Haiti Mission Trip 2015 Journal Entry 7

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From the Desk of Missionary Lynette Francios

Haiti Mission Trip 2015

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4am Church Service – The first memory I have of attending a house church is in Haiti!! Wow, this house church has been holding church service at 4am for 5 days a week, for the past 28 years. The experience was both exhilarating and eye opening at the same time.

It’s dark in Haiti at 4am, really dark. There are no street lights in Haiti and the unfortunately there was no full moon to light the way. So we are walking down the street, about ½ mile, in the pitch dark with flash lights or lights from our cell phones at 4am in the morning. Add to that, there is a female community leader, shouting on a bullhorn, “Soldiers of the Lord, wake up”. 35As we are walking, people are joining our group as we head to the church. Once we get there, some were seated on wooden benches outside in the dirt filled front yard, and the rest were seated amongst okra stalks growing in the garden. The overflow crowd, stood outside the doorway of the gated wall.
I was seated next to the doorway. I kept looking at the doorway, pondering an escape plan should anything go down in the dark of the night, in a country called Haiti. I kept looking at Pastor O, he was nodding and at peace, mom was okay, and my son was close by, so I settled myself and enjoyed the experience. The message was taught in Creole and translated into English.36

Haiti Mission Trip 2015 Journal Entry 6

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From the Desk of Missionary Lynette Francios

Haiti Mission Trip 2015

Mini-VBS – Pastor O said, “Y’all make me look good”. He was so pleased with the delivery of this ministry. Ms. Maudie and Sis. LaKeesha were the leaders on this, and the impact was felt and visibly seen within the community for several days after the VBS was over. haiti3

This was a true team effort, with many of the 36 team members from other churches stepping in to help create an atmosphere that the 60 children from the Grand Goave community would not soon forget. A lively game of Simon says, shared in English and translated into Creole by the interpreter. An animated bible story involving a slingshot, followed by two very creative and organized crafts complete with a take-home souvenir hat that would carry forth the Christian banner into the community. “Jezi Loves Ayiti” (creole) or “Jesus Loves Haiti” (English).Top that off with a musical portion led by Nehemiah on percussion and the children on the guitars they just finished making. 32

We saw the hats everywhere throughout the duration of our trip; at the soccer game, on the evening walks in the community, and on mothers coming to Lifeline for various offerings. What a testimony!!

Haiti Mission Trip 2015 Journal Entry 5

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From the Desk of Missionary Lynette Francios

Haiti Mission Trip 2015

Dental Clinic –

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There is a great need for dental care in this area. Our team was commended for performing dental services for the children, as this is an area of ministry that is not often carried out by mission teams. Our team represented the Lord in a first class manner, complete with lab coats, gloves and sterilization techniques.

Kuddos to Sis. Kim who was not able to join us during the trip, but made certain we had all training and supplies necessary to carry out the ministry. We were able to put fluoride treatment on the teeth of 75 children from the Children’s Home. We were assisted by members from the broader mission team to make this dental clinic run smooth and set the children’s mind at ease and they eagerly anticipated their turn.3029