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What a wonderful trip!
It’s been a week since our last Haiti trip, and the team’s hearts are still left in Carrafour with Grace International.
For a complete gallery to our photos, click on the photo below!
The trip was a huge success, and many lives in Haiti were blessed by the people in the States who donated both items and funds generously!
See the video below to see exactly how your donations made a difference in their lives.
Thank you again for all who supported our team and the children in Haiti!
Worship worship worship!
Today was full of it~ And it was so good.
I almost forgot to mention, but yesterday, at the crack of dawn (5 am), Peter held a seminar for the Grace International Security Personell. He gave them an hour long session where he taught Tae Kwon Do and self-defense techniques for hand-to-hand combat, and they had a great time learning.
Despite one incident where a security guard got accidentally punched in his face by a partner, everyone was all smiles at the end. (The funniest part was when one of the security guards asked Peter if martial arts fights went down just like the Bruce Lee movies, and Peter had to gently dispel that myth.)
This morning, we got up around 5 am to the sound of roosters crowing. After a flashlight-illuminated breakfast, we hopped onto our bus and headed over to visit two churches with Grace International as Bishop Jeune’s guests.
During both services, we were able to sing and lead worship in Creole (the congregation was very gracious in our butchered version of their language), and we had a great time hearing the testimonies of the church.
One woman came up to the pulpit with her husband and shared her story. She was pregnant with her first child when she experience incredibly painful birth pangs. She was rushed to a nurse, but the doctor wasn’t anywhere to be found. After pushing for what seemed like a pain-filled eternity, she completely ran out of energy once she heard from the nurse that the child was dead in her womb.
She cried out to Jesus for mercy and prayed that He could save her life, even if her child was already gone. And at that moment, she gained unexpected energy to push and the baby came out. To the nurses’ surprise the baby was alive! And the mother was fine as well.
When the doctor finally arrived, he was speechless. When he assessed the situation, he let the woman know that the baby had been dead in her womb for two days, which sparked the birth pangs and prevented her from pushing. And she should have been dead. But God answered her cry for help and saved her and her child.
We led worship at both churches, and left with hugs, smiles, and kisses from the elderly ladies and children of the congregation. It was a wonderful experience, and we were blessed to have been there.
After church, we freshened up (the boys were drenched from having to wear long-sleeved button ups with ties) and then headed on over back to the church to hold a evening worship seminar.
Ronald and Angel did a beautiful job sharing their knowledge and experience in worship ministry and also gave the bright young worship leaders/musicians practical application points to use in their own day-to-day ministries.
At the end of the night, we met up with two other groups visiting Grace International (EMI – Engineering Ministries International) and Solid Rock’s Forward Edge and shared dinner and one last worship session before heading off to bed.
Tomorrow’s a big day! We’ll be working at the Medical Clinic, doing some good ol’ fashioned hard labor, and serving at the Lord’s Kitchen!
Thank you for your prayers and support!
To be continued.
As you know, I have a strange imagination…
Lately, I’ve been packing my lunch 4 times a week to improve my diet, save money, and be more concious about the kinds of foods I eat.
Anywhoo, as I ate an apple the other day, the most random question crossed my mind…
Long story short, no mercy. Lol. Apples are delicious.
Umm…yeah. There’s absolutely no point to this post. Just felt like sharing the random thoughts of my mind.
Speaking of random…I was tickled to see one of my favorite Korean singer/rappers make it viral online. Oppah Gangnam Style! Go Psy! Korea Fighting!
(For thos of you who want a translation of what the video is about, click HERE.)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Pop Quiz, Hot-shot.
I was watching one of my favorite British Youtubers the other day, and he did a psychology test that I found fascinating.
Clear your mind and follow along.
Ready to find out what your imagination says about you? Read on!
The Cube: This is how you view yourself and your surroundings.
I suppose this means that I see myself as a shiny, but fragile object: easy to see through, but also reflective and equips others to see themselves better, too.
The Ladder: This represents your friends.
The wooden ladder is standing strong on its own, which many of my friends do, and have the potential to bring me to a higher level that I couldn’t get to by myself.
The Horse: This symbolizes how you visualize your love interest/an important relationship that you are in.
I imagine my future mate to be someone that is “wild” and exotic, knowledgeable of the world and street-smart. But as it was calm, saddled and tamed, he has been refined and educated, and is ready to carry me out of the desert.
The Storm: This stands for the trouble in your life and how you view it.
The sandstorm I saw was caused by my surroundings, and not by nature (like a thunderstorm). I see that many of my problems aren’t caused by circumstance or any one person, but by the surroundings I put myself into. Fortunately, it was off in the distance and in the opposite direction of my horse, which hopefully alludes to how my relationship and my troubles won’t be linked.
The Flowers: These represent your children, how many you want, and show what kind of people you want them to be.
The several roses I saw were healthy and vibrant, even though they were lying on the desert floor. I see my children as standing out in their surroundings, being pruned, elegant, refined, and in full bloom no matter where they are.
Sooo…what did YOU see?
Can you believe it?
It’s already been two weeks since that amazing trip to Haiti. I miss Haiti already!
I’ve put together a short little video to let you all see and know the kind of impact your donations and support have made in the lives of the children in Haiti.
I love your faces, my lovely readers. You can always donate to www.newmercyproject.org and 100% of your donations will make its way into the Lord’s Kitchen and keep it running.
Wait…does DC even count as “South?”
As you know, I am a clumsy person.
A very…VERY clumsy person.
On my way to work, I had another wipeout on the streets of DC. The laces on my high heel boots managed to get tangled and before I knew it, I had fallen off my bus and onto the sidewalk.
Fortunately, there were two other people walking by, who ran up to help pick up my bags (and body) off of the floor. It made me realize just how different DC was from NYC…
Despite the embarrassing tumble, I came to the realization that I am so blessed to be where I am today.
Last week, I was able to go to an Israel Houghton and New Breed concert in Gaithersberg, MD.
I was blown AWAY. I wish I had taken some pictures while I was there, but for once, I enjoyed the concert so much that I didn’t even touch my camera. 2 hours straight of non-stop worship. And it still ended too soon.
The Ravens may have lost today, but another week is on it’s way! Are you ready my lovely readers? Let’s see what God has in store!
This article is dedicated to my friend Jason Kim, who is dutifully and graciously serving our country in Afghanistan. Come home soon, brother!
And by darling, I mean you, lovely reader~
Merry Christmas! I hope and pray that you all had a fantastic Christmas today!
My weekend was filled with good times, a fun and entertaining musical production at Bridgeway Community Church, and later on, a wonderful get-together with my Bridgeway, New Hope, and immediate family.
What can I say? I have a very big family.
Lots of dancing, singing, eating, laughing, worshipping, and other goods stuffs went down, and I’ll eventually get to documenting it all~
I also made a little something special for Mini-Grace for Christmas, and tomorrow, I’ll show you what her reaction is! Look forward to it!
For more pictures of my weekend, click HERE.
Looks like my week-long vacation is going to need a short extension.
Sorry! With end-of-year work deadlines and a Christmas musical coming up , the finale to the mini-series will have to wait until Thursday.
(PS: you are ALL invited to the musical! Come and see me try to dance! Emphasis on “try!” Hit the link above for directions and times~)
Love your faces!
For fossils, that is.
Dad and I went off to West Virginia (as we are members of the Maryland Geological Society…NERD ALERT!) to go hunting for Trilobites.
The weather was great, and the pickings were good. Follow me!
For those of you guys that are wondering what the “MIOCENE” means on the license plate, Miocene is the geological epoch of the Neogene Period that extends from about 23 to 5 million years ago. And those people thought it was cool enough to have as their personalized plate.
. . .
Here I thought my “GWHANG” plates were hard core, but I was dead wrong.
To see another ridiculous license plate as well as more fossil hunting nerdiness, click HERE for photos of another trip that my Dad and I went to over a year ago.
Sorry for no comics this week, and for an overall lame month of blogging.
It’s been another 65+ hour week at my firm, and something tells me next week is going to be the same. I’ll maybe just not sleep one night to FINALLY get that photo comic out.
I’m gonna go and put massive amounts of anti-itch cream on my neck now. Those dang West Virginian mosquitoes ate me ALIVE!