Collected Blog

Haiti 2015 – Day 4

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9 Our agenda for today was very similar to that of the last two days, with the exception of visiting just one village instead of two. When we left...

Haiti 2015 – Day 3

With each passing day, our team is growing closer together as a family and feeling incredibly blessed to be experiencing this with each other. Today was such an amazing day that I almost don't even know where to start! One thing to definitely mention before going...

Haiti 2015 – Day 2

Our Wednesday began with a delicious meal of spaghetti, eggs, bread, grapefruit, and bananas. The fruit grown locally has a better flavor and texture than what we are accustomed to in the United States. The spaghetti also is a bit different in that the Creole sauce,...

Haiti 2015 – Day 1

Bon swa from Quartier Morin, Haiti!!! As I sit here at the conclusion of our first day of our 2015 Haiti missions trip, I am filled with anticipation for what the unique team that God has assembled for us will accomplish for the New Life Missions International...

Haiti 2014 – Wrap Up

One of the consistent themes of our trip was the power of prayer. We saw the impact of prayer as we prepared for the trip and it was prayer that carried us through each day. The God we serve loves to answer the prayers of His people and we sensed God’s provision and...

Haiti 2014 – Day 6

This morning began with what is becoming a typical breakfast of delicious coffee, spaghetti with hotdogs, pre-cooked bacon, breadfruit, and plantains. After we fed ourselves we all piled into the tap-tap for what would be our longest drive to a church yet. It took...

Haiti 2014 – Day 5

Happy Valentines to all our loved ones at home! We have been very busy doing God's work. Days have been long, and nights have been short. We have a great group, and everything is coming together. We started the day out with another great breakfast. Food has been a...

Haiti 2014 – Day 3

Today is Wednesday, or at least I think is... We really have learned that day of the week and time are all pretty insignificant to the island way of life. Possessions are few, but we have truly observed how those who have less, even less than less, are the most joyous...

Haiti 2014 – Day 2

We started off our first real day in Haiti waking up at the Hutchinson mission compound in Quartier Morin near Cap Haitien. Before and after our breakfast of spaghetti noodles, pan fried spam, eggs, toast, bananas, and Haitien coffee, a few of us worked to secure the...

Haiti 2014 – Day 1

TODAY, MONDAY WE EMBARKED UPON OUR 10 DAY LONG JOURNEY THAT GOD HAS FOR OUR GROUP IN THE COUNTRY OF HAITI. AS I IMAGINE WE WILL BE TESTED PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY AND SPIRITUALLY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE TRIP, TODAY WAS NO DIFFERENT. AS I CAN IMAGINE JESUS OFTEN TIMES FELT...

The Mission

It was Tuesday, Day 3. We were tired. We were hot - and even though we had just taken our showers for the day, it took only moments for the sweat to reappear. We were weary... saddened. But most of all, God was in the process of breaking our hearts for the people of...

Blessed

We live out in the country, 30-45 minutes from "civilization" meaning a grocery store.... Anyway, you get the idea, its a drive to pick anything up. So, I'm headed into town the other day and I ask my wife, "Do you need me to pick you up anything while I'm in town?"...

Free of Me

As this is the first blog that I have written for my dearly beloved at the People Church (as well as for all other peripherally interested parties), I must first warn you that I am a bit of an Introspect. Here is proof: as I was writing the word “Introspect”, I...

New Beginnings

I love new beginnings. Whether it’s the start of a new school year or the beginning of your favorite sports team season positivity seems to abound. There is just something about staring fresh that brings excitement. The same is true when is comes to our activities...

Discovering My Spiritual Gifts

When I was 5 years old, I would sneak into my parent's bedroom, locate my mother's bright red nail polish that she didn't carefully hide in the top drawer of her dresser, and slide under her wooden bed. Several minutes later a shiny new masterpiece could be found...

Using Your Talents and Gifts is Healthy

Ever notice how homes now-a-days no longer have the big porch out front where everyone seems to congregate in the evenings or on Sunday afternoon? Often, movies set in the 40's or 50's depict the neighbors all grilling out together in the back yard as a means of...

Daytona 2013 Mid-Week Update

After many miles and many hours, we finally arrived in humid Daytona Beach. The students and leaders handled the trip like champs. Sunday night we were given an orientation on what where and how we would be serving the Daytona Beach community. Our students were...