This past week, a team of 27 people served the country of Haiti and New Life Children’s Home by building a brand new dorm for toddlers to replace the former one that was damaged in the 2010 earthquake. This is the time-lapse of the building construction. Thank you all who were a part of making this possible.
This is a story from one of our team members that are impacting the country of Haiti with the love and message of Christ this week:
Today we woke up to a beautiful morning in Haiti! The temperature is not blazing hot and the morning breeze felt amazing! New Life Children’s Home is truly an oasis in the midst of the extreme poverty in Haiti, Miriam and her team are phenomenal!
This morning we had a team devotional about being fishers of men and spreading the word globally. As an American, it is so easy for us to stay in our bubble and forget how hurting and desperate people are in other countries. As Christians we need to be aware of this and do our part to spread the message of Jesus Christ! Seeing Haiti for the first time, is very humbling. It would be very easy to live here and truly feel like you have no purpose in life. When your only goal for the day is to survive, you lack the ability to think about the future. We need to bring hope to this amazing country and let them know that God does have a purpose for them and not to fall for the lies the enemy is feeding them.
We visited another orphanage today called the Good Samaritan. The conditions were worse than I could have imagined! As a parent myself, I cannot imagine my children living in such conditions. Being here can feel overwhelming and make you feel helpless… the problems here are so HUGE, what can I possibly do to make a difference? Our team leader, Becky, prepped us before hand and just encouraged us to love on them and to let us know that our being there, will mean more to them than we can imagine. We loved on them, drew on the sidewalk with chalk, polished the girls finger nails, picked up the crying toddlers, gave them hugs… Leaving was gut wrenching. You want to do so much more and you leave wondering if you even made a difference. My prayer is that they saw Jesus’ light shine through us and that we did make a difference even if we just planted a small seed…
If you can, GO! The world needs to hear about Jesus and the hope He brings when you are in relationship with Him. If you can’t go, support those that can. We all have different roles in building the kingdom and it takes all of us working together to make a difference!
Today saw it’s start with Ps Don Bray and his wonderful wife Joy visiting a local Christian radio station where the Bray’s shared stories from their many years of missionary life before coming to Christ Fellowship. They also had great opportunity to share with the listening audience what Christ Fellowship was doing in El Salvador and what more could be done to help the children of Exodo.
Later in the day we took another wonderful and enchanting bus ride to the west coast of El Salvador to have some beach time. To see almost 70 laughing giggling folks just having great fellowship together was so worth the trip. The seas were very rough and we thank God for his presence for tragedy in the rough surf was avoided. In the end, the team of Exodo and Christ Fellowship came closer together as we all grew in faith and got a little wind and sunburned.
All 38 kids just got finished with a shopping spree at the local Walmart. They were so excited for new things like a pair of shoes, a new dress, nice shirts or even some cosmetics and snacks. They were so thankful to the Christ Fellowship family’s generosity that made it all possible. Armando!
Estephanie took special interest to review all Will had been shooting. This is one of the beautiful children at the Exodo home who would love to have you come visit and stay awhile.
Ps Don and team sharing stories together with local village kids.
Ed sharing during Sunday school.
Sunday saw the CF team travel to church with the whole Exodo team and children; afterwards we went to a remote village to help a pastor do his afternoon Sunday school and enable our team to evangelize some. Precious Tania shared her testimony of her life before coming to Exodo and how it has changed since she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and came to the Home. Ed from CF shared his testimony and it was loved by all the Salvadorians for Ed spoke it in Español!