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“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.
I saw a bible verse on the side of a building in DonDon. It was Exodus 14:14 and it says, “The Lord will fight for you. You only need to be silent”. I value this message so much because it is so true especially for those unable to speak for themselves
“There are six main pillars of Many Hands for Haiti, they are education, economic development, agronomy, leadership development, safe homes, and medical assistance…All spiritual development that grows here at Many Hands comes from these six pillars.”
“Our morning today started and ended with God’s amazing power.”
Kids were let out of the gate by groups of 50 and as each group passed, we would blast colored powder onto them…it was quite fun to chase them – we left no kid unmarked by the colored powder.
“Little did we know, God had other plans. Within the next 20 minutes, we miraculously found out that God had opened a door for us to go.”
Sometimes life takes us back and forth from excitement to heartache. Christi shares about finding God in the midst of these pendulum swings of life.
“Each person had a different story but the same smile as they were able to begin rolling around the street.”
“It was a day filled with learning about Haitian culture, seeing the beautiful countryside, and experiencing it together.”
“The Pastor talked about how we must give everything to God…the body, the soul, and the spirit.”
“Tonight was a great night to share how we felt Americans and Haitians are made in God’s image and because of our risen Savior we all have hope. ”
“In the afternoon, we delivered food to six families…They still had hope in Christ no matter their circumstances.”
“We are excited about the chance we have, not only to have such a healthy program, but that we can multiply it and continue to bring this life-transformative opportunity to other communities.”
For their final full day in Haiti, the team explore the beauty of Haiti sharing the lows and highs from their experiences.
After a wonderful and restful furlough, we are ready to return to Haiti and resume our work with Many Hand for Haiti.
On Monday, the Haven CRC team visited the new Maliarette campus and had the opportunity to share the gospel.
The Haven CRC team continues to see God in big and small ways during their time in Haiti learning to trust him one step at a time.
Since the beginning of their trip, the Haven CRC team have seen their share of blessing, beauty, and God’s revelation, but they have also seen the thorns…
The PC Winterim team wraps up their time in Haiti with visiting the Pella Christian Elementary school, journeying up to the Pignon sign and delivering food to P.E.T. cart recipients.
On Tuesday, Pella Christian students took a trip to the citadel making memories and getting souvenirs along the way.
Members of the PC Winterim team continue to build relationships by painting a house, collecting Congo beans and playing with local children.