Haiti Bound!

August 28, 2010 at 4:01 am (Uncategorized)

Hey Everyone,

At this point, my bags are packed, all my errands have been frantically run, I’m pretty exhausted, but I’m  getting excited because I am now on my way to Haiti!  This ultimately means that you won’t get any more updates from me until I get back in the states, but as they say in mission trip travel, “no news is good news.”  You can bet I’ll have a lot to say when I get back.  Until then, I wanted to share a few prayer requests for our team and myself as we head down to Petit Guave to serve:

  • First and foremost, pray that Christ would be glorified through EVERYTHING we do.  From all the prep we’ve done, to everything we do in country, to the follow up after the trip, we desire to see Christ’s name made famous.
  • For the children we will be working with.  Pray that they grow closer to Christ, and that they are encouraged and edified by the lessons and activities that we lead them through.
  • For the community we’ll be in.  We already have a great relationship with them as a church.  Pray that we can find ways to serve the adults and community members we get to interact with
  • For beating the heat!  The average heat index with humidity has been sitting around 120 degrees over the past week.  Pray that we stay hydrated, stay “un-burnt”, and stay overall really healthy.  About half of our team got sick this week already, so pray that it doesn’t spread through the rest of us.
  • For our team.  For half the guys on this trip, it’s their first mission trip and Haiti is as Third-world as you can get, especially post-disaster.  Pray that our view of God is widened immensely and that we don’t leave the country unchanged.
  • For our team leaders Mike and Josh who have done an incredible amount of work organizing this trip.  Pray that they would be able to lead us in an effective and God-honoring way.
  • Finally, pray for me, that I can be an encouragement to our team members, that I would be stripped of every selfish and prideful inclination within me and that I would pour myself out for the people of Haiti and my team members over this next week.  I want to love others in ways I have never have before, and I pray that it is born out of a genuine love for people.

Colossians 1:28-29 says, “We proclaim HIM, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom and understanding, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.  To this end I labor, with all HIS energy, which so powerfully works within me.”  It will be my prayer throughout this next week that God would be working through us all and that he would provide us with all we need to glorify Him and to serve the most vulnerable.  I’m ecstatic to see how he will come through in this rip and I’m honored to be able to do this with his help.  I’ll have plenty of pictures and stories to share when I get back, so until then, thank you SO much for your prayers!  Your support means more then you will ever know, so thanks for your faithfulness.

Love you all VERY much!

-nate

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Countdown to Haiti…3 Days

August 25, 2010 at 2:51 am (Uncategorized)

I’ll post more  before I leave, but I have to say, there is so much to do and so little time.  We leave for Haiti at 3AM Saturday morning and I get more and more excited, or did I mean anxious, each day.  In terms of the trip, we know a little about what we MIGHT be doing, and I say might because everything could change once we get own there.  We were selected to do a lot of children’s programing for the thousands upon thousands of kids who have been out of school since the quake.  I learned that over 8,000 teachers were killed during the quake so you can imagine that the education system, aside to every other system, is in disarray.  So the plan is to run sports camps and Educational VBS classes for what could be anywhere between 50 and 500+ kids.  We are going to be stationed in Petit Guave, which is the area that our church already has a connection to, so that should be helpful.  We will be running these camps by day, and possibly doing some sort of community activities in the evening including showing movies in French on concrete walls to provide the people with something to take their minds off the massive tent cities and food/supplies shortages.  There will be other things that we will be doing down there as well in addition to all of this, but like I said, this is all subject to change so we are also going to be prepared to anything and everything in the name of the gospel of Christ.  One thing is for sure, we’re going to try to beat the heat as much as possible (the average heat index this past week was 120… yikes!)

I’ll post some prayer requests for myself and the team the day before we leave so check back for that later, but for now, I wanted to thank all of you for your generosity in supporting us.  Many of you have already been huge prayer partners in this and many of you have given sacrificially to make this possible for us to go.  I celebrate the fact that I have reached my personal fundraising goal (Praise God!), however, some of the other team members have not and we are a bit short still as a team.  If you are still considering partnering with us in this effort, you can still do so before, during, and after the trip.  Refer to my previous post for instructions on how to do that if you feel led to.

I feel like there are a million things to do and say, but I need to get back to curriculum writing and organizing materials.  I’ve loved pouring a ton of time into planning out our VBS sessions as it has brought me back to my days of writing lesson plans and being creative with teaching.  Praise God that I still have it in me 🙂  Now lets see if we actually get to implement it.  Thanks again for your prayers and like I said, I’ll hit you up with some specific prayer requests later in the week.

Love you all!

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