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Emily Van Gent, Event and Volunteer Coordinator, shares her encouragement at seeing how God is loving his people through the actions of everyday people.
“It’s very difficult to put it into words…If you’re interested, please ask. Grab a chair. It might take awhile.”
“But that’s not how God measures success…He gave us precious gifts today, in the smiles on the faces, and seeing young people reading and sharing the Word.”
John O’Leary, #1 Bestselling Author and Speaker, is coming to Des Moines as the keynote speaker for the third annual Many Hands Business Breakfast.
“God’s amazing artistry is on full display in Haiti! “
“The toddler’s eyes lit up when they gave him a small soccer ball, and his mother’s eyes lit up when she saw the Bible!”
“they responded that they were running “Pou Jezi” (For Jesus).”
“Pulling roots, blowing up balloons, painting and building, today we were living examples of Many Hands make light work!”
“We each bring a unique set of skills and knowledge to the team. Like pieces of a puzzle, we don’t know yet how we will all fit together, or what the picture will look like when we’re finished.”
“Lucia taught us a song in Creole that helped us put together some new words and phrases in ways that we can remember, which has been very helpful when we attempt to communicate in the community.”
“The Way team has taken full advantage of all the opportunities to start forming friendships as they go about their activities. This group is open to learning and ask many wonderful questions about Haitian culture.”
“It was so fun to share this experience with them and at the same time learn about their culture and what is similar and different to ours.”
2019 was a great year full of many exciting events and activities for Many Hands. We are thankful for the many people who serve as volunteers stateside for our organization and allow us to accomplish all that we do.
Darryl & Shelly have returned to the United States. Read about their latest journey of battling workload, illness, and travel in order to get back for their next furlough.
“…enjoyed their day in Haiti with three unique families as they invested time, manpower, and relationships to create lasting memories…”
“These young people were caring and respectful as they momentarily entered the lives of those with struggles much different from their own.”
“The young people participated in several hands-on culture experiences to understand more of life in Haiti.”
“These students participated in a foretaste of heaven as they worshipped and prayed to the Creator of All alongside others of a different tongue and background”
“From mountain views to water plants to games of duck, duck, goose, this team has shown an amazingly positive attitude towards seeing other ways of life.”
The Pella Christian High School team enter each new experience excited to help out and willing to learn about the Haitian culture.
Grant Alsum and Trenton Keuning share a quick update on the team’s first experiences on the ground in Haiti.
Be inspired by the story of Anaika, who has been fighting for life and limb for over 2 years.
A year later, Darryl & Shelly De Ruiter continue to learn and adapt to life in Haiti. Read about their recent work and experiences in this month’s update.
Executive Leader, Tim Brand, provides a wrap-up for 2019, looking back at the things God multiplied through us.
Eighteen Haitian staff make up the First Thousand Days team and they are recognizing that their contributions are transforming lives.
“Our work is not possible without Craig and Christi’s obedience to God’s call on their lives and humbly submitting to the work of Many Hands.”
In the midst of unrest, Darryl & Shelly are fine and continue to live and serve in the greater Pignon area of north central Haiti. Read about their experiences here.
“For sure there are unsaved people in Haiti… I would contend that Jesus is already in Haiti and they don’t need us to show them that. “
The Agriculture department is excited to see the tree shade-nursery sprout leaves, developing into a tool to reforest a land that has been abused and a catalyst for the Good News of God’s love to touch the heart of Haiti.
“But getting to the heart of God without the most direct logical path is often how we grow in faith and humility.”
Read the latest update from Darryl & Shelly De Ruiter as they share about their travels and experiences during their most recent stateside furlough.
“Featured here is a greeting and general update from our Head Chaplain, Pastor Lumanes. Read and enjoy.”
“When these students graduate to the Foundational Level in Haiti, they are ready and prepared, socially and academically, to succeed at any school they choose to attend and they have foundational skills to succeed in life!”
“We see God working here EVERY day in tough situations, just as he is working EVERY day in tough situations in the US and around the world.”
“Being here for longer periods has allowed us to dig deeper in to the Haitian culture. People have welcomed us in to their homes and lives.”
In short, the beauty of the American Dream is not the dream itself but the freedom each man has to pursue his dream. This begs the question, is the American Dream limited to American soil?
Journey with Darryl & Shelly De Ruiter as they share this month about all of the learning that takes place for them and for those they work with in Haiti.
These are the men that often go unseen but they are not unappreciated! Many Hands is thankful for each one of them and the dedication they show in their work of keeping our teams, staff, program participants, and school children safe.
“’How do you LIVE?’ Seated in her home with this group of visitors surrounding her, she replied without hesitation…. ‘by faith.'”
Read about what Darryl & Shelly are up to in the heat of the rainy season as they navigate the seasons of life in Haiti.
“These Pocket wifi units are small enough that our Spiritual Shepherds can carry them on their persons as they visit Haitian homes and communities. Wherever they go, they can share Gospel music, teaching and biblical content through wifi transfer!”
“What I see PET carts doing for Haiti, aside from giving people mobility, hope, and confidence, is giving us the opportunity to share Jesus with them. It’s not about mobility – it’s about eternity.”
“You don’t have to be a perfect Christian or a Pastor or a Missionary to shine for Jesus and share His love with others.”
“IMPACT” provides us with the framework to further pour into our trip participants on a deeper level.
“To know that it is life changing for those who receive the mobility carts makes the efforts of the volunteers who construct the carts all worthwhile.”
“We all can learn a lesson in going from our comfortable place and “do the hard thing’.”
“One 14 year old boy particularly touched our hearts…When he got on that cart every one clapped and cheered. That was an amazing experience. “
“We visited Jocelyn Daniel who was the first person to receive a cart on our Mobility Worldwide trip in 2016… He told us, ‘My PET is my life.'”
“First stop – to buy a pregnant goat for one of the families being helped by MH4H. “
“Our goal is not only about mobility but more importantly it’s about eternity.”