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Bethany Baptist Church

Serving In Haiti
July 7, 2012
Community: Granbouchi
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Safe Arrival!

by Eric R. | July 8, 2012 4:18 PM

After long flights and a bus ride across the country, we have finally arrived in Granbouchi, Haiti! Upon arrival, we ate a quick dinner and went straight to bed. After a great night's rest, we were blessed to be able to attend church and worship with the Haitians in their native creole language. We spent Sunday afternoon walking through the village, getting acquainted with the locations we will be ministering in this week. Our walk ended at the beach, where we had a chance to play soccer, football, and other games with the children from the community. We are excited and looking forward to a great week!
Safe Arrival!

Group Meeting in Eden Haiti

by Eric R. | July 8, 2012 4:27 PM

Here we are learning about the community and ministries we will be involved in this week.
Group Meeting in Eden Haiti

Playing on the Beach

by Eric R. | July 8, 2012 4:29 PM

Once we finished our walk through the community, we had a trail of kids behind us!
Playing on the Beach

Construction Project

by Eric R. | July 9, 2012 2:41 PM

This morning we began work on our two ministry projects. One of the projects we are involved in is doing the finishing work on a home that is being built for a woman in the community named Adelene. She currently lives in a small, one room home with seven of her children. The home being built for her is almost complete! We began by sifting sand and preparing to mix concrete to finish the floors and stucco walls. We will also be finishing the ceiling of the porch and hanging several doors. It is exciting both for our team and for Adelene as her new home is nearing completion!
Construction Project

Learning to Make a Kite

by Eric R. | July 9, 2012 2:50 PM

While taking a break from sifting sand, one of the boys in the community showed us how to build a kite.
Learning to Make a Kite

Almonds on the Beach

by Eric R. | July 9, 2012 2:54 PM

We also continued our afternoon ministry with the children on the beach. In the shade of an almond tree, the kids showed us how to break open the seeds to eat the almonds inside.
Almonds on the Beach

American Football

by Eric R. | July 9, 2012 2:57 PM

We enjoyed showing the children how to play American football. They thought it was great!
American Football

A Tree Planting Army

by Eric R. | July 10, 2012 3:32 PM

This morning we continued our projects that were started on Monday. Aside from the construction, we are also blessing the community by planting trees along the road and in people's yards. When the trees mature, they will provide much needed shade along the road for people as they walk, as well as provide an additional source of fruit to eat. We had several varieties of trees for the people to choose from, including coconut, lemon, cherry, and mahogany. It was a blessing to see how happy the people were as they decided which variety they wanted and where the trees would be planted in their yard!
A Tree Planting Army

Planting a Tree

by Eric R. | July 10, 2012 3:36 PM

Here is our group planting a tree in someone's yard. As you can see, many of the children in the community followed along as we planted!
Planting a Tree

Blessing Adelene With a Tree

by Eric R. | July 10, 2012 3:39 PM

We were able to plant a few trees around the new house we are finishing for Adelene. It was great to see how excited she was!
Blessing Adelene With a Tree

Construction Continues

by Eric R. | July 10, 2012 3:43 PM

The construction on Adelene's house continued this morning also. Here you can see Matt, Keith, and several other of our adults sifting sand for the concrete that is being used to finish the floor inside the house.
Construction Continues

Afternoon Tour of Les Caye

by Eric R. | July 10, 2012 3:48 PM

We took a little break after lunch to go on a tour of Les Caye, one of the larger cities in Haiti. We learned a small portion of the 500 year history of the city, saw several of the landmarks, and visited the coast where they load sugar cane onto boats and ship it to other countries.
Afternoon Tour of Les Caye

Last Day of Ministry

by Eric R. | July 11, 2012 10:21 PM

Today was our last day of ministry and it was amazing! We were able to complete both of our projects, which means we finished the construction of Adelene's house and planted over 300 trees throughout the community. God has truly been at work as we served in the community and shared the gospel this week. We are thankful that HE gets the glory for our labors!
Last Day of Ministry

Construction Completed

by Eric R. | July 11, 2012 10:31 PM

One major project we worked on this week was hanging the interior doors of Adelene's house. This was quite the project, as the door frames had to be built from scratch. We certainly missed our power tools from back home, but the blessing of working alongside the men in the community was well worth the effort invested!
Construction Completed

Ah Ji Ji! Ah Ja Ja!

by Eric R. | July 11, 2012 10:35 PM

While the guys were out planting trees and working on the house, the girls decided to invite the children to the church for games and crafts. We had over 100 children that showed up for a couple of hours of games. It was a blast!
Ah Ji Ji!  Ah Ja Ja!

Crafts with the Children

by Eric R. | July 11, 2012 10:39 PM

Here you can see us helping the children with their crafts. Once we began, it didn't take us long to learn several helpful creole phrases, including "Wait", "Finished", and "Beautiful."
Crafts with the Children

Recreation & Going Home

by Eric R. | September 4, 2012 2:13 PM

After a week of ministry, we got the opportunity to travel to a couple of beautiful places in Haiti for some rest, relaxation, and swimming. Our first stop was the Saut-Mathurine waterfall in Camp-Perin, Haiti. It was a long, bumpy, winding drive to get there -- but well worth the effort! At 90ft, the Saut-Mathurine waterfall is the largest waterfall in Haiti. It was an incredible experience getting to climb up a short way and jump into the rushing water. More incredible was watching the local Haitians climb to the very top and jump! After a time of swimming and a picnic lunch, we got back on the bus and headed for Port Salut, one of the most beautiful beaches in Haiti. We were able to spend a couple of hours swimming, souvenir shopping, and just enjoying the sun and the sound of the waves. All in all it was a great end to an amazing week of ministry!
Recreation & Going Home

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Melanie Wheeler

July 15, 2012 5:51 PM

I see God is busy with miracles. Not to mention the fact that Tabby and Keith Klundt got on an airplane, but the word is being shared through action. The greatest sharing possible. Prayers are with the whole team. Enjoy!

Jeff Condit

July 12, 2012 5:48 PM

It's 5:30 PM on Thursday, the 12th. 24 hours from now (forget the time zone issue) and you'll be standing on US American soil again. We're all blessed to be Americans. And we're humbly blessed that you've shared your abundance with others this past week. May this week be the start of a new lifetime of sharing (with others) what God has mercifully given to you (and to all of us).

Julie Timm

July 12, 2012 5:19 AM

I am so excited and proud of the work that your church is doing for the Lord. It truly is a blessing to pray for all of you. A sprecial shout out from Texas for our family members that are serving! Blessings to all.

The Collins

July 10, 2012 11:09 PM

So glad to see the cooooollllll pictures of all of you and the area where you are staying. Praying for the team and all those you come into contact with. Praying for boldness and energy for each one of you and that many lives will be changed in the name of Jesus.

Melanie Wheeler

July 9, 2012 6:52 PM

I see God is busy with miracles. Not to mention the fact that Tabby and Keith Klundt got on an airplane, but the word is being shared through action. The greatest sharing possible. Prayers are with the whole team. Enjoy!

Monica Clark

July 9, 2012 2:58 PM

Praying for the group and that you are blessed as much as you are a blessing to the people in Haiti. Grace is doing great and keeping busy.

Haben Family

July 9, 2012 2:44 PM

Praying for you each night at Grace's bed time and "finding you" on the globe - praying that He will be glorified in all that each of you say and do!

Vicki Sink

July 9, 2012 6:27 AM

Go today in the strength of the Lord. He will accomplish much through you. You have the prayers of your church family!

Jeff Condit

July 8, 2012 9:41 PM

Thank you, God, for 17 smiling faces.

Vicki Sink

July 8, 2012 9:13 PM

Is it as hot there as it's been here? What did you guys eat for your first meal? Was it wonderful worshiping with brothers and sisters in a different language? Thanks for the pictures!

Jeff Condit

July 8, 2012 5:37 PM

Thank you, God, for 17 smiling faces.

Jerry Schrick

July 8, 2012 4:38 PM

Great pics! You all look maaahhhvelous!

Vicki Sink

July 7, 2012 10:34 PM

Praying for you all. I will be watching for updates.

Jeff Condit

July 7, 2012 10:02 PM

May the Lord give sleep, rest, strength and courage according to His mercies that are new every morning.

Vicki Sink

July 7, 2012 9:09 PM

Praying for you all. I will be watching for updates.

Vicki Sink

July 7, 2012 2:33 PM

Praying for you all. I will be watching for updates.

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