His Heart for Haiti

Giving Hope Through Child Sponsorship

First Visitors!

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We have been blessed with two groups of visitors in one month!

Over Thanksgiving we were happy to have visiting Jason, Gwen & Noah Riggenbach, long-time, close friends from our home church in Smithville, Ohio. We were so thankful that our “guest room” (Grant’s room) was ready just in time for their arrival…the beds we had shipped in July arrived the week before they did!

The Riggenbachs got to meet the banana lady!

The Riggenbach’s got to meet our banana lady!

We enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner with over 120 other missionaries who were all far from their families.

We enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner with over 120 other missionaries who were all far from their families.

The Riggenbachs got into the annual missionary Thanksgiving photo too!

The Riggenbach’s got into the annual missionary Thanksgiving photo too! (I spy them left rear!)

We had great weather and many good times as we showed them all around the area and some of what we do here. They were such good sports and Gwen even agreed to cross a river on foot…twice! Our Thanksgiving season was blessed by their support and encouraging words. That wasn’t all they brought us…their suitcases were stuffed with some requested items as well as extra goodies! They got to meet their sponsored child Nathanael, his family, his home…and also attend his church on Sunday morning!

We did a lot of touring on the Ranger together!

We did a lot of touring on the Ranger together!

Visiting needy families and sharing food and hope with them was a special time spent together.

Visiting needy families and sharing food and prayer with them was a special time.

One hike took us across a riverbed. Some took their shoes off, some did not!

One hike took us across a riverbed. Some took their shoes off, some did not!

We only had six short days together to catch up!

We only had six short days together to catch up!

Another meal together...this time on the beach at Port Salut!

Another meal together…this time on the beach at Port Salut!

An enjoyable shopping spree at the Domestic Center!

An enjoyable shopping spree at the Domestic Center!

Meeting Nathanael, their sponsored child (seated at right) was a highlight of the trip!

Meeting Nathanael, their sponsored child (seated at right) was a highlight of the trip!

Now we have so many good memories...thanks for your encouraging visit!

Now we have so many good memories…thanks for your encouraging visit!

The second group of visitors arrived here last week with Evan! We were excited to see our son again! We warmly welcomed our dear friend Joe Smith and the four third-year nursing students from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, that came with Evan for some international nursing experience…Natalie, Margeau, Grace and Corrina. We squeezed in two beach days and lots of fun between all the valuable Haitian clinical experiences they received.

Enjoying coconuts and sugarcane! Left to right: Evan, Joe, Grant, Natalie, Margeau, Corrina & Grace.

Trying coconut and sugarcane for the first time! Left to right: Sugarcane vendor, Evan, Joe, Grant, Wilson (tree climber), Natalie, Margeau, Corrina & Grace.

Joe stayed with us and was ready to try many new experiences!

Joe stayed with us (the girls at the guest house) and was ready to try many new experiences!

The team assisted the nursing staff four mornings and had a great time!

The team assisted the Simon Clinic nursing staff four mornings and had a great time!

Natalie, hard at work giving blood pressure checks at the community clinic the team held for three days!

Natalie, hard at work giving blood pressure checks at the community clinic the team held for three days!

The team showered love and attention on many from the Bambou MEBSH church, as well as the translators that helped them each day!

The team served many from the Bambou MEBSH church…with the assistance of translators of course!

Joe was a real hit with the kids!

Joe was a real hit with the kids!

Natalie meeting her family's sponsored child, Jenny, for the first time!

Natalie meeting her family’s sponsored child, Jenny, for the first time!

We can never underestimate  how sharing love and hope with one child can change their life!

We can never underestimate how sharing love and hope with one child can change their life!

Sharing a pillowcase dress with one thrilled little girl!

Sharing a pillowcase dress with one thrilled little girl!

Stopping to visit some families while hiking!

Stopping to visit some families while hiking!

They guys are so excited to show Joe Rainbow Beach!

They guys were so excited to show Joe Rainbow Beach!

They squeezed in one more hiking trip on the last day!

They squeezed in one more hiking trip on the last day!

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Author: Mike + Susie

Missionaries in Les Cayes Haiti

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