Camp Mahanaim Waterslides

Dear family and friends; 
                                         Things continue to be unsettled here in Haiti.   Yesterday demonstrations began once again, with people demanding the departure of the president.    In the capital of Port au Prince, most everything is shut down and there are roadblocks in locations throughout the country.   On Sunday, we were able to get through 2 barricades and arrive safely at Renault Sunday school, but on the way home, we couldn’t get through the roadblocks, so we took 4X4 trails and finally made it home. 

We are so thankful for your generous response to last month’s request.  With the support of your “Camp” donations, we have been, and will be able to host groups for camps this summer.   This particular school came from an area up in the mountains and the young people didn’t know how to swim. Some of the kids were afraid of the water. 

They all had to wear life jackets, but by the end of the day, they were loving the  water and the water slides. 

Katie has done a great job of following in her big brother’s footsteps with the making of videos.   Here is a link to her first video which shows the new Camp Mahanaim waterslides in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZO1QtYCceU

Thanks again for your prayers and concern for Haiti and also for your support which will make it possible for many kids to attend Camp this summer!

Thanks, Love 
Rod, Deb and Katie 

Looking Ahead

Dear family and friends;     

After Sunday school this morning Deb sent several very needy souls to the hospital for medical care.   We are so thankful for those of you who send medical funds so that we can continue  to help these poor people.    A 15 year old with a huge hernia, a lady with a large stomach mass, this quiet man with a badly infected foot, a 6 month old with a high fever and many other sick people.

Without medical care, he would soon lose his whole foot. 

There was another rock fight outside the Sunday school yard this morning as older boys were fighting over the small bags of rice (manna packs) that we distribute.    This innocent bystander was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was hit in the face by a large rock.   We quickly sent him up to the hospital.

There are always many needs and requests each week at the Renault Sunday school.

I had the privilege of cutting and milling a  beautiful mahogany tree which had been planted by Pastor Johannes Schurer 45 years ago when he and his wife began serving as missionaries in Haiti.   (They continue to minister here in Haiti). 

Roro and Nadair helped me lift the clear mahogany slabs.

The Mahanaim volleyball club is flourishing and we have held several tournaments and have new players joining.    The Angels continue to play and are praying that it works out for them to go to the Haiti National volleyball championships in May.

Last weekend we took the volleyball club (70 kids) to the nearby Apostolic Christian Church dairy farm project.   It was a great field trip and the Haitian young people were interested and amazed at the agriculture methods which are showing amazing results.

A glass of cold chocolate milk was an extra treat.

We don’t know this lady’s name, but we call her “Friday”, as she and her daughter come to see us and get some food, most every Friday.   Three years ago both of them probably would have died had it not been for the Missouri medical team who nursed them back to health.   

We are looking ahead to summer, which normally means “Camp time” for us.   We regret that some of our teams have had to cancel due to the continued instability in Haiti, but we are thankful that they are sending the funds, so that we can still host camp for the Renault Sunday school children.     We are also thankful that other teams are still planning to come and help us with camp.   We would appreciate your prayers as we are trusting the Lord to provide ways for camp to continue this year. 

 
Thanks for your prayers and support.

Bye for now,   Love Rod, Deb and Katie

Oh Foolish Galatians

Dear Family and Friends; 

It is possible that you have heard some of the news about Haiti the past few days. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts. We are safe and doing well, although things are very bad in Port au Prince (Haiti’s capital city) and throughout certain other areas of Haiti. We have had a team of 18 friends from Michigan here this week and it has gone really well, although we were unable to help 25 couples get married as originally planned. Instead, we mostly stayed at the camp, had lots of fun with local kids and the team did some excellent work projects, including a beautiful job of carpentry on the apartments (there were 4 journeymen carpenters on the team, plus a crew of great workers). 

Please pray for us tomorrow morning as I take the team (Lord willing) to the Cayes airport where they will be evacuated from. We would also appreciate your prayers today for our family, as my Dad passed away at 84 years old. Thanks for your prayers and for standing with us. Thanks also for the many beautiful emails we received from  you on Katie’s birthday. 

Bye for now,

Love

Rod, Deb and Katie 

Happy 16th Birthday Katie!

Dear Family and Friends; 

It is Katie’s 16th birthday and that also means that this year will mark 16 years in Haiti for us.  We are so thankful for Katie and would love it if you would send her a birthday greeting as she turns 16 (Feb 5th).

We’ve had a few months without visitors, so it is great to have teams coming again. Last week, together with a team from Michigan, we did a wedding for 28 couples and a camp for about 150 young people.

More than 2300 children came to Renault Sunday school at Christmas and they all received some very nice gifts.

It was a huge distribution which took about 4 hours, so we were really thankful for the help from Deb’s English class, who are also part of our volleyball club. 

We also held a special day of activities for the young people in our volleyball club. They divided up into 4 teams and competed in many events including tug o war, 

Timed team Toyota push,

High Jump

Anytime we have work projects we have a great crew of young people from our volleyball club who are ready and willing to work.

Our long time employees Roro and Nadair are learning carpentry and woodworking and they are doing great. We are planning to make 200 of these chairs, Lord willing, to replace our rusted folding chairs. The chairs stack together and are made out of local Haitian cedar. 

Thank you for your continued partnership as we begin this new year. We truly appreciate your prayers and support. 

Bye for now, 

 Love Rod, Deb and Katie 

Glory to God in the Highest

Dear family and friends; Merry Christmas!

The kids at Sunday school this morning singing Glory to God in the highest.

Today’s bible story was about David and Goliath, and I thought for a moment about 3 people doing a Sunday school for 1500 children each week and just as God fought for David, He also has given us what we need to continue this ministry. Each Sunday as we arrive, Deb greets the children and exchanges money for coins that they have found. Katie organizes the kids as they get seated and Rod sets up the equipment.

At 15 years old, Katie does a great job of leading the singing.

Deb helps the kids who need medical care, usually by putting triple antibiotic cream on cuts and scrapes and other creams on skin diseases.

We are so thankful that the Lord is really working in the lives of Stanley and Joseph who have been in the Sunday school for 10 years and are now taking leadership roles. They both read the bible and give a short talk and prayer every week.

We would appreciate your prayers for Stanley and Joseph as God seems to be really working in their lives and they both live in difficult situations.

Deb always finds time to care for even the smallest needs.

Rod does the bible story, Katie helps give out the Manna packs and Deb does a short medical clinic every Sunday as we finish up.

As the children leave, there is always a group of adults that come in with medical needs. Deb is giving antibiotics to a young man who might lose his middle finger. It is very swollen and these people have no other place to come for medical care. We are very thankful for the Missouri medical team who leave enough meds with us each year so that we can help serve the people.

Several times we have had to use our Dewalt cordless shop vacuum to remove rocks or bugs that get trapped inside ears.

This little guy today wasn’t too excited about the procedure once he heard the sound of the vacuum. I use a small tube to reduce the suction of the vacuum.

We had a very special visit with our long time friend Max whom we hadn’t seen for many months. Max has aids and we worked together with him 15 years ago, helping people who have aids and also building an orphanage for children who have aids. Max recently had a stroke, but thank the Lord, he is recovering well.

Thanks so much for your prayers and support. Merry Christmas, Love Rod, Deb and Katie (the Wrays)