Our Haiti Experience – Final Reflections

We’ve reached the end of our trip! It’s been such an incredible week. Personally (Pastor Adam), I am so grateful to have had this opportunity with these people. We’ve grown, been stretched, been moved, and return home filled with joy and love. Here’s a few more final reflections from our group on our last morning in Haiti. Thanks again for following along and sharing this trip with us from afar.

Lexie Skoglund

WOW! This trip has been an amazing experience. I learned so much about myself, my faith, and my view on the world. I have learned the true meaning of compassion. The people we have met while in Haiti have been so welcoming and respectful to us. I could only hope that when/if they come to the United States that they are treated the same. On this trip I have learned that even though we live miles apart from one another we still share many of the same things. We share the same love, compassion, and hope to one another and to our God. That in itself is truly amazing. The people I have met while on this trip have taught me way more than I have taught them throughout this week. One of my favorite parts on this trip was seeing the students smiles each day. I learned how important it is to show students that you truly care and love each and everyone of them, because you have no idea what is going on in their lives outside the school walls. Even a simple smile or hug can go a long way. Also, the students taught myself to have a positive outlook, no matter the situation you are facing. I was able to see the conditions the students were facing and I was amazed by their joy they still displayed. Myself and my dad decided to sponsor a first grader at the school. As we met our sponsor child and his mother, both me and my dad shed tears because we realized that we are providing this child and his family a future. That is a moment I will never forget. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to come to this country and meet the most hopeful, and caring individuals. I have learned to love others, and love God!

Mike Jacobson

Bonjou! We are preparing to leave the Eucalyptus Guest House after a fantastic week in Port-au-Prince, Haiti! The sounds, sights, smells, and sensations of this place are overwhelming, and all the writers in this blog have done a great job in conveying a sampling of our experiences this week. Yesterday was supposed to be a “relaxing” day, with church and then the beach, but it was emotional as well. First, Pastor Paul hit it out of the park at Pastor Ernso’s church. (Pastor Ernso and his wife Gina are our hosts at the guest house.) Once again, the singers, the leaders, and the entire congregation expressed the tremendous joy of the Haitian people, despite their daily struggles for the basic necessities of life. Then, we saw how the Haiti “1 percent” lives during our visit to the Wahoo Bay Beach Club, apparently one of the best beach resorts in the country.

Back at the guest house, we had our final “debrief” on a third-floor unfinished rooftop, looking out over the city of Port-au-Prince, another emotional experience. The joy of the Haitians we’ve met — not just happiness, certainly not contentment, but expressive, shared joy  — is absolutely amazing. When I was in the Peace Corps, the best advice I ever got, which I have given numerous times to people going on foreign trips, is to remember why you are there and to embrace the challenge. (If you wanted something easy, you could have simply gone on vacation instead.) For me in PNG, it was the faces of my eager students, ready every morning to learn math, to try to better themselves, to attempt to get ahead. Despite the hardships of living there, I was always ready to head back to the classrooms in the morning to see their smiling faces. I saw similar smiles in Haiti, which was a highlight for me.

Another highlight were the PLC kids, who represented us and all Americans extremely well this week, and the bond that the whole group has gained by being together in this challenging environment. I’ll close with a few additional shout-outs…to Sara Lein and her work with Kozefo and leading this trip; to Pastor Adam for organizing the PLC portion of the trip; and especially to all our Haitian hosts. Merci!

Colleen McNab

To place into words what took place this last week feels almost impossible. To describe what our eyes have seen is beyond words. The impact that will forever be in our hearts is unable to be measured or placed into words…however; I will try to do my best to share with you a glimpse of my experience.

Sakala was were we had the chance to teach baseball. I was in awe of our students and adults jumping right in and embracing the ability to share with the youth at Sakala. As I stood the first day feeling as though I didn’t have a huge part. I had the job of holding onto the balls as they translated drills.  While standing there with an arm full of balls, this sweet little boy tapped on my leg and motion to play catch.  I quickly placed the other balls aside and spent time giggling and playing catch with this little boy.  He was too young to take part in the actually baseball group, so we found a place off to the side and built the most amazing bound of two hearts with barely a word spoken. He captured my heart that hour and I can’t explain how full my heart felt. On day two we arrived and I found myself searching the crowd for him.  Our eyes met, the look on his precious face when he realized I was there made my heart explode. He ran to me and provide me with the most amazing embrace.  Our day was cut short that day due to the rain; however, when we departed he was sure to give me a squeeze.  Our final day there we were quickly reunited, the time went by so fast as we played catch, giggled, and held hands.  As our time came to an end there, his grip on my hand seemed tighter. He posed with me for a photo and once that was complete he covered his eyes and tears began to fall. My heart quickly was overwhelmed with his unconditional love that he had given me freely the past 3 days.  Walking away I was overcome with emotion that is hard to place into words. I then felt him from behind run into me with his arms wrapped around my legs for one final hug. He kissed me on the cheek and walked away with non-stop waving until we no longer could see each other.  To bottle up the love would be a gift. It was a great reminder to bring back that unconditional love and joy. To not take for granted the little moments as they are so much more than we realize. Taking time to see the unseen, to take action when you see the eyes of someone who is in need but does not speak it. When you feel the nudge that God is telling you to be kind, to reach out, to speak out…DO IT! We are the hands and feet of Christ, we were created for just this.

There are many moments, many feelings, many gift that Haiti has provided. This one moment is such a small nugget of what took place this past week. I am grateful to have been given the chance to be a part of all we have experienced. I can honestly say that my heart, my thought process, and view has been forever impacted.

Tanner Stanley

Hello, this trip has been unbelievable. There are many reasons why it is unbelievable. To start off, the first day we went to the school to meet the school kids. It was amazing how much love the kids gave to each one of us. After the school we headed to the baseball place to teach the kids baseball. Most of the kids have never heard or touched a baseball glove or bat in their life. The two coaches Dick and Skogs, did an amazing job being great leaders and showing and teaching the basics of baseball. I thought that was a great experience because I could connect. I could connect because I had both coaches in my baseball career. Also, I started baseball very young and had to learn the basics and then get more complex. I also enjoyed being one of the coaches instead of being on the player side. Then Friday came, it was the last day of baseball. The kids were incredibly better as  a baseball player. We got into little scrimmages and they did great. The baseball part of the trip was my favorite part. Also, seeing all the big smiles and the kids faces and seeing the world on a different side of the U.S. is unbelievable. The connection I made with God and everyone else on the trip was truly amazing. Thanks to all the people that helped with this trip.

 

We’re about a half hour from heading to the airport and returning home! We cannot thank you enough for your prayers and support along the way. We can’t wait to share more stories and pictures with you when we get home. We’ve fallen in love with this place and these people, but we’re excited to return to the places and people we love back home, too! God bless you and we’ll see you soon!

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Our Haiti Experience – Day 4

A van-heavy day took us all over Port-au-Prince and up a mountain. We started our day with the students of A New Arrival Center School as they performed their end-of-the-year Spektak show – a fitting, celebratory way to end our time with them this week. Sad to say “orevwa” to all of them, though! Then, we drove up one of the nearby mountains for a lookout unlike anything many of us have seen. We came back down to Port-au-Prince and spent some time with students at High Level English Institute conversing with them and learning about their lives, all while practicing English with them. Then, pizza. Enough said. Another full, wonderful day. Here’s some of our group’s reflections:

Chris Stanley

Hello to all of our Paynesville Lutheran friends from Port-au-Prince. We have just finished our 4th full day in Haiti and the experiences and the people of  Haiti have continued to amaze me.  Yesterday was the last day of school for the children of ANAC, today they held their year-end Spektak. This is the program that they put on for their parents and family members to show them what they learned throughout the year in school.

The Spektak is a major event for them, much more than I had anticipated. The school rents out a different facility to conduct the show and the kids all come in their “Sunday Bests” which consisted of white shirts and orange bow ties for the boys and white dresses and orange flowers for the girls. These kids put on quite the show. They sang, danced, and put on skits for over 2 hours. These kids showed their pride in their work throughout the show, it was quite the “Sprektakle”. After this we said our good byes to the kids which was harder than I anticipated for sure. These kids really made an impression on me and from what I could tell, the rest of our crew as well.

After the Spektak we drove to the top of mountain for a view of the city which was beautiful  to see. We then headed down to High Level Institute for English. This is a school that was started by one of the interpreters that has been with our group for most of the week, Garrison Andre (most likely misspelled). We went there and spoke with students for about 45 mins so that they could talk to people that spoke English as their native language. It was another highlight for me. These adult students really enjoyed this time as did our group. We shared stories about our lives and they really wanted to look at pictures from back in MN.

One more full day in Haiti for us and then back to see everyone in MN really late on Monday night. Haiti may have gotten a bad name from our President but obviously he has never set foot down here to see and met the people that we have had the opportunity to over the past four days.

Cora Hentges

This week has been a whole bunch of new experiences that I maybe wasn’t ready for but absolutely loved. Just leaving the airport and driving through the streets left me in awe. Working at the school has been amazing in lack of a better word. I got the opportunity to lead the music classes with Jared Campbell and Eric Johnson, and it has been going great.

The most touching experience that I’ve encountered so far is when we were working with the 6th grade class. We taught them the song “Sanctuary” in English and it turned out the kids knew it in Creole as well. In singing it, we switched back and forth between English and Creole and the kids sung at the top of their lungs. They were laughing and clapping and just having a good time. The whole thing made me tear up, actually.

Overall, this trip to Haiti has been an amazing experience and has shaped me to think differently for most likely the rest of my life.

Lindy Hennen

This whole week has been absolutely amazing. Before I came here, I expected many different things. Honestly, I expected the country of Haiti to be in worse condition than it actually was. I was very surprised to see how fancy everyone dresses here. Also, I was very surprised to see all the garbage everywhere. But overall it’s been a beyond beautiful experience. I connected with the kids even though they didn’t understand anything I said. I got to see the ocean and see how excited all the kids were when they first saw it.

Today, we did a lot of traveling in the vans. We went to the Spektak in the morning. My favorite performance today was the group of about 8 first graders that danced to a song. The reason it was my favorite was because the day before I connected with a little boy. He was the only boy that danced and he was really good. Next, we got to see the whole entire city on top of the hill. It was so amazing I can’t even explain it. We also got to visit people learning how to speak English. It went so well that the lady I talked to asked for my phone number. Lastly, at the end of the day we all got delicious pizza. This has definitely changed my life. I have a different outlook on life now. That is my Haiti experience.

 

We’re down to our last full day tomorrow – starting the day with church and heading to the beach for a fun day with our group. You’ll be in our prayers as you gather to worship tomorrow, knowing we are one body in Christ and we worship with you from afar. Take care and talk to you again soon!

Our Haiti Experience – Day 3

This is the point in a trip like this where the emotional weight of what we’re doing really piles on. We experience the highest joys and heartbreaking sad as we share in the lives of these people and hear their stories. As we gathered into a circle tonight to debrief the day I could feel the significance of the moment where we’ve transitioned from being to belonging with our brothers and sisters here in Haiti. After a very HOT day – we’re feeling filled up from spending another morning at A New Arrival Center School, walking the streets of the neighborhood in which the students live and the new school building will reside, and concluding our days spent playing baseball with the young people of Cite Soleil at Sakala. Here’s a few of our group sharing their experience:

Tiffany and Drew Tangen

Drew and I are sitting here tonight reflecting on our time, grateful to be here together and will share a few of our experiences with you. It’s been an emotional, physical, and spiritual adventure. Even with all of that, it has brought a sense of grounding and peace.

Tiffany

Haiti you are so much more than I had anticipated and I will be leaving here with interactions that have forever changed me as a person, wife, mother and friend . I could not have imagined what would take place or how I would feel. It feels amazing!

In the midst of poverty, there is so much beauty in this place and it was apparent again today. Every day has brought forth many emotions and has been filled with love, joy, tears and the desire to do more. However, this day was extra special! It was our last day with our students at their school and at the end of the day we were able to all walk together to the space where their new school will be. The walk was special.

The Walk

It was an adventure with 2 young boys.

Their names are Desus and Wood.

It is hot.

It is all up hill, rocky and unpaved.

It is sweaty.

It was dirty and full of garbage and roaming animals.

It was poor.

I was quickly brought into the moment when each boy grabbed one of my hands, looked at me with those big brown eyes and smiled.

Instant love.

The day is beautiful because 2 little boys helped make it that way.

They just saw my smile and trusted me.

Without hesitation

Without judging

Without understanding one another,

We smiled, we laughed, we loved

and it was beautiful!!

Takeaways:

Be present…always

Be full and open to love, to everyone…always

Be kind without hesitation…always

Be curious…always

Be grateful….every single day!

The friends and family spending time together here in Haiti from PLC is a tremendous group of adults and youth. You all would be proud and we are thankful for the support and prayers during our time away. There could be plenty to complain about, but not one time has anyone wished to be somewhere else or have anything else than they do right now. We have each other and now we have the friends of Haiti.

Drew

I have enjoyed playing with the kids. They are always smiling and laughing. I have made a connection at baseball camp with a young boy named Jaxon. He always has a smiling when he is running around or just standing by me. He enjoyed playing and running around the whole play area with us. I enjoy taking pictures with the kids because they are always so happy and say “Thank you!” Being here in Haiti, has taught me to continue to be thankful for what I have and to appreciate what I have. Today we met Stacey. She is going to be in the first grade next year and we have decided to sponsor her. She is so cute! I have been enjoying the time we get to spend together as a group in the evenings where we get to hang out and play games. My time here has been amazing!

Julie Youngs

Hello to all family and friends back in Paynesville!  Today was our third day with the students at A New Beginning school, and, at SAKALA, which is an activity facility for at- risk youth in a very poor area of the city.  For our activities with the 7th graders today at school we made first aid kits, and played Tenzie’s with dice.  They also had music, and got to read their sponsor letters and open gifts.  Lindy Hennen was a huge help with the class and activities, and I want her to know how much she is appreciated!  The students at the school seem to be always smiling, and you just expect to have a child holding your hand as you walk about the building as they reach out to you at every turn.

We also finished our third day of teaching baseball to Haitian youth, which was a blast!  It is amazing to see what they could learn in just a few hours. Watching Coach Skogs and Coach Realdson’s enthusiasm rub off was awesome – we all hustled on and off the field and brought our “A” game :).  The youth surprised us today with a song that they sang to us, before they would even take the practice field, which got most of us choked up, even when you didn’t know the words they were saying.  It is such a privilege to bring a few moments of joy into these children’s lives, and I am so thankful to be part of this experience.

With over 40 new students coming in to school this fall, the opportunity to sponsor a child came up today.  I sat down to take the next available first grade student, and, when the translator showed me his name on the white board I knew instantly it was a God sign – his name is Jules!  Which my children can assure you is their preferred nickname for their mom.  It is exciting to think about watching him grow up, and knowing how much the opportunity to attend school will mean to him and his family.

I am so very thankful for having the opportunity to be on this trip with such thoughtful and caring youth and adults. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support.

 

Thanks for all the love and feedback for these stories and the pictures we’re sharing. We’ll have plenty more when we return! God bless you and be with you. We appreciate you continued prayers for this trip.

Our Haiti Experience – Day 2

Today was one of those days we planned for – a day where just about nothing went the way we planned it. But, that’s Haiti! The bus carrying our students to the beach broke down, so we had to delay our beach day by a couple hours – but we still went to the beach! Our next stop was more baseball and we got rained out – but we still sneaked in some fun in the rain! Traffic jams, dinner in a different spot, and a spontaneous concert rounded out an unexpected but amazing day! Here’s some stories from a few more in our group:

Dee Johnson

For anyone that knows me, they know that I am not much of a swimmer.  Well, today as our group ventured to the ocean with over 60 Haitian kids with very little swimming experience, I was a bit nervous.  I had planned to watch the kids swim from the edge of the water, but as two beautiful young ladies tightly wrapped their arms around my neck, I knew my plans were about to change.  I realized very quickly that I needed to be the brave one in the water as we slowly walked in deeper and deeper into the ocean.  The joy and excitement on the faces of the students was so contagious.  I looked around me and witnessed people that I have known for lots of years, or just a few short days, grab the hands of strangers, with no common language, and be in community with one another. Here’s what I now know for sure…. there is no language barrier with the sound of laughter.  It was overwhelming!! Today didn’t always go as planned, but I found that some of the greatest joys were found in the moments that were unplanned: the traffic jams, the rain showers, the bus breakdowns, the wrong turns, and even swimming.  As our group continues to move closer and closer together, I feel the power of prayers coming from our friends and family back home.  For that, I am grateful.  I will return home with a heart that has felt and witnessed the powerful presence of God. There is no one like our God.

George Lemke

Today was the day I was truly nervous about coming on this trip. 60 kids who have swam once or twice in their lives were coming to the beach and our group got to be the life guards. Pilling into the vans I had a feeling the kids we going to be later than we had expected them. Of course their bus ended up breaking and we had the pleasure of taking a pit stop at a local grocery store. It differed slightly from the isles of teals, but they had was I was looking for. Although skeptical I had to try some Haitian produced milk. After our spree at the grocery store we were allowed to take a trek through the streets of Port-Au-Prince. the streets felt much safer then most of the streets in the US. Our quick dip in the Caribbean with 60 of new friends went much better than i had anticipated. We were assigned two kids and mined behaved angelically. In the afternoon we went for our second day of baseball mini camp. The trip back from the ocean was a long one, and the van that I was in arrived quite earlier then the two following us. We started playing the the slight drizzle that was falling. However soon enough the rain poured, but instead of running for cover the kids yelled jubilant shrieks at the top of their lungs. We kept going for a while. However when the lightning started to hit close to the compound we decided to call us and retreated to our vans soaked, but still smiling.

Todd Lemke

There is a YouTube video of a man dancing crazily on a field at an out door concert where everyone else was sitting down.  Most people would have looked at him and said, ‘That guy has something wrong with him’, but in the video another person stands up and starts to dance with him.  Soon there was another and another until almost the whole field of people was dancing along with him.  It was now the people that weren’t dancing that seemed a little weird.  I think that same mind set goes for a lot of the good we do in the world.  Here in Haiti today, I witnessed two examples of one person standing up and making the world a better place.  Dick and Beth’s daughter Sarah started Kozefo.  Soon there were more people helping her provide support to the Haitian school that provides free education to children that otherwise may not get any education.  Everyone of the over one hundred children that attend the school have a sponsor like you and me paying for their education.  Without our support the school, while still a location, could not pay the teachers, buy supplies, clothing and meals for the children.  Tomorrow forty six more children will come to interview for admission for next years school year.  That will mean more kids that will need a person like you or me to help them.   The second example is Pastor Ernzo who runs and owns the guest house that we are staying at.  He left a successful career as an engineer in Chicago to coe back and start the guest house.  He used his resources to build a business and is now mentoring others to do the same.

We don’t have to be the crazy guy dancing alone at the concert, that is sometimes scary for reserved Minnesotans, but we can be the second, third or fiftieth person to jump up and start dancing.  Image what we could do, provide education for everyone in the word? Provide food and shelter for all those in need?  We just need to stand up and start dancing.

Emma Shumaker

So I almost drowned today. It was for a good cause so it was okay though. I had a little Haitian girl named Isadora hanging onto my neck with all of the strength in her little arms. Seeing all the smiles, splashes, and happiness there really gave me a lot of energy to keep going today. Today, we took the 4th through 8th graders to the beach for the 2nd time in their lives. Over half didn’t have swimsuits and “swam” in their clothes, and the other half had swimsuits that barely fit them. We each got assigned to 2 kids, and at times two was too many and they would go off in complete different directions. Isadora was a little 4th grader. She tried to talk to me in Creole, but I had no idea what she was saying. At times I would understand a word and I would repeat it and then we would be repeating a random word to each other because it was the only words we had in common. Seeing these kids just simply smile and be themselves and mingle with the other kids swimming was incredible. In a way the language barrier is a great thing because it teaches us to learn from people’s expressions and body language when you have just been simply listening to people’s words for your whole life. I would encourage coming to Haiti because it teaches you so much not only about the economic cultures here but also about a new culture, that is as new as it is amazing.

 

More tomorrow! Thanks for your continued prayers!

Our Haiti Experience – Day 1

Our first day is in the books and what a day it was! We started the day at A New Arrival Center School with the students of Kozefo, took a break in the afternoon at Papillon and learned about The Apparent Project, and finished the day playing baseball with our new friends at Sakala.

For the rest of the week, we’re going to hand over the blog to 3-4 of the people on our trip to share first-hand stories of their experience. So, here’s our first four:

Eric Johnson

Bonjou! It is officially the end of our full first day, which means it’s time to reflect on this new experience. I think going into this trip I unintentionally had the mindset that I was better than the people of Haiti. I mean considering I came from a rich, powerful country to a country known for its poverty,  it seems that feelings of superiority are only natural. But as soon as I stepped foot into that dang school, I realized just how wrong I was. Welcomed by the sight of a little less than 100 students, I quickly became consumed by the eagerness of the students to learn and their uncrackable happiness, something that us “rich” Americans often forget. As a member of the music group, I went around from grade to grade teaching them music, including our groups theme song “God of This City”. If you’ve never heard a group of Haitian kids sing loudly together, I would definitely recommend it. These students come from and have nothing, and yet they show more passion and humanity than I do. So, to say that I’m better than these kids is wrong. They taught me that money or belongings don’t merit superiority, but rather staying positive and living a joyful life no matter what your situation is is the most impressive thing a human can do on this Earth. It was one heck of a day, and I’m looking forward to the rest of this life-changing week.

Dave Johnson

Wow this is an amazing place!  Life is so hard for the locals!

I spent an hour today talking with three different translators working at the school to bridge the gap between the French Creole-speaking Haitians and the Paynesville Lutherans. What a story they tell!

I learned a bit about their education system and came away with an understanding of the good fortune of these Kozefo students. An education in Haiti gives these kids a chance. And not everyone gets the opportunity for this chance.

The school run by Kozefo would not be possible without unbelievable vision and dedication by Sara Lein and the entire board of directors at Kozefo. To give these kids a chance is a remarkable effort and charitable giving at its best. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to see the joy of these wonderful children and the results of the unbelievable efforts from all at Kozefo. Kozefo is making a difference!

Delaney Ignace

On the plane to Haiti, I was worried about the things that I would see. I’d been to Albania, so I had seen impoverished cities and people before, but I had been told that Haiti would be shocking. As soon as we got in the tap taps to go to the guesthouse, I loved this country. Everyone was dressed nice and had smiles on their faces, when they probably go home to almost nothing. This morning, when we arrived at the school, the kids greeted us and I loved Haiti even more. They always have smiles on their faces and they radiate happiness. I’m not great with kids, they’re messy, sticky, and (some of the time) rude. Something was different with these kids. I instantly loved every single one of them. Listening to them singing, laughing, and talking made me happy and distracted me from the melting heat. One little girl came up to and hugged me, but I had never met her. She didn’t know me either. She wanted to see my sunglasses, so I took them off and put them on her. She showed me love and kindness through actions because we couldn’t communicate with words. The first day has been life changing for me. I had many second thoughts about visiting Haiti, but I’m so glad that I had the guts to go. I’m so excited to keep hanging out with these kids and to have my life changed by them.

Jared Campbell

As we drove through the streets of Port-au-Prince, it quickly became clear that we were in a place that was vastly different that our home back in the States. Despite the fact that the Haitians were living in conditions that were far inferior to ones we take for granted, the majority of them seemed quite happy. I could feel their joy through their smiles and their excitement. My favorite moment of the trip thus far came in the morning when Eric, Cora, and I were teaching our first class. We are in charge of music instruction, and we are given the privilege of teaching all grades 1-8. Our first class was first grade. We knew that they had already been practicing Chris Tomlin’s “God of This City” before we had arrived there, but we didn’t know if they had sung it a lot or barely at all. We had made the assumption that we were going to have to spend a lot of time helping the kids, teaching them the song’s melody and especially the English lyrics. We were wrong. We ran through the lyrics once and played the first chords, and then all of them started confidently singing the song better than I even knew it, loud and proud. It gave me chills, and I heard it made others tear up every time we sang it. We were even able to teach the kids another English song they had never heard in about 10 minutes. It was a beautiful example of how music is the universal language. Even though we can’t even directly speak to each other, we can share joy together through God’s amazing gift of music. I feel very privileged to have the life-changing experience of connecting with these amazing children.

 

Thank you all for your continued prayers and for sharing in this trip with us. We are so grateful for the opportunity to be here together and can’t wait to share even more of our stories with you soon!

Orevwa for now!

Here we go!

Frazzled. Overwhelmed. Nervous. So, so excited.

I keep thinking about where we’ll be tomorrow and who we’ll be with and all the craziness of planning and organizing floats away. All that’s left is gratitude and anticipation for what’s ahead. I just cannot wait to experience this week with this group and see how we’ll encounter God through each other and the people we’ll meet along the way.

We’ll have so much to share throughout the week so make sure you regularly follow this blog to see how our students and adults are being impacted by their experiences. We’ll share stories, reflections, and pictures (when we can). It all depends on how the internet is working that day, so be patient with us as we try to bring you into this week as much as we possibly can.

Most of all, though, please hold us in prayer as we will hold you in prayer while we’re gone. Please pray for the people we’ll meet, the encounters we’ll have, and the growth in faith and heart during our week. We’re not going there to change the world but I do hope the world (and we) might be changed by the experience we’re about to have.

We’ll try and update you tomorrow, but until then: mèsi and orevwa (thank you and goodbye – that’s about all I know!)

Haiti, here we come!

 

– Pastor Adam

Trip Participants: Pastor Adam, Pastor Paul, Mike Jacobson, Dave Johnson, Dee Johnson, Ella Johnson, Todd Lemke, Colleen McNab, Dick Realdsen, Brad Skoglund, Lexie Skoglund, Chris Stanley, Julie Youngs, Tiffany Tangen, Jared Campbell, Olivia Haines, Callie Hennen, Lindy Hennen, Cora Hentges, Delaney Ignace, Annika Jacoby, Eric Johnson, Luke Johnson, Josh Kranz, George Lemke, Duncan McNab, Emma Shumaker, Tanner Stanley, and Drew Tangen