Why would you want to go serve in Haiti?

This past week we were privileged to host a team from the Pinetta Florida area. On the trip down to Haiti, one of the team members was asked by someone in the airport, “why would you want to go serve in Haiti?”. For some that have never visited, there might be hesitancy to visit and serve in a  third-world country. As a group were reminded again why we serve here in Haiti.

Beautiful blue Caribbean ocean.

A spectacular drive along the northern shore.

A group from the church had a warm welcome for us.  Before beginning the work, they sang for us, and we asked God's blessing on the job ahead.

A group from the church had a warm welcome for us. Before beginning the work, they sang for us, and we asked God’s blessing on the job ahead.

The last Sunday this church will go without a roof!

The last Sunday this church will go without a roof!

This gentleman was one of three that surrendered their life to the Lord during our afternoon visiting. Praise God for touching their hearts!

This gentleman was one of three that surrendered their life to the Lord during our afternoon visiting. Praise God for touching their hearts!

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Always thankful for Gods protection as they work up on the roof.

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The girls working hard on the 10 new church benches.

The girls working hard on the 10 new church benches.

Finished!

Finished!

The team enjoyed an evening playing games with the children.  One team member even taught them how to play baseball:)

The team enjoyed an evening playing games with the children. One team member even taught them how to play baseball:)

How many kids can Drew hold?!  Five!

How many kids can Drew hold?!

As a side note, this is the building that the members worshiped in before we covered their new church building.  It has a gravel floor, and no doors. The pastor shared with us how the surround community would mock them and discourage them because they had such a poor building to worship in.  Now that they have a new building, with a brand new roof, I'm so excited that they have an opportunity to invite those who laughed at them to come enter into their new church!  Putting a roof on is so much more than what it might seem.  For the people in Haiti, it changes so much in the way that they can worship and evangelize .

As a side note, this is the building that the members worshiped in before we covered their new church building. It has a dirt floor, no doors, and a leaky roof.  The pastor shared with us how the surround community would mock them and discourage them because they had such a poor building to worship in. Now that they have a new building, with a brand new roof, it’s exciting that they have an opportunity to invite those who laughed at them to come enter into their new church! Putting a roof on is so much more than what it might seem. For the people in Haiti, it changes so much in the way that they can worship and evangelize.

Inside the old church building. What an improvement their new cement building with a good straight roof in it is!

Inside the old church building. What an improvement their new cement building with a good straight roof is!

Group shot!

Group shot!

The team concluded that the main reason they come to Haiti is because God has laid it on their heart to work with the Haitians.  Although people may question, a) can a team from the states really accomplish anything in one week, and b)does it really have an impact on Haiti,  the answer is a strong YES! God can use something as simple as a roof to change the hearts of His people. We are simply doing what He has called us to, and counting on Him to add the increase!

God bless this group for coming and serving in Haiti.  See you next year!

2 thoughts on “Why would you want to go serve in Haiti?

  1. Rich Bertschi says:

    Your post and the pictures answer the question “why do we serve in Haiti” in a powerful way. We hope God continues to bless you and your work that both may prosper.

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