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Haven CRC – Surpassing the Boundaries of Language

“One year ago, the father of the home was murdered and the family was left inhabiting a house made of sticks and bedsheets… As the few of us brought the gifts into the home we couldn’t help but notice the barrenness of the space.

“However, amid the emptiness, all four children’s laughter bounced off the blank concrete walls…today we encountered an encouragement for us to keep looking, because if we hadn’t, we would’ve never seen the joy that is uncovered when the brokenness is pushed aside.”

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Haven CRC – Brokenness Aside

“One year ago, the father of the home was murdered and the family was left inhabiting a house made of sticks and bedsheets… As the few of us brought the gifts into the home we couldn’t help but notice the barrenness of the space.

“However, amid the emptiness, all four children’s laughter bounced off the blank concrete walls…today we encountered an encouragement for us to keep looking, because if we hadn’t, we would’ve never seen the joy that is uncovered when the brokenness is pushed aside.”

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Haven CRC – Look Away

“Glancing away from a homeless person on the sidewalk, walking away from a kid getting picked on in the hallway, shying away from a conflict about values; all of these cliché, but regular, occurrences inhabit our very nature, our very habits. However, today, as a group, we were challenged to acknowledge and confront the moments that made us want to look away, the moments that we wanted to pretend weren’t happening.”

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Haven CRC – Loud Messages

“It’s difficult to feel equipped to be there for hurting and broken people when the words God’s given us to say are blocked by the knowledge that they’ll fall on uncomprehending ears. It’s heartbreaking to only be able to nod in response to a child that desperately wants to speak their thoughts. However, God has revealed that, often, actions speak louder than words.”

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Sunnybrook – The Pit Stop

“The team headed back towards Many Hands for Haiti with a “pit stop” just outside of Dondon to follow up with a gentleman in need of possible medical attention. While Christi and Sharon were tending to this man, the rest of the team remained in the truck, but not for long.”

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Sunnybrook – In God’s Hands

“Seeing some of the situations that these people live in and all the hard work it takes for them just to live day to day, can be hard to see and we just want to fix it all, and can feel like is what we are even doing helping them… But then some of them will say “I was praying for God to provide and he did.”

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Sunnybrook – Change of Plans

“This man was an orphan and was living in a single room of a house, but less than a month ago, he was sleeping on the front porch of a different house. The Pastor we met is willing to help the man and offered his home to stay in but the roof would be need to be completed on two rooms of the house. The team is brainstorming a solution for this man, a hand up rather than a hand out…”

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Sunnybrook – Blessing From Jesus

Members of the Sunnybrook team have been in Haiti for less than 48 hours and already God has been using us for so much. These are a few highlights that have been the biggest impact for the team thus far.

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