Dear Church Family
We thank God for allowing us to reach safely in Haiti Saturday afternoon. As a team, we appreciate all of your support and prayers. Please continue to pray for us as we serve the local missionaries and church. As Paul writes “and pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains” – Colossians 4:3. Here is an update on the trip and how it is going thus far.
At 6:00 AM on Saturday, our first flight left the Tulsa airport and after about 6 hours (total), and one layover in Miami, we stepped off the plane in Port Au Prince, Haiti. We were blessed not to come across any major problems, and we met with Noel Tugwell (director of Child Hope). As we were driven through the city, we soon realized the severity of the great need of the Haitian people. We were brought to the guest house in which we would be staying as well as introduced to Ernie and Sharron Rice (a full time missionary couple from outside of San Antonio, TX), Amber (an intern from near Buffalo, NY), and Jimmy (a Haitian man who was once an orphan himself and now works hard and spreads God’s name to fellow Haitians both inside and outside the city). We were then briefed by Christina (a full time missionary with Child Hope), who is our main guide and leader throughout the week. Shortly after, we walked up to the community center (known as “the Benz”) and spent time with some of the Child Hope orphans. We will spend much more time here as the week goes on. Later on in the night, a worship service was held at the Benz by Child Hope, and we had the joy of worshiping God’s name in both English and Creole. When this ended (well after dark), we were led home for a good night’s rest. Praise be to God in knowing that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” -Ephesians 2:10.
Written by Patterson Hilaire, Pearson Wade, Justin Edwards