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Team Trinity @ Mission of Grace - Nov. 28 - Dec. 5, 2015

Lott Carey answered the call from our brothers and sisters in Carries who suffered loss from a recent mudslide.  When I first got the news that our team was going someplace other than Lambi Village, I was saddened because we had bonded so well with the people there and I was looking forward to being with them again.  But then the Lord quickly reminded me that it's not my will but His that must be done and that He was sending me to carry out His work and that I don't get to dictate how that's going to look. So, I succumbed!!  Serving in Carries alongside the servants of Mission of Grace was not only a pleasure but an honor.  The people were committed to being instruments that God would use to impact the lives of others.  I immediately wanted to join in with how God was using them.  I served in the clinic and at the orphanage each day.  I prayed for the sick, assisted with much needed office work, helped with medication inventory in the pharmacy.  And at the orphanage, I helped feed the children, played games with them, colored with them and loved on them.  I was particularly drawn to a little boy named Jimmy who has Down Syndrome. What a precious little gift he is!!  It was my pleasure to be Jimmy's breath of fresh air.  But even better than that, Jimmy was mine!!  The connection we shared is indescribable and a bond has been formed. All of the children in the orphanage are being well taken care of by the nannies provided by Mission of Grace. My prayer is that families will adopt them and give them a permanent place to call home. Sharing with the villagers in Bible study and worship service was so spirit filled.  Truly the Lord is in that place!!
Our team is made up of wonderful, humble, hard working people who became my instant family.  We laughed together, prayed together, worked together, ate together and worshipped together.  I have friends for life who share the same passion as I do and I thank God for all of them.
I want to continue to follow the lead of the spirit In doing His work in this earth and I pray that God will allow me many more opportunities to link up with Lott Carey to be a witness even unto the uttermost parts of the earth.  Submitted by Rev.  Robin Woodberry, New Bethel Baptist Church, Youngstown, OH, Co-Team Leader.

"Remember my face when you pray," was one of the last lines of a story Rev. Dawn Sanders, of Lott Carey, shared in a missions workshop she conducted at my church (Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Washington, DC). That quote became truly personal for me this week in Carries, Haiti. Serving God's people has given me the opportunity to put names, faces and specific needs and situations to my prayers for the people I've met. Before, when I have considered missionary concerns for people and places, my prayer concerns had, while heartfelt, generic. I could pray the same thing for a number of different peoples, places, and situations. But being here in Haiti, I am now able to talk to the Lord specifically about the people I have met, the places I have seen and the situations in the communities I have spent time in. I also now have the opportunity to help my home church come together in corporate prayer on the particular needs of the community I have visited and the needs of missionary partners and how we will ask the Lord to help us meet their needs. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to go, because I have grown in my prayer life for others.  Submitted by: Mrs. Laura Terrell, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

It was a great mission. I enjoyed being in you alls company.  God is great!  May God bless you all until we meet again in Haiti.Wednesday December 2, 2015. This is the third day on the work site in Haiti. It is a joy working along side the Haitian men in constructing a four stall outdoor restroom.  For an outdoor door restroom it is well constructed with the details of any indoor restroom.  The is flushing toilets and basins with tiles on the floors and walls.  The sprit of of the Haitian people is high. The love the Lord and they worship Him with all their heart.  It is a pleasure and privilege to work the the Haitians.  Today one of the Haitian young men that I was working with said God bless you and thank you for caring about us.  Submitted by: Deacon Ervin McDaniel, St. Timothy Christian Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD

God is doing a "great work" of restoration and growth in Haiti through short and long term missionaries. I am thankful that God provided me the opportunity to be a part of what He is doing in Haiti. My heart and my mind were touched in so many ways during my short-term mission assignment to Carries, Haiti. One thought that has stayed with me is the one I talked about in our morning devotional, "Why Does The Caged Bird Sing?" The people we met in Lambi Village and in Carries still have a hope that they will one day be free from the cages that resulted from the earthquake and the mudslide and even from some cages that previously existed. They have hope and pray to God for help for their families, for their faith, for deliverance. I am grateful to have been able to pray with and for the patients at the Mission of Grace clinic and was so touched by their eagerness to have someone pray for them. As Paul and Silas sang and prayed in Acts 16 and they and the jailer and his entire household were delivered, Haiti's songs for deliverance are helping not only to deliver and restore the Haitians but are also blessing the missionaries as we work with, pray with, and minister to them. 

To God Be The Glory For The Great Things He Has Done, Is Doing, And Will Do. Submitted by: Dianne Jinwright, Watts Chapel Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC 

This is the 6th day of my short term mission trip here in Haiti. God has indeed shown his light through our team this week. I'm 1 of 4 first timers on this mission but I have to say the other team members have been very instrumental in leading us on this mission. I'm so elated with them that I wanted to attribute this scripture to them from this mission trip: This is how we know what love is: Christ gave his life for us. We too then, ought to give our lives for others! If we are rich and see others in need, yet close our hearts against them, how can we claim that we love God? My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. 1 John 3:16-18 TEV.  Submitted by: Andre Lipford, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA. 

I've just spent a week working with through Lott Carey's new emphasis in Carries, Haiti, about an hour north of Port Au Prince approaching St. Marc to help recover from the mountain mud slide devastation of August. I really like this ministry. Sister Linn Joseph is a Haitian who lived and worked in Florida for many years with her minister husband and children, struggling with the Lord's repeated urgings that she return home to serve her people. She finally returned home in 2009, just in time to be prepared to open here large estate to the local community when the earthquake hit Jan, 2010. Since then, with the assistance of her many USA and Canadian contacts she has built a church/school, orphanages for the boys and girls, a medical clinic, a transition home for the teenage girls and young adult men.  I loved working here in the medical clinic and teaching English, French, Creole in the school. I brought more germinated seeds to plant moringa, melons, squash, peppers. okra and showed them how to finely chop up all the fruit & veg peels, rinds, to compost the garden.  I'm gonna have to figure out how to spend a week here when we return in March with Morgan. I'm loving it. The harvest is plenty and the laborers are few. Submitted by: Dr. Earl Armstrong, People's Community Church, Silver Spring, MD

Daily reflection in Haiti  Monday 11/30/15:  Once the say start it was good, I help with the concert mixing and taking it to the location where it was need.  We was going to work on the roof but the material wasn't there so we just work do very is job.  Tuesday 12/1/15 (day 2): hen we arrived at mission grace/carries village they had the supply for the roof. There was a young man there on the roof ready to work but he had flipflop on his feet to work in. Someone said he need boots on to do that work I told them that I have some boots in my room so I asked one of the team workers if she can go get them.  When she got back with them he was so happy that was GOD being a blessing to him through me.  Submitted by: Gregory Johnson, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Our day started with devotions at 7am. Followed by a hearty breakfast of grits, eggs, and potatoes we walked about a half a mile to our worksite. We are working the Mission of Grace, International who is sponsoring the village we are working in. I think I mentioned that this village as well as the area was decimated by a landslide after torrential rains. (One of the pictures below is the remains of one of the homes). We are working on building toilets for the village. We installed 3 of the 4 commodes,  and began pouring concrete for the stairs. You may remember from the past that "concrete pouring" is an arduous process, gathering stones, screeching sand and mixing this with cement and water BY HAND.

 After lunch I came across two extremely fine young ladies, each was scantily dress in punk outfits. I sat Sophia on my lap and after talking to her and the rocking her, this 7-month old finally succumbed to my charms and fell asleep in my arms. Lauren, a two-month old was a little more difficult. I had to walk her a bit before she closed her eyes. The ladies in our group held a woman-only bible study this evening in the village. It has been a fulfilling day of ministering.

 ONE OF THE GOD MOMENTS TODAY: Rev Robin R. Woodberry  blessed my soul by how she loved on one of the children in the village today. Although little Jimmy is about 3 years old he is the size of someone just over a year old. He has Down’s syndrome.  Rev. Robin held the little boy the entire afternoon. She talked with him, cuddled him...she poured herself into Jimmy. It appears most days Jimmy sits by himself in a device designed to keep him from falling over, but he is left to himself. Not today God! Not today. Rev Robin shared with us, through her actions and in summarizing the day that we cannot shun those who are "different" than us. We cannot ostracized those who don't look like or act like us. That's not what God called us to do. 

 Thank You God for this lesson.  Submitted by: Vernon Hammett, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alfred Street Baptist Church - Co-Team Leader.