Bluffton Work Team

We were excited to host the Bluffton team recently! We did two projects in the Pestel area. The first one was the church/school in the town of Pestel and the other was a church/school in Toma about a 45 minute drive from Pestel. Both locations showed us Christian love and hospitality and incredible thankfulness for the work being done. On Sunday Brandon Gerber shared a message at the Pestel church that emphasized on everything we do in this life being “all about Christ”. It’s our prayer that that both of the churches and communities visited would be encouraged and that their faith could be strengthened.

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6 hr drive from the South coast (Les Cayes) to the North Coast (Pestel)

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Building trusses on the street because space was tight

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Great company! (Pestel roof)

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Toma roof

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Meal time!

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Becky hard at work

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Finished

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Thanks to God for his safety and protection during the week and thanks to the Bluffton team for their service!

Construction Guesthouse Need – Can You Help?

The construction guesthouse is where all our teams stay when they’re at the compound. It’s a five bedroom, five bath downstairs with an upstairs for overflow. Last year the guesthouse received some great new furniture to replace the old, worn-out sofas. It’s been a great addition but with the new larger furniture-which is little more bulky-the living/dining room is a bit cramped.

We’d love to replace the current dinning table with two Lifetime 8ft tables. It would also be great to replace the bulky dinning chairs with Lifetime foldable chairs. With both these new items, it would be simple to scoot them out of the way when more room is needed in the living room. Plus they would take up much less room when set up then the current dinning room arrangement.

How can you help?  These tables and chairs aren’t in the budget for the guesthouse. We strive to keep the cost low for food and lodging, which doesn’t leave much room for buying new large items like tables and chairs.  Would you consider giving a contribution towards these two items? Here is a breakdown of the need:

2 – 8′ Lifetime tables = $180

24 Lifetime folding chairs = $540

Can you give a gift of $20, $50, or even $100? We would welcome any amount!

If you feel led to help,  please make your check out to: MEBSH Construction Dept. 

You can mail it to:

Brent & Alisha Wagenbach

Agape FL CAY 26282

Venice, FL 34285

Any questions, feel free to email us at: bawagenbach@gmail.com

Thank you for considering!  I look forward to doing a blog post with the new tables and chairs:)

-The Construction Team

 

Eureka Bible Team

We thoroughly enjoyed having the Eureka Bible team here in Les Cayes. The roof we put on was close to Cayes-about fifteen minutes away-so we were able to come back to the compound each night after working at the job site. The Bambou community where we covered the first roof has been working on their new building for several years. Since a new pastor moved into that church about eight years ago, the church has grown increasingly in number and they had outgrown their current building! Praising God they now have a church with enough benches that everyone can have a seat to sit inside.

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The 10 church benches coming together. Many of the Haitian members of Bambou helped in a great way. It’s always neat to involve the community in the work!

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Bre helping instruct a willing Haitian helper where to apply the varnish.

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This is the wife of the pastor at the Bambou church, Mdm Wilfred.

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All the children loved Kristen. She played games with the young ones, witnessed to the teenagers, and showed the love of Jesus to all!

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The men worked hard putting the new roof on. They worked in both the sunshine and rain!

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Pastor Wilfred standing under the finished trusses.

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Praise to God for another church with a new roof!

As we worshiped with the congregation on Sunday, Brent had the opportunity to share with the church a shared thankfulness for a new building and also a reminder that Christ lives in our hearts and it is the believers that make up the true church.

A big thanks to the Eureka Bible Church for giving your time and love, and for those from your church who supported you! Looking forward to next year with you.

 

 

Meet our Team

Come meet the team of missionaries that serve with the construction department!

Joyce Throness

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Joyce came down to Haiti in 2014 to run the ACC guesthouse. She has a long history with Haiti (She was raised here and also served in later years as a missionary) and has also run many guesthouses. She has made huge improvements to the food menu as well as building relationships with the staff. 

Leah Kaeb

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Leah has worked with the Construction Department for the past three team seasons. She handles the bookkeeping and general office work for the Construction Department. She also helps communicate with teams prior to their trip to Haiti. She’s a great asset to the team!

Yordy Family

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Scott and Mandy and their three girls Brianna (15) Chloe  (12) and Gabrielle (11) moved to Haiti October 2013.  Scotts background with construction gave him an easy spot to jump into with the ministry of the construction department. Scott spends a lot of time investing in our four full-time Haitian “bosses” and developing their skill sets. He also helps run all the teams that come from the states. This responsibility is shared by both Scott and Brent.  Mandy helps oversee the guesthouse, and works with Joyce to insure things are going well and running smooth.  The Yordy girls fit in great here in Haiti and Bri and Chloe have gone out on many of the teams. 

Brent & Alisha Wagenbach

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Brent moved to Haiti while he was single in 2010 after the earthquake. Alisha grew up in Haiti and moved down with her family in 2005. After they met in Haiti and got married (2013), they felt lead to continue serving in Haiti and have served together for 1.5 years since being married. Brent works in administration and also works with Scott hosting teams. Alisha is responsible for team hospitality. The Wagenbachs are expecting their first child in (January 2016) and are looking forward to growing their family.

Our team here feels that God has truly blessed the group and the individual gifts they bring to the mission. We praise God for providing like only He can! 

A Year in Review

It might not be the end of a year, but for the construction department, it’s the end of the team season. We have been blessed by each person who has given their time and money to come serve with us here in Haiti. It’s been incredible to see the ways God has worked in situations that were completely out of our control.  

This post is simply to say THANK YOU to all of those that help make this work possible, and to give a little overview of the work accomplished this team season.

This map shows the jobs that were completed.  

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New Church Roofs = 6

Old Church Roofs Recovered = 6

New School Roofs = 15

Church Benches Built = 80

School Benches Built = 120

Visiting construction team members from the States = 106 

Children who now have a school to learn in = Anpil (a lot!)

Hearts turned to the Lord = Only He knows!

We recognize that only Christ can add the increase to the work here. It isn’t by anything we as men can do, but through Christ alone. We praise God for His faithfulness in the big and small things this year. Thanks for the big part you have in this ministry! Whether by supporting it financially or by giving of your time to come down, it’s a huge blessing.  

Have a wonderful summer!

Bella Vista Church – A new roof for Maroulette

We were privileged to have a team from the Bella Vista Church in Michigan. We also had some World Team missionaries join the group out on the job site.

We were privileged to have a team from the Bella Vista Church in Michigan. We also had two World Team missionary families join the group out on the job site.

There wasn't an empty chair left in this small church. Excited for the growth that can take place now with a bigger church building!

There wasn’t an empty chair left in this small church. Excited for the growth that can take place now that they have a bigger church building!

Sunday afternoon while we were visiting the shut-ins, we stopped to visit this gentleman.  He has been sick for four months.  His caretaker was telling me how he throws up whatever he tries to eat or drink. It was heartbreaking to see an adult who is skin and bones like this man was.

Sunday afternoon while we were visiting the shut-ins, we stopped to visit this gentleman. He has been sick for four months. His caretaker was telling me how he throws up whatever he tries to eat or drink. It was heartbreaking to see an adult who is skin and bones like this man was.

Bath time!  This mother said she has six children...and they all looked under the age of eight!

Bath time! This mother said she has six children…and they all looked under the age of eight!  This family was right across the road from where we stayed. 

Who couldn't love these beautiful Haitian children?!

Who couldn’t love these beautiful Haitian children?!  She was all smiles as she rolled around in the grass with her friend. 

Hard at work!

Hard at work!

After the 20 benches were built, it was on to sanding!  The Haitian teens were eager to help.

After the 20 benches were built, it was on to sanding! The Haitian were eager to help.

The walls of this church were not even close to straight or level. But it was amazing how great it looked after the roof was on regardless of the crooked walls!

The walls of this church were not even close to being straight or level. However, it looked great after the roof was on…regardless of the crooked walls!

Before we left to head back to Cayes, Anne(a member of the team) hosted a womens ministry for the ladies of the church.   Since Anne grew up in Haiti and is fluent in Creole, she was able to speak right to the women without an interpreter. It was a huge blessing to them!

Before we left to head back to Cayes, Anne(a member of the team) hosted a womens ministry for the ladies of the church. Since Anne grew up in Haiti and is fluent in Creole, she was able to speak right to the women without an interpreter. It was a huge blessing to them!

After the message, we did a small craft with the ladies.  A fan made of two cards glued together with a tongue depressor in the middle.

After the message, we did a small craft with the ladies. A fan made of two cards glued together with a tongue depressor in the middle.

Done! The community of Maroulette now has a new roof.

Done! The community of Maroulette now has a new roof.  

This group was our last work team for this season.  Looking back, our team here is thankful for the strength and protection God has provided during this season.  We are thankful for all the hard work that was accomplished, but more importantly, we are praying hearts were touched and changed for the kingdom. Only the Lord knows and only the Lord can add the increase!

Roanoke Team-Rain or Shine

We had an wonderful week with the Roanoke team and we’re thankful for all that was accomplished during their week here.

Saturday we finished the school roof of a local job. The previous team from Pinetta worked on half the roof two weeks earlier, and we were able to complete it with the Roanoke team.

Saturday we finished the school roof of a local job. The previous team from Pinetta FL worked on half the roof two weeks earlier, and we were able to complete it with the Roanoke team.

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120ft long!

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BEFORE the new roof. This was the second project we did. 

The sanding crew

The sanding crew

Up it goes! Although it rained most of Tuesday morning, the work was still accomplished.

Up it goes! Although it rained most of Tuesday morning God provided enough time to finish the job. We had to move inside once the rain came. God provided enough of the roof covered that we could still work!

We had to move inside once the rain came. God provided enough of the roof to be covered that we could still work!

Done! This roof was especially high..so grateful for His protection.

DONE! This roof was especially high..so grateful for His protection.

As the last pieces of tin were being places, the pastor, along with several church members stood under the new roof while giving God praise.  It was a blessing to hear the prayers of thanks and songs on joy as they celebrated the finished church!

As the last pieces of tin were being placed, the pastor, along with several church members stood under the new roof and gave God praise. It was beautiful to hear the prayers of thanks and songs of joy as they celebrated the finished church! Glory to God! 

Thanks to the Roanoke group that came and gave of their time to serve in Haiti. We enjoyed a wonderful week with you all!