Team Haiti Update

haiti_girlsEveryone is healthy and no one has gotten sick – Praise God!

It has been a busy few days.  Over the weekend the team spent time to talk and pray with some micro-loan families who sell everything from used clothing to gasoline.

VBS has been a huge success seeing about 100 kids at the site in Koledar in the morning and about 200 kids in Haute Savanette in the afternoon.  Were able to feed to group yesterday of 199.

Last night the team went to Pastor Jephthe’s church and saw choirs from local youth groups sing.  The power kept going out throughout the event, but the kids never stopped singing praises to God – it was beautiful.

Days are spent with devotions as a team in the morning and then serving throughout the day.  Music and fellowship in the evening.

Prayers are needed for tomorrow as they finish up the vacation bible school programming, safe travels home and rest for the team as they debrief and see what God has in store for them.

The Monday After: Everyday Heroes: Elisha {Hyacynth}

You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. 

The Monday After Sunday, July 28, 2013: Everyday Heroes: Elisha {Listen to the message HERE!}

By Hyacynth Worth

When we lost the first two babies during my third and fourth pregnancies, we called it a terrible tragedy.

When we lost the third, we lost any accompanying words that could make sense of another brutal loss.

And that’s when I really began to question God – was our family already complete with two beautiful boys?

Were we done, and was this God’s way of urging us to call it quits? We’ve been wrestling since our last little one, Selah, went home to Heaven in March before she ever took a breath of air.

Tragedy and depression and anxiety have a way of making us question whether the direction in which we’re heading is any direction we should head at all.

Those things make us take a pregnant pause in forward motion and, for our family, it has made for being still before the Father,  asking Him to reveal His heart for us.

In this pause of movement, we’ve cried out questions to God, and He’s given us answers that don’t seem to have anything to do with any of the questions we’ve asked.

Except for that, also, His answers have been exactly what my heart has needed

In the loss of our babies, God has given me a name, daughter and bride, and He has made His name, Lover of my Life, known to my wounded heart.

I didn’t know it then, but I see now how before I could move forward on His call on my life, I had to know those two things intimately and concretely, not simply in song and dance. Once I had that straight inside of my own heart, I found that our question of “should we try to grow our family?” was replaced by His question to my heart of “Do you trust me with where we need to go next?”

This morning as Pastor Joe spoke about Elisha’s life, I felt the proverbial cloak fall over my shoulders, an anointing to move forward into the terrifying unknown of where God was leading … which I felt included addressing what growing our family could look like after sustaining three losses.

My husband and I both stood at prodding of the Spirit when Pastor Joe asked if anyone felt the Lord leading them into new territory.

Though I didn’t know why John was standing, I shook in in my sandals at the thought of entering a territory I thought I’d desired for the past two years.

Because moving? Well moving forward requires an abandonment of roads I’ve been traveling for years: fear, anxiety, abandonment.

Moving forward requires letting go of all those safety nets that have kept me tangled and secure, albeit falsely.

Moving forward into an unknown territory demands trust that the Pathblazer knows the road ahead.

And there are personal sacrifices we would submit in traveling the road of growing our family – ones that would have me at home longer, have us living on a tighter budget, requiring more of our attention and time. The list actually extends for both of us.

But I think of these words:

“Elisha’s world was better because of the sacrifice he made … consider what would have happened had he not responded to the call … a whole generation would have been lost and without a leader.”

Perhaps generations don’t hinge on all of our shoulders.

But, then again, perhaps, they do.

Because Everyday Heroes, they go where the gentle tugging on their hearts leads, be it to the washing of little feet or the washing of grace over an office or the washing of His truth over a generation.

Last island hurrah for the year. Say it ain't so.

Hyacynth Worth is grateful daughter to the Perfect Father, wife to John and mother to two little boys and three souls she will one day meet. In between mothering and coordinating social media for Immanuel, she writes about grace, motherhood and living a healthy lifestyle at Undercover Mother.

Team Haiti – Day Two

God has already been actively at work!  Here is the latest update from Team Haiti:

-3God was working today.  The men taped and mudded drywall and trained six Haitian men who were passionate to learn and took ownership right away. The ladies worked with a local business woman and her son and learned to make jewelry.  We all visited two micro-loan recipients and walked through Pignon.
(1 John 4:8) Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Team Haiti – Day One

Immanuel Church recently sent a team to Haiti to spread God’s love and share his word. God has something special planned for each and every one of them. And here, is how their journey began!

-3“It was a chilly 50 degree morning at 4:00 am in the Immanuel parking lot when we said “Godspeed” to the Haiti team. Even though it was cold, you could feel the warmth from the excitement and love everyone shared that early morning. It was so amazing to see about 10 additional friends, family and “Immanuelites” there on that dark and cold morning wanting to pray, hug, and just show their support for this amazing team! We packed the four vehicles, gathered around in a circle and prayed for the journey ahead. Then after a few last moment goodbyes, off they went in a four vehicle caravan to O’Hare airport.

If you’re reading this update, that tells me that you care, and that you are interested in how the team progress on their mission trip in Haiti. Please take time through the end of this month to pause during your day and pray for the team. Pray for their safety and health, and that God will use them in a mighty way. Pray that they will be changed by what they see and do while serving in Haiti.”

Michael Matteoni, World Outreach Team

Hello to all our prayer partners,
The team arrived last night in Haiti after a five plus hour drive.  All are safe and all luggage too.The men will be working on the drywall today and the ladies will visit with the locals and make jewelry.
Thank you all for continuing to pray for the team, their safety and their ministry in Haiti.
“The team already knows that they will not have internet access, but they will communicate as often as they can via phone and text. We will be posting new information as soon we receive it, so be sure to check back here for the latest information from the team!”