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Haiti Mission Trip 2015 Journal Entry 7

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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

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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

Haiti Mission Trip 2015 Journal Entry 4

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From the Desk of Missionary Lynette Francios

Haiti Mission Trip 2015

22  Home building – and outstanding ministry. We really did work, and lots of it. Everybody works, the young and the old. Our team was again a rock star. Stacking bricks near the areas where the local tradesmen could get them quickly. Sifting sand with various size grates and creating piles and piles of sand and rocks. Oh and mortar, assembly line style, assis24ting in pouring the foundation on Day 1. Then again with mortar and brick stacking on Day 2. As with many job sites, things happen unexpectedly. Of the 3 home building teams, one team had a close encounter with a tarantula and another site from a crab inside the bricks. I must say, the home dedication ceremonies presenting the bibles and homes to the families made the entire 10 day trip worthwhile, knowing that you have helped change the course of a family’s life for generations to come. 25

Haiti Mission Trip 2015 Journal Entry 3

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Haiti Mission Trip 2015

1617Layette Ministry – Praying for babies under 2 years old in the community and inviting the mothers to worship service on Sunday mornings at Lifeline. Leaving them with a gift from God of clothes, toys, and a handmade quilt. Our team consisted of 11 people, each team member had a change to love on a baby and with the mothers.

This provides an ongoing presence in the community and takes place about 3 times a week. The volunteer missionaries are accompanied by the local community leaders who are already familiar with the families, on a walk in the areas surrounding the Lifeline Mission compound. 19 18
Infant Nutrition Ministry – As the mothers bring their babies to the medical facility on the Lifeline compound on a weekly basis to be weighed to make sure they are gaining weight. Each volunteer missionary has an opportunity to hold the babies, love on them, and pray with the mothers. The mothers are given infant formula and cereal as a supplement to breastfeeding.

Haiti Mission Trip 2015 Journal Entry 2

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Haiti Mission Trip 2015

13T12he first full day in Haiti was all about getting acclimated to the Lifeline compound, and meeting the other 3 teams that we would be serving with over the next 10 days. What stood out was how well developed and Americanized the facilities were. The grounds were well kept and the lawn nice and green. A church, a school, a fully equipped medical facility with rooms to see patients, a room for surgery and a room with three dental chairs and a pharmacy. Just like the ones in America. An amazing Children’s home that houses 75 orphans. These children receive the best in care. They are taken to church, educated, fed, clothed, given medical care and participate in many of the 8 ministries that Lifeline offers. First class warehouses that store supplies and a maintenance area that includes welding and painting. This compound employees many local Haitians in the operating of its 14facilities. 15

The First Met/Bethany team was a first class, spirit filled team assembled by the Lord. In every facet of the mission experience where our team members were the leaders of, or participated in, ministry opportunities, it was executed in an outstanding way and brought glory to God. Whether it be leading daily devotions, praying with mothers and loving on babies during the Infant Nutrition Program, praying for babies and mothers in the streets of Grand Goave during the distribution of the baby layettes, quilts and stuffed animals, while putting fluoride on the teeth of the 75 orphans from the Children’s Home, or telling bible stories and leading crafts during the mini-VBS. Our team was commended by the Lifeline staff, and other church team members for the exceptional way we delivered, participated and worked to ensure each ministry opportunity was done to the glory of the Lord.

Haiti Mission Trip 2015 Journal Entry 1

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From the Desk of Missionary Lynette Francios

Haiti Mission Trip 2015

Let me just say, the Lords’ presence is in Haiti. It was evident in every facet of the trip; the interactions between team members and leaders, and all contact points with the people in the community.1
We were picked up from the airport in Port Au Prince, Haiti by Lifeline Ministries personnel on a big yellow school bus, just like the ones we are familiar with in the US, and were soon joined by 3 other teams from Florida, Indiana and Ohio.

2We started the 2 ½ hr journey to Grand Goave, Haiti. We were all excited, anxious, and enamored with the cultural differences we saw out of the bus window. Not to mention, having to quickly get acclimated to the heat. Everyone immediately understood why the last mission meeting prior to travel highlighted the need to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

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Once we arrived at the Lifeline Ministries compound in Grand Goave, Haiti, where we’d reside for the next 10 days, the Texas women were immediately upgraded. Woohoo! We found out we would not be living in the dormitories, but that we had been upgraded to our own little cottage, fully equipped with kitchen, dining room, living area, 3 bedrooms and a private bath. Refrigerator, stove, and microwave. Thank you Lord for the blessing!! This was the perfect space for our team to further bond and collaborate, and spend private time with the Lord. Pastor O was upgraded to a private bedroom designed for married couples that he would have shared with Lady O, had she been able to travel with the team this year. The remaining two men in our group were introduced to the men’s dormitory where they’d meet and quickly make friends with the other 10 men that would be sharing that space.

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This year, much of the food provided to us was majority American style food. It was tasty, and the presentation was excellent. The kitchen staff were local Haitian women, who were supported by young teens from the Children’s home on the Lifeline compound. On one of the days, near the end of our stay, we did have Haitian style food for lunch and dinner. Even those that had not gone back for seconds the entire time went back for seconds on that day. The Haitian style food is very yummy!!

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