Mission Trip 11/15/17 What a team !!! Pastor Reid, Abby, Debbie, Luke, Keith, Danny, Ali, Andrew, Kiersten, Lori, Danny, Katarina, Ronkokoma Rotary, Arnie, Russ, Eddy & Myself
What another amazing Missions trip! We had a pretty large team going this time and everyone brought their love and passion to serve with them ! As soon as we arrived it was like family brought together! We went straight up to our church where the team quickly embraced the people young and old as they shared from their hearts why they were there. We blew up balloons in the dark that had little lights in them ! It made that whole mountain top just seem to glow and radiate the love of Jesus ! We spent the rest of the week going all over that mountain visiting and giving out food, clothes, toys, dolls etc. One afternoon was spent on the street where we had set up tables. We had coloring stations, painting stations, a game table, and nail polishing table !! Oh my gosh !! What fun it was to see the smiles on the faces of the young and old as they went from table to table enjoying their time! Later ,we decided to go to the other side of the mountain and share there as well ! What a scene it was as all the motorcycles pulled up to get us up that mountain ! Truly a moment none of us will ever forget ! The day before we left, we had such an amazing time with all the kids. Jean had them all come to his yard where we had a few stations set up . All the kids and some adults tie dyed t-shirts ! Our team taught them how to rubber band the shirts and then how to carefully put them into the dye. They all had so much fun ! When it was time to take off the rubber bands and see their t-shirts, you should have seen their faces ! They were so proud and they wore those shirts like they were gold ! Arnie, Russ and Eddy joined us that day... what a blessing ! They are from the Ronkokoma Rotary. They actually traveled to Haiti in the hopes of getting our church and school water ! As they went up that mountain, we all prayed for the answer we were hoping to hear ! And guess what ??? We are going to get WATER !!! Thank you Jesus !!! Thank you for these faithful men and for all those that helped to make this possible ! We are waiting on God's perfect timing and we know it will happen. God moved through each one who came. It was another beautiful mission trip. We thank Jesus for this incredible opportunity and we love our Haiti family so very much !
Oh my gosh! What a blessing! There were seven people that so wanted to be apart of this mission trip, plus myself of course. As soon as we landed the excitement in their hearts could be seen on their hearts could be seen on their faces. As we traveled to Jean's place each one was just taking in all that they saw. When we arrived, they were immediately greeted by a crowed of kids that just ran up to each one to give them hugs and help with their suitcases. We didn't waste any time! We started to unpack barrels that were waiting for us and then we went up the mountain to our church. It was a wonderful time of worship, meeting, greeting and hugging one another, Even for those who came for the first time, they felt the love and closeness that only God can make happen like that! It was instant! For the next week, the team that was led by Heidi Reid, put on a few different presentations to our church family, our school children and to approximately 400 people on the other side of the mountain. No words needed to be spoken. Jesus did it all as they did their did it all as they did their skits. Every one was so engaged, you could hear a pin drop. God moved once again and it brought us even closer together. The rest of the week we packed so much in, giving out everything we brought, visiting homes, feeding, praying and just loving on them. With all that we did, I don't think our Haiti family will ever realize how much of a blessing they are to us and how their lives and love have touched our hearts. We are forever changed. Forever grateful.
What an incredible Mission trip! So much was accomplished! Friendships built as every where we went to give out clothes and feed a multitude of people. Tom Manuel of the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook brought instruments down to Haiti and was teaching the children how to play the trumpet! You should have seen the smiles that came across the children's faces as funny trumpet noises came out as they blew into it! We probably had a few hundred kids that my nephew Joshua and sister Debbie, led in some games, blew up balloons with lights in them and just hugged each child making them feel so loved! We went and visited many homes and evaluated one in particular that was just made of tarps. That precious lady will be getting a new home thanks to all those who so freely give. When she saw us arrive you could hear her screaming with joy and her face beaming! What a blessing it is to be part of their precious lives!
So much has happened since our last post ! Since the last blog ,we have been to Haiti and back (Nov. 2015- Dec.2015 ) and once again we are preparing for our next trip in March 2016 ! Our trip before Christmas was once again amazing! You would be just as proud as I am to see how beautiful our school is looking. There are multiple classrooms and as you walk past the rooms you can hear the laughter of the children and the busyness of them learning ! There is a cafeteria where they go to eat their lunch and as they play at recess, there is a place where they can help themselves to clean filtered water. The children all have clothes and most of them have received a nice brand new green uniform to wear to school. Plants line the borders of the outside of the school and most are edible. The men were working very hard in getting a special room made that over looks the mountain. It is coming along beautifully and is going to be used as a library as well as a place for the elderly and adults to have Bible Study and as a place to just get together. Our True Love Mission Church has a fresh coat of paint and looks great. The morale of the children and adults is so different than when we first began. There was testimony after testimony from the people sharing about how their lives have changed. Esther's mom, Sang joined me on this trip to Haiti and was truly a blessing . The people loved her as soon as they met her. The children were drawn to her and it seemed like there always was a little hand with in hers. We took two trucks filled with people from the church down to the water and were blessed to have had the honor to baptize 7 people. This is always my most favorite thing to do while I am in Haiti. The presence of Holy Spirit is felt so strong. I love being part of His plan in all this !!!
We also gave out what seems like tons of clothes , food and toiletries as well as many other goodies as we emptied the 14 barrels that we sent down. Thank you to all of you who faithfully give and help pack out those barrels. I could go on and on but I want to tell you about another great door God has opened .... we went to Lusaka, Zambia, at the end of June 2015. And oh my gosh !!! I love these people ! God always amazes me. The way He brings people together and the way we begin to see the plan He has for us is so beautiful. True Love Missions was able to to start doing missionary work within two hours of landing In Lusaka. And this is only the beginning !!!
God is doing a new thing ! And we love it ! Haiti is where it all began and it is only getting better, but God is opening many many doors for us to share His love throughout the world !!! And so a new journey is beginning !!! TYJ !!!!
Updates !!!! Hi everyone ! I pray you all are well ! My last trip to Haiti was once again amazing ! As soon as I got off the plane we were at it ! Busy making our plans, opening my barrels that were waiting for me and trying to figure out how to squeeze in as much as we could for that week. We immediately were putting together hundreds of care packages, giving out clothes, food, toiletries, etc. Thanks so much to Sue Fitzpatrick of the Long Island Running Club ! She donated enough brand new hot pink t-shirts so that everyone in our village got one! Everywhere we went... men, women, and even some young ones were in them. It was great. The day after I arrived we had a big get together in Jean's courtyard with a whole lot of people from up our mountain. There was food and jice for everyone as well as goodies for them to take back. We danced, we prayed, we worshiped, we laughed, we cried, we hugged, and we tahnked Jesus for making a way to bring us back togehter. It was a beautiful day and then we did it againthe day before I left. That day there were hundreds of people. It was another joy filled day!
As all this was going on, there was one truck after another bringing our sand, rocks, and all our supplies needed to start our new school for the children and the adults. How the truck makes it up the mountain and through our gate without tipping over is a miracle. Every time I saw them coming, prayers were being lifted up!!!! As soon as the trucks dumped everythig out, everyone runs to help, bare handed and some barefooted. Its so nice to see. Anyway the school is coming along beautifully. I have attached some pics for you to see. I can't wait to see it when I go back March 28th 2015.
A few things we did.... we wanted to visit Madame Francios because it has been too hard for her to come down the mountian. She hasn't been able to make it even down to the church and we all know that has been bothering her, so we decided to take the church to her!We got everyone to suprise her! We carried the drums, tamberines, all the coal and everything we needed to have church there. It was quite a sight ... a trail of us winding through the brush and going up even higher up that mountain carrying all this in that heat! But yet I wouldn't have traded it for anything! I had brought long sticks from back home so we roasted hot dogs over the coals. It was another awesome day. Madame Francios was glowing. It was so nice to see them all hugging each other and before we left, she shared her testimony of Gods faithfulness in her life. It was precious. On the way to her hut, I was able to give out some more of the beautiful dolls that The Giving Doll has been making for the children. To see the kids come out of their huts/tents,and hand them one of these dolls is the best thing ever. Their smiles are priceless ! They have never had anything like it. No toys anf now a beautiful handmade doll. They just cling to their doll with the biggest smiles ever.... barefooted, dirty, and often half naked.
I could go on and on cause this is only a little piece of what we did but I think you get the idea. I just wanted to update you. I also want to say THANK YOU !!!!!!! You are truly an answer to prayer. None of this could be possible without your help, support, and prayers. Each and everyone of you are part of this in one way or another. You go with me. You will never truly understand how much of a difference you have made in these peoples lives. Every time I go, they share more and more stories on how their lives have changed. The common thread in is that they all say the same thing, "Since you have been coming to Haiti, we have hope. God has given us hope. "
Thank you and God bless you. Love, Patty Smith
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