We were blessed this week to start off with a contribution from Virginia. This donation was the combined effort of Bethany Baptist Church and the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta. They were able to fill an 18 wheeler with supplies and clothing that would fill the gymnasium twice with resources for those whom were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Throughout the week, volunteers sacrificed not only time, but their resources, choosing to put others before their own needs. Right at 20 men, women and teens worked hard to unload the resources, and then over 30 volunteers came to fold and stage the resources to be gathered by those in need.
In addition to blessing our local community, our community partners were able to share these resources with those they serve. We are honored to be connected with groups like Cook Middle School, Woodwinds Lakes Rehabilitation, Building and Restoring Hope Inc. Church of the Nazarene, Chamillionaire, Pay it Forward, The Rhodes School, Dream Out Loud Inc..
To contribute to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort, click here.
Our 10 missionaries departed for Haiti Thursday, July 20.
Team Leader Lynette Francois wrote, “Today I’m headed on a mission trip to Haiti…this time to build 10 homes for needy families and help lead them to Christ”. Missionary Francois leads this 3rd effort in 4 years to change the lives of the people of Haiti with the love of Christ. Following the footsteps of her mother, Missionary Bertha Vaughn, whom is making her final trip to Haiti, she served along side of her eldest son Nehemiah on the previous 2 efforts, and makes this 3rd trip with her youngest son Isaiah.
Like the last trip, families are being used. On this trip, our very own Pastor & First Lady are serving, Minister & First Lady Sowel, and Ebony & Symone Barnes as mother and daughter. God has used these efforts to build within our families the seeds of sacrifice and suffering that have lead to spiritual growth and Kingdom advancement.
Our team hit the ground running. They rolled up their sleeves to maximize their time an to achieve their goal of blessing 10 families with a home from the money raised by our missionaries. Each member relied upon the Lord to give them strength as they worked in extremely hot conditions, and without some of the modern technology we have grown accustomed to.
Sister Francois records that our missionaries were able to meet 9 of 10 of the families that the homes are being built for. A reception hosted for them allowed each family to be prayed for, worshiped with and loved on. Sister Francois says, “More photos to come of the families (and the kids) later in the week. Ages range from 4 days to 78 years old”.
Our team continued to pour into the residents assisting with the local Vacation Bible School (VBS) effort.
The theme was drawn from the story of Jonah and the Whale. Our group worked side by side with staff with the residents of Haiti to make fun crafts, shoot some hoops, ministering through praise dance, as well as teaching the lessons.
The residents were amazed at the creativity of the team and the curriculum. Each was attentive and excited about the lesson they were learning about Christ as the made things they could take home to remind them of the love of Christ expressed through the VBS program.
Sister Eboni Barnes and daughter Symone took the time to learn and teach different praise dance routines to the teenagers at the camp. Sister Francois said this was “An experience they will remember for a lifetime. “