My Mission Trip: Jonah Frick

My Mission Trip

Name:   Jonah Frick

Age:  13 years old

Profession/school/grade:   I’m in 8th grade at Keithley Middle School.

Where do you live?  Tacoma, WA

Have you ever been on a mission trip before?   No, this was my first mission trip.

How did you hear about Missions of Love?   My mom and dad heard about it at church and they asked if I wanted to go with them.

Was this your first trip to Haiti?   Yes

How many days was your trip?   With travel (air and crazy dirt roads) it was a total of 12 days.

Have you always had a desire to do mission work?   I didn’t know much about missions, but I wanted to help others in need.

What was the purpose of your missions of love trip?   It was a medical mission but I was told I would help where I could and I would help my mom with a VBS.

Where you able to accomplish what you went to do?  Yes, and much more. I helped my mom but I got to do so much more than I thought I could do. I helped where ever people needed me and I was able to watch Dr. Mick do eye surgeries and help people see again. I got to play with kids and made sure everyone had water. I went up and down the hill so many times but I could do it so others could stay and work and help others.

Were you able to experience Haiti outside of the MOL Compound? We went to church on Sunday. The people sang and danced and the boy playing the drums only had sticks to hit the drums with and they kept breaking apart and pieces were flying all over and hitting people, but no one minded. The drums were all broken too, with pieces of the cymbals missing, but he didn’t mind. He just kept playing and playing and everyone sang and sang and danced.

We went to the market one day on a tap-tap and that was so much fun to ride on. The market was really crowded and dirty, but the people weren’t mean to us at all. We were stared at a lot. A few days later I went to see a couple of schools on a tap-tap. The walls were just palm frons and I realized how lucky I am at home and I will never complain about my school again.

We went to a bush clinic too. I played with the little kids there and made a lot of friends. We played follow the leader and tried to play duck-duck-goose. That was funny. We painted the nails of everyone who wanted it. Even the boys and men wanted their nails painted. The glitter polish was the favorite one. It was hard to leave that village when we were done.

What did you think of the Haitian food/culture? The food was so good but it was hard to eat the goat. I love the spices in the food. The avocados were so big and I love avocados so much. They kept bringing out bigger and bigger plates of avocados for me. I got lots of pineapple too. It was weird that they don’t drink milk at all. And they only eat 2 times a day. The people were nice and friendly but they don’t keep the dogs as pets, so that was hard. I love my dog and wanted to pet the dogs there but I wasn’t allowed.

Was there one person/experience that really touched your heart, if so, would you please share? I loved watching the eye surgery. It was something I never ever could do at home and I never thought I would like to do, but it was so cool to watch and I loved that Dr. Mick told me all about what he was doing. He was a really cool teacher and I learned all about eyes and how they work. No one treated me like a little kid and I knew that I was needed just like all the grownups were.

Would you like to return to Haiti someday?  Yes. I want to go back in February but my mom isn’t sure if I can get out of school again for so long the same year. I want to go back and help more. So many people need the help and even if I only help the team, then that’s good enough because they are helping the people. My birthday is in January and what I want for my birthday is to go back in February. Hint, hint, mom…

 

My Mission Trip August 2016

 

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NAME: Brenda Lewis

AGE: (Optional) 72 years

PROFESSION: Retired accountant

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? (City and State) Evansville, Indiana

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON A MISSION TRIP BEFORE? No

IF, YES, WHERE?

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT MISSIONS OF LOVE? Bishop Darrell Cook, Senior Pastor Bethesda Ministries, Int’l., Evansville, Indiana.

WAS THIS YOUR FIRST TRIP TO HAITI?  Yes

HOW MANY DAYS WAS YOUR TRIP? From October 29, 2015 to November 9, 2015. Ten days.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS HAD A DESIRE TO DO MISSION WORK? Yes.  My first mission trip was the culmination of my deep desire to go to the foreign field and teach the Word of God when I was sixteen years old.  Now fifty-six years later, I realized the dream of a foreign missionary.

WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR MISSIONS OF LOVE TRIP? To share the gospel of Jesus Christ during a Women’s Conference.

WHERE YOU ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WENT TO DO?

Yes. Pastor Tanya Cook, retired director Pat Duarte, Evangelist Brenda Lewis and Sis Kori Hinton spoke at the Women’s Conference, This was my first time teaching   with an interpreter.  It gave me great joy of proclaiming the Word of God to women eager to hear.  Some, possibility have never heard the Gospel before.  The women were elated over the beautiful scarfs that were given to them.

WERE YOU ABLE TO EXPERIENCE HAITI OUTSIDE OF THE MOL COMPOUND? (e.i. Go to church, market, or neighboring villages, ride a tap-tap or moto bike, etc.) IF YES, PLEASE GIVE SOME DETAILS.

Yes.  We attended Bethesda Tabernacle Haiti for a revival service.  Also, the pastor’s wife of Bethesda -Haiti, hosted a special celebration for Pastor Tanya Cook on her birthday.  The program and the food were outstanding and Pastor Cook was simply delighted.

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE HAITIAN FOOD/CULTURE? I was impressed with the sincerity of the people I met and their anointed worship.  The food was well prepared and delicious thanks to Blaud Mondesir and his staff.

WAS THERE ONE PERSON/EXPERIENCE THAT REALLY TOUCHED YOUR HEART, IF SO, WOULD YOU PLEASE SHARE? 1) The worship service at Tabernacle Bethesda Haiti was awesome.  I appreciated the exuberant music and singing although I could not understand the words.  The Spirit of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 2) The Ordination service was held at Bethesda-Haiti where several evangelists, pastors, bishops were ordained.  3)Bethesda-Haiti Tabernacle   has a FM radio station called the Holy Ghost that broadcasts the Word of God to many in unserved areas. 4) The baptism where a former voodoo priestess was baptized and came out of the water speaking in tongues.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO RETURN TO HAITI SOME DAY? (Please explain why/why not?) Yes, yes.  I look forward to returning with great expectation. In whatever capacity I can serve, I would be grateful.

DID YOU STAY THE NIGHT ANYWHERE ELSE BESIDES THE MOL COMPOUND DURING YOUR TRIP?

IF YES, WHERE DID YOU STAY? Yes.  On our return trip home we stayed at a bed and breakfast in Port au Prince.

HOW MANY NIGHTS? WAS IT COMING IN OR GOING OUT OF THE COUNTRY? After (36 hours) of boarding the plane in Evansville, Indiana, two transfers  and about seven (7) hours’ drive over rough terrain in a SUV we arrived at the Missions of Love Compound.

HOW WERE THE ACCOMMODATIONS? WOULD YOU STAY THERE AGAIN? Yes.  The accommodations were very comfortable.

ANY COMMENTS FROM THERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? I enjoyed the fellowship with the other ladies. My heart was pricked because of the dire living conditions of many families in Haiti.  While there are many services (medical, dental and optical safe water) being provided to residents In Jolivert by Missions of Love, the need is great particularly in evangelism.  I desire is to work with the Adult Literacy Program by raising funds for bibles and program supplies.  Also, I hope to help with obtaining clothing and shoes for those in need.  Please pray for God’s blessings as I pursue these challenges.

 

My Mission Trip – Breanna Young

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Age: 13
Grade: 8
Ohio County Middle School
Hartford, KY

Q: Have you ever been on a mission trip before?
A: No.

Q: How did you hear about Missions Of Love?
A: Church

Q: How many days was your trip?
A: 12 days

Q: What was the purpose of this trip?
A: Bible School

Q: Where you able to accomplish that?
A: Yes, lots of children showed up!

Q: Did you visit anywhere else?
A: Yes, we visited orphanages.

Q: What did you think of the Haitian food?
A: Not as bad as I expected.

Q: Was there one experience that really touched your heart?
A: Yes, I got a shy little girl to dance with me on the last night.

Q: Would you like to return to Haiti some day?
A: Yes, because I loved it there.

*Breanna is the daughter of Jeremy and Angie Young of Hartford, KY. She was accompanied on this trip with her mother.

My Mission Trip ~ Tiffanie Quisenberry

Tiffanie Quisenberry

Name:  Tiffanie Quisenberry

Age:  31

Profession:  Teacher

Where do you live?  Pleasant Ridge, KY

 

Have you ever been on a Mission trip before?  Yes, to Haiti

How did you hear about Missions of Love?  I met Dr. Bob and Ms. Betty when I was a teenager at church.  They always spoke of Missions of Love and Haiti and what awesome things God was doing there.

Was this your first trip to Haiti?  No, this was my 4th trip to Haiti.  I went twice with Ms. Betty when I was a teenager, and I went 2 years ago with Ms. Betty, Nancy, and Meghann.

How many days was your trip?  10

Have you always had a desire to do mission work?  Yes, since I learned what it was and went to Haiti for the first time.  When I was younger, I thought I would be a teacher in Haiti!

What was the purpose of your Missions of Love trip?  We took youth in, allowed them to experience Haiti and lead some VBS in different areas.  I met with teachers at Morotier school we support to see how things were going.

What did you think of the Haitian food/culture?  I love the black beans and rice.  I am not a big fruit fan so that was a downfall.  And I was a little skeptic on the meat.  But I have no trouble at all eating in Haiti.  As for culture, I adjust, the hardest part is wearing skirts/dresses all the time, but I managed.

Were you able to experience Haiti outside the MOL compound?  Yes, on the way in we stopped in Gonaives and visited a mission and bakery.  Then we went to Dufailly and stayed overnight with Christophe’s family.  We visited many different places for VBS.  We went across the river to Fondu Roc.  We took the army truck two hours to Marochier.  We travelled to Bas-Berard, home to the triplet family my life group supports and taught a VBS and visited a small school there.  We went to Saint-Louis-du-Nord to market and Port-de-Paix.  On the way out of Haiti, we stopped in Carries, Haiti at Ocean View Resort and stayed for two nights.  This resort was very nice compared to what we were use to in Jolivert.  We got to sleep with air conditioning!!  It was also right on the ocean with a beach with sand!!  But what was most awesome about this resort was it was ran by people who also run an orphanage, elderly home, young girls home, school and so much more for the community.  It was so awesome to see others helping Haiti!

Would I like to return to Haiti some day?  YES!  I plan on returning to Haiti many, many many more times!

My Mission Trip – Amy Harlow

Each month, we are adding in a section called My Mission Trip, where we ask mission trip participants to share about their experience with Missions of Love and their time in Haiti.

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Amy Harlow getting her hair braided by the girls in Jolivert.

Amy Harlow
Age: 43
Horse Cave, KY
Dental Hygienist

Amy Harlow

Q: Is this your first mission trip? A: No. I went on a couple of mission trips while in college; one to Louisianna to provide aid to victims of Hurricane Andrew and another to Missouri to clean up flood damaged homes.

Q: How did you get interested in missions? A: Over 23 years ago that I felt that God had placed on my heart to go to Haiti one day and serve in missions.

Q: How did you hear about Missions Of Love? A: I received a text from my brother-in-law who heard about a need for a dental hygienist in Haiti. My heart skipped a beat. I knew it was the time!

Q: How long was this MOL trip? A: 10 days

Q: What was the primary purpose of this trip? A: To be a part of the first dental to offer services at the newly built MOL Dental Clinic in Jolivert, Haiti.

Q: Were you able to accomplish that? A: Oh, yes! We saw 96 patients and performed 269 patient services in six days.

Q: What did you think of the Haitian food? A: The food was amazing! I loved the fried plantains,fresh fish, chicken legs and fresh mango. Beans and rice were a staple and always good. Blaude the compound director was wonderful! He brought in a special cook to prepare meals for us and tried to have meals that were familiar foods to home.  He was always looking to please us and he never failed!

Q: Was there an experience on this trip that touched your heart? A: I experienced a humbling moment in Haiti near the end of my trip. We hiked up the mountain behind our compound early one morning to see the sunrise. On our way up we saw in the distance two women laying on their backs praising and worshiping God and then waving a white cloth in worship. It was so precious to see these ladies worshiping before the break of day high on a mountainside. I’ll never forget it.

Q: Do you feel you connected with the Haitian people? A: There were so many precious people that I met while in Haiti. They showed love to me by welcoming me to their community through hugs and smiles.  When we would leave the clinic in the evening, sometimes we would be greeted by some of the young girls from the village. They loved to braid hair. And my blond hair was very different from theirs, so they enjoyed playing with my hair!

Q: Would you like to return to Haiti someday? A: I do believe I will be back. I feel a great door has been open to serve there among wonderful Christian people with Missions of Love. Haiti has been in my heart for a long time. God planted that seed and I believe that planting will grow.