Albright Church is thrilled to send its 5th Mission Team to Haiti! The seven-member English Teaching Team departed on July 10/14 ready to serve for two weeks in the community of Gens de Nantes, Haiti, under the direction of the EMCC. Armed with suitcases full of teaching materials and supplies, the team left prepared to conduct daily classes teaching English language to young adults and others from GDN and nearby communities.
Their flights took them to Toronto, then on to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic where they traveled the next day by ground transportation to Haiti. The journey by road went well and the border crossing into Haiti, along with all of their supplies, went smoothly. The team was met by Pastor Andre from our sister church in GDN, (the AEM Church) and were unexpectedly spoiled to ride in style and comfort from the Haitian border town of Ouaniminthe to Gens de Nantes in two air-conditioned vans! The roads were bumpy, with a few rivers to cross, but they arrived at the guesthouse mid afternoon and got straight to the task of unpacking and settling in before enjoying supper. Their first night in Haiti was filled with anticipation of worshipping alongside their Haitian brothers and sisters at church the next morning.
Albright’s Mission Team was warmly welcomed by the Haitian church. Mission Team Leader, Laurie brought greetings to the congregation on behalf of Pastor Alan and Albright Church, and shared her testimony through the translation of EMCC Missionary, Marilyn McIlroy. The service was vibrant with much speaking and singing followed by a very passionate sermon from Pastor Andre. What a joy it was to experience Haitians praying for the people and ministries of Albright Church.
A tour of the classrooms and lesson prep filled the afternoon, but still left room for the team to spend time with the local children playing, drawing and taking pictures.
The team is ready and looking forward to their first day of teaching! While a class size of 30 students was anticipated, God led the team to prepare and bring enough materials for 40 students. They were so excited to learn that they will have 39 students attend their classes, all anxious to learn English!
The July temperatures in Gens de Nantes are tropically hot, ranging in the mid to upper 30’s with the humidity. For a team of Manitoban’s, they are facing some challenges adjusting to the continual heat, as it does not cool down at night. They have asked for your prayers for the team's endurance as they deal with the heat and teach a large amount of students. At the time of this writing, thunderstorms are forecast for this evening – pray for cooling rain, and restful sleep.
If you would like to be part of Albright’s next Mission Team to serve in Haiti, applications are now being accepted for March 2015. Plans are underway to form a team with mixed skills to serve for two weeks at the end of March.
If you have gifting in the following capacities, you could be used by God as part of our team:
- work with patients in the clinic
- help with organization within the clinic
- doing some community health work, home visits
- maintenance and electrical work on the clinic and guesthouse buildings
- interact directly with children in the school and around the clinic and guesthouse