God has been doing a mighty work in Haiti in the past few months through the Maryville Vineyard’s partnership with Josh and Amanda Armstrong of Reach Haiti Ministries. Lives are being restored, children are being saved from abject conditions, people are being brought to Christ, and God’s love is being lavished on the people of Haiti. Read on to find out what’s been happening.
Kids Helping Kids
In April the Kids Helping Kids team discussed good health habits and the items needed to maintain proper wellness with the children at Maryville Vineyard. They collected items to send to the Child of Purpose Orphanage and the Vineyard kids helped bundle the items to send to their friends living in Haiti!
The Vineyard children prepared hair beads, lotion, band-aids and tissues for each of the children at the orphanage. And with the overwhelming generosity of Dentek, Inc. they were also able to package toothpaste, toothbrushes, and dental floss for the kids at the Child of Purpose Orphanage in Haiti.
The Kids Helping Kids team would also like to thank Wood-Maryville for creating the wonderful donation box in order for the team to collect much needed supplies to send to the orphanage. They would also like to thank all of the individuals and families who donated items to send to Haiti.
For the month of May, the Kids Helping Kids team decided to provide a hot dog party for the kids at the Child of Purpose Orphanage. (The party was given while the Vineyard team was there on a mission trip in early June.) They decided to have the Vineyard Kids tell them what they were doing in Creole using pictures. The first picture they took, “Bonjou” means “hello.” “Jwi Fet Soisis Ou” means “Enjoy your hotdog party”: “Nou Renmen Ou” means “we love you”; and the final picture, “ou espesyal,” means “you are special.”
The Vineyard kids had a blast taking the pictures and holding up the signs.
In June the Vineyard children learned about Tipapa, Nestle, Esterline, Lovely, Gregison and Arly. They learned that even if something is ordinary, it can be made into something extraordinary! For our special project this month, the Vineyard kids raced to break and unpeel as many old crayons as they could, so that they could be made into special up-cycled crayons for their friends in Haiti. They reviewed some of the Creole phrases they have been learning and learned how to say several different colors in Creole.
The Vineyard Kids also got to see special pictures of the kids receiving the gifts they packaged up for them the past several months as well as pictures of the hot dog and pool party that the kids sponsored.
In July, the Kids Helping Kids team heard several individuals talk about their experiences on their mission trip to Haiti. They were able to see lots of pictures and learn more about what life is like in Haiti. For their special project this month they celebrated “Christmas In July”! The kids helped separate and individually package Christmas ornament crafts to send to Haiti for the kids to have for their Christmas party in December. With the funds they made from their bake sale in November of 2013, they were also able to provide Christmas stockings, Christmas-themed water paint activities, Christmas stickers, and several other holiday crafts.
Haiti Mission Trip
In June a team from Maryville Vineyard spent a week serving in Haiti. Youth minister Cory Trube and a group that included several teens held a VBS at the Child of Purpose orphanage, witnessed to prisoners, and shared with churches involved with Reach Haiti Ministries.
Youth group member Noah Cope says that he went into Haiti without knowing what to expect and left “humbled, renewed, and with a fire in me that burns brighter and stronger than ever.” He shared a couple of events that stood out for him:
If you’d like to partner with these ministries, please visit Josh and Amanda’s Reach Haiti site to learn the many ways in which you can help.