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Today has been more than interesting. When I boarded the plane in Miami I immediately noticed the lady next to me was going through several pictures of children in a Haitian orphanage. Of course I could not help but ask what she was doing or who she was with. As we talked, I learned that she was in the final months of an almost three year adoption process. Adopting not one but two Haitian children a little girl who is five and a little boy who is nearing three. This woman’s story was amazing, her daughter had been a mission in Haiti for a year and had met her future husband while he was here on a medical mission. This sweet woman has visited her soon to be official children over twenty-five times in the past year. You could see the love in her eyes and hear it in her voice. I could go on and on but there is so much more to our day.
We arrived in Port au Prince today at 12:00 noon. We were greeted by a Haitian band and then piled into the “airport” which was a very different experience. No air, dirty walls, people on top of people, not much organization, etc. Once we got all twenty-one checked bags and all our carry ons, we were off. As we were looking for our bus driver, I noticed that the people did not have much compassion for people of their own country or coworkers but more so for the people coming off the plane. They were doing anything they could to make a dollar to support themselves or their family.
Once we made it to our bus and loaded up, we were off to our mission house. Goodness was that a ride! There is absolutely no driving structure. Drivers pass each other with another car coming from the other direction, play chicken with the other drivers, stop in the middle of the road to wait on another driver who might be following you and lastly they use there horns for any type of warning. If you stop to long you get honked at, if you get too close you get honked out, if your just flat out in the way…you get honked at. The bigger the car the better chance you have. BUT nonetheless we finally made it, safe and sound.
Lastly but most importantly we got to visit Bon Berger which is one of the two orphanages that we will be with this week. I cannot begin to describe the emotions I felt when we were greeted by 20 children from ages 1-10 that were singing and dancing to see us! You have never seen the light and smiles of children who live so different then we do.
I look so forward to the rest of the week to see God’s amazing light shine through the group that God has put together in His name for His glory!
On Wednesday July 18th a group from Faith Promise headed to Atlanta to prepare for their flight to Haiti on Thursday July 19th. They will be gone for one week working with our sponsored orphanages in Port-au-Prince. While they are there they will be working with children, doing crafts, school lessons, games, and VBS type material. Check back daily for updates on their trip.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
So far so good. The van ride to Atlanta was great! I believe I am the only one on the van that has never been on a mission trip and of our van (there are two vans) five team members have been to Haiti at least once. I’ve been learning some of the Haitian language and hearing some very interesting stories. It makes me even more excited to get there tomorrow and to be with a group who has relationship with so many of the people that we will be with.
I truly believe God has formed and brought together an amazing team. Please help us pray throughout the rest of our journey that God’s light pour into our team members and shine for the children and people of Haiti.
Love in Christ,
The following post was written by Kelly Stratton – A Faith Promise College Student heading to do missions in Sweden this Summer!
Hej! For those of you who don’t know, that is how you say hello in Swedish. It’s one of the only words we know how to say, and we’re about to spend 6 weeks there. Courtney and I have been given an incredible opportunity to volunteer with Cru and be apart of summer project. Cru is a campus ministry that focuses on evangelism and ministering to college students.
The team Courtney and I will be apart of will be in Uppsala, Sweden. We will spend most of our time there at the university meeting as many students as possible and having lunch with them. The main point of these lunches is to get to know them and try to talk about Christian thoughts and ideas. Sweden as a whole only has 2% of the population as practicing Christians. Our goal is to try and get students interested in being in a small group where we can share the Gospel with them. We are so excited to be apart of sharing God’s love to the world in a way that is so similar to our home environment at Faith Promise. We would love to share our journey with you all! If you wouldn’t mind praying for us and this trip, it would be really appreciated. We are currently in the process of raising the financial support needed to go. If you’d like to help, you can donate online or by writing a check to Campus Crusade For Christ.
Kelly Stratton: https://give.ccci.org/give/View/5637809;jsessionid=33C6FCD28C7930FDC3FA5911D78AA47C.dss1
Courtney Stratton: https://give.ccci.org/give/View/5637798;jsessionid=3C1CE4E8360BF6E783E144793584424F.dss1
Here is a quick story from our Mission Team that got back earlier this month from working with our partners in Leon, Nicaragua.
God did some amazing things with five people who went to Nicaragua in Jan. 2012. This photo is of Jose, our interpreter, who at the age of 28 has never had a bicycle his entire life. He said he knew God was going to do some amazing things the week we were there, but he never thought it would happen to him. Jose walked six miles everyday to Tamera’s house (the missionary we partner with) to work with us he has a wife and small child. After 2 days of being with the team we felt led to help this young man and his family. So we went together as a team and bought him a new bicycle. This changed his life and his family’s because he didn’t have to walk anywhere anymore and he could double or triple his income just by having transportation!
He said when he went home that evening to show his wife she couldn’t believe it…the neighbors that live next to him had to come over to see it. It was all he could do to keep from crying when the team gave the bike to him.
This is Axel and his mom. We met this 24 year-old on our last trip in Aug. 2011. A lot of prayers have been lifted up for this young man over the last year from his mom to everyone that meet him last year. Axel worked beside us all week and everyday we asked him to come to church on Sunday and spend the day with the team before we left on Monday. Axel is the go-to person in the community. At only 24, all the younger kids and teenagers go to him for anything he knows everyone in the community. As we pulled in the church on Sunday to have the dedication service, there he stood waiting for us. After the message was over they asked all the Americans to come to the alter to pray for anyone that needed prayer. As soon as the invitation started Axel came forward to receive Christ!! This was an amazing experience and a lot of prayers were answered. Thanks for all the guys who went on this trip and got to see God move in some amazing ways. If you ever are interested in going on a mission trip – DO IT! It will change your life!
Be Someone’s HERO and give Hope by Serving!
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Your opportunity to use your gifts and bring hope to others is almost here at the upcoming fp Serving Saturday on Feb 25.
We’ll meet at the Pellissippi Campus at 8:30am for a light breakfast, short devotional, and assignments and be off by 9am to be the hands and feet of Christ.
We’re using an on-line tool called VolunteerSpot to schedule these opportunities. Here’s how it works:
1) CLICK THIS LINK to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2) Enter your email address and choose your job. You’ll get an Email reminder two days prior to the event.
That’s it. There are limited spots available for this fp Serving Saturday, so it’s important to sign up early.
See you Saturday Feb 25, 8:30am at the Faith Promise Pellissippi Campus!
PS: If you love giving hope to others, then be sure and mark your calendars for our next big compassion event the “Sharing Hope Experience” coming in March on Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th. We will be hearing from several local missions and forming new Compassion Groups which will meet monthly to bring hope to those in need in our communities. The “Sharing Hope Experience” and the new Compassion Groups will be a fp Missions Ministry and fp Groups Ministry combined partnership.