Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Aspen Grove Trip - Day 3

Hello from all of us in Haiti!!
Not sure where to begin.... we're only on day #3 and already it's been one of the BEST experiences of my life. I'm not being dramatic... It's amazing!  The people on this trip are THE most sincere, kind, loving, funny, bold, ambassadors for Jesus, and I feel truly blessed to be here.
This morning, after another delicious breakfast made by our sweet Haitian friends, we slathered on the sunscreen and bug spray and boarded  the tap-tap. Our first stop was Papillon Enterprise. Papillon's mission is orphan prevention through job creation. The majority of Haiti's orphans have mothers, but sadly those mothers can't afford to raise them, and the children end up in an orphanage. Papillon provides jobs, training, and FREE childcare to Haitian women. We toured the facility where they create the most beautiful beaded jewelry, pottery,  and fabric creations to be sold all over the world.
The second stop of the day was the For His Glory Orphanage.  Our job for two hours was simple... love on orphans.  I don't think any of us will soon forget the faces of our new tiny Haitian friends. Every one of us fed, cuddled, jump-roped, and played our hearts out for those two hours.  Saying goodbye to our new friends proved difficult for many of us. We will certainly keep those sweet angels in our prayers.
At dinner we always have a question of the day and everyone stays at the table until everyone has answered. What a fun way to get to know everyone!! Tonight's question was "who's the most influential person in your life?"  The honesty of the people around the table is very very cool.
Okay, I gotta go!  Time for our evening service at 7:00 sharp!  Thanks so much for all the prayers.  God is so so good.
                          Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me,
                                            and do not hinder them,
                         for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
                                              ~Matthew 19:14~

--Submitted by Val Seurer

Aspen Grove Network Post 1

          This is my first trip to Haiti, and I've only experienced one full day here, but I can tell you without a doubt I will be back. We did a water truck day yesterday, and let me tell you, it was eye opening. The water truck was a huge truck full of water with a hose and people would line up with buckets for us to fill up. We did three different stops with the water trucks to three different areas of City Solei. The first stop we went to, we hadn't been there for more  then five minutes and this mother handed me her baby, that must have of been a year or younger, she walked me over to the shade and told me to stay there. The mother trusted me with her child, she had no idea who I was, she just knew I was there to help, which was awesome. We then went to eat lunch and tour and healing Haiti church, then we did another water stop. On the second water stop I decided to help haul water buckets to the homes of these people. Theses people were so thankful for our help. At one point I was helping this little old lady and she was so so great full. Once we got to her home she would say merci, which means thank you and then she'd give me a great big hug and kiss on the cheek. We then went to a healing Haiti farm which is providing jobs for Haitians, the manager of the farm gave us a tour, most of there food goes to the healing Haiti restaurant and then they will sell the leftover food they have. Healing Haitis goal is job creation because eighty percent of Haiti is unemployed. We then went to a third water stop, at this one I just played with kids. It was then time to head back where we spent the night eating dinner and having a service. 
- Sophie Seurer