Missions Trip Blog

Friday Update - January 29 - End of Week 1 Update

  • Posted on: 29 January 2016
  • By: bengel
We finished our work day earlier today because we're attending the kids' chapel presentation this afternoon.
We've finished one end wall up to where the next bond beam will be poured, and we finished one interior wall to that height, as well. If all goes well next week, we hope to have enough time to finish all of the walls up to the height of the second floor. This means that we will have finished the whole first floor in just nine work days. That's an avid thing. 

Thursday Update - January 28

  • Posted on: 29 January 2016
  • By: bengel

We continued to lay block today quite well, adding five more courses on top of the bond beam that was poured on top of the long back wall last night. Today, the Haitian crew prepared forms for pouring more bond beams atop the walls that separate the classrooms, and slog the front interior wall. Tomorrow, we will continue laying block on the new bond beams. 

We are generally quite well, except for one case of heat exhaustion and one allergic reaction to the mortar. All are in good spirits as we head into the last day of week 1.

Wednesday Update - January 27

  • Posted on: 28 January 2016
  • By: bengel

We lost power in the night but John, Manno and Henri from Kids Alive worked on it for an hour and got it back -- otherwise, without our fans, it's tough to sleep in the sweltering heat -- we are grateful for those guys.
Each morning we have team devotions before we head to our work sight. As well as praying for the day and for Haiti, many prayers are being said for loved ones back home. We miss our families but are grateful to get to be here to serve others.

Tuesday Update - January 26

  • Posted on: 28 January 2016
  • By: bengel

We are well; making a lot of progress on the school walls. Met with sponsored children today and are scheduled for a community walk this afternoon--this has been rained out twice. -- A text from Doug Heacock


NOTE: The Internet isn't very good this year so I've been relying on sporadic texts from Doug to get updates on the work of the team. (We've even had trouble on our end turning that content into posts on the missions trip blog.) Thank you for your prayers for the team. The week has gone really well and they have accomplished a lot!
--Carolyn Heacock

Monday Update - January 25

  • Posted on: 27 January 2016
  • By: bengel
Monday was a great day of work. The weather was nice -- in the high 70s with intermittent rain to cool the team off as they worked. They were able to lay five levels of block on one of the school walls. By the end of the day, they were exhausted but extremely pleased to have been able to work and make progress.
Please pray for continued progress on the school, safety, and joy as they serve the Kids Alive community.
-Carolyn Heacock, on behalf of missions team (due to limited internet connectivity)

Haiti teams for January and February 2016

  • Posted on: 20 January 2016
  • By: dheacock

Sixteen missionaries will be headed to Haiti over the next two weeks--eight of them will be there both weeks. The first week team leaves on Saturday, January 23 and consists of Richard Erickson, McKenna Ezell, Anita Greenwood, Doug Heacock, Kenna LaRue, Taylor Manning, Stephanie Temple, Kim Riffel, Rick Riffel, Randy Roy, Kevan Vick, Larry Wedman, and Tasha Wertin.

Deadline for May trip to Haiti

  • Posted on: 11 January 2016
  • By: dheacock

Another missions trip to Haiti is tentatively scheduled for May 28-June 4. If you want to participate in this trip, the deadline for applications is January 24. Application packets are available in the church lobby; completed packets can be turned into the church office during regular business hours (8am-noon, 1-5pm, weekdays).

Haiti teams update, January 6

  • Posted on: 6 January 2016
  • By: doug

Thank you for checking in, and for your continued prayers for our teams as they prepare to leave for Haiti in just over two weeks. A few more suitcases, lost on the December Haiti trip, have made their way back to Lawrence. Apparently only one or two suitcases (including one that was full of medicine and medical supplies) are still missing. It isn't clear where the suitcases have been all this time, but at least most of them have come back!

Haiti teams update--December 29

  • Posted on: 29 December 2015
  • By: doug

Some of the suitcases that were lost on the Haiti missions trip earlier this month have been returned, but certain items are missing, and the suitcases' name tags have been switched, so it seems clear that there was some sort of nefarious hanky-panky going on with the team's luggage. 

December Haiti Team, Friday, December 11th, 2015

  • Posted on: 12 December 2015
  • By: wkelly

We were able to snorkel and relax at the beach in the morning, then travelled back up over the rough mountain road to Cap Haitien to go to chapel at Kids Alive. Pastor Bill shared a message to the children after we sang songs. The message was that God has sent us the greatest gift, his son, Jesus, but a gift is meaningless if we don't open it and accept his salvation .