Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
In less than four months, we will be in Haiti. It is hard to believe after more than a year of planning that it is almost here. God has been so faithful!
As I reflect on our first fundraiser ($83!), it is so amazing to realize that through fundraising and other generous donations from you all, we have raised over $10,000 after fundraising expenses since last Aprill God has blessed “exceeding abundantly” and I praise Him for His faithfulness. I want to thank you for supporting us and giving toward this trip – from freewill donations, to the U.M.W. cookbook sales, to coming to fund raising meals, buying LOTS of pizzas and candy bars, eating out at Bob Evans and even giving your blood (to Aultman)! God has really used you to help us and I am so grateful.
Your generosity and support means that we are very close to meeting our new trip budget of $11,645 (based on seven persons going rather than 10). We have some money still to come in from the candy bar sales and a refund on our airline group rate that we hope to cover the rest. GOD IS GOOD!
So here’s some more news about what is happening. A couple of weeks ago, we secured plane tickets for the trip. We will be leaving at 6 a.m. from Cleveland Hopkins on Saturday, June 18 and arrive home Friday, June 24 a little past midnight. Yes, this means a very early start and a very late arrival home, but I’m hoping we can make arrangements with a church closer to the airport to make things a little less painful. ;-)
We know where we are going! We will fly into Port Au Prince, but then travel about 3 hours south to Jacmel, and then another 45 minutes up a bumpy road into the mountains to a village called Manze Marie. We will be hosted by Pastor El barre of the Leglize Nazareen de Manze Marie (Nazarene Church of Manze Marie). Since our team is less than 15 persons, we will be joined by another team from Shiloh Christian Union Church of Delta, Ohio, that week. This team has worked with Pastor El barre a couple of years now. They helped build a corn mill for the village. We are still waiting to hear the exact details of our project, but we have discussed light construction and/or working with children.
These next few months will be a time of spiritual, mental, cultural and emotional preparation for the team. Please pray for us. I am excited and looking forward to seeing how God will use us and change us. To Him, be the glory for all that He has done so far and for all that He will do!
Lotus Mccleery for the team