Thursday, January 14, 2010

Better Days in Haiti

I've been wanting to join Friday Flashback Photo for some time.  With all that is going on in Haiti right now, I thought I'd post some pictures from a missions trip  we took back in 1994.

My heart has just been broken for this nation.  Please remember them in your prayers daily.

Our church went to work with a wonderful organization called New Missions.  It is located right by the ocean in an area called the Leogane Plain, which is about 25 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince. 

New Missions has 21 elementary schools, several churches, a medical clinic, a high school, a Bible college and a Missions Training Center. 

As with any missions trip you go thinking you are going to bless others, and you come away feeling so humbled and blessed yourself by the entire experience. 

We always gained so much more then we ever gave, and since that trip I've never stop praying, supporting and loving the wonderful Haitian people.

New missions received some major damage to several of their buildings.  In many cases the destruction was beyond repair.  Numerous buildings will need to be completely torn down and re-built. Temporary structures will need to be erected in the meantime.

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Please pray about giving some support to help this nation that has been so devastated.  You may have a favorite charity that is helping in the recovery efforts, but if not New Missions could really use your support at this time.  No matter what, your prayers will make a major difference.

And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day. Isaiah 58:10

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Standing at the entrance the New Missions

 

 

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My son Jason making friends and sharing his snacks!

 

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Working  in the clinic

 

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~Please remember these precious faces~

 

Join us today over at Alicia’s More Than Words for more Friday Photo Flashback!

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24 comments:

Alicia said...

Susan, I'm so glad that you joined in this week. And how touching that your flashback has to do with Haiti. I can imagine how much more personal it is to you since you were there.

We are praying for their country, and their people. It's so devastating.

Lynn said...

Hope they're all okay! So hard hearing about all that devastation...just can't even imagine...
Know that I'm here continuing to pray!
Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
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Debbie said...

Oh Susan, I'm glad you shared your photos from Haiti. I too went on a mission trip there but earlier in about 1980. We traveled around crazy mountain roads on a wobbly bus to get to the Cape Hatian area. It is so sad to see the photos of the devastation. I join you in praying for the people.

Blessings,
Debbie

The imPerfect Housewife said...

That is the most appropriate flashback in the world - what an amazing thing you did for those people!! My heart breaks for them as well and I know they need so much right now ~ prayers, food, water, peace, each other! Thanks for sharing your trip with us ~ ♥

Dani Joy said...

Oh wow! what a blessing you could go there on a missions trip.

I have been praying for the people of Haiti.

This sure does tug on the heart.

What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing.

Dani Joy

Veronica Lee said...

WOW!!! That was a really awesome Friday Flashback.

What a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing with us.

Ebie said...

Oh, Susan what a touching post. I feel sad about this tragic event. Glad you shared these photos.

We hope that with the billions of aid that has poured in, they will find its way to the right path.

P.S. I've been only to one, in Tijuana, where the group helped in building houses.

chubskulit said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience in your mission to help others. May God bless you more for that.

Way back in 90's

Anonymous said...

Hey Mrs. Susan!
I so enjoyed reading this. We are praying and supporting the people of Haiti. It is just heartbreaking!

I also kept thinking how quickly time flies. 1994 doesn't seem that long ago, yet I was thinking how long ago it really was! Joel was only 4!!! Jason was 15...and you were about Wendy's age! I then looked at links below of older posts and looked back at this one...=)

http://susan2956.blogspot.com/2007/10/day-to-remember.html

chili pepper said...

Susan,

How great that we have started together at the Friday Flashback! This is a timely post and a good reminder for all of us who are comfortable and apt to forget the suffering of others.

Love that you have FIVE sons... I have three daughters... we may need to talk someday. Ha!

Kat

Lori said...

Enjoyed looking at your photos from Haiti. praying for everyone.

Chari said...

Yes it is very sad! Thank you for sharing your photos. I would love to do mission trips one day.

mimi said...

Wow, these photos really touched my heart.
Amazing!

mimi said...

Wow, these photos really touched my heart.
Amazing!

mimi said...

Wow, these photos really touched my heart.
Amazing!

Darcie said...

They for sure are in our prayers. Wow...the emotions you must be feeling having been there and knowing the people and the country. I feel such a great sense of sadness and I haven't even been there. Thank you for sharing these pictures with us.

Muthering Heights said...

I can not even begin to imagine the depths of the horror in Haiti right now. We are praying, and have made a financial contribution...not much, but we gave what we could.

Lynn said...

Praying!
Psalm 9:9-10: The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
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His Unfailing Love said...

hello Susan, your post is very timely indeed. I was reminded of other world's catastrophes before, something happened and people came to know God through that bad experience,
---it could be that God is changing the hearts of the people in the country
---or the Lord wanted to remind us that there are people who needed help
---or we need to look up to heaven, and be reminded that we cannot do anything by our own strength except to trust in Him. We don't know... I don't know either, but God is gracious and compassionate, He will always be there for His children.
I'm happy to know that you were in a mission trip, we are doing the same here, and we wanted to do other M trips too in other countries God willing.

Laurencita said...

Oh.. very sad... Our church are praying for them...

Tracy said...

Hi Susan,
Thank you so much for sharing these photos. How this must really touch your heart in a very deep way. I am definitely praying for those faces and the countless others affected by the earthquake. I can't even begin to imagine what they must be going through. The prayers will definitely continue, particular as to what God would have us do to help. Thanks again.

Thanks too for your recent visit. Because of a job change, I have a lot less blog time these days, so it's always an extra treat to hear from friends I haven't seen (via their blogs) in awhile. <3

Blessings,
Tracy

Kathy S. said...

I have not had the privelege of doing any missions outside of our borders, but my heart has been so affected by the devastation there, and the stories and photos.

Thanks for sharing. It is a beautiful thing to be called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. It is an honor to have blessings to share.

I pray that as people minister there, they will be amply supplied and the Lord will give them strength. I have read of the praise going up in the streets as God's people sing and I have read of the increasing stench of bodies in the street.

I pray God makes Himself known in amazing ways there through His ambassadors.

Lynn said...

Stopping by to let you know I'm still praying!
Psalms 39:12-13 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.
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luvmy4sons said...

This tragedy has touch us all but I am sure it touches you more having been there and ministered in the past. Praying for all those affected. Blessings!