Haiti - Student Ministries
Dates: July 26 - August 4
Ministry Partner: Greg Barshaw of Connect 2 Ministries
Ministry Focus: Orphanage service, maintenance at orphanage
Our Senior High students will travel to Haiti to partner with Greg Barshaw of Connect 2 Ministries. They will be working at House of Hope orphanage loving kids, making repairs and maintenance at the orphanage, and reconnecting with children from last year.
Updated Sunday, August 4
We have received a video (in advance, please excuse the poor quality) of the children at the House of Hope enjoying a swing set that our team built for them this week. You can find it at the Outreach Dept. Facebook Page by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/GBCOutreach (you'll need to copy and paste it into your browser)
The team will travel home today, no doubt finding increased security due to the travel alert published by the State Dept. Please pray for a good trip, and especially for a smooth change of planes in MIami.
Updated Thursday, August 1 (Second update)
E-mail from Deb
Greetings from Haiti! What a great team! Everyone has been so great in so many ways!
We started off the trip with a non eventful but great fellowship flight. We rested and then worshipped with Pastor Basin bright and early at 6 am...yes 6am! Greg took us around the city and educated us on Haiti-saw many of the churches that have been rebuilt including the one that Grace has been involved in.
Monday we started in the orphanage showing them Christ's love by loving them. We have done VBS every day, constructed a soccer stadium of sorts, put up chalkboards in three classrooms, enclosed a classroom, built a swing set, put up a basketball hoop, and painted the rabbit and chicken cages (and some rabbits may have been painted as well-story to come later).
We are so proud of our students and leaders in the way they are caring for the orphans being selfless and showing them the love of Christ. As they are making an impact on the orphans, they too are being impacted. It's been such a good week that we have decided to throw a party on Saturday morning and have cake and play games as our last day there...the team is planning the morning and are so looking forward to it.
Miss you all, but again the team is doing well and serving in very awesome ways!
Updated Thursday, August 1
Updated Saturday, July 27 - 2nd update
We got a message from Deb Bahr telling us that the team is doing great, and having a wonderful time, but the poor internet connection at their guesthouse keeps them from being able to get much news to us. They will do their best to get us a lengthy report and some pictures, which will be posted here as soon as we receive them. Thanks for praying for our team!
Deb Bahr texted us to say that the team has arrived in Haiti after an uneventful trip, and is getting settled in their housing and preparing for a great week of ministry. Thanks for praying!
Updated Saturday, July 27
Our Haiti Orphanage team headed to the island yesterday, and will arrive later today to begin loving, serving, and teaching the children at the House of Hope orphanage above Port-au-Prince. Thank you for praying for these students and their leaders as they practice the "pure and undefiled religion" of James 1:27 - visiting orphans.