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    This video is of Brisso, one of the Haitian staff members of the Calvary Chapel Haiti Initiative, leading songs with the children at the Hands and Feet Project children’s home – the ministry of the Christian band Audio Adrenaline – in Jacmel, Haiti. Brisso has worked as a translator for CCHI since the initiative started. At 21 years old, he is an example of the great hope of a generation of young Haitian men devoted to living as a true disciple of Jesus. His heart is tender-minded and his gifts are tremendous with children’s ministry but also with leading worship and sharing the Gospel in message.  In fact, during a visit to the Sisters of Charity orphanage, who care for the poorest of the poor children, Brisso was brought to tears seeing the condition of some of the children. But through his commitment to follow the Lord, there […]

From James… Since our arrival, we’ve all known that today was mountain village day.  Though unsure of the plans, we’ve learned by now that blessed are the flexible, which was no truer than today.  Our typical mode of transportation has been the back of pick-up trucks.  Today, however, we loaded into the back of a flat-bed truck and bumped our way through busy streets, trash heaps, and flowing creeks.  The first two we have been accustomed to but the creeks were new.  So new, that we got stuck!  20 people in the back of a flat-bed truck sitting in the middle of a creek with water nearly covering the tires was a real test of our flexibility.  So we prayed…and prayed…and prayed.  We had a German brother who specializes in automotive repair who was able to get the engine cranking and the tires moving.  You would have thought the Lord […]

From Pat… It’s hard to believe but our last full day being in Haiti is almost here. In so many ways, I personally, have such mixed emotions about it. On one end, I long to remain here as this island, as most of you know, has such a significant impact on my life. Like I’ve said in a previous post on this blog, the D.R. and Haiti are like a second home to me. But nothing compares to what really is my true “home” – my family. So while I look forward to getting out tomorrow and visiting the orphans tomorrow, a huge part of me is also excited that I’m one day closer to seeing Jenni (and my kids of course). But I miss my bride.  She’s been on my mind a lot today actually (olive juice). Two of the team members who are on our trip this year […]

Today was another great day of physical worship (workship) for the Lord, as once again, we had three teams head out in different directions. The construction boys headed back to the Calvary Chapel Haiti Initiative property to hang more barbed wire and to take and set up some bunkbeds at a children’s home run by a woman from Holland (Lia). Another team spent the entire day visiting orphans at a few different orphanages (simply loved on them and they even had the opportunity to feed and give drinks to the neediest of the orphans. And the medical team visited other orphanages/ministries where they gave medications out to those who needed them long before today. Most likely the most memorable moment of today though was tonight’s evening outreach on a side street in downtown Jacmel, just down the road from where a few preceding teams helped to renovate a school.  The […]

From Pat… It’s bed time so this will be a somewhat brief update. Today, my day was spent at the CCHI property doing construction work. To put it more bluntly, Andrew, myself ,two of the German team members, and the Haitian property caretaker/watchman (his named is Tito)  spent most of the day digging ditches with pick axes and shovels to lay some new ground electrical wire. That sounds simple enough although throw in the intense heat in the Haitian sun and an all day battle with some fire ants and it made it a pretty trying adventure. But as Andrew and I were talking we agreed that the work gave us an amazing perspective on what the Haitian people do everyday. This is their reality each day. In fact, I had a conversation with one of the CCHI staff members (Sam) about Tito, who lives inside the fenced in compound. […]

Shoes and Food

FROM JAMES On what I thought was a fluke, I ended up being the only male who traveled to the schools and orphanages today.  It turned out to be blessing from our Father. The differences in the students we visited was vast.  At the first school the children gathered in an outdoor classroom (out of necessity, not preference) and were neatly dressed, prepared, and well behaved.  Though a few were distracted from the lesson, most were attentive and responsive.  It was obvious they had been well-trained in the ways of education.  The lesson was on peace and Sam, as always, spoke with power.  We concluded with the children composing a letter to Jesus thanking him for the peace he had given them. The second school, which doubled as an orphanage, came with a forewarning from Sam that these children were 100% more misbehaved.  He didn’t exaggerate.  There was no obvious […]

From Pat… Jesus paid it all All to Him I owe Sin has left a crimson stain He washed it white snow. How appropriate that tonight we joined for our evening devotion and sung “Jesus Paid it All” and when the devotion was over everyone didn’t want to stop, so we just kept singing more and more praise songs. It was a perfect moment when as one unified group we couldn’t resist the opportunity to respond to the Lord in worship. All of this came after a sweet day, starting with a long Creole church service (two teams at different churches) and then an afternoon at the beach, where three of our team members from Calvary Chapel Chattanooga were baptized among onlooking Haitians scattered around the shore.  I am so privileged to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a significant moment for Hallie, Rob and Bebe. […]

Holy Heat

From Heather…(& Christian) Holy HEAT!! I’m sure when we get back to the states we will be less excited about Summer haha. Heat or no heat, Haiti is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen There is such a sweet spirit circulating in the CCHI house, among the team members, and even more in the relationships between us and the Haitian people.  Lynda, the daughter of the grounds keeper here at CCHI has made missing my brothers a little more bearable. She is equally as rambunctious and sassy as the four of them! She is a sweet 11 year old, hair-braider, and winner-of-all-games. I still can’t figure out how she ended up with all the Aces and Kings in our card game.  Today we got to go on our first outreach to a “Kid’s Club”. They sang This is the Day, and Papa Abraham. They love bubbles! And balloons  We […]

We Made It and Blown Away

From Pat… We Made It… After a little late start (3:30 a.m.) and three flights (ATL to Miami, Miami to Port au Prince, and a small propeller plane from PAP to Jacmel, we finally made it to the Calvary Chapel Haiti Initiative team house around 4:45 (3:45 p.m. Haiti time, which is currently on U.S. Central Time). It’s a sweet feeling to be back in Haiti, smelling the salty, sweet (and hot) air, seeing the “mountains beyond mountains” and hearing the sounds of busy life and Creole. Ahhhh…it’s almost like home, minus my family. Jenni, Gabe, Addie, and Asher (and Oscar and Hoosier), I miss you guys so much, and if you were here it would be a total feeling of being “home.” Tonight we got our orientation on the plans for the week and the rules of the mission house and then finally scarfed down a plate full of […]

Whether you already follow our blog at www.respondinternational.org or you have come here for the first time, thank you for your interest in learning more about our upcoming short term missions trip to Jacmel, Haiti (April 1-8). Our group of ten, being sent out from Calvary Chapel Chattanooga, will be utilizing this blog to relay our thoughts, interactions, insights, experiences and prayers throughout our trip.  If we are able to get internet connection ,we are planning on updating the blog each night, so please be sure to come back and visit (all posts related to the team trip will be under our “Haiti” category on the blog, but of course feel free to also view our other posts).  Although my name (Pat) will be posted as the blog author, I’m hoping to allow some of the others to relay their perspective and thoughts (we’ll be sure to include their name […]

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