The Anne Nelson Team of 3 men arrived on the 3rd of May and left us on the 10th. We were to blessed to have them come, and see how God answered prayers. It was very neat to see how God worked through everyone on the team, and to see lives get touched! This team ended this Construction season strong and well! Thank you to each of them for coming, working, and supporting!
Now…a little from the men…
“Our team of ‘three amigos’ hails from Bella Vista Church (BVC) in Rockford, Michigan. BVC is an independent, non-denominational church. Though not tied to any particular denomination, the church is solidly in the Evangelical, Protestant tradition. At BVC we share the common purpose of growing in love for God and others. BVC members have supported more than 15 roof-building projects in Haiti via our partnership with MEBSH.
Our first project (this year) was a church school roof in the village of Mandou, which is on the very Western tip of the Southern peninsula of Haiti, South of the village of Dame Marie and South of Anse d’Hainualt. The church has about 65 members, and 200 students attending their school. Our second roof project (we just supplied the labor, with the church and local missionaries providing the materials) was in the village of Laval, about 10 miles Northwest of Cayes (the location of the Missionary compound). This church, although smaller in number, has experienced much recent growth; with 13 new believers in the past year.
As in previous years, we were part of a construction team that partnered with local believers to build a roof on their church school. We constructed a roof sized about 20′ x 73’. We also completed some smaller projects such as building and finishing benches, ministered to the local ‘shut-ins’, provided and distributed Bibles and hymnals, gave gifts, and showed the ‘Jesus Film’ in Creole, the language of the Haitian people. About 200 Haitians attended the film showing!
We had a near repeat ‘performance’ in Laval (less the ministering t shut-ins). The roof was a bit shorter (yet wider), and we had about 80 people watch the Jesus film.
One of our team members practiced his medical skills on a local Haitian who received a bad leg cut from the sharp tin used as roofing. As we were not able to make it to Haiti last year, we were very excited to again see Tim, Joan, their growing family, and the Haitian members of the construction team.
Our trip was full of highlights and ‘teaching moments’. Even before we made it to Haiti, God answered our prayers. Our small team was challenged financially as there were few of us to share the burden of the cost of the roof materials. Our main team fundraiser event was selling wood fired pizzas. In just two sessions, we raised nearly half the cost of the roof! Glory be to God!
One of our biggest challenges to overcome was the breakdown of the big truck on the way to Mandou. Through much prayer, a McGuyver-like fix by Tim, and the faith that His will would still be done, we were able to continue and accomplish much more than we expected.
While working on our construction tasks, God provided good weather, safety, and a fun work environment. Team unity was very strong.
These are just a few of many examples where God’s hand was upon us. We can’t wait to make it back to Southern Haiti, to serve our Lord, and to continue down the path of unworthy servants.
Blessings to all from the ‘three BVC amigos’!”
-David Nelson, Gary Quackenbush, Cyril Mayne-