Our team is always thankful for the opportunity to spend time in Haiti. We thank everyone involved with their support of Anchored Beginnings. Our team had the opportunity to meet a young man named Chrisma, and his brother Roman, from Ranquitte, Haiti. We were able to help his orphanage out bringing him some donations of shoes and clothing. We were also able to donate some food for his children as well. We also had the opportunity to meet with Matt, and his family (from Pennsylvania). They are living in Haiti, overseeing a pediatrics clinic, and three orphanages. It was great to see their orphanage, and spend time with the family for a few hours.
The main focus of this trip was the Kids in Christ program (Vacation Bible School). Thank you to Karen for putting together the program, the crafts, snacks, songs, games, and bible messages. Our team was anticipating 30 kids for the two-day program; we were prepared for 36, and ended up having 43 kids for each day from the village. The kids were very excited each day for the activities. It was a wonderful blessing to see the joy, and energy that they had. All the kids loved the crafts that they made, singing songs, and learning more about the word of God. It was also great to see the older kids helping out the younger kids, helping them with their crafts, and eating lunch. Mom, Celine prepared a wonderful meal each day, feeding over 50 people, including all of the kids, and the adults helping with all of the activities. We also sent home with the children bags of rice and beans to share with their families. The children also received hygiene items, including a tooth brush, toothpaste, soaps, and lotion.
Such a program would not be possible without all of the help, and teamwork with the Haitians and our team working together each day. The kids learned new games that we had brought with, playing connect four, hungry hippo, twister, and blowing soap bubbles.
Our team is very blessed to have our Haitian friends helping us throughout the entire trip. Our friends at the hotel, we stay at always take good care of us. Bernot, our driver, is awesome at getting us where we need to go each day. A big thank you goes out to Bethel, his brothers Mickelson, Johnson, Estras, and sisters Barbara, Guerda and to their mom, Celine for hosting the VBS program at their house. It is always a great opportunity to spend time at their house, immersing ourselves into their culture.
We also were able to see the recently finished security wall around the Jean family house to provide them better safety. Our team also hired our driver/metal worker, Bernot. By doing this Bernot was able to hire 3 helpers to build the security gate to complete the project. The team also visited the schools of Odi, and Kerby, the two boys that Anchored Beginnings helps support them financially in order for them to attend school.
Our team had a great opportunity to share God’s word in Haiti, it was a wonderful experience to make new friends, and continue building our relationship with the Jean family, and the other friends that we had met before. A trip like this would not happen without all of the support of our friends and family that donated their time and money in order to travel to Haiti sharing the word of God, and helping others.