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Haiti Reforestation Team's Blog

Brother Lawrence said, "We must not grow weary of doing little things for the love of God, who looks not on the great size of the work but on the love in it."

This trip to Haiti was called a serving and learning opportunity. While I have done a lot of learning and hopefully serving as well, it truly was I who was served. It was hot. It was dirty. But the community and community spirit of...

 Our World Renew team came to Pignon, Haiti to serve and to love our neighbour, but soon realized that we were the ones being loved and served. The gracious Haitian hosts in Pignon gave us their best......a beautiful home to stay in with a generator that gave us power in the evenings, comfortable beds with all the necessities that made our stay comfortable. Our hosts spent all day preparing delicious meals for us, each one a feast.  Goats were slaughtered...

We walk mountain paths, bounce and jostle in the sultry, energy-zapping heat in the dusty LandRover. Through the cacophony of Port-au-Prince, we also begin to connect with that which is Haiti. I love our team - what a blessing to be here with these sisters and brothers. Worship on Sunday with our Haitian brothers and sisters was an incredible gift. Warm relationships,hospitality, artistic expression and poverty all describe what we've experienced. 
 
We pray for wisdom, for strength and for the Spirit...

Haiti. My first experience on a mission trip and also exposure to poverty. What to say, though. My experience so far has been heat, people, heat, love, hospitality, respect, bumpy roads, no rhyme or rhythm with respect to traffic. Did I already mentioned heat? Our time so far has been learning about Haitian history and culture. What a history and what a culture. Arising from their terrible history (being brought to this island by slave traders, warring with the French...

As I mentioned in a previous post. In preparation for our trip, our team has been meeting since January by telephone to try to get to know each other and prepare by going through World Renew’s Pre-Trip Study Guide. This guide focuses on the Seven Dimensions of Transformation. These include: Shared Vision, Sense of Community, Ownership, Leadership, Assets Knowledge and Skills, Ongoing Learning, and Shalom.

 

During our weekly phone calls we have discussed one dimension each meeting, and from our...



I regret taking this photograph.

I took this photo on a college trip in Liberia, West Africa. I regret doing so because shortly after I took it, the driver and passengers of the motorcycle yelled at me and flipped me the bird.

I remember feeling shocked, embarrassed, and a little afraid. I was also humbled.

Surrounded by the unfamiliar and the exotic I had been...

Hi, my name is Quintina Blok. I want to tell you - it’s true. The Lord provides for us – what we need when we need it, even if it is something as trivial as what to do with our vacation time. For me, personally, over the last 9 months I had been thinking about what I was going to do with the 2 weeks of vacation time I had booked in March 2017. It truly was a struggle. I...