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God gave us a gift when He called Lumanès to work for Many Hands. We are a much stronger, much wiser organization because of the knowledge shared by him.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Linda Grandia, who has served Many Hands for over ten years with humility, diligence, and faithfulness.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Appolon Paul Elysee, who is a person of peace bearing Kingdom fruit, touching the lives of all who know him.
Wiskerry is a sweet-faced boy with the slightest mischief in his grin. Wiskerry did not let his blubbed-feet hinder him from growing strong.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Irene Van Roekel, who created a legacy of hospitality that is impacting generations to come.
David has been following Jesus since he was fifteen years old. He continues to cling to his faith, offering hope and encouragement to everyone he encounters.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of the city of Pella, who laid the firm foundations to effectively launch ministry in their sister city of Pignon, Haiti.
Ynocent has had a hard life. But he does not become angry when sharing his story; rather, he allows his hardships to showcase God’s mercy in his life.
Thirteen years ago, through a message from Rick Warren, God burdened Tim with a holy discontent to create life-change in people.
“While the waiting is long by the standards I am used to, the patients didn’t seem to mind and it was awesome to see every patient treated mind, body, and soul”
The Many Hands Market in Spencer, IA is called to be local hands with global hearts transforming lives. They strive to love on people right where they are.
“There were a lot of seeds that were planted. Not just on people’s property like we got to do today, but also in people’s hearts”
“God has really humbled us and shown us the incredible hearts of the Haitians so far this week. “
“But, the amazing thing is that God has prepared us for whatever mountains we face to exactly the degree that we need to be prepared.”
Spirited self-assurance mixed with sweet innocence hinted at the budding woman within the child. Even at this young age, Elvie was special in more ways than one.
“We were all in awe as we were able to see how truly incredible God’s timing is…Most of the mothers in the room where almost in tears “
85 years young, Bob Vaughn is an inspiration to so many. The epitome of finishing well, he chases each day as his last, blessing all along the way.
He has a smile as big as a mile-long bridge…He loves his people, he loves Haiti, and he loves agriculture. We wouldn’t be where we are without Claudin’s heart and talents to see it through for our families.
“Through our encounters with the Haitian people…we have come to understand the value of Many Hands for Haiti and LEVO International’s focus on sustainability and care for the whole person.”
“Today we were blessed to explore God’s beautiful creations. Thank you all for your prayers!”
God has transformed Elince’s life, his family, and his marriage. Elince says God pulled him and his family from a bad road. “We’re not going back there. We can only go forward.”
What was once a mud and stick house was no longer fit to shelter my family’s chickens I had cared for as a teen. Reemerging into the sunlight, I looked into Louisa’s eyes as dread tightened its grip on me.
“We were all excited to meet families and bless them with God’s love…However, what we didn’t realize was how much our lives would be changed by these individuals.”
“Once we cleaned up dinner, the local kids showed up ready to play soccer. We were able to bond with the other groups and spend some time playing games.”
“Many people were almost brought to tears from the overwhelming emotion from the singing…God was seen by many within others’ happiness.”
“…but in its own way the “fun” was found in the teary-eyed transformative moments that we experienced.”
“My prayer is that God would use me to love and bless others this week, in whatever way He sees fit. I know it may push me to serve in ways I’m not used to, but I’m excited to grow for Him. “
All Jamie and Sarah Gyolai ever said to me was they wanted to be available to be used by God, with no excuses. This challenged me like no one else and showed me a different way to live life.
“The highlight of the day was going to visit the deaf orphanage …It was truly an impactful visit for many of our team members.”
“Little did we know that throughout the day, we would be surrounded by the faithfulness, new mercies, and many provisions from God’s hands. Just as Jesus had compassion for us unto death, our challenge for the day was to show compassion to those we came in contact with.”
“… often people go to the mission field with truck loads of expectations, never considering that God has a whole different set of plans. “
“Our love for Haiti is real. Our hearts are broken for those in need. And while we leave with sadness, we will forever keep our friends lifted up in prayer.”
It is truly magnificent when two unique and fully-functioning individuals surrender to each other to do their best to love each other.
“To them, to work is to survive and to survive is to work. Although there is competition within the workplace, people want to see their fellow Haitians make it too. They always seem to be willing to help others out.”
“Even though we think we are hungry in America, it doesn’t compare to the hunger we encountered today. But even though the Haitians are dealing with severe hunger, they are still so positive and have a great outlook on life.”
“Our last full day in Haiti was a busy one…This past week has been full of adventure, laughter, sweat, a few tears and a lot of love!”
There is no Many Hands for Haiti without Craig and Christi, and I am forever grateful for God bringing them into my life.
“After talking with Pastor Francois…I found a linen dresser scarf with a man embroidered on it above the word “Haiti”. I thought it would be the perfect reminder of our time with Pastor Francois, and his advice to the young sisters on our team.”
“All three shops are empowering Haitian families, giving them the skills and resources to support themselves and their families. The stories behind the origins of each shop were inspiring, and we “boosted the economy” a bit by doing a little shopping!”
“At the end of the day, we always end with devotions…Even though we can hear God’s voice while we’re out serving for His glory, we still need to take a step back once in a while and just be still. “
“We see God’s beauty in this country, and we see His light shining in the Haitians’ eyes. We pray that the Haitians see His mercy and grace in our acts of kindness. And we pray that we come to understand what it really means to be His hands and feet, and know that we are all His children.”
The result is tangible evidence of the combined efforts of financial and prayer support, blood, sweat and elbow grease from the short term teams, and the Hand of God orchestrating the whole process. The exciting part is that we all can be a part of it!
I went behind the house, out of sight to the rest of the team, wept and had a few words for God. This seemed impossible. What could we do?
“Our resolve to improve these systems and their effectiveness was strengthened for us when we were able to sit in on a MH4H all-staff meeting. We heard repeatedly how farmers are losing many crops, generally their only source of food and income, to inconsistent rain and water access.”
For Idanise, life has been a daily struggle. But now she trusts in a God who has proven Himself faithful to provide.
“The land that God created is so glorious no man can mimic it. The range of ecosystems was great from one end to the other. We started the morning in land more suitable for sugar cane and congo beans, but the land after breakfast was lush with bananas and greenery due to the river’s nutrients. Last night in our group study, we discussed how God provides for his people. “
“Pignon, Haiti is a foreign land filled with people speaking a language unknown to us and living a life style most of us find unfathomable. Some things are sad and hard to witness, others are encouraging and joyful, but most things are just different…the ‘different’ has been an incredible reminder of the vast bounds of God’s love and glory.”
Riding in the back of the very large white Mitsubishi truck, my eyes are as wide as saucers…At the front of the truck are our leaders, Virgil and Dorothy Dykstra. Little did I know the impact this man and woman would have on me, the country of Haiti, and the state of Iowa.
“Despite the hardship and desperation, we have witnessed joy on the faces and in the actions of so many around us, which has been a gentle yet very humbling reminder that joy can be found as we take our focus off of our own situations and lives, and instead focus on providing comfort and encouragement to others.”
Education continues to make an impact on Haiti’s future. Through school participation, children receive food, medical checks, and knowledge which are the building blocks for success.