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By Kim James on 2/27/2014 10:23 AM
For more information about Source Matelas village, go to: www.mohhaiti.org/villages/8.

By Wendel Wilson from FUMC Conroe: We went to the village of Source Matelas again today. We met numerous families and got to know them and their stories. We prayed with them for their needs and for God to provide for their needs. It seems that most Haitians want to work but there is just nothing for them to do. We handed out a bible to a Voodoo princess inside of her of her house. Interesting experience. She seemed receptive and we are letting God do his work through her. The needs in Haiti are great and we are making an impact one person at a time. God is Good.

By Kayward Bouillion from FUMC Conroe:  Today we went by the water tower in the village where 6 men were sitting talking.  We discovered they were all unemployed.  They want to work, but there are no jobs.  One of them even had training in a certain field of construction.  The thing that pained me the most was that they truly wanted to work...
By Kim James on 2/26/2014 9:41 AM
 One of the homes we stopped at, there was a man sitting on the porch named, Pierre Joseph. He was visiting his Aunt, cousins, and other family members. As I talked to him, he told me that he used to go to church with his mother, but since she died things have become difficult for him and he quit attending church. He said Jesus had not helped him through his tough times. I explained that Jesus did not promise us absence of problems rather Jesus promised to walk with us during those tough times. We talked about Faith, about Jesus, and about life. I encouraged him to find a church and surround himself with fellow Christians. I told him he did not have to carry his burden alone. Not only would Jesus carry it, so would his fellow Christians. He allowed us to pray for him and lay hands upon him as we prayed. At the end of prayer, he asked us if we knew a church he could attend and we said yes, Mission of Hope. He said he is going to church Sunday. I promised him that the congregation of FUMC Conroe would pray for him...
By Kim James on 2/26/2014 9:14 AM
Day 1 - from Bill and Pattie Allen, First Methodist Houston

Here at  Mission of Hope,  our team has been paired with a small group of young adults from Chicago. They are hard-working and have been a blessing this week. For our team today was tree planting day. Unfortunately, in the poorest country in the northern hemisphere, most families are forced to use wood for cooking. Therefore, many areas have few trees, and top soil erosion during the rainy season is a huge problem. Today We worked with LeLe, Danton, and Herlo who are Haitian employees of the Mission of Hope. They took us to our adopted village of Source Matelas to plant mango trees. As we dug holes young Hatian men gathered around us smiling,talking and laughing.  Then gradually the young men took the tools out of our hands and began to plant trees in their own neighborhood. I think that people who have never seen or don't believe in the resurrection have never looked for it .  God still brings resurrection in lives, neighborhoods, and countries...
By Kim James on 2/25/2014 1:17 PM

Photos from our first few days in Haiti...working in the village of Source Matelas.

  


Wednesday meetinf of Leon's Kids' Club.

By Kim James on 2/25/2014 10:30 AM

 Looks like our Haiti team is making new friends in the village we adopted already! Cathy Airola sits with Sydney, who is wearing one of the pillowcase dresses made by the ladies of the Sewing Connection at First Methodist Houston. For more information about this village, visit: http://www.mohhaiti.org/villages/8

By Kim James on 2/24/2014 8:00 PM
From Dr. Jerry Neff, Senior Pastor of FUMC Conroe:

We arrived in Haiti Saturday evening safely with most of our luggage. We spent Sunday in church and touring the facilities of Mission of Hope. We saw the orphanage, the school, the food warehouse where 50,000 meals go out to school children in Haiti each day, and the two other campuses which are still under development.

Today, Monday, we spent the morning in Source Matelas. We started our day going to a lookout on the top of a mountain, up a path you would never imagine a school bus could traverse. We made it and were rewarded with a beautiful view of the Caribbean, of surrounding mountains, and the Village of Source Matelas. We walked through the village and visited with several residents. The afternoon was spent handing out Bibles, talking with people about their faith in Christ, and playing with the children.

One of the homes we stopped at, there was a man sitting on the porch named, Pierre Joseph. He was visiting his Aunt, cousins, and...
By Kim James on 7/25/2012 5:59 PM

Day Four at Prince of Peace

By Kim James on 7/24/2012 10:01 AM
Greetings from the Prince of Peace girls orphanage in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  Its actually just on the outskirts of Guatemala City, on a mountain overlooking the vast city.  Its absolutely beautiful here.  Ten of us arrived here on Saturday for a week ministering to the 60 girls from four years to nineteen years old who live here.  

 

POP is a terrific Christian ministry.  Every girl here has a tragic background, whether it is abuse, neglect, homelessness or extreme poverty.  They come here with a background of brokenness and immediately receive unconditional love, security, an education and the message of the Gospel.  It is awesome!  

 

We are here to serve the needs of the orphanage and express Gods great love to these girls.  They are beautiful, funny, silly and so receptive to us, its hard to not fall in love with them, especially having just a little awareness of their background.  

Most if our time is divided between simple work projects and spending time with the girls....
By Kim James on 7/22/2012 12:11 PM

We had an early breakfast yesterday morning and devotionals from Max and Matt Roberson and Stephen Clines.

At 7:30 a.m. we boarded the bus and headed to San Pedro Sula to the airport. We said our goodbyes to the Harpers and our Honduran hosts and left (on time) at 12 noon and arrived safely home at 3:30 p.m.

We are now reflecting and processing all that God has done in our lives this week. Thank you for praying with us and for us this week. God used you to bring hope and His presence to hurting people. Please join with us in continuing to pray for the families of Los Pinos, Honduras that God will move in their lives and heal the brokenness and use them to serve one another.

By Kim James on 7/19/2012 8:27 AM
On Wednesday we returned to Los Pinos to continue our work projects.  We had no outreach activities planned - only construction.  We arrived in Los Pinos around 9 a.m. and found that all our materials had been delivered - which was a blessing never to be taken for granted on these trips.  The nearest hardware store is probably an hour away.    

We divided into groups and set about our tasks.  Our groups are always joined by the residents of Los Pinos.  The pastor and many of the kids helped us finish painting the inside of the church.  What could be more fun than to be 9 years old with a 4" wide paint brush full of pink latex paint?  It will be hard to go back to crayons & water colors.    

 

Another group mixed 7 bags of concrete for the floor of the chicken coop.  Each  bag weighed 42.5kg (~100 lbs).  Tiffany, daughter of our hosts Joyce & Chuck, showed us how a 100 lb. person can carry a 100 lb. bag of cement.  This quieted many of us who voiced concern over the load, especially some of...
 

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