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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.”
“Through the fear of not knowing what’s on the other side of both the water and life, Christ lends us a hand that we will always be able to count on. “
“What a God we serve! It’s incomprehensible that He would grant such a gift to us…”
“Through education, agronomy, economic development, safe homes, leadership development, and medical assistance – the organization fosters life transformations through Christ.”
“For myself as I reflect on the past 12 days…we witnessed God moving in such a way, it reshaped us as a family. We were reoriented in how we perceive the world.”
“We have the privilege and joy of serving and experiencing Haiti with three generations.”
“We learned melons are melons the whole world round, and people are people, Pignon and Pella, Haiti and the U.S.A. “
“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!”