Monday, April 30, 2018

April's Appreciations

Tree of Hope Haiti would like to thank all those who have been working on our behalf to see God's Kingdom advance here in Haiti.

We appreciate all our friends and family state side and mission side who give of themselves. We have churches, business's and individuals that volunteer their time, their skills, their finances and many prayers so that the mission and plan of God placed on Gama and I's heart comes to fruition.

In the month of April we had Baxter Chiropractic of Athol, MA raising money to help further the Water Tower project. We also had our Back 2 School Drive happening in March and April. Special thanks to those who donated and collected to benefit the children of Haiti. Thanks to the faithfulness of Pastor Vic and Rebecca Miller's church "The Erving Evangelical Church" many members of their church sponsor children to go to school and donated backpacks. Excel Church of Leominster, MA also took part in collecting donations thanks to Caroline Norton for organizing that. We also thank Jennifer O'Brien for gathering supplies in the New Hampshire area and Dean Boudreau for not only collecting all the supplies but also packing and furthermore driving the barrels to Boston for shipping.


 
The Erving Evangelical Church, Erving MA  (Pictured to the left and Pastor and his wife to the right)      


Do you realize it was a year ago today that we broke ground for the TOHH Pavilion to be built?


 Left (4/30/2017)


Right
(4/30/2017)






It has been an amazing journey to see what God can do through those who come together all for God's glory! Since January 2018 we have been able to host a Christmas program, Monthly Birthday Celebrations, an Easter week long program, Community movie nights, and we have held other community meetings in this new Pavilion area. We know more will come as this is just the beginning!





Carleen came back for a week in April. Once again she teamed up with Cassandra but this time added Tyler and Flantorge to help with organizing our TOHH houses. We had a special project so that we can keep all our TOHH houses organized. Our first house was built in May 2015 with Team Toro. Since then we have been able to build a total of 19 homes. In order for us to keep track of all the houses and those that live in them we needed to put together a spread sheet and with that spread sheet comes a TOH number for each house. So this team of 4 went out into our community with a mission. Take a look at some photo's.







                          



Celebrating April's Birthdays

We had an extra special birthday celebration this month as it was Cassandra and Flantorge's birthdays. We love sharing with our kids that God created them for a purpose and that God has a plan for their lives. That also includes our staff. We prayed that they all have a great year in Jesus!




We welcomed Team Hopkins (Mr and Mrs. Hopkins came with their three daughters). This was Mrs. Hopkins first trip and their youngest daughter, Abby's first time to Haiti. Mr. Hopkins and his oldest 4 children have been to Haiti over the past 2 years with Team Good News. We were very happy to have them together as a family. The Hopkins sponsor two children through TOHH and they have meet them on previous trips. This time their trip was more focused on spending time with their sponsored children and projects around TOHH campus. They were able to visit their sponsored child's home, they had dinner with their family and spent time doing crafts with the kids at the TOHH Pavilion. This was all incorporated with building benches and tables for our Pavilion area, fixing TOHH vehicles and spending time in our community.







Thank you for reading all the way through. Your love and support encourages us. We love to stay connected. Let us know if you have any questions or comments. Find us on Social Media or email us at info@treeofhopehaiti.org

Blessings,
Angela

Would you like to come on a mission trip to Haiti?
We would love to have you for one week (or more) at TOHH in Grand Goâve!
For more information about preparing for a trip to Haiti, visit: www.treeofhopehaiti.org/volunteers/preparing-for-a-trip/
Would you like to lead your own team to Haiti?
Are you a church or school group? TOHH accepts missionary teams of 10 – 24 people. Once you have a team forming, contact us to request dates and begin preparing your team for Haiti. To submit your request for a one- to two-week trip, please email us at info@treeofhopehaiti.org.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Happenings - 2018

March was for sure a Missionary Month! Check out everyone who came to serve in Haiti with us. We had many missionaries doing different things here at TOHH.

We started this month off with Alan Roseberry coming with a small team. Alan came with his business partner Gary Spaulding and his brother in law David.  Alan and his team do plumbing jobs on the side. We are so grateful they gave up their time and resources to do plumbing here in Haiti. 


Alan and his team connected the second water tank that holds an additional 1,000 gallons of water to our Community Water Tower and also the TOHH Guesthouse. This allows TOHH to give out double the amount we have previously given. We give out water daily and often times we are turning people away because the water runs out. Now, our community is so blessed to have double the water capacity. This also saves people from having to hike 3-5 miles down to the river and back up the mountain to get water that is not even clean. 



 

The last thing they did was to install a water fountain in our Pavilion area. This has been such a blessing so that while children are playing they can stop and take a break to drink refreshing water. This also helps to re hydrate them during playing and sweating. 



 ~ Carleen ~

Carleen has taken a special role with us here at TOHH. We mentioned back in January 2018 she has agreed to step into a Sponsorship Liaison position. Since we do not have a mailing system in Haiti, Carleen helps us to hand deliver sponsorship letters from Haiti and mail them in the States. Cassandra (TOHH long-term intern) has taken much time in training Carleen to enter children into our program and post them up on our website.





~ Tyler ~


Tyler Sones also joined us this month and will be staying with us till mid April. He has been a huge blessing helping Gama fix our vehicles, do maintenance on our generators, building benches, shelves, helping organize the tool storage room and so much more. Tyler helps where ever needed and we are happy to have him with us.






~ Karen ~

Let's not forget that in February Karen Baker came to help with Nathan's school and she is still with us doing a great job! Having Karen work with Nathan free's up Angela's time to work in TOHH office doing administrative tasks. Nathan is growing and thriving with Karen's help and we are so blessed to have her.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OUR MARCH TOHH SPONSORED CHILDREN

Every month we have a BIG birthday celebration to celebrate our sponsored children's birthdays!  We believe it's important to tell our kids that God made them for a purpose and that your life is valued. Each child is so precious and special in their own way and we want to celebrate them. 


Most people in Haiti do not know when their birthday is and definitely do not celebrate their birthday in any way shape or form unless they are more well off and have money. TOHH has made it their mission to give these kids something they would have not experienced other wise. We love to break out the balloons, banners, table clothes and give them, cupcakes, juice and a small gift. We have been doing this for almost two years here at TOHH. Our children are getting to know when their birthday is and they can't wait to come and celebrate it. God is love and our children are loved. Thank you for all your Birthday Donations. This is where it goes to as you see these happy faces!!

Easter Program



The last week in March was vacation for kids in Haiti. We saw this as a great opportunity to hold an Easter program with our community. So, everyday we gathered a group of kids and shared the Resurrection story of Jesus Christ and the kids made kites. 














In Haiti, kite making is a big deal. Kids start learning how to make kites when they are very little and as they get older the kite making process gets more detailed and more intense. Take a look at a few of these photos from our littlest kids to our oldest kids and see the progression. It was so fun to see their excitement while making kites. 













Good Friday is traditionally Kite flying day!

How many kites do you see flying in one spot? The whole sky is filled with kites on this day.


Saturday is Community Night 

Saturday night we shared a Jesus film with those in our community to remember what sacrifice our Lord and Savior has made for us. All this week we have talked about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the power of the cross during our Easter program. Many asked Jesus to come into their hearts and to live for Jesus. This is our joy and this is our purpose here in Haiti. (Proverbs 11:30 "The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life and those who win souls are wise.")



Do you want to help sending our sponsored kids back to school this fall! 

Our Back-To-School donation drive is going on until April 30th. Check out the flyer below for details on what donations are needed, and how to donate. Mesi (thank you)!


Would you like to come on a mission trip to Haiti?
We would love to have you for one week (or more) at TOHH in Grand Goâve!



For more information about preparing for a trip to Haiti, visit: www.treeofhopehaiti.org/volunteers/preparing-for-a-trip/
Would you like to lead your own team to Haiti?

Are you a church or school group? TOHH accepts missionary teams of 10 - 24 people. Once you have a team forming, contact us to request dates and begin preparing your team for Haiti. To submit your request for a one- to two-week trip, please email us at info@treeofhopehaiti.org.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 2018

February - features Team Excel

Team Excel came to us on Feb. 5th 2018, they came with a mission to build a house for one of their sponsored children. This would be our 3rd cement home.





Team Excel got right to work helping to build this house. Pictured here is what we call a "Bucket-brigade" The buckets are filled with cement as they are passed down a line to get poured in the desired destination.
Anita says Hi




CaroleAnn, Tanya and Corey are ready for the buckets to come their way. Lots of breaks are needed while working in the hot sun. Thankfully this team stayed hydrated and took breaks in the shade. The kids loved when the missionaries could play with them.







Thankfully this team stayed hydrated and took breaks in the shade. The kids loved when the missionaries could play with them.








Team Excel takes a visit to MOHI school.





Taking a walk in our community was fun with Team Excel. This was a visit to one of our sponsored child's home (Thedson) Although, all these other kids don't live here, they love being around the missionaries.


Team Excel's first cement house built




Pictured here is TiBoss who team leader Marie Richard (and her husband) who have sponsored him as he was growing up and now they sponsor TiBoss's daughter. A very BIG Thank you to all those who gave to help support the purchase of land and building of this home. We are looking forward to see what God has in store for TiBoss and his family.




House blessings are very import to us here at TOHH. Once a house is built for a family in our community we gather together to pray and dedicate this house and family to the Lord. It's a special time of fellowship were we hear from the family along with team members who share from the heart. 

February Birthday Celebrations!








God has proved by sending us Karen Baker...

We have been so blessed to have Karen Baker with us here at TOHH. She has made it possible for Angela to get back into the office and attend to more administrative duties. 

Karen has made the commitment to assist Nathan with his homeschooling, as his learning coach for 2nd grade. She will be with us till May. She is a beautiful addition to our family and she has been doing great! 
God is good and when everyone works together in their place, then things can really happen!