missions to the World: https://www.mtw.org/about

Highs and Lows

ANGEL RENTERIA
High: Being able to finish helping all the orphans and just seeing their smiles after they got out of the clinic.

Low: Leaving the orphanage and saying goodbye to all the kids.

BETHANY ENDO

Highs: – Julia (one of the moms) asked me to hold her son, Dave and he is absolutely adorable.
– Learning more about Richard and Fanuel and laughing with them.
– Playing soccer today and I had the awesomest team with Jeff, Schneider, and Dodo.
– Teaching kids how to play slide and making up cool handshakes.

Lows: Having to turn people away from the clinic and saying bye was difficult after getting to learn the stories of the kids.

CAROL ENDO

High point for me was hanging out with the kids and taking a photo, then having them sing to us.

Low was seeing a little boy who was really sad and withdrawn and no one knew why; having kids with health issues and we didn’t have treatment for them, not sure if they could even get it.

CHRISTIAN KIM
High: Hanging out with the kids in the waiting room, playing games with them and seeing them laugh, also seeing/helping Pastor Mark getting the kids to memorize the gospel.

Low: Having to say goodbye to the kids was sad.

CRAIG ENDO

My high was having the orphans sing and pray over us, with kind words of blessing by Pastor Ezekiel.

My low was seeing 3 serious medical cases, with uncertain options for better management.

MARK SHIRAKI

High: One highlight of the week was seeing many of the orphans learning and spending a lot of time memorizing the gospel then also sharing it with others! It was awesome to see!

Low for the week was seeing their sleeping quarters – dingy overcrowded rooms made of cement with iron bunk beds with cardboard for mattresses and a worn sheet over it. They were stacked with very little room between them.

SARAH DEANDA

High is meeting all the kids and creating a bond with the kids.

Low is leaving and saying goodbye.

 

Please keep the team in prayer as we spend most of tomorrow traveling from Gonaives to Port-au-Prince to Miami and then back to Los Angeles. We will arrive midnight 12:01 am on April 7th on American Airlines 1147.

Glory to God

Today was yet another day of seeing our doctors and students working with a great amount of joy in the Lord as they served the people of the community. With no hospitals and few medical clinics in the area, many people from the city waited patiently for hours to be diagnosed and treated. We were tremendously  blessed not only to be able to have our doctors help them medically but also to share the love of Christ and the gospel with them as well as to pray for them. We know that our efforts are small but pray that they would bear everlasting fruit to the glory of God.