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Justin, Eileen and Rosie with their puppet friends Bob and Anna visiting Gentilhomme school. Another puppet show and a mini-Vacation Bible School broke out at the Gentilhomme school, while in the adjoining mission house our medical team spent nearly 12 hours seeing scores of patients. After Jordan led 60 schoolchildren in song on our backpacker guitar, he taught about prayer and how important it is for us to talk to God. Eileen, Justin and Rosie then reprised their four-part puppet teaching from Thursday. Eileen gave the students a craft project — the children made crosses out of ...
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Eileen and Justin put on a puppet show they’d rehearsed in the States with the help of Rosie's Creole translation. It’s been dubbed, “The Muppets Go to Haiti.” Two hand puppets — named Anna and Bob — helped teach the children and many adults in Gentilhomme about the importance of brushing their teeth and using clean water, the danger of inhaling smoke indoors (from fires used to cook), and that they shouldn’t play where they pee. The latter might be the next step in the process, begun in 2007 and 2008, of educating the people about sanitation...
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Crossing border into Haiti. Our day was delayed by the enemy, who got a foothold in a family member of our Haitian missionary Miguel. This spiritual attack threatened to postpone our travel across the border and wreck havoc on the plans God has for this mission. But God is in control and we were only put a few hours behind schedule, not a day — or worse. Because of threatened, election-related violence in politically unstable Haiti, the border crossing was a gridlock. But God saw us clear of any hassles with customs officials and Haitian police manning roadblocks on the highway. W...
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There was an evening worship in the Monte Pou Kris church at Jimani to welcome us back. After listening to numerous praise songs, Jordan and I were given an opportunity to share. I used Philippians 1:6 and blessed the 80 school children, the three teachers that C4C supports, Gilbert Lindor (whom God used us to rescue several years ago), the pastor and church leaders, and finally the whole church of more than 100 adults with the words: “He who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Jordan encouraged the church with the words o...
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For the Western USA team members it was a full day of travel — flying out of Denver, Colo. shortly after midnight, meeting Jordan and me in New York City early this morning, flying to Santo Domingo, and then making the tedious six-hour drive to the Dominican frontier town of Jimani. We arrived in Jimani around 11 p.m. local time. The trip was not without incident. One of our 11 duffel bags was suspiciously missing when the flights ended and then Dominican customs officials decided to inspect all of the medical supplies (as team members prayed). They seized a handful of bottles of vi...
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Dr. Steve serving the Lord on Mission: Haiti 2008. “I know that God had His hand on choosing the participants for this upcoming trip,” Steve Quakenbush was saying recently. “May every moment be spent being His hands and feet so that all the glory will go to our awesome Savior, Jesus Christ.   “What a joy it is to be able to serve the 'least of these!'” Dr. Steve, our resident Mission: Haiti team physician, will be heading for the Chaine de la Selle hills for the fourth time in a little more than three years. He'll be rejoined by five other veterans of Mis...
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Charges were filed against Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier and the former Haitian dictator was taken into custody at a Port-au-Prince hotel and transported to a downtown courthouse for a hearing on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what the charges were and Duvalier was allowed to return to his hotel. A judge will have 30 days to investigate and decide whether the accusations merit moving forward with a case against Duvalier. “Baby Doc,” the ruthless dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, returned to Haiti on Sunday after 25 years in exile. The move was a surprise to mos...
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A year ago, a devastating earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, killing more than 235,000 people. While many have helped (and enormous amounts of money have been donated), little has changed in the daily struggle of Haitians. 
Our school re-opens for Haitian students after CHRISTmas recess in the Dominican border town of Jimani.
Itinerary Tentatively scheduled Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2011. Day 1: Fly to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Day 2: Travel to Jimani, DR. Day 3: Cross border into Haiti. Visit Thoman. Climb to Gentilhomme. Day 4: Medical training and/or health clinic. Bible school for children. Day 5: Health clinic. Second day for Bible school for children. Agricultural/nutrition/sanitation education. Day 6: Travel to Malasi. Visit other villages and churches on way. Day 7: Worship in Malasi. Day 8: Medical training and/or health clinic. Bible school for children. D...
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Purpose: Short-term team being sent to continue ongoing work in all areas: spiritual, medical, educational, agricultural, sanitation, water and nutrition. Itinerary: Tentatively scheduled Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2011. Cost: Estimated at US$1,500, including airfare to/from New York City to Hispaniola, visa, transportation, food, and accommodations in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This does not include airfare to/from New York City.
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In my mind, in my memory, I hear Pastor Meristaine Tresin speaking to me in English. But he does not speak English. He is a Haitian pastor who speaks Creole. I do not speak Creole. Yet I can hear clearly the words that passed from his lips to my heart. “I have prayed for two years for God to send help.” He was shaking my hand earnestly, having just met me after we reached his hill village of Gentilhomme on Sunday, June 26, 2005. He was looking me in the eyes, looking deeply within me. Perhaps he was looking for what my pastor and friend, Larry Stokjovic, had prayed in the day...
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