Playa Laguna Children’s Outreach late Sunday afternoon, July 22

Grace Community Church of Rockville, MD had a number of activities planned for the children, as well as, songs, a Bible story, an associate craft, Erica’s good rice pudding treat and a gift for each child.

There was face painting.

 

 

 

Some were coloring.

 

 

 

 

Some were blowing bubbles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some were playing soccer in the front road.  Sorry, I never captured the ball.

The lady in the black shirt is Peggy.  She has a heart to serve the Lord and has started helping Rick & Barbara with the team ministries and women’s ministry.  She also is the lady who found the apartment for me.

Now let’s go inside.  The building was decorated for the outreach.  Pastor Felix and his wife had music going as we worked on setting out the chairs and getting everything ready for singing, the Bible story, graft, and other activities.

 

Pastor Felix is really good with the children.  He was having so much fun.  Of course, the children were too, but I think he was having the most fun of all.

As I mentioned before, the building is a community center, but they also have church there.

There will be many types of Christian, fun activities held in the community center for the children, ladies, and entire families.

The team sung several songs with the children then Pastor Felix’s wife, presented the Bible story of Noah, the flood, and the ark.

After that the children made this rainbow with their hand prints.

 

 

Afterwards, we cleared an area and there was a little line dancing.  This is part of the team giving it a try.

Of course, the children did much better than the adults, except for Pastor Felix and his wife.  I even gave it a try.

There was also a little competition between the boys and girls.

After all the fun, everyone settled down and enjoyed some of Erica’s rice pudding.

After which each child received a gift of school supplies and a frezbe.

 

 

Below:  The team has cleaned up, packed up and ready to go back to the hotel for dinner and some rest.

Grace Community Team Arrived – Upcoming week & prayer request

Yesterday our mission team from Grace Community Church of Maryland arrived.  It will be a busy week to say the least. We will be working in a Haitian village called Redemption Village.

 

Today, the team went to the Redemption Church.  They sang 2 songs in Spanish, then Charis & Miriam shared a song in English.

 

 

Andy shared a message from the Word of God. Titus 2:11-15 and Matt. 20:1-16.

 

After the service and ready to leave our team got on the trucks for a quick stop at the market and then back to the hotel for lunch.  We have 2 trucks for the team transportation.

The plans for the week are:                              Morning VBS for the children,                      Afternoon Bible study for the women,                 The construction folks will be working outside on sidewalks, swing area, painting, cleaning the area, and installing an area for basketball.

There are also, 3 women’s Bible studies/outreaches and some activities for the    men if they so desire.  Will try to post some progress pictures during this week.  Please pray for all the aspects of the team’s ministry.

Later today, we will be going to Playa Laguna for a children’s outreach and service.  You can see some pictures of Playa Laguna below on another posting.  As you may remember our last team provided an addition to the building, painted, build some tables for the children, did some wiring, and provided security windows and doors.

The building at Playa Laguna is a center in which they do hold church services and other activities.  Just the past week Nesa Clark started some ESL classes.  They did a flower arrangement class one night for the ladies and it was a big success.  Also, they have started some music classes.  Below are some pictures of one of the music classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please continue to pray for me as I have a little over 3 more weeks here. Have been here since May 8th and will be flying home on Aug. 14th.  The are a few more specific things that I hope to accomplish before leaving.

Pre-mission work begins at Redemption Village

Rick and I stopped by Redemption Village to see if any of the pre-mission work had begun.

The sand & gravel had been delivered.  The truck had to come through this pasture to get the delivery as close to the work location as possible.  It is still on the other side of a barbwire fence and must be moved via a wheelbarrow.

 

As we were walking in the truck came with a load of cement mix.  Rick is checking on the delivery.

 

This is a view of the Redemption Village Church taken just beyond the truck delivery.  To get to the church and into the village, one must park on the street and walk down a walkway about 100 ft. of so (I’m not good with distances without a measuring tape).  You can see a small pile of cement that has been mixed.  Can you imagine hauling all the sand, gravel and cement mix via wheelbarrow, then having to mix it by hand for all the sidewalk work.

The homes around the church area will get a smooth front (pre-mission work) and next week the team will paint them.  The sidewalks in the area are being repaired and/or replaced.  Plans are for the team to fix up the swing area, replacing the wooden seats with plastic seats as a number of children have gotten some head wounds.

They also plan to fix a basketball area.   Plan are to do a VBS at the church in the mornings for the children and to have a Bible study for the women in the afternoons.

Our team from Grace Community Church in Maryland will be arriving this coming Saturday and will be here for a week.

Look for some before and after photos and updates on the team’s activities and ministry.

Saturday Walk

On Saturday I took a walk through some of the neighborhood and took a few pictures to share with you.

This is just outside my apartment.  It was planted about 2 weeks before this picture and looked like it would die for a while.  It is quite beautiful now.

 

Do any of you know what type tree is in the pictures below?  They are all the same type tree and I have not seen them before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think of this tree trunk?

 

 

 

The tree in the above 4 pictures are in the yard of the house below, which is for sale if you are interested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also found some bananas growing in the wild.  See if you can find them in the picture.  You may have to zoom.

Even after the many years that sin has effected the earth, we can still enjoy how unique and beautiful the world that God created for his mankind.

Summitt Church Team

The Summitt Church team of Orlando arrived on June 16th.

The plan was for them to complete the addition to the Playa Laguna Center, which is being used mostly for a church at present.  The addition almost doubled the size of the building, included security doors & windows, provided tables & chairs for the children’s ministry, and included a concrete floor outside to be used for the children’s ministry and for an overflow area when needed.  The hopes are to have many future Christian activites at this center where the gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s love can be shared.

Here Dan & Chris are installing one of the 2 ceiling fans with lights.  The team did all the electrical wiring for the addition.  Plus improved the wiring in Eric’s home next door.  The center is built on Victor & Eric’s property.

 

The children created walk ways by placing the rocks around the trees creating a rock garden type landscape.  They also helped with the sanding & painting of the tables for the children’s ministry. 

The tables were painted red & blue.

The purchased children’s chairs are red & green, so it will be a very colorful area for the children.

Here the concrete floor for the children’s ministry & overflow area is being finished.  This was completed just a couple of days before the team arrived.

 

 

Here the area is set up as an overflow area for our celebration service on 6-22.

The large window area was planned with this in mind.

 

 

Celebration service the night of June 22.

 

Pastor Felix & his wife, Lisa are the shepherds at the church in Playa Laguna.  Lisa is leading a women’s Bible study on Tuesday night for the ladies in the area.

 

 

First, there was a prayer of thanksgiving and dedictation of the new addition and the building.

From the picture below you can see that an additional 5 ft. was added to the side with this addition.

Below: The building was full and some sat in the overflow area.

Rick gave a testimony (sorry I don’t have a good picture of him).

Left is Bobby singing.  He has a wonderful gift to sing and he can preach.  The place came alive as Bobby ministered in song.

Pastor Felix gave a message from the Word of God.  It was a wonderful night of praise to God for the work done and for His goodness.

In addition to working at Playa Laguna, the team visited a Haitian village called Redemption during the lunch feeding time, played with the kids, and presented a Bible story along with pictures for coloring.  They visited the Sunday morning church service at the Redemption Church and then on the New Life Church for the English service at 11:00 a.m.  They also had some time at the beach, so it wasn’t all work.

On Friday morning, we met the team at the hotel and had a time of sharing before loading for the airport. 

This was the morning I woke up with a sore throat and some pain/pressure in my ears, which turned into a week of dealing with a sinus infection.  It has taken a week of medicine, coughing, and blowing to get back to feeling fairly normal again.   Please keep me in your prayers that I will remain healthy for the duration of my stay here.  Plans are to return home on Aug. 14th.