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“Visiting these people made me feel really grateful for all that I have, including a family that helps me.”
We’re back in Haiti and adjusting back into the routines and culture that are life on our Caribbean Island. This is the third time returning and it seems, as it should, that the adjustment back is faster and easier than the previous one. This is a good...
Nine-year-old, AJ Brand, tells of the adventures he shared with his team climbing up Mt. Pignon.
“For years we have wanted to the kids to come to Haiti… Haiti isn’t just a place on a map for them anymore— it is something much, much bigger. “
“…it is in the struggle, when we face success, failure, and audacious challenges, we grow as people. We grow in our faith. And we grow together as a family.”
“Levo was launched out of a commitment to faith and service, and a passion for Christian social justice”
“When we arrived, we were surprised to find the depth of the need in the community and we recognized the depth of Many Hands commitment to its community.”
“To me, it is a great reminder that I can choose to go with Jesus and glorify Him with my work every day.”
“Am I living a life that represents Jesus for who He is? Am I sharing the Gospel at every opportunity? Are we, the church, offering hope and relief from earthly and spiritual suffering? “
“Grandma thanked God for my 7 years of life and she praised Him in advance for the many years I had yet to live. My grandmother rejoiced over me that day.”
“Once again, we all felt so blessed that Jesus had used us to bless one of his children.”
“When asked what she did to make a living, she replied that she relied on her faith that God would provide. We were blessed have been part of His plan.”
“The smiles on their faces reminded me why Christ himself was so fond of ‘the little ones.'”
“I expected to find spiders here, but what I found was God at work…This land is not infested with spiders, it is abundant with people desiring to show God’s love.”
“It was amazing to see the culture of Haiti and how different it is from what we’re used to”
“We came with the intent of blessing others, but I know we were blessed in return tenfold!”
“To visit Haiti is to love the Haitians. In addition to fresh paint and new trees, we’ll leave behind pieces of our hearts.”
“…Where the first thing you and your co-workers do each day, is to pray for and encourage each other! You can’t help but have a good day!”
“Every time we stopped to visit a family to bless THEM, they blessed US!”
“In the midst of the sadness and poverty, God’s artistry and presence was in living color before us.”
“Establishing these very personal connections, makes the trip so meaningful…But knowing that many of them are praying for us, too, is a blessing beyond my ability to describe.”
“We are here to share God’s love and mercy, and His forgiveness that is offered to every last one of us.”
“….the little boy kept Seth in the game even though he had just sat down. Maybe [the boy] just wanted as many playmates as possible, maybe he did not want Seth to feel excluded after being excluded himself.”
“If suddenly our source of income was gone, hunger was common, and survival today was a question, would we still declare [God] is good? “
Team members from Fresno Bible Church visit an orphanage and seek to find connection with the children there.
As God inspires people to live generously, MH will continue to work in relationship with people, transforming together through the presence of Jesus Christ.
When discouraged or deflated, I challenge us all…to be encouraged by looking back and being reminded of all that God has already done for us.
Lindsay Overton, Speech Pathologist and owner of Lindsay’s Chatterbox in Oskaloosa, IA came to Pignon, Haiti for a week of educating moms on the importance of language development and the joys of creating sensory experiences for their kids.
Read about how Darryl and Shelly DeRuiter are navigating a time apart and also about lows and highs in ministry development work. Two stories that illustrate tough questions and breakthrough moments.
Acknowledging past teaching experiences, MH4H sought a way to raise healthier goatherds and invest more intentionally into our community.
God wants to Revive the Remnant so they can live in truth and light and share this truth and light with others in Haiti.
“The most vulnerable members of Haitian society include single heads of households, pregnant and lactating mothers, and children under 5 years of age. As every family in the Love In Action Initiative checks at least one of these categories, MH4H was spurred to act…”
Learn how Darryl and Shelly are experiencing the lows and highs of Culture Shock and Cultural Competence as they live and work in North Central Haiti.
“Many mornings she wakes up, waving her hands in the air, speaking words I don’t understand; only I know she’s worshiping God!” – Rose-Karline, Cherika’s mother
“Claudin Augustin walked the dirt field assessing the goat herds for signs of good health and strong genetics. The squalor of the animal market hardly touched his senses as he haggled for the price of twenty-two does…Each one had a unique purpose to impact the future of a child by giving power back to the child’s parents.”
Construction has begun on our new elementary school, the Sylvain Christian School of Light.
“God willing these will grow into strong plants… giving [Haitians] another safe and reliable source of food and income.”
The team from Iowa State spends the day at Many Hands for Haiti’s campus continuing to grow in relationships with people and learn more about Many Hand’s programs.
A small team from Iowa State is currently on the ground in Haiti. Team leader, Lucia Van Maanen, who has 9 years experience leading teams and serving in Haiti, is giving them a very unique insight into Haiti and it’s people.
After the national unrest has settled down,Darryl & Shelly return to Haiti to continue their work. Read how even in the peace of the countryside, plenty of challenges abound.
A life devoted to Christ does not mean a life without difficulty. God’s delivering power had built the foundation of faith on which Gertrude would stand in the trials to come.
Today there are many things uncertain in Haiti as well as in other places of the world. In the midst of uncertainty, Craig and Christi Gabhart share their journey of looking for normal.
On February 7, the country of Haiti went into a prolonged state of unrest. As many know, nothing in Haiti is easy, nor simple.
“Haiti won’t force visitors to change their worldview, but the invitation to step beyond complacency and comfort is there…”
Darryl and Shelly return from their furlough and are “Back at it” in Haiti. Read about their recent experiences with Haitians and visiting teams in this month’s Experiencing Kairos blog.
“Another day where there are not enough words.”
“There is conversation about what is happening in their family, in their home, and what their prayers are for. Then we hold hands in a circle…for prayer. “
The beauty of the flowers along with the birds was a ray of hope amongst the struggles.
The blessings that the people in the communities have given me already are much greater than anything I could ever “Do” here. It is definitely not about what we are “doing” it is about being who God put me on this Earth to be.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God.