later on we passed a brown slug bug and christian "let me know." i was enraged and hit him back on the thigh cuz he said he'd quit. he replied with "you said i was still playing" but i didn't really think he was, so i didn't get him first. so we continuously hit eachother, punching really hard in this tiny car. andrew was trying to settle us down, but it wasn't happening. finally Katiana (mama or 'Queen Bee') stepped in and it was all done very suddenly. later on, it was said and final, christian was out of the game... but i made sure to hit him one more time. andrew punched me in the leg hard, and THEN called slug bug green... and this made me mad cuz you totally have to call it first. so i punched him back which caused pandemonium. not to mention earlier andrew was standing outside the car and saw one while i was inside, reached in to punch me, but i blocked it!!!!!! (with my fore arm... which ended up hurting way more...)
Monday, September 29, 2008
Our four-day weekend in Carnaubas and Santana was the time of our lives to say the least. Words cannot describe the relationships we built and memories we have.
Carnaubas was short but good. We spent our first complete day (Thursday) there touring and meeting up with Marconi's friends. Basically during our free time before church we toured and went over all the WPCC's youth trip; hiked a mountain over-looking Carnaubas, visited shops, friends, and enjoyed ice cream at the local (but should be world famous) ice cream parlor!!! It was incredible to get to look at all what the team did and got to do. We visited the now-completed church in Carnaubas. The team from WPCC youth group worked and built a church in Carnaubas- and we had the honor of seeing it and the people who attend it now. We were able to see the product of what that team had created. We were going to do a "trip testimony" later on there, so we headed over to the school. The school gathered around as we played songs and invited them to the church to hear what we were all about. Church was a major success. We shared from the beginning of the dream two years ago all the way up to Haiti. We spent time with kids, like Tabitha and Ramonie- who the team earlier in June built relationships with. We got to visit and play more songs in the church till late. That night after all the fun we drove to Santana in a compact car with Marconi, Katiana, Christian, Andrew, Evan and our host in Santata, Veridiano. Not to mention the addtional two guitars and two drums, our clothes and such. You can imagine this! We got to know eachother:)
Santana is a beautiful and quaint town of 2800. It was life-changing. Major transformation happened in every one of us. Another trip testimony was planned for us at the local church in Santana, so we had to get the word out. During all Friday we went to the school and played "Light of the World" and invited them to come to the church to hear about why we were in Santana and what we were doing... "traveling the world." At the end of the night, 50+ people gathered around to hear us share our trust and love for God. Again, we shared some about our trip and enjoyed talking with the locals in the little Portuguese we knew. Somehow it was settled that we were meeting some guys to play Futsal (indoor soccer) at 8 am. That next morning was amazing getting to "Joga Bonita." (I think that's correct; probably not). Later on we went out even further into the country and did an outreach. There was a "suburb" of Santana of eight families in one small area. We gathered them together, sang worship and gave them the Good News about Jesus. We prayed over this area and headed back to Santana. It was Veridiano's (our host we stayed with) birthday the next day so we celebrated that night: truly a celebration. We all gathered at the church, about 40 in all, and basically had a few hour long church service. A few different people gave thanks and talked- and encouraged Veridiano. We gathered around for cake and it got interesting here...
We decided that the best way to establish relationship- break the ice- with people that we've met is to make them laugh. As we were discussing this method we noticed all the children... CHILDREN were standing in two lines. All of the parents and other visitiors were standing around the outside of this 12 and under group. Evan spontaneously decided to jump in and cut the line for chocolate cake. He jumped in and clapped for joy because of his success. People laughed- which broke the ice- but not because of what we thought. Evan was in the girls line. You can imagine the chaos of a few ONLY Portuguese-speaking mothers trying to explain to Evan that he was clearly in the wrong line... and all the little girls FREAKING out! This increased the laughter, especially watching the ladies trying to explain why Evan needed to move. He did, and yes... we all got chocolate cake:)
The next day was Sunday, truly a day of rest here in Brazil. We relaxed and enjoyed getting to know our host and hostess, Veridiano and Jacqueline. This was our last full day in Santana- and it was a day of bonding. We told stories and laughed all day. As evening approached, it was finally time for us to go to the church to give our testimonies. It was this event that we invited the students to. Since we gave our trip testimony a couple nights before, we gave different parts of our personal testimonies. It is hard to communicate this writing, but we could feel God in the church. We invited others to sing with us in Portuguese as we sang in English. The church body was one. Each one of us shared whatever we were being urged to. It was not us however that did anything remotely amazing. Something happened Sunday night that brought all of us as Gods children together. We had the honor of encouraging the church, and the pleasure of being encouraged and prayed for by them. There is something powerful about a group of people coming together- disregarding language- and praying. There is something powerful about having only one thing in common, but it binds us together so closely that the one thing is all we need. Nothing else mattered in Santana.
Our time in Santana was a God-size adventure. We grew and saw the Glory of God. It was beautiful.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Brazil is familiar. V-Team is re-uniting with friends that they met two years ago. Marconi Silva (pictured right) and Kener and Kaique Paulo (pictured below) are some of the friends they have had since their junior year in high school. V-Team first came to Natal in the summer of 2006 with a youth missions team from Woodland Park, Colorado. That trip became the genesis of this trip.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Yesterday was an amazing day for V-team. After hearing of a local American football team, Marconi wanted for us to hook up with them so we could share with them what we were doing and maybe play some ball! so after spending the day playing full contact football with no pads, we were able to give our trip testimony and share the Gospel. The guys were really receptive to it, and it was awesome playing with them after they heard the message.
Group picture with the Football Team
We went over and played on the beach after playing football. It was nice to be refreshed and get to body surf:) After a while we headed over to church. Church was amazing! We went to a different church (other than Marconi's home church). The "Snowball" Church was a church full of surfers and others alike. The podium the pastor used was made of a surf board. Out of no where, God must have communicated to the Worship pastor that we were there, because he invited us up and prayed over each one of us; then the church prayed for us.
After all this excitement for us, we headed home and had pizza! 'Just a little update on the sort of things we've been doing.
evan christian andrew
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Tonight was a really amazing night for us. We went to a christian concert- and it was life impacting. They came out loud and the entire place was moshing. After a few songs, the guy gave the Gospel- FULL OUT. He laid out his love and passion for God. 20-30 people gave their life and put their trust with their life in Jesus. Later on we rode the bus home. It was extremely packed with all the concert people- quite stuffy. Then in a quiet voice evan asked Marconi, "how do you say, 'party in the bus"?'. He told me, and evan repeated it. suddenly the entire bus went up with excitement and laughter! they all started cheering us on, and moved out of their seats for us to sit down. Even Marconi and his family had a tough time believing what was going on. Then, it ended up Marconi told the bus about us and Jesus- and everyone cheered us on. After that, there was a bunch of laughter and bad portugese- speaking Americans. It was agreed that it was the best bus ride we had EVER been on.
Thank you family for being faithful in your support. We cannot communicate how thankful we are for your love.
Fun from Brazil,
evan christian andrew
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Pictured Right: Andrew, Christian, and Evan after a mountain hike in Haiti. Left: Pastor Marconi and his wife Katiana.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
We are amped to tell you what God has been doing in Haiti- but words are not enough. The last few days of Haiti were focused a lot on relationship. We played soccer with other missionaries who live nearby, and with a whole bunch of random children in the area. On sunday we visited the orphanage for the last time, and were "schooled" by orphans in a soccer game titled, "Haitians vs. Americans." This time of relationship resulted in us to be prayer warriors for Haiti, and to take time to see His will for us. We found Gods heart for Haiti in Hosea ( the passage on the video). Haiti is known for its voodoo and idol worship. We found in scripture that God was calling Haiti back from prostitution, and rescuing them one by one. Each day and night we saw Gods hand and victory in Pignon- by stopping voodoo countless times, and through hearts being won over one by one. We have no idea if anyone came to accept Jesus as their King, but daily we saw God fight for Haiti. It was much different than we thought- because it didn't involve as much working as we had anticipated, but the Lords will was done with all of us, because each day we met with Him, and found that God had purpose for Haiti, and the people around. Places like this often seem lost and dark- which is true... But what we found was that God loves the Haitian people, and is coming back for them.
We flew safely to Port Au Prince- and stayed at our Missionary brothers and sisters house- Michael and Karen. The blessing stood with this home. They took us in again, and provided for all our needs. On the flight to Port Au Prince ( a 20 minute flight) every one of us began to experience some kind of sickness. With fevers and congestion, it was really nice to stay in a comforting, safe place. We even had internet access, warm water, and... the XBOX 360 too! It is weird though, because suddenly we weren't as interested in the XBOX as we were before. Sleep, and a shower sounded the best. We have arrived here in Miami, and we are about to embark on the next adventure: Natal, Brazil.
Please pray for good health. It is odd how important miniscule things are when we don't have the comfort of home. We need God and our food to nourish our bodies. We have found that God has been stripping everything from us. God is prepared us in Haiti to do the work and have the relationships in Brazil and on. Please pray that God's will would be done through and in us. We are so excited to see how God will receive glory in Brazil. Pray that we would be able to surrender everything that is keeping us from God- so that God may use us and we may know His will. Thank you for your support everyone. It is so amazing to know that we have the body praying for us- and trust us, we are seeing the fruit of your prayers intimately with God.
Warriors of Christ,
Evan Christian Andrew
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
According to Andrew, an amazing $250,000 worth of medical aid has come in for Hurricane Relief. And, in Caleb's absence, V-Team has been open to anything that they may need to do to serve. The Principle of the School has had work projects for the team to do. Yesterday the three guys spend most of the day putting a new roof on a house for a local woman. Then they played soccer with kids.
He said that their last time of prayer with house guard, Ja-Claud, was really significant. They prayed Scripture out loud. Ja-Claud prayed from the book of Psalms and from I Corinthians. I'm not sure if I'll get exactly the parts he chose to pray. But, on that note, I'll leave you with excerpts from the chapters their Haitian friend prayed.
"My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart...
and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High."
~ The Bible, from Psalm 7
"Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?"
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God!
~ The Bible, I Corinthians 15:55-58
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sorry it's been so long since we last made a post, we don't have internet much. Anyways...the last few days have been great. Sorry if i repeat anything that has already been put up on the blog or sent in an email...
A couple days ago, we woke up, had breakfast and then a man named Wilbur, he is the local plumber in Pignon, showed up at the camp. We were going to help him install a commercial sink at the camp for the cook staff to have a better and easier place to do dishes. So, when we figured out where everything needed to go, we started to dig the trench to lay the pipe. It had to only be around 8 inches deep, but it had to be like 75 yrds long. So we began digging and within about 3 hours, just before lunch was ready, we had it all finished. It was great to know that by God providing the materials and the labor (us!), the camp staff would be able to do their jobs much easier. Praise God!
Today, we met a boy by the name of Wilfredo, he speaks really good spanish which was great because, all of us combined, speak okay spanish. We talked about soccer and girlfriends and where we were from, but then Wilfredo asked us some questions about our relationships with girlfriends which lead to us having to be pretty straight forward about our choices in saving sex for marriage. This was awesome because he wanted to know why we chose that, and the rest is history...At this point in the conversation, we basically told him that we love jesus and our bodies belong to him and that they were a holy place for him, and in the bible, God tells us to save sex for marriage, and through this conversation, we were totally able to share the gospel, Truth reigned victorious! It was sweet because the stuff we were telling him, Evan and I didn't really know how to say in spanish, but looking back, we know that the entire conversation was spirit lead and it didn't matter if we couldn't communicate well because the spirit could through us! Praise God.
So, those are just some of the things happening with us in haiti..Thanks for your prayers, love and support!!
(pictures are of trench digging at the camp and then the 2 boys are kids we met and we invited them to eat dinner with us one night)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I’ve arrived to Pignon last night to see my family. I’m returning to Port au Prince tomorrow to continue the effort there. Here is a synopsis of what we’ve done so far:
1. We went to Gonaives on Saturday, Sept. 8th and delivered lots of food and drinking water as told in our last e-mail. We arrived back to Port au Prince at 11:45 p.m. in the rains of hurricane Ike. An hour an a half later, the bridge we had just crossed in route collapsed after flood waters again hit it. Praise the Lord for His protection!
2. We have been in constant communication with the folks in Gonaives, providing them with phone cards as well so that they can continue to be in touch with family members.
3. Our team has produced a DVD and put it in the hands of media to show the conditions. We have given copies to government officials so that they have live images of what has happened.
4. We went to Mirebalais on Sunday to assess the situation after we heard of the bridge collapse. With this collapse, there is no longer ready access over land to Gonaives.
5. We visited the town of Cabaret and provided support to 5 families.
6. We have been contacted for the urgent needs for medicine. We contacted Missionary Flights International. Through Medical Assistance Program Int’l, $249,000 worth of medicine is being delivered tomorrow to go to Gonaives.
7. We received word from Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) here in Haiti that Air Calvary can provide a helicopter to fly supplies to Gonaives since there is no longer road access or an airport for airplanes. We have already raised funds towards this to allow them to fly for 10-14 hours (at $500 hour).
8. We have turned over to the government, a 40 ft. container of food that Rotary Int’l had given for distribution. It contains over 283, 180 meals.
9. We stopped in Mirebalais on the way home to bring some moral and practical support to my friend, Gustave. I met Gustave through Rotary International last October when my vehicles broke down outside of his community. I was with 14 Americans volunteers from Minnesota who I was accompanying back to Port au Prince. He had a double cap pick up truck and helped me get the team to Port au Prince. This past Friday, before I traveled to Gonaives, I called to tell him of my needs for drinking water. He had gotten into his truck, went to a water purification facility and purchased water for over $350USD for me, loaded his truck and was expecting one of my drivers to return to Mirebalais Sunday morning to pick up the water. He had over 1,000 gallons of drinking water ready to go. At 1:00 A.M. on Sunday, the floods overran his town, destroying his pharmacy with over $10,000 worth of medicine, his pick up truck, his generator, a brand new refrigerator and freezer for his business purchased on credit. Thanks be to God, his life, along with his wife and three daughters were spared. The good thing is that Gustave wears the same size of clothes with me and his wife wears the same as my wife. It’s a good time to share from my abundance.
We are heading back to Port au Prince tomorrow. I will be meeting Missionary Flights in the capital, pick up the medicine they are bringing, and make trips via helicopter to bring the medicines and needed supplies to Dr. Grenson Jeune, FACS along with Doctors Without Borders who are responding there.
The situation continues to grow more desperate as stored supplies in the isolated areas run out. Please be praying for wisdom for us as we make decisions how to best help with what resources we find.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I'm so moved to read what the guys are experiencing in Haiti. I wanted to e-mail this image. I painted this after our first trip to Haiti.
There is so much to take in there, but the children are what really touched me. As I read their blog, I sense that from the guys as well.
Lois is a professional artist and illustrator who has several published children's books to her credit. Among other things, she also does live Worship Art performances (shown below) and makes huge theater backdrops!
Watch for her upcoming website in the sidebar LINK LIST of V-Team's Global Friends and Partners.
Thanks for this post, Lois. :)
Monday, September 8, 2008
That is really all we can say:)
So, we have been here a few days, and it is insane. FIrst... Voodoo is very prominent here. What that involves is if something has gone bad, people make sacrifices to evil spirits to appease them. They believe that if they make enough sacrifice, the evil spirit will help their situation. This is extremely common here. One night, we were all staying up praying, and we heard some drums begin about 100 feet away. Our other missionary friend, Alban (who is basically doing the same thing here in Haiti), told us those were the voodoo drums; they happen basically every night. We began to pray against the idol worship and sacrificing, and were proclaiming God's victory over Haiti. As we were lifting up God, we started to hear Him say, "I can do anything, I have victory over evil, I am a God who can and will protect you..." Alban left, and soon after praying God would kill this meeting, He did. Minutes later it all stopped, and we saw God's hand right there (these usually go late into the night, and it was barely past dusk). We are amidst spiritual warfare; the front lines. This is how every night has been, just praying Christ's victory over Haiti. We met our guard at the camp, whose name is "Jon-Claud" who walks around our house every night singing songs to God:) He is the man. We wake up, and have a series of tasks ahead of us, usually a very rough schedule. So far (today) we dug a 100 yard trench for a water line to a sink for the camp. Day before yesterday we arranged all the classrooms for the kids here at the school. Most of our time has been spent with the kids and teenagers of Pignon. Soccer is huge here, and every evening we have a soccer game that lasts a few hours. It is so amazing to fellowship with them; our focus has been just trying to communicate to them how much God loves them. Language is a huge barrier, so most of our ministry is soccer, or serving the camp or school staff with hard work. Yesterday morning we hiked Mt. Pignon with 6 orphans from the orphanage. They lead us up there, and it was the most beautiful thing we've seen! In fact, evan got a better look by free climbing a 130 ft. radio tower with latter rungs to climb up:) INSANE!
We have found that Gods will is not a comfortable, nor safe thing. God's plan has been consistently pushing us to step out. God is a God who WILL protect, and now we expect Him to show up at night, and take over Pignon. Please be praying for Ja-Claud, John, "technique" (our nick-name for him), Joel, Angelo, Stanley and the rest of the kids in our circle of influence. We are going to start praying (hopefully) with Ja-Claud, our guard. Due to the hurricanes, Haiti was hit hard, and Caleb has left to go for hurricane relief. So please pray for his ministry with that, and just Haiti in general for the hurricanes. We can't communicate this well, but we have seen the NEED for God here, it is a dark place, but God has been rescuing person after person here. We feel that if we have another nation praying over Haiti, God will continue to hear our prayers and continue the revival. Please pray that God will revive, and people will see that there daily sacrifices to idols are empty, and the only wholesome and perfect sacrifice is Jesus. That they have a loving God who is compassionate and will help them and give them life without making those sacrifices. We just want to be God's tools to communicate this message.
There is fruit being produced here, and God is moving rapidly. We cannot wait to see what will happen with a nation praying in Jesus' Name against this evil!
evan christian andrew
Apparently, Caleb is out working on hurricane relief with one group while the Team is doing work up the mountain. Excerpts from Andrew's IM conversation:
we have been working and doing pipe... we ran pipe from a water tower to a new outdoor sink.
it's been so cool.
... we climbed a mountain yesterday and played with orphans. it was amazing.
there is so much i want to tell you guys, but power turns off soon ...
... tell everybody that we're safe and having a great time and will post video and stuff when we get to Miami.
The Outlaw family has personal connections with Hosean Ministries -- both in friendship with the Luciens, and through Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. ( http://www.fbclr.org/ )
Fellowship is a support ministry partner to Hosean Ministries, and keeps tabs on the Lucien family's needs. Through that little web of relationships, Cindy Outlaw will provide update information when it's available.
"We have provided some help, which represents a tiny drop compared to the existing needs. We brought water, cleaning supplies, peanut butter, corn flakes, milk, salt crackers, sardines, bread and other stuff. We provided phone cards so people can continue to stay in touch with their families. We gave a bit of cash donations in the amount of about US $2500 and as we left we helped evacuate about 50 people who came back to Port-au-Prince. We were glad that we were able to provide assistance estimated at US$11,000 in less than 3 hours.
We left, however, with a deep sense of sadness and anger. Anger, because of the lack of infrastructure in our country where we don't seem to either see or hear what the leaders are about to do. Sadness, because our hearts break for those people who are powerless and who do not seem to have a way out. IT IS HELL ON EARTH - total Chaos, total devastation, total hopelessness...the outcome seems very dark. We watched mothers, carrying a bag on their heads with babies in their arms while walking about 1 mile in 4 feet deep of swamp water. We watch sons and daughters carrying their elderly parents on their backs to bring them to safety. We watch young men, still proud of who they are, but trying to fight for a 16 oz bottle of water and a piece of bread - we see pain and humiliation in their eyes.
As we left and promised the folks that we'd be back on Monday, we did not realize that the only passage to Gonaives would be blocked. The bridge from Mirebalais to Verrettes fell due to the flooding shortly after we crossed it. Gonaives is now in complete isolation and disasters continue to strike other parts of the country. More than 200 homes in the city of Mirebalais were completely destroyed as a result of today's hurricane Ike- you only see spots where they once stood. People are standing, wondering what could be worse. The town of Cabaret, south of Saint Marc is also in complete desolation. Fifteen children died there yesterday from flooding. We will continue to do whatever it takes to bring relief. First, we have identified various church leaders, along with members of the former Rotary Club of Gonaives. We will work through them to bring necessary help. Second, our main focus will be with the delivery of goods such as food & water. We would like to purchase some foam mattresses within the next week to get to the people that are in shelters. Third, we are contacting Air Calvary, who provide Helicopter services, to find some quick yet effective ways to bring the relief. PLEASE PRAY, PRAY, PRAY and if you can give, please do so as the Lord leads you. Thanks and God Bless!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
A SpotMe Tip: Once the map comes up on your screen, click on the "Satelite" or "Hybrid" options above the map. Either of those choices will bring up a higher definition google map image of the actual terrain, roads, and houses in the area.
Friday, September 5, 2008
the flight was awesome. haiti is a beautiful country and its people are so beautiful, they want to know who we are and truely have caring hearts, from what we can see.
the flight was smooth. i sat as co-pilot and got to wear a head set. it was awesome. evan and andrew took pictures out of the plane and then i filmed the landing, hopefully i will post that soon... we won't have internet often, it will be sporadic.
V-Team has forged a new friendship with a missions aviator in Haiti. Below, find recent news about how the hurricane has impacted the bush pilots like Michael, in that region.
Christianity Today World
Haiti: Heavy flooding hampers Mission Aviation Fellowship in aid effort.
Posted: Friday, September 5, 2008, 14:47 (BST)
Heavy flooding in the Gonaives area of Haiti is preventing Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) missionaries and relief workers from reaching stranded victims. Slammed by tropical depressions Fay and Gustav, and most recently tropical storm Hanna, the damage appears to be worse than the record devastation caused by Hurricane Jeanne in 2004.
"There are about 110,000 people there, and the town is completely flooded from knee-deep to 10 feet of water," said Will White, MAF pilot. "A lot of the people have moved to the tops of their houses. The town is completely cut off by water."
MAF has been in Haiti since 1986 and operates on several air strips. The organisation's air strip in Gonaives, located 170 kilometers north of Port-au-Prince, lies under approximately eight feet of water whilst its remaining air strips in the area have been reported to be operational, though muddy.
Thursday was the first day MAF was permitted to begin transporting missionaries to aid storm victims in Haiti. Service had been suspended due to weather conditions, with the exception of a special permit granted Wednesday to survey damage to the area. According to White, missionaries are prepared and well stocked with supplies.
Aviation fuel is also readily available, although MAF said that the rising cost continues to be an issue. While the supplies are good in Haiti, aviation fuel costs about $6 a gallon. With each plane consuming 18 gallons an hour, costs add up quickly. Funding is needed to help MAF in this emergency situation, said White.
In addition to the excessive flooding and climbing death toll, waterborne illnesses are likely to plague the area and are an even greater concern for MAF. While aboard an MAF flight Wednesday, Red Cross personnel were able to send a text message to Geneva to gain approval for 20,000 inoculations.
Already, more than 60 Haitians have been reported killed as a result of tropical storm Hanna.
"The biggest threat of waterborne illnesses is to infants and the elderly," said White. "These groups are going to be hit pretty hard."
MAF is asking for prayers for the tropical storm victims, as well as prayers for its missionaries who are ministering to the unchurched as they provide much-needed aid.
"We're flying a lot of non-Christian people, relief personnel from organisations like the Red Cross and other NGOs. To be able to put a headset on them and witness to them about Christ is an amazing opportunity," said White. "We also come in contact with a lot of government officials, and we're able to witness to them as well. We might not get that opportunity again."
Thanks to Steve Leigh, for sending in this article link!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
We will post a few videos that can better explain what has been going on, but here's the overview...
We landed in the airport in Port Au Prince and blindly walked thru customs and got our luggage. A man overheard our phone conversation and said, "I KNOW CALEB!" From that point on it was a blur... we followed a man outside thru a tunnel of staring Haitians and after being hassled and asked for money, we arrived in the van. I'll put it this way, we had to lock the doors:) A few minutes pass and we get to a building with more, staring Haitians. We then prayed for God's provision, protection and guidance, because the best way for us to put it is that we felt like "helpless, blind sheep." An American named Michael opened the door and said, "you're coming home with me tonight boys." We went into another airport with little bush planes, and waited for him for an hour over his expected arrival. We rode home with him, and found out he was a missionary with his wife, and we stayed at their house that night. The weather conditions were too bad and so we had to stay another day until today. God provided more than we could have asked for, because we got to stay in a safe, cool house with food and an XBOX 360. It also turns out that man was our bush pilot to take us to Pignon, our actual destination in Haiti. So, this afternoon, we flew out of Port au Prince on a bush plane with Michael, our pilot missionary friend. (http://www.thebroylesflyer.com/) Finally we have arrived here at camp, and now we get to fellowship with other missionaries at the camp. It looks like we are going to spend our time doing a lot of construction projects, and spending time with kids.
So... God has totally taken this out of our hands, obviously... and it has been amazing! Thank you for your faithful prayers, because God has been showing us how to walk in the Spirit. For all of us, we can say that God has been showing us that we need Him, and that in life we need to live lives of complete abandonment to Christ. When we give up EVERYTHING and simply walk down the road and say, "Lord, we are walking, take us..." we have found that God wants us to live with purpose, has purpose for us, and being a living sacrifice actually takes... sacrifice. We are amped to give ourselves to Pastor Caleb and his ministry these next two weeks, but we all have a feeling we wish we could stay longer:)
Once again, thank you for what you have done for us, we are excited to see what the Lord does here in our lives and others around us. Please keep praying for God to make us men to violently make an impact for His Kingdom, and that His Kingdom will continue advancing here in Haiti. It is a dark place because of the prominent voodoo hold on these people; please pray God will continue to break that. We NEED God's protection, and we NEED his guidance. THank you so much, you all are amazing.
Warriors of Christ,
Evan Christian Andrew
"How many days until Evan has an allergic reaction?"
According to Christian's last post, Evan came back to the hotel from Miami Beach and broke out in hives. We don't know if it had anything to do with his unique version of Tai Chi practice on the beach. But we do know that was day two of the trip. So, if you voted the first option "0-5 Days" then, you are a winner. (Any survey suggestions or donations of prizes are welcome).
Before they left, Evan had decided that he wasn't "allergic to anything anymore." So, maybe he changed his mind. :) In any case, we will change the blog survey. Watch for the new question, and vote!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Early this afternoon Evan, Christian and Andrew stepped off their plane into Haiti. They arrived to find that all in-country flights are currently grounded. Their contact from Hosean Ministries was unable to meet them at the airport. Until planes are cleared to fly the guys are staying with the Broyles family. Michael Broyles is a bush pilot who graduated from Moody Bible Institute, in 2002. Michael and his wife Karen (and their three year old daughter) now serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship. http://www.maf.org/ in Haiti. They have a heart for hospitality and a spare bedroom set aside specifically for hosting travelers in times like this.
Check out their website. It is a great place to browse -- full of stories about Mission Aviation, and their work as Jesus Followers, in Haiti. And, if you want, leave them a note and thank them for hosting V-Team! http://www.thebroylesflyer.com/
Andrew called today from the Broyles home with an update. He said they are doing well.
He was positive about their arrival, and optimistic about what is ahead for them. They are ready to see what tomorrow brings.
All internet services and some cell carriers went down in Woodland Park today. We had tele-communication/ computer silence today. So it was great to have made contact with the team by good old- fashioned land- line phones. Special thanks to Don Leigh, 30 miles down the way in Colorado Springs, for copying and sending this update over the phone.
Hurricane Hanna Update
NASSAU, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Hanna drenched the Bahamas and triggered deadly flooding in Haiti on Tuesday, as it headed for expected landfall in the southeastern United States later this week.
In Haiti, authorities said heavy rains triggered by Hanna caused severe flooding in the northern port city of Gonaives, where thousands died four years ago during a similar catastrophe.
"The city is flooded and there are parts where the water gets to 2 meters (6.5 feet)," said civil protection director Alta Jean-Baptiste. "A lot of people have been climbing onto the tops of their houses since last night to escape the flooding."
Gonaives Police Commissioner Ernst Dorfeulle said at least 10 people had been killed in the floods.
From http://www.reliefweb.com/ On 2 September, Hanna downgraded to a Tropical Storm and is producing heavy rains over south-eastern Bahamas and Hispaniola. A tropical storm warning has been extended from the northern border of Dominican Republic to Port au Prince in Haiti. The Haitian provinces of Antibonite and Nord-Ouest are completely flooded and latest reports indicate the deaths of ten people. The city of Gonaive also woke up to find itself completely flooded, possibly affecting some 240,000 people. It has continued raining to date. Currently, there is no access by road or air to the affected areas. This made (aerial) assessments impossible. Through telephone calls received it became clear that people climbed to the roof tops of their houses and were still only two to three meters away from the flood waters. Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Date: 02 Sep 2008
The Team will be entering a country in a state of disaster and great need for emergency relief. Opportunites for serving ministries may be many. They will be traveling to a more central and mountainous region of Haiti -- less devestated by the storm. But because of Hanna's aftermath on the coast, the guys no longer have a scheduled small- plane in-country connection flight with Caleb Lucien, to Hosean Ministries. V-Team travel updates will be posted later today.
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