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The Falls Church Anglican

Serving In Haiti
June 23, 2018
Staff: Almando Jean Louis, Ernst Antoine, Maceno Savedra, Magloire Maillard, Edlens Ulysse, Elizabeth Barreau, Jonas Jeanty, Wilepe Saint Fleur, Samuel Benoit, Madeline Howell, Michel Jeanty, Hans Zimbil

We have arrived!!!

by Almando Jean Louis | June 23, 2018 11:57 PM

It was an excellent day of travel. God be praised for safety and smoothness throughout the day. We made it to Haiti on schedule, got picked up by 12 Praying Pelican Missions staff who took great care of us, feeding us, making us feel as comfortable as we could be on the long ride to Port Salut from Port-au-Prince. It was only about 130 miles but it took us about 9 hours to get to PS including a few stops. 

It's great to be here. We are tired but excited and ready to serve. We look forward to the week and what God has in store for us. 


A wonderful morning!

by Maddie Howell | June 24, 2018 12:58 PM

After a long day yesterday, we were excited to wake up refreshed to a beautiful, breezy morning! Most of us got to experience Haitian church for the first time. With different cultures, races, and languages together as one group serving the same God, we saw just a glimpse of what the church of God is all about! Hopefully, this week will be filled with many more moments of heaven touching earth. 

We had so much fun worshiping together, that we decided we couldn’t stop even when church was over! 

A wonderful morning!

Preparation for the busy week!

by Maddie Howell | June 24, 2018 9:33 PM

We spent the afternoon getting ready/praying for kids camp that will be happening the next three days. Even though we are trying to stay organized, we choose to give up our control and bring this week to God!

After we met with our groups, we spent some time on the beach before heading back for dinner and a night session. We feel so energized and equipped for an awesome week! 

Preparation for the busy week!

Kids Camp! (Day 1)

by Maddie Howell | June 25, 2018 9:40 PM

Our first day of kids camp was today! We had a lot of kids from the community show up, so it was really awesome getting to be with them all morning. We had so much fun playing games and singing songs! In the midst of the chaos, it was evident that God was moving in all sorts of interactions. 

Kids Camp! (Day 1)

Kids Camp! (Day 1)

by Maddie Howell | June 25, 2018 9:41 PM

Some of us realized that we maybe should have practiced our soccer more before coming... 
Kids Camp! (Day 1)

Afternoon Ministry (day 1)

by Maddie Howell | June 25, 2018 9:48 PM

After lunch, we all broke out into separate groups for ministry! We painted walls in a school, worked on a house, planted trees and built beds. It’s cool that we get to be a part of so many projects! 

Afternoon Ministry (day 1)

Afternoon Ministry (day 1)

by Maddie Howell | June 25, 2018 9:50 PM

The bed crew was thankful for all the shade we had to work in!
Afternoon Ministry (day 1)

Afternoon Ministry (day 1)

by Maddie Howell | June 25, 2018 9:53 PM

Even though we didn’t get the luxiery ourselves, we hope that these fruit trees can grow into big trees that provide so much shade for the area. 
Afternoon Ministry (day 1)

Kids Camp! (Day 2)

by Maddie Howell | June 26, 2018 9:31 PM

Day 2 of camp was a success! There is something special about having so many kids with pure joy in one place. Singing songs with them has been a blast!

Kids Camp! (Day 2)

Jesus Rescues

by Maddie Howell | June 26, 2018 9:34 PM

In the Bible station this morning, we talked about a story right before Jesus had to go die on the cross. The main idea was that when we are struggling, Jesus rescues! We have some talented actors here, that’s for sure. 
Jesus Rescues

Afternoon Ministry! (Day 2)

by Maddie Howell | June 26, 2018 9:37 PM

Our construction crew was working hard today. We are helping to start to build a house! 
Afternoon Ministry! (Day 2)

Beds are piling up!

by Almando Jean Louis | June 26, 2018 9:40 PM

We have exceeded our expectations today in building beds. We built 7 yesterday and 23 today. We are shooting for 30 tomorrow. God is good!! 
Beds are piling up!

Teavhing time

by Almando Jean Louis | June 27, 2018 7:16 PM

God is a work in our midst. We are honored to be his hands and his feet to the little children as they grow in number every day at the camp. We hope that the spiritual seeds that have been planted in their lives grow and bear much fruit. 
Teavhing time

Kids Camp! (Day 3)

by Maddie Howell | June 27, 2018 9:27 PM

Today felt like one of the hottest days yet, but just look at all these precious faces! We have only had more and more fun each morning at kids camp. Pray for a lot of rest and energy so we can be all in on our last day tomorrow! 

Kids Camp! (Day 3)


by Maddie Howell | June 27, 2018 9:31 PM

At the craft station today, we made crosses with stickers and jewels on them. As the day went on, we realized that every kid decided it would be a great idea to put the stickers ALL over their faces!! At least that’s better than paint, right? 

Afternoon Ministry! (day 3)

by Maddie Howell | June 27, 2018 9:38 PM

We found out today some of the background stories of the schools we have been painting! Both got destroyed in hurricane Matthew, and they are hoping to have students there again in August. We are so blessed to be a part of a bigger story God is writing. 
Afternoon Ministry! (day 3)

Afternoon Ministry! (day 3)

by Maddie Howell | June 27, 2018 9:42 PM

We are also thankful that we get to bless a friend with a new house this week. Although we are just getting started, we trust that it will be done soon, because that’s the kind of caring person Jesus is! 

Friends and family, keep posting comments!! We are tired and need encouragement to finish off this incredible week! 

Afternoon Ministry! (day 3)

A wet morning...

by Maddie Howell | June 28, 2018 10:34 PM

Right as we were about to start vbs, it started POURING rain. Luckily, we were able to figure out a solution quickly and our last kids ministry was still such a success!! 

A wet morning...

Last Day of Kids Camp:(

by Maddie Howell | June 28, 2018 10:40 PM

Luckily, the rain didn’t last forever! We were eventually able to play soccer and games outside too.

We got to talk to the kids about Jesus once again before saying goodbye! During this time of prayer, we asked them to think about what things in their life are weighing them down, and told them to give it all to God. 

Last Day of Kids Camp:(

Bed Delivery!

by Maddie Howell | June 28, 2018 10:49 PM

We had the opportunity today to deliver the beds we made to the families that are receiving them! We got to pray with some of them too. It was incredible getting to see the faces that are being blessed with them, and we hope it means even more than we know. 
Bed Delivery!

A Perfect Evening

by Maddie Howell | June 28, 2018 10:50 PM

For our last night before heading back to the city, we decided to have dinner and program on the beach. It was so restful! 

A Perfect Evening

In picnic form

by Almando Jean Louis | June 30, 2018 3:53 AM

We had the chance to have lunch at Eden Haiti which is a garden one of the partners of praying pelican missions, pastor Jean Delcy, spent 18 years developing. We have learned that the garden was destroyed by the hurricane Matthew, but it was still gorgeous. We had a lot of fun!! 

In picnic form

See you soon!

by Maddie Howell | June 30, 2018 7:19 AM

We had an amazing last day relaxing at the beach and having a picnic before heading back to Port Au Prince! Pray for safe travels, we love you all!! 

See you soon!

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Beth Sedmak

June 29, 2018 6:10 AM

The smiles and joy of the children being loved, served and cared for is priceless - lives being changed for both the served and servers. You have done an amazing job of being the hands, feet, and voice of Jesus - enjoy your last day of fun and adventure!! Praying over your safe return home.

Jennifer Manise

June 28, 2018 2:47 PM

What a gift to be able to serve and know the people of Port Salut! Hope your hearts are as full as your limbs are tired. Praying for your last days in Haiti - that you are the hands, feet and smiles of Jesus wherever you go!

Julie Hershey Carr

June 28, 2018 11:35 AM

You guys are awesome! I am so proud of all you have done so far! Great work! Especially love that girl on stage in the Hawaiian shirt ;) and can't wait to hear all about that program! I am praying for each and every one of you -- that you are able to help uplift the spirits of the residents there as well as share Gods amazing love.

Jan Walker

June 28, 2018 11:17 AM

We're so thankful for all your hard work as well as your sweet presence with the children. You are showing the Lord's love in so many ways and letting them know that He and you care deeply about them.

Anna (Neex) LaFayette

June 28, 2018 9:57 AM

You are all doing such an amazing job! I cannot believe how much you have done in such a short time. God is amazing and he is hoping that to every person you see through you. Keep up the good work.

candee currie

June 28, 2018 6:03 AM

Romans 10:15 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Praying for all of the beautiful feet. Especially yours, Louisa Currie Love, mom, dad, connor & sophie

Teresa Foor

June 27, 2018 9:48 PM

Great job everyone! You are serving this community so well and shining God’s light on all you do. Look at those precious children’s smiles. What could be better?!!

Becky Cusey

June 27, 2018 2:30 PM

Thanks for the updates! Looks like you're working hard.

Teresa Foor

June 26, 2018 8:51 PM

Praying for each one of you. You guys are doing amazing things for His kingdom. Special kisses and hugs to Gracie Foor. Beds looks awesome!

Janelle Butterworth

June 25, 2018 8:09 AM

Praying for you all and especially the start of kids camp today. Give Meg and Reyn Butterworth a special “Hello ??“ from their mom and Dad. Janelle Butterworth

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