Activities from Redemption Village – July 22-27, 2012

Finally, I’m taking time to post more pictures from our last team, Grace Community Church from Maryland, at Redemption Village during the week of July 22-27.

Let’s start with Sunday morning service at Redemption Church.

Pictured here is Glenn giving his testimony.  Debbie also gave her testimony, but I don’t have a picture.

 

 

 

The group shared several songs in Spanish.

 

 

Miriam and Charis sang a special song.

 

 

 

 

Andy shared The Word.

 

 

 

The group held VBS in the mornings, Mon.-Fri. for the kids while the construction crew were working on several projects.

Here is Stacy helping some of the children with their craft activity.  Stacy also presented the Bible lesson each day.

 

 

Greg is helping his assigned group.  He and his brother, Glenn had to leave a day early because Glenn was going to be a counselor at summer camp.  Both were a blessing to the kids in Redemption Village and to the entire team.

Here is Carol and Debbie (on the back row) working with their group of kids.

 

 

 

In the afternoon, the team ladys held a Bible study for the ladys of The Redemption Church.

 

 

Barb and Janea explaining the lady’s craft activity for the day.

They made a boutique for themselves of flowers of their chose.

 

 

They really seemed to enjoy this.

They especially liked the time that our team ladys spent with them in the Word and in prayer.

 

 

On Friday morning, some of the team went door to door witnessing in the Playa Laguna area.   In the afternoon, some of the team went to Paradise Village and did a children’s outreach.

Will try to post the construction pictures tomorrow.

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.

Office Open

Yesterday, we saw the product of out work in the office take birth.  This picture is Rick enjoying his first day working at the office.  Although there is still some fine tuning to do, we can now use the front area of the building for Rick’s new office.  The ceiling fans, phone and internet were installed a few days ago and the wiring was done for the generator when needed, which is quite frequent as the area is without power each day for hours.

He met with some Pastor’s and had a Skype meeting with another.

This picture is of Rick, Pastor Felix and Pastor Nickolas at the end of their meeting.  Pastor Felix is pastoring the people at the Playa Laguna Church.  I just met Pastor Nickolas and just know that he has a church and helps Rick at times.

To the left is Homero in the sitting area of the office.  What a blessing he has been as he worked right along side of us almost everyday.  His wife, Esther, made the flower arrangement for our opening.  They live just up the street.  Homero also helps as a driver when we have teams.  So starting tomorrow he will be busy as our first team arrives since I arrived to help the Sucher’s.

Of course, Rick and I had to have a picture to celebrate this day and the progress we have made that will help him for months to come.  May God be glorified with the work done for His kingdom in this place.

 

 

My work space is on the left side of the office.  You can see that I did not bring my computer for this day’s work.  Actually, I arrived with others to pick up Rick and to go meet with a couple of people to see what they are doing, so we could decide if we wanted to help them in ministry.  When we returned, we were able to empty about 5 more boxes in the storage area and to discuss the upcoming team needs.  We made a list of needed materials for the team work beginning on Monday, so we could stop and purchase them at the lumber and paint store on the way home.  After several stops, then a meeting at Playa Laguna and picking up Rick’s van from the shop,  I finally arrived back to my apartment around 7:30 p.m.  Although I was tired, it was a great day!  It was a day the Lord made and we rejoiced in it.

A week of mishaps

Last Saturday, I went to the Harvest Connection with Rick. This is a once a month meeting with missionaries in the area. There were 20-25 present. A local insurance agent spoke to the group about what to do should you have a vehicle accident. It was most informative and we all appreciated his instruction. Things a much different here than in the US.

Although it has been a week of problems with sickness & car problems, things are still moving forward.  Rick, Julia, and I went by Playa Laguna to check on the progress of the addition and when we left the van cut off right in the middle of the road.  (The addition will make this building almost 2 times it’s original size.   Picture above was taken about 2 weeks ago.)  Praise God some men came to help and God sent some friends by just at the right time who took Julia & I home.

Below are a couple of pictures showing the progress made this week.

Here the walls are going up.

 

 

 

Here the addition is almost ready for the roof to go on.

The plan was to have local construction men do the walls & roof.  The team arrives on Saturday and plan to do the electrical work, paint and finish it off.  They will be here only a few days, so it will be a busy time.  When finished it will sit 75-80 people.  It is presently being used for church on Sunday and for women’s Bible study on Tuesday night.  We hope to soon be able to do more evangelistic ministry in this area once the building is complete.  Will post a picture when it is complete.  Please pray that many will come to know Jesus Christ at this place.

Rick had to go for therapy on his neck 2 times this week.  His wife, Barbara, and youngest daughter, Jessie, had to go to the doctor on Wed.  We spent the afternoon at a hospital in Puerta Plata for them to see 2 different doctors.  Barbara is still having problems with what appears to be allergies and Jessie is feeling much better.

The progress at the office was put on hold for a few days as these problems took over our time.  However, the internet, phone line and at least one ceiling fan has been installed.  A sitting area is in place, so Rick can start having some meetings there.

Today, we all went to New Life Church and were encouraged by a message from John chapter 17.  After that we all went to the beach for a picnic and some family time.   There were a lot of folks surf sailing and others just enjoying the water with family and friends.  God blessed us with shade and a wonderful breeze.

Prayer request:

Please continue to pray for us as we continue with the work at the office.  Once this is done, we can focus more on ministry.

My role here is still not clear, so continue to pray regarding this.

Please pray for a complete restoration of health for Barbara and Jessie.

 

 

Office Update

Rick and I worked at the new office location 3 days this past week. Here is a picture from the street. As you can see it is a storage unit that has a front window and door, so it will work just fine as an office.   On the right a wall is being installed to divide the office area from the storage area.  By the end of the week the wall was complete and we had begun the sorting and organizing of ministry supplies.

Friday, I did office work at my apartment in the morning, then walked down to the beach between 2 & 3 p.m.  The area right in front of our complex is covered with volcanic rocks.  As you can see from the picture the real beach area is a little walk away.  I didn’t make it to the beach area as the sand was too hot, however, I did enjoy the view and the breeze.   How about this volcanic rock cove.  White capped waves were coming in and spraying water on shore.

Saturday, the Sucher’s were busy with a wedding, so I did a little paperwork at home and in the afternoon went for a swim at the pool.   

It is quite hot & humid here, although the last 2 days there has been a wonderful breeze.  The swim was very refreshing.   We have been praising the Lord for those wonderful breezes.

Today, we went to New Life Church.  Afterwards Barbara, Jeanae, and I went out to lunch and then picked up a few groceries.

Please pray that God will help me adjust to my new surrounding, being without a car (which is really hard for me) and help me to be a real help to the Sucher’s in their ministry here in Sosua.

 

 

 

 

 

Update – My living quarters

Thought you might be interested in seeing where I’m living.
Have been busy settling in. The Sucher’s had to move and downsize. Rick and I have worked 2 afternoons at the new office area. The front will be used as an office and the back will be for storage.  We hope to have the office set up within 2 weeks.

Below are pictures of my living quarters: guess room, livingroom, the condo entrance, and my apartment entrance.  Above is the kitchen.