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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Final Photos from the Trip

Well here are the final photos from this past trip! Enjoy!! :) 

 Tuesday morning time together in God's Word at our house looking into the Proverbs 9 and Hebrews 11

 Tuesday morning clinic at the basketball court was more informal with some 2 on 2 and 3 on 3 play

Our last time together playing with the younger boys of Macdonald at their basketball court

  Tuesday midday on one of our last walks through the streets with the children on our way back to the house

 Tuesday late afternoon in a rain delay before our final championship basketball game - will we be able to play or not

After the rain stopped as the court dried off we did the drama called "Line-up" for those who were gathered to watch the game depicting Christ dying for our sins

 The singing of our national anthem before the final game with Lori as our standard bearer

Then the Haitians followed with singing their National Anthem with Metson- a joyful believer in Christ and also the "president" of Macdonald- holding the Haitian flag

    With the championship game finally underway we hit one of several 3-pointers in the first half to help build a modest lead

   A second rain delay during the second half of the game afforded some boys the opportunity to play a little soda bottle soccer

    With the game underway again another big rebound is pulled down to help seal the victory- one of many defensive boards that we had

    Our scoreboard - the chalk hash marks on the wall - show the final score of a well contested game

    A familiar scene following games and the last time we had an opportunity to congratulate and visit with our new friends

    Wednesday morning packing up to get ready to go home

   With the bus packed  and ready to go we make one last stop in Macdonald before hitting the road

  Not too far down the highway we have our first flat tire

 And a little ways farther we have our second flat tire

Another disappointment - after arriving with time to spare we get word from an airline official that our flight to Miami had been cancelled because of a tropical storm

And yet another time of waiting overnight in an airport begins - this time with the uncertainty as to when we would get to go home

The Lord at work through our experienced, gracious, & persistent "Mom"- with a cell phone borrowed from a helpful airport worker - to secure arrangements for our stay and an earlier flight home

Passing some of the early waiting time with a game of Uno

Wednesday night - the highlight of our evening in the airport was a sweet time of testimony & prayer & song - something we would have missed had our flight left as scheduled- what a rich blessing from the Lord

Thursday morning with our flight taking off from Port au Prince - farewell Haiti and thank You Lord

Thursday midday - we are on the ground and happy to be back in the USA

Enjoying that our cell phones worked again and calling family from Miami

With the rescheduled flights we had to leave a few of our teammates behind in Miami to fly in two hours later to join us again in Chicago

Thursday late afternoon - a loving reunion filled with hugs and smiles at OHare

Two and a half hours later another joyful reunion at OHare

Thursday night - our last walk together through an airport and ready for our ride home to WI

The sign we saw as we arrived at Spirit of Life Church in Fond du Lac - it says it all

Our final circle of brief testimony and prayer before we part ways - thank You Lord Jesus for a life changing experience

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Home Sweet Home!

The team made it safely to Fond du lac and should be reunited with waiting families right now! :) Praising God for all the wonderful stories and testimonies that were already shared during the drive from the airport. Sounds like God was definitely at work in quite a few lives. Some Haitian, some American. ;) Looking forward to hearing more for sure and thanking God for safe travels all around! :)

Delays and Lessons in Patience

Well after a whole lot of rain, wind, confusion, cancelled flights, and waiting time, our guys are finally in the air! PTL for His timing. :) So, the plan is they arrive in Miami in about an hour, and from there they have 2 flights they're going to be coming to Chicago on. 13 of the group will be flying home on the first flight which is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 5:50 p.m. and 5 of the group will be flying in on the second flight which is scheduled to arrive at 7:50 p.m. A prayer request would be that somehow there would be 5 extra seats on the first flight and the team could just fly home together. They're going to try for that when they get to Miami. :) God can definitely open doors and orchestrate things like this!
 I know everyone is anxious to have their brothers/husbands/friends home again but keep in mind, the guys have been learning flexibility for the last 10 days in the very unpredictable country of Haiti. Now God is giving us a chance to learn it as well. ;)
Thanking God for His protection over the group and please continue to pray for strength and opportunities to serve as they head home today!
Lydia- for the group :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Whole Bunch of Pictures!

Friday eve - basketball game in Macdonald with the Choir Kids from Port au Prince

Friday eve ball game with the Choir Kids

Friday night after the ball game visiting with the Choir Kids

Friday night singing with some of the Choir Kids

Saturday AM opportunity for Timothy to share the gospel with some of those gathered at the basketball court

Saturday AM time with the Choir Kids helping bag laundry soap for the prisoners in St. Marc

Saturday Bible School time - doing the Lineup skit

Saturday Bible School time - doing the Mosquito skit for the children

Saturday Bible School time - loving the children with our play

Saturday Bible School time - loving the children with our touch 

Saturday Bible School time - singing with the children in Macdonald 

Saturday Bible School time - telling the children about how God's Word can come alive in them 

Saturday mid-afternoon soccer game against young people from the community 

Saturday mid-afternoon soccer game in Macdonald 

Saturday mid-afternoon soccer game when we scored one of our three goals - we won't say how many they scored 

Saturday night at Club Indigo for some relaxation and some more familiar food

Saturday night in the ocean at Club Indigo 

Saturday night supper together at Club Indigo 

Sunday AM on our way into worship in Port au Prince 

Sunday AM preaching on the need for strong men in the Lord to be leaders 

Sunday AM skit by the team 

Sunday AM worship in Port au Prince 

 Sunday bus ride with the Choir Kids to lunch after worship

Sunday lunch with the Choir Kids 

Sunday lunchtime - we have had a wonderful time with the Choir Kids - it has been a joy to join hand in hand with them - even literally with a little arm wrestling 

Sunday visit to Felix's home in Port au Prince - the young man with a special connection to the Seibel family 

This morning, Monday, Coach is feeling much better after a good night's rest 

This morning, Monday, on our way to visit at the prison in St. Marc 

This morning, Monday, waiting to go into the prison to minister in song, drama, witnessing, and giving out small gifts 

Tonight, Monday, both teams as friends after playing an energetic game under the late afternoon sun

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to HIM be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Eph 3:20-21