On Tuesday the 100th NMI Anniversary Haiti Team gathered in Miami at 4:30 a.m. and arrived safely in Haiti about 10:15 a.m. As we went through the Haitian Customs an inspector found 1 of our large duffle bags full of soccer balls. He assumed we were bringing them into Haiti to sell. Pastor Pascal Permis was talking with him and then waived the rest of us to hurry out the door through the Customs inspection area. He finally convinced the inspectors that the balls were for charity and he gave each of the two inspectors an Evange-soccer ball for their children. In the mean time we had successfully pushed through the other two bags of soccer balls (we have a total of 250 balls) and over 50 pounds of frozen meat. God was with us!
It took the group of 22 eight hours to navigate the 100 miles from Port-Au-Prince to Gros-Morne. We did have 1 flat tire on our air-conditioned bus, but it was exchanged with a brand new one We needed it because the last 25 miles was through a dry river bed in some instances — VERY rocky. Annecesse Zamor (the pastor’s wife) had a delicious Haitian dinner waiting for us upon our arrival.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
After breakfast on Wednesday, team headed over to the city soccer field. Several goals were chomping on what little bit of grass there was on the field. The field and city are surrounded by beautiful mountains (some with trees on them).
As the soccer balls came out and goals were set up on the field — suddenly there were nearly 200 elementary and high school students present. The group were divided by age and sex. Three games were played simultaneously — when we divided up the field.
At the conclusion of the session, Pastor Eric Skelton (who is our trip leader) gave the story of salvation, using one of the colorful Evange-balls for his illustration. One middle- school student volunteered to come and retell the story of Salvation using Evange-ball. After successfully telling the story he was given an Envage-ball of his own. Suddenly EVERYONE was ready to tell the story!
In the evening we went to the Wednesday night church service. Upon arriving a church the group toured the school premises that our district has been helping for the past several years. We toured the beautiful computer lab that our district funded. We saw all the desks that had been built by Southern Florida. With two daily sessions, the school has an enrollment of 850 students.
Once our group went into the sanctuary Pastor Eric Skelton was asked to be the special speaker for the night. He was also told that the church is in a revival and he needed to preach from Matthew 25! Pastor Eric did a fantastic job — along with his interpreter Pastor Pascal Permis. At the conclusion 35 people recommitted their lives to Jesus. There were about 400 in the service.
Thursday, August 7, 2015
Because it is cooler in the morning, most of the team went to the soccer field at 7 a.m. We were greeted with close to 300 children and teens (nearly double from the previous day). This time, the field was divided so that 4 soccer games could be played simultaneously.
At the end of the session Pastor Pascal gave an invitation and 7 boys (ranging from 7-10) were saved!
God is blessing in so many special ways. The team has remained healthy with no injuries. We are excited to see what God is going to do next here in Haiti!
Your prayers are felt and solicited!