The Start Of The Latrine

We spent so much time on the school painting and dedication that we didn’t mention the latrine project.  The project is off to a good start.  You can see the back of the school in the background of the first picture.  The plan calls for a 12 room building; a big improvement over the 3 room latrine they have now.

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The Last Post For This Trip … Watch For Updates On This Ministry

We have been blessed with more than 100 shirts given to us from Thrivent Financial to share with our friends in Haiti. These shirts capture the essence of our mission very well. This has been a great opportunity for all of us to live generously. We have had the privilege to represent the hands and feet of all of you who have given generously.

 

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Following is a collection of photos and memories from the trip.  We will share more soon.

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We have been very fortunate to have Wayne along to take 100’s of photos. It is good that he is handier with his camera than his phone!

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Fellowship, Friendship, And A Fond Farewell!

It is hard to believe that we are heading home tomorrow. The week has flown by, but what a wonderful week it has been. We have had a great opportunity to do God’s work and witness the deep appreciation of the students and teachers, and the entire community. We have built and strengthened relationships with many people that will last a lifetime.

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Kyle, Christa, Jen, and Emilie started their day with a hike up the mountain to the Pignon sign.

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Jen and Emilie packed and delivered medical supplies to the hospital in Pignon.

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Local women set up their wares for our shopping enjoyment.

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Marie conducted a training session for local pastors. The subject is “The Old Testament”.

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We spent the afternoon visiting families throughout the neighborhood to deliver gifts of dresses, backpacks, flip flops, and tennis balls.

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We gave gifts throughout the week and still have lots of things left. We will leave these behind for Pastor Mioche to distribute.

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A final gift to our local support team.

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We leave behind our happy friend!

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A Celebration Of God’s Work Through Many Hands And Feet

Today we were honored as featured guests at the ceremony to dedicate the school. The entire community turned out to show their appreciation. It was an honor to be there to represent everyone who has supported this ministry.

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The school has been painted and decorated for the event.

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Emily raised the American flag in a ceremony that demonstrated the partnership between Haiti and the USA.

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We were surprised to find classrooms had been named in our honor.

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Pastor Marie received a plaque commemorating her vision and leadership.

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On behalf of St. John’s Dennis received a plaque commemorating the support from St. John’s.

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The thing they don’t have enough of (food) they gave to us in appreciation for what we have given them.

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Cooks worked through the night to prepare a feast for all.

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We are grateful for the privilege to be here on behalf of all who have supported the school at Bouyaha.

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A Day Of Worship And Special Occaisions

Today was another day of sunshine and good fellowship.  We had the opportunity to worship with the good people of Pignon.

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On our way to worship …

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We worshiped at Mioche’s Friends of Christ Church in Pignon.

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Word and Sacrament.  Pastor Mioche translated as Pastor Marie delivered the sermon.

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We were privileged to have the entire Rock family with us.

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Wayne was busy sorting shirts for the music ensembles.  Six ensembles were outfitted with new shirts, skirts, and shorts.

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We celebrated Pastor Joas’ upcoming ordination, Pastor Mioche’s birthday, and Pastor Milius’ for raising fine sons.

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17 years of friendship.

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Vacation bible school for 270 children and giving of tennis balls, tooth brushes, and pencils.

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Quilts were given to the women who helped with bible school.  These women are integral to Pastor Mioche’s ministry.

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Kyle played soccer while the rest of us relaxed before dinner.

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Relaxing On Market Day

Today was a restful day.  We toured the market in the morning and Mioche’s new compound in the afternoon.  Tomorrow is Sunday church service, children’s bible study in the afternoon, followed by an evening gathering with the community at the church.

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We had a chance to display the quilts provided by the St. John’s quilters.

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We manged to catch Wayne in action, and benefited from his insight …  “will this help?”.

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Christa inherited many of Marie’s talents.

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We spent time at the local market.

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With the help of Lukinger, Kyle loaded up on fresh mangoes.

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We hiked in the heat of the day to the site of Mioche’s new compound; featuring a new guest house, chicken coops, and lots of mangoes.

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It’s All About Relationships

We came here to work hard, and we have, but the most important part of our work is building relationships.

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This relationship between grandmother and granddaughter is strengthened through working together.

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Our relationship to the students is shown with Jen and Kyle giving school supplies.

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Christa is also giving out school supplies.

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To help the teachers build relationships with the students we gave them supplies for teaching and daily life.

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Our relationship with the community is shown with Wayne,Dennis, Christa, and Marie packaging food to share with families around the school.

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Two children return to bible school in the afternoon wearing gifts (dress and shorts) they received in the morning.

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One must have good relationships with each other to travel with 24 people in the back of the truck.  Can you find Dennis, Kyle, Jen and Emilie?

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