Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"I Give Myself Away, So You Can Use Me..."

Our team is back from Haiti and reflecting on our week-long journey and all the things we saw and learned. There is too much to say in one blog post, and I'm sure we have not fully realized all the ways that God is still stretching and challenging us.

If you haven't read the blog posts we wrote while in Haiti, I encourage you to scroll down and do so. We ended each day with an update to the blog and a review of all that we had done and experienced that day.

This first week back in Charlotte after experiencing such a life-changing trip is difficult. After spending 8 days serving God through serving His people - away from the distractions of TV, cell phones, email and deadlines - the transition back into "normal life" can be a slow process. I know everyone's thoughts are still in Haiti with the kids in the orphanages, the new friends we made and the beauty of a country being transformed by Christ.

However, amidst the difficult transition, is the constant reminder that we desperately need God to make it through life. While in Haiti, we cried out to God when we held a sick Haitian child, we relied on His strength when our strength wasn’t enough as we worked on a hot metal roof, and we spent our free time worshipping God's greatness and glory by singing at the top of our lungs and raising our hands in surrender.

Those moments and feelings won’t leave us even though we are far from Haiti and Mission of Hope. God is using our experiences in Haiti to mold us into humble followers of Him who can now testify to His presence around the world.

Here are just a few of our favorite pictures from the trip…

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nov 10

We had a dual-mission to accomplish today.  Before lunch we worked construction on the warehouse.  There was a little more sitting around than usual because the cement truck was apparently on Haitian time.  A few people did keep busy starting a new section of the roof.

After lunch, we got in the canter and headed for the orphanage that we delivered food to a couple days ago.  We had a special relationship with these kids since we spent extra time with them when we delivered their supplies.

We surprised the kids with soccer balls, jump ropes and stickers.  The smiles on these kids lit up their faces as they ran to meet us.  Instantly everyone separated and had one or more little ones hanging from them.  There were balls being kicked around, kids showing off and jumping rope, and other's simply clinging to us with a desperate desire for love and attention.  A couple of women were in the middle of the area washing little outfits by hand with soap and water.

After the free time, we got together to sing.  As Gentry strummed the guitar, angelic voices filled the air with a song.  The kids mostly made a side-by-side line to sing but a very small boy stood in front.  This boy especially grabbed our attention with his animated singing and obvious dedication for the task with almost a scowl of concentration as he made exaggerated hand gestures to go along with his singing.

Karl then organized a few party games and had us all laughing in a common language by the end.  The kids were so determined to have with us as partners that we ended up with 2 or even 3 of them.

Once the games wound down, we got together to put on a play for the kids.  Luckily the kids didn't seem to know the difference (or care) that we couldn't act and, for the most part, had our roles told to us on the fly.  We used the story of Joseph and the multi-colored coat to teach about sharing and forgiveness.

As the time to leave approached, we were heart-broken not only by having to break the grasp of the children clinging to us but we also had to round up and take back all of the toys we brought with us (except the stickers).  MOH has decided that they do not want us to be seen as people giving gifts but as people spreading the word and helping to rebuild the country.  While it pained us to do this we agree with the purpose.

The ride home was a time for worship as we sang songs in harmony with Gentry's guitar and percussion provided by our translator expertly banging on the top of a cooler.  When Gentry ran out of songs to play, the translator would yell out more to keep the praise going strong.  We ended up singing the whole way home.

This was a monumental  personal experience for me personally because I sang these songs as well for the first time in my life.  As I watched out the back I could see Haitians waving to us and a few lips seemed to say "Jesus".  The best part  is that no one even noticed.  My personal journey is far from over but I have definitely taken a baby step today.

Joe H

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Nov 9

Wednesday in Haiti placed us on the roof at the new warehouse at MOH before 6 am.    The entire team worked at dawn prepping the work site by pulling out tools, charging power tool batteries, and rolling six foot long spools of insulation.    We watched the sun come up over the mountains to bless us with light and blistering heat.   Water and sun tan lotion are liberally consumed at all times.  We had our  breakfast of scones and granola bars while taking in the view of the mountains and bay.   Breath taking!

Under Will's direction, we were able to complete the part of the roof the construction director wanted finished.   The other part of our team assisted in lifting up new metal roof panels to the roof and laying a metal  grid for the new concrete slab floor.    The ground crew stayed cooler, because they spent their time under the new roof.   The con for the ground crew is the endless supply of dust and dirt.   The roof team stayed clear of the dirt, but expelled their body weight in sweat.  At lunch, we all partook of a  steaming hot bowl of stew!

An added benefit of the construction work is working alongside and getting to know our Haitian counterparts. On the roof, there's Ayore, Collins, Patrick and Bailey. Great guys who work hard, put up with our craziness and are patient with our very, very poor Creole!

We finally finished our work a little past four, and sauntered back up the hill looking forward to refreshment and dinner.    We spend our evenings playing games, talking and listening to stomach cramping stories by Reed,and singing 
Praise songs led by our talent Gentry.

At the end of the day, one of the interns at MOH, made a cookie cake to celebrate Will and Mary's 15th anniversary. Mary, we will bring a piece back for you!
For Him who lives,
FHC Haiti Team.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Nov 8

Today was food distribution day.  We left Moh in a canter (a truck with cage structure for the bed to carry people) which, thanks to Will's negotiating ability had open sides to see through instead of a big closed box.

Just about every stop had us riding through "neighborhoods" with extremely small "roads".  We got off to a bit of a rough start when we ripped ripped down a power line when the truck ran through it.  Luckily, the locals didn't seem too concerned.

We worked very well as a team by forming an army-style line ( or a royal navy line if you ask Phil) to pass the supplies from one person to the next until they got to their final destination.  Everyone on the team just seemed to automatically fall into place without really needing any coordination.  We ran through most of the stops pretty quickly by delivering the supplies, giving a quick look at the place, saying a few bon-jours and giving some smiles, and then jumping back in the truck.

We saw a mixture of orphanages and schools that were well taken care of to some that obviously didn't have very much funding.  It was really tough to walk around the places that were really in need because we were presented with situations that simply wouldn't exist back home that we couldn't do anything more about than act as delivery people.

By the end of the trip we had spent over 4 hours in the  canter and delivered to maybe 10 places.  Luckily, we had the opportunity to spend some extra quality time at the last orphanage.  We played with the children, prayed with them and took a bunch of pictures (at their request).

After dinner we walked down to the church for worship time.  The church is a large open-air building with pews in a T shape facing a center stage.  There was a distinct smell of burning plastic from the trash fires in the distance.  I could see dusty shoes as I bowed my head to pray.  The music and sermon were in creole but some of the songs had melodies that we sing to back home.  The pastor was speaking with such energetic passion that I would have thought he was instigating a riot if I hadn't known better.

The spirituality was so thick in the air that you could almost taste it.  Haitians were jumping around with closed eyes and raised hands and occasionally I saw them wiping tears from their eyes.  Almost everyone from the group was was moved by the service and we discussed that in detail in our devotional meeting that followed.

Personally speaking, the spirituality I am seeking is as foreign to me as the language that the service was in tonight .  I am quite sure it is due to the fact that that my eyes spent too much time looking sideways to see what people are thinking of me instead of looking up to God.  At least I know what work needs to be done and hopefully I'll get some Devine assistance.

Joe H

Monday, November 7, 2011

Nov 7th

Today was our first Opportunity to really do some real mission work and we certainly embraced it.  We worked on the construction of the new food distribution warehouse at Moh.  This warehouse will be 4 times bigger than their current one and hold some office rooms.

It's quite remarkable to be able to work on a building that has the same vista as a high priced resort.  You can see mountains fading away in the background with smaller hills in the foreground which reveal the Caribbean ocean between them.  Of course, you can only look at the view so much when you are 30+ feet off the ground with roofing material coming at you.

After working all day, we cleaned up and spent time together as a group just getting to know each other better - and making fun of each other at every available opportunity.  It's hard to remember when the last time a cold shower has been so refreshing

We look forward to tomorrow where we will be distributing food for the nutrition ministry.  Moh provides meals for almost 60,000 Hatians daily.

 I'm hoping that a lot of hard work, a good group of servants, a lot of needy people and a hot Haitian sun will open our hearts and untangle our souls to hear what the lord has to say.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mov 6th

Today was great for many reasons.  We had an opportunity to tour MOH, worshiped with the people of Haiti and were able to travel to the other MOH campuses.  It's indescribable how God is working in this country and leading all the wonderful projects here at MOH.

A tasty Dinner was shared at a local Haitian restaurant - Gwo Papa Poul - otherwise known as 'Big Daddy Chicken'. It was great to see how The Lord is working to help grow the local communities near MOH.

This week is jam packed with chances for us to serve and continue to move the many projects forward that help so many here in Haiti.  Some of the projects include pouring the concrete floor for the new MOH warehouse, painting houses, food distribution to different villages and always spending time with the Haitian children.  

We just got done worshipping with a group of orphan boys from the Hope Village and it was awesome!  Now off to get some rest and find out what God has in store for us tomorrow.

In His service,

FHB- Haiti Team

Saturday, November 5, 2011

We are here

After an early morning of airports and very small airplanes, we touched down in Haiti.  It was another challenge to get all of the 12 bins of donations that we checked and get through the mob outside the airport.

The bus ride was very enlightening.  It was a surreal mixture of beautiful scenery and complete devastation.  Seeing all of the tent cities made me feel both blessed with what I have and guilty for the circumstances of where I was born and the opportunities that life has given me.

By lunch time we had arrived at the Mission of Hope facility.  Just in time for some PB+Jon stale bread which, depending on who you ask, tasted just fine.  

We had a little time to relax and walk around.  Mission of Hope seems to be exactly as the name sounds so far.  Children are given an good education here and can hopefully make an impact towards rebuilding their country in the future.  It's very refreshing to see kids want to get an education here.  (I learned that the school here is the 2nd best in the country)

I'm pretty sure I can speak for everyone when I say that this will be a life experience that will not only make me a better person but give me a much more real perspective on which of life's problems are really the important ones.

Joe H

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

And we're off...

As I write this post, our Haiti team is packing and prepping for our trip to Haiti in just 4 days. We'll be serving alongside Mission of Hope for 7 days and helping in a variety of areas:

  • home repairs/renovations
  • children's ministry
  • orphanage ministry
  • food distribution to surrounding villages
Thank you to all of you who have contributed financially or donated items for the orphanage and church. Also, thank you for coming alongside our team in prayer. As we get ready to spend a week in a country not only devastated by natural disasters, but also devastated by the evil of sin, selfishness, oppression and disease, we need all the spiritual protection we can get!

Please pray for these specific things:
  • strength, health, endurance, encouragement and spiritual growth for everyone on the team
  • pray for doors to be opened that we may share Jesus' love with everyone we meet
  • pray that lifelong and edifying relationships are formed within our team and with the staff of Mission of Hope
  • Pray for Mission of Hope's ministry in the country of Haiti - including the 2,500 students in School of Hope, the 65 orphans in the Hope Village, the 50,000 people fed every day through their Nutrition Program, the Church of Hope and their work in the community providing disaster relief, community advancement and healthcare.
Finally, take a few minutes to watch this powerful video from MOH which explains their work in Haiti and will give you a better idea of what our team will be experiencing:

Mission of Hope: Haiti from Landon Cox on Vimeo.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Flapjack Fundraiser Success!!

Thank you to everyone who supported our team this past Saturday by showing up for our Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's!

Our team raised about $600 in just over 2 hours of breakfast service - awesome!!

We had a great time serving up hot flapjacks, sausage, juice and coffee to all who came and we also grew closer as a team by learning to manage the pressure of being servers, bus-boys and hosts to all our breakfast guests :)

We leave for Haiti in just over one month and we are preparing by meeting as a team for global mission training with By Grace Alone Ministries. Jean-Pierre Sangai will be leading our team in a training about cross-cultural ministry, differences of Haitian and American cultures and sharing the gospel as a foreigner.

Also, Mission of Hope is doing some exciting things happening right now and our team can't wait to help! Here's a progress report for the month of September:

» The roof was completed on the Bercy site school office. Praise God for progress!

» 88 people were vaccinated through the MOH Community Health Initiative.

» 24 women and children were vaccinated in a small outlying village through the MOH vaccination program.

» 158 patients were treated at a MOH medical mobile clinic in Zoranger.

» 900 kids attended Vacation Bible School on the last day of the program! Praise God for bringing these children to MOH to learn about Him!

» Little Pierre (Hope Village orphan with cerebral palsy) will be receiving a pediatric wheelchair soon. Thank you Children Rising, Inc for this wonderful blessing!

As always, if you'd like to support our team traveling to Mission of Hope Haiti, November 5-12, please click on the yellow DONATE link at the top right of this blog page. Every dollar counts as we work to meet our fundraising goal.

Blessings and thank you!

Monday, August 8, 2011

250 Miles for Haiti

One of our Haiti team members, Phil Calland, is embarking on quite the fundraising adventure! Phil is planning on biking the extent of the NC portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway this Labor Day Weekend.

Click here to view the event on Facebook.

Not only is this a great way to bring attention to our November mission trip to Haiti, but it's also a great way to raise money for our team.

Phil is asking folks to not only pray for the success of his bike ride, but to also consider financially sponsoring his ride. You can either choose to sponsor a section of mileage (say $10 per mile) or sponsor the entire 250 mile ride.

If you are interested in sponsoring, please click the "Donate" button at the top right of this blog. In the memo line you can specify "Blue Ridge Cycle Ride."

Thanks so much for your prayers and support for Phil and our team!

- Caylene

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Haiti Bound - 3 months and counting!!

Here we go again! Another team from Forest Hill Ballantyne is getting ready to travel to Haiti to serve alongside Mission of Hope Haiti in relief efforts for the country's poor and orphaned. The team will leave on November 5 and return eight days later on November 12.

If you are reading this blog, we are confident you will commit to praying for our team as we prepare our hearts, minds and bodies for this journey. Team members include:

  • Dan Austin
  • Will Berkeley
  • Caylene Brown
  • Phil Calland
  • Todd Carpenter
  • Gentry Eddings
  • Joe Hudson
  • Karl Kakadelis
  • Reid Matheny
  • Jenni Wirt
The purpose of our trip will be serving Mission of Hope and simply being available to whatever projects they need help with during the week we are there. These could include painting, construction, ministry with children, orphan care and food distribution. 

Another great way you can come alongside our team and help is to give! You'll notice a PayPal link at the top right of this blog. Just one click and you can give to our team and help us raise the $1,600 we each need to travel to Mission of Hope. 

Finally, spread the word about our trip and Mission of Hope by "liking" our Facebook page,

Check back here for more updates, fundraiser information and thoughts from team members as we get ready to take Ballantyne to Haiti!

- Caylene Brown

March 2011 Team Members singing praise songs with Haitian children

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Post from Jenny Schmitt's Blog:

As our team begins the daunting task of processing what we saw, heard and experienced in Haiti last week, I thought this blog post from one of our team members sums up what all of us are contemplating. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Entering Another World...kind of.

After I returned from Haiti the first time (September 2010), I read the book "Mountains beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder. It's about the quest of Dr. Paul Farmer - a fierce advocate for the poor and a doctor specializing in diseases that ravage third world countries.

Dr. Farmer is from Boston, but he lives in Haiti and has married a H
aitian woman. The title of the book comes from a Haitian saying used when someone is facing a challenge...a challenge so big it seems like you are climbing "mountains beyond mountains."

Kidder essentially travels with Dr. Farmer for an entire year as he advocates to medical schools, community doctors and governments for approval of stronger anti-tuberculosis medication for people in Haiti, Cuba, Russia and Peru.

One of my favorite quotes from the book comes from a conversation between Kidder and Dr. Farmer during a layover in Paris on their way from Haiti
to Russia.

As Kidder looks around the cafe in the airport they are eating lunch in, he contemplates out loud the beauty of the marble floors, mahogany tables and porcelain cups.

Kidder: "Just looking around, it hits me what a different world Paris is from Haiti!"

Farmer: "Well, that presumption would be wrong. Because, Haiti is only 5,000 miles from here and it's not a different world. The mistake is that too many people justifying it as a "different world" when it clearly is not."

Ouch....that realization hit me as much as it hit Kidder when he was having the conversation with Dr. Farmer in Paris.

Even though the sounds, smells, problems and overall mess that Haiti
is seems like a world away, it's not. Especially not from Charlotte - only 1,200 miles.

So, as we head to Haiti on Saturday, I'm trying to remember it is NOT a different world. We live in the same world yet we have such different lives. However, we
have the same God and Savior who loves the people of Charlotte as much as He loves the people of Haiti. He doesn't see our differences, he just LOVES US!

I'll be contemplating this throughout the week as I experience Haiti and open myself up to the possibility of being God's vessel for change and hope.

- Caylene
"God Save Haiti" - from

Monday, March 21, 2011

t minus 5

In 5 days I'll be heading to Haiti.

You know when you plan for a trip, and you think you have all of the time in the world to do what you need to do? I thought that was where I was, until today, when I realized....5 days!

I know everything will get done. That the pieces will fall into place. That someone else can fill my shoes back here at home while I'm gone.

But I am a little daunted at the doorway I am about to step through.

I feel as if there's a door labeled "LIFE CHANGE" that I am about to walk through....again. Last Fall, when I got on a plane headed for Burundi, I didn't have a clue I was walking through that door, not really. I was being obedient, thinking all I had to do was do my thing in Africa, leave, come home, and resume life.

Well, we all know how that worked out.

It's always eye opening to walk into another piece of the world and into another culture. You suddenly feel very self-conscious for being American. Sometimes, us Americans, myself included, get a little carried away with our enthusiasm for our own country. Sometimes we forget there are billions of other people on this planet. We forget how very rich we truly are.

I dare say when I set foot in Haiti, I'll have a lump in my throat for the next 7 days. All those news reports I have seen, all the stories I have read will become live and in person right before my eyes.

I'll see the devastation.

I'll see the suffering,

I'll see the pain.

I'll see the ones holding their hands out asking for help.

I'll see the look of desperation in their eyes.

I'll see them asking "Why isn't somebody doing more?"

Just as my trip to Burundi turned me upside down and inside out, Haiti is surely to do the same, and then some. Some people can go on a trip like I did to Burundi and come home and readjust like it never happened. But others can come home, like me, and never be the same again.

That's why I am going to Haiti, because I don't want to be the same person I was 6 months ago. I want to be the person who can come home and stir the masses to get of their duffs and help. We're not all called to go set foot in Haiti, Burundi or other places on this planet, but we are called tohelp.

My 7 days in Haiti will only do so much, but when I get home, if I can stir an army of folks to make a difference...that is where hope for Haiti begins.

Jenny Schmitt

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

As we prepare to travel to Haiti in less than 12 days (!!!!), I've been thinking a lot about my experience at
Mission of Hope in September 2010.
I found this great satellite view of the Mission of Hope campus
outside of Titanyen, Haiti:

Please join me in praying over this satellite image and for the 60 plus orphans who call MOH home, the 600 plus people who attend church at MOH every week, the staff, the students and the mission teams (like ours) who sacrifice time, money and safety to have a relationship with the Haitians who have benefited from such an amazing organization.

- Caylene

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

One million people existing in a tent giving water tainted by disease...violence being perpetrated on innocent women and children under cover of darkness...orphans wandering alone...aid, in the form of the very resources needed, inaccessible because of the corruption of authority...and hope.

This is the present situation in Haiti. It's what you see with earthly eyes. The poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti has a history of bondage from its very beginnings: bondage from slavery, bondage from economic debt, bondage to hunger and helplessness in the wake of nature's fury. It's REALITY. And yet, there is a relatively small group of people who somehow have the ability to dream, who have hope and the courage to act. What do they see that others don't or can't?

Today, our Ballantyne staff read Matthew 8 and contemplated what Jesus' disciples experienced in that boat on the lake near Capernaum. They rocked and sloshed through the waves of a pounding storm, and they were assaulted by fear. As their boat was being swamped, they called out to Jesus for rescue. Chaos reigned in their situation and the reality of the moment had overtaken them. Yet Jesus, with one action, rebuked the chaos and ushered in calm.

It struck me this afternoon driving down Park Road, that Haiti is a microcosm of all of human history. We are living in a temporary home. The disease of sin infected our life. We were all orphans. And the healing aid of the Gospel is attacked by the ruler of this fallen world as he fights to keep us from receiving its transforming power. Simply put, we were in bondage...and there is Hope. Hope in the person of Jesus who lives in the ultimate reality that He is reigning, restoring, and redeeming us from the chaos we experience. Jesus came to Earth to inaugurate His kingdom of light and hope. And He left us to continue the work as His body. We are to bring Hope into the darkest parts of the world as his ambassadors armed with His power.

And so Forest Hill Ballantyne is going to Haiti and bringing with us this Hope that the same God who restored peace in a tempest 2000 years ago, wants to do it again. My desire is that whether you are getting on the plane with us, supporting us through prayer or donations, or just watching to see what happens, we'll all be changed. I am so excited about what God is up to in our faith community and I'm thrilled to be on this journey with you.


Monday, February 28, 2011

Less than 6 days until the Flapjack Fundraiser!

What could be better than a warm stack of syrupy pancakes, crisp bacon and hot coffee? Being able to enjoy all these things WHILE contributing to a good cause!

This Saturday, bring your family and friends to the Carolina Place Applebee's Restaurant to enjoy a wonderful breakfast (served by our Haiti team) for only $7 per person. For each ticket sold, our team makes $5.15 - that can add up to a lot of money to help us get to Haiti and support the Mission of Hope medical clinic, orphanage and church!

Check out the event page on Facebook and RSVP if you are planning to come and support our team!

We hope to see you there :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Thank you!

Our "Lunch for Haiti" Event on Sunday, February 20th was a great success!!

Thank you to the 80+ people who came out to support us and gave over $800 towards our trip!

We are headed to Haiti in about a month and are preparing by getting all our immunizations, collecting children's clothing for the Hope Village kids and praying that our hearts are open to whatever God may place in our paths over the next month.

Check our Facebook page for details about our "Flapjack Fundraiser" coming up on March 5 and check out this video to learn more about Mission of Hope and the areas of ministry we'll be assisting with during our trip:

Mission of Hope: Haiti from Landon Cox on Vimeo.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Our first fundraiser is this Sunday at 12:30PM...head over to the Morrison YMCA after church and join us for lunch and a raffle drawing!!

Tickets are just $5 and you'll be entered to win one of our great prizes:

- Pedicure
- 3 month Morrison YMCA membership
- Best Buy Gift Card

This is a great (and fun) way to support our team and learn more about Mission of Hope, our partner in Titanyen, Haiti.

Visit the event page here and let us know if you want to purchase tickets ahead of time or on Sunday morning at FH Ballantyne before and after services.

See you there!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Election Runoff Update:

CNN posted this update regarding the contested November election results in Haiti.

This is good news for Haitian people because the government backed candidate, Celestin, has been removed from the ballot amid accusations of corrupt election results favoring him.

The runoff elections have been scheduled for March 20th - which is only 6 days before our team departs for Port Au Prince! The candidates who will now appear on the March ballot are former first lady, Mirlande Manigat, and popular musician Michel Martelly. Both candidates are favored by the Haitian people over the now ousted government candidate, Celestin.

Prayers are still needed for the Haitian people during this election process:

  • Pray that the government will proceed legally and fairly as the runoff election approaches and not attempt to rig any results.
  • Pray against violence or tension that may arise on election day (March 20) and pray that the people will feel validated as a result of this democratic development.
  • Pray for our team and the travel situation as the runoff election takes place and the votes are tallied. In the past, government interference and ballot tampering have resulted in violence and restricted travel.
  • Continue to pray that the Haitian people call on God for justice and provision as they face another unknown leading up to these elections. Pray that they put their hope in God and not in a political candidate.
  • Finally, prayerfully consider donating to our team as we get closer to our March 26 departure. Each of us must raise $1,500 for air travel, transportation, food and lodging in Haiti.

Thanks for your prayers for Haiti and our team!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Haiti Bound...2 months and counting

Our team is headed to Mission of Hope in Titanyen, Haiti from March 26-April 2.

Mission of Hope (MOH) is a diversified, gospel-based organization with a school, orphanage, medical clinic, prosthetics lab, church and nutrition program. There will be plenty of areas for our team to keep busy with while we're in Haiti!

We are praying this trip marks the beginning of a wonderful and productive partnership between Forest Hill Ballantyne and Mission of Hope for many years to come.

Here are some encouraging statistics of the aid and ministry MOH has accomplished in the past year:

- MOH employs 180 Haitians

- The Hope Village Orphanage houses approximately 62 orphans

- The School of Hope has 2,200 students from K-12 in attendance

- Mission of Hope Clinic is looking to expand into a more operational hospital, but it currently sees about 150 patients daily

- The Prosthetics Lab serves about 2-3 prosthetics patients a week, providing rehab in addition to forming new limbs to empower disabled Haitians to work

- The government recently provided MOH approximately 50 acres of land on the ocean, north of the current campus. MOH plans to replicate their school, orphanage on hospital on this new property in the future.

- MOH currently feeds 15,000 individuals daily through their nutrition program

- Post-earthquake response: MOH delivered 15 million meals, treated over 25,000 patients, handed out 2,200 tents and provided rescue & medical teams

- Partnership with Haiti One = an organization that unites all relief ministries in Haiti, enabling them to work together and have a consistent flow of communication during disasters

How exciting to become part of such an amazing organization that has already brought extensive change and progress to the people of Haiti! We have so much to learn from them and, hopefully, we can be a blessing to them in the future.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please prayerfully give towards our team cost. Each team member must raise $1,500 for the plane ticket and in country expenses - we would greatly appreciate your support in this area!

Visit our blog again for more news to come about fundraisers and trip preparations. Thanks for your prayers and interest!