February 15, 2012

Youth Missions Trip

Great Adventure Ministries, through the generosity of several mission teams from the US, is helping to rebuild the lives of the suffering people in Haiti after the MOST DEVASTATING DISASTER IN HISTORY. After helping to alleviate the trauma—especially of the children—the present focus is providing housing for the more than 800,000 still living in tents. The PACE/Project Joseph mission will contribute to this noble initiative.

The goal is to provide houses for two families.

 In Partnership with PACE Ministries Kenya, Harbour is exploring the possibility of sending a team of young people (ages 13-22) and interested parents to Haiti from July 17-24.

Information on the trip is available at the welcome desk.

There will be an information meeting on Sunday Feb. 16th at 11:45 in the Dock for those interested or let Pastor Jeff know of your interest.

More information click Below

Haiti Team Application


Hope Rise in Haiti by Joyce Dinkins

In Port au Prince, Haiti, I saw a young man mix in a street game of soccer—on a crutch with his one leg. Here hope fuels imagination in the face of great lack; people continue to dream and compete despite seeming down and out. People rise up and that’s beautiful.

Contrasts are visible: “haves” and “have-nots.” During my recent mission we briefly visited a cooler, cleaner mountain area of mansions. We spent six days in the valley near a nasty dump: yet people were recycling, farming, praying, teaching, hoping, imagining, sharing, leading, and building. They call their village Duvivier, meaning “trying to live.”

Nearby, Croix des Bouquets, seemingly dismal with poverty, muddiness, and choking with struggle, dozens of stone foundations sprout barbed steel columns. Village leaders seek micro-enterprise to erect a better community.

In Coleil, a vast lawn of temporary housing includes a church building and community services. Hopeful parents smile and dream for the next generation. I pray their children will refuse to count anyone down and out and backward, and that their dreams will rise throughout Haiti’s valleys and peaks.

Haitians reveal what it means to trust in God and to hope—to see down as up:

  • Barricaded areas, with thousands living in tattered tents along choked alleys with burning garbage, display walls of paintings from Haitian artists’ imaginations. Vibrant creations scream faith, hope, history, and a love of life.
  • Street vendors’ barrels brim with sugarcane, plantain, mango, coal, and whatever they gain to sell new or recycled for survival.
  • People emerge through the dust at dawn—dressed and groomed to reflect their hopes, dreams, and value—to worship God together.
  • People stride elegantly with immense weight balanced atop their heads, each footstep as if to say, we are moving forward as we always have and we can make it.
  • Despite the devastation, debris, and deaths—young and old openly praise God for His goodness. “Bonjay bon toutent; toutent Bonjay bon”—“God is good all the time; all the time God is good” (in Haitian Creole).
  •  Women servants, youth, and children eat leftovers in the kitchen and steadfastly keep the community going. They are the widows, aging, adopted and adopters, abused, overlooked, and hardworking—yet they fuel hope with godly discipline, obedience, and charity at home and beyond.

In the midst of hurricane season now rains threaten. But the people need water to cool down, and have growth and rebuilding. Appearances are only as good as our lenses. Yes, Haiti has been shaken repeatedly, but the Haitians are a great people trying to live, and they offer us a rich opportunity to hope in God and imagine what only He can do.

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