Monday, 10 March 2014

A Heart For Haiti ~Jen Chirping

My husband Doug and I had the opportunity to travel with Grangou on a mission trip to Haiti together for the first time the summer of 2011. You can read the support letter we sent out below. God really worked in our hearts that summer what an amazing ministry!!

Dear Friends and Family,

God is working in our lives in great and mighty ways. We have stepped out in faith and we are trusting in God to direct our path. We are excited to share with you a ministry opportunity God has put on our hearts. This summer we will be traveling to Port au Prince, Haiti July 23rd-August1st with a group from our church. Port au Prince is the capital of Haiti and is still recovering from the devastating earthquake of Jan 2010. So many people are homeless, struggling to survive, it is estimated that now over 185,000 children are living on the street in Port au Prince. We will be feeding and doing outreach to the Zanfan Lakay Home for former street children and those currently living on the street. Our group will be working in an orphanage called La Maison des Enfants de Dieu, a ministry to orphaned children, birth parents, and the people of Haiti.

This summer will be Grangou’s 3rd Annual Summer VBS & Outreach trip to Port au Prince. Grangou is the Haitian Creole word for hungry and is also the name of the non-profit Christian organization (founded by Mike and Carrie Gibson) committed to serving the physically & spiritually starving nation of Haiti. The first VBS had 80 children and this year we are expecting over 600!! We will be training approximately 100 Haitians to help us lead this effort and will be conducting 3 half day Vacation Bible School Programs to include crafts, games, music, snack, message and lunch.

This trip provides the opportunity to meet the physical and spiritual needs of a community that is desperately in need. More then anything we are seeking your prayers for our team and those whose lives will be touched by God through us. There are so many details that need to come together in the next few months. We ask that you pray for safety, good health, smooth travel, and financial support. Please also pray that we will help to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to this hurting nation. Just knowing that you are praying for us will give us peace as we go into this unfamiliar place.

Beyond your prayers, if you are led to join us in this ministry by financially supporting this mission, we would be grateful. Doug and I need to raise $3,200 for both of us to go on the trip. If you are interested in donating please make all tax-deductible checks out to Grangou. We thank you in advance for your prayers and support and hope to hear from you soon.

In the Grip of Grace,

Doug and Jen Harrison

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18

Ever since that trip we have jumped into the ministry of Haiti head first. Because we were blessed with little Charley Sue I was heart broken that I wasn't able to travel back to Haiti with my husband and his team. This inspired me to give back in a small way through Twirpy Woods. We decided to team up with Grangou and donate a bible for every item sold!! Doug continues to travel to Haiti twice a year and he is able to share Gods love and deliver our bibles and gifts!!

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