Thank you for your prayers for our recent trip to Port au Prince, Haiti. God certainly blessed this joint effort between Piney Grove Baptist Church in Samson, Alabama, and St. Andrew Baptist Church in Panama City, Florida. Our team worked alongside of SCORE International Missions, a worldwide mission organization with a presence in Haiti.

I want to encourage you to read the team member testimonies that will be posted to the blog over the coming days, and you can still access our field updates from the "Blog Archive" link on the right hand side of the page. Thank you again for your prayers!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A People in Need

I visited my first orphanage in Mexico in October of 2001.  I remember it like it was yesterday--harsh block walls, a bathroom with no roof, and a dirty courtyard where the children played.  Our entire team was overwhelmed when we entered into the baby room, lined with cradles.  It was hot, stinky, and filled with flies.  As these babies cried from their discomfort, I remember just how insignificant I felt, and how deeply I was touched by those little ones that lived a very hard life.  Yet, joy could be found in that place.  As we played with the children, taught them a Bible story and showed them love, we began to understand that happiness is not a factor of one's environment.

Our team received word this week that we will be working alongside of Pastor John Edmonds at the New Life Orphanage in Port au Prince.  Although we will be involved in several different ministries in and around the orphanage, the real mission remains the same--show the children, the workers, and anyone we meet the love of Christ through our interactions and the Good News of the gospel.  Please pray for Pastor Edmonds as he directs our team, and pray for our team members as we enter into a physically and emotionally difficult environment.  Most of all, however, pray for those we will encounter, and for the divine appointments that Christ has in store for each of us.