Tag Archives: Team Haiti 2011

Team Haiti: Safely on the Ground

14 May

Team Haiti has arrived!

All 12 of us made it safely to Port-au-Prince today and are currently getting settled in at the World Orphans’ guesthouse ready to get a good night’s sleep. Tonight the team spent some time together getting prepared for the busy week ahead and planing for the upcoming ministry outreaches. You wouldn’t believe the mounds of donated supplies that our team came with! : ) Additionally, since this is our first day together as a team, we also spent some time doing team building activities to get better acquainted with each other so that we can work well together as a unit from the get-go. Very excited about the week ahead of us! Everyone on the team is great and has a HUGE heart to serve.

About 3 of our gals our sick, so remember them in your prayers. Actually, Hannah was up all night with a stomach bug and didn’t know if she would even be able to make the flight, but she came anyway. As of a few minutes ago, she feels NO nausea and was able to hold some food down! Thankful for her healing! The other girls have head colds, so please lift them up. Continue reading

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Incompetent Leaders in Our Fallen World

6 May

Blog post by Luke S., Team Haiti 2011 

Jesus speaks of the responsibilities which stem from positions of power in Luke 12:48 (NIV), “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”  Or to go with the more popular way of saying it today thanks to Uncle Ben (Spiderman): “With great power comes great responsibility.” This adage has been around for centuries and still as prevalent today as it was in the time of Jesus.  Sadly in our fallen world we do not have competent leaders that use this power responsibly. Their primary responsibility lies in protecting the citizens of the nation that elected them to office.  When looking at the numerous countries around the world today that are living in poverty, one cannot help but ask how did things get so bad?  In many cases around the globe, the leader (or leaders) of a country is the one responsible for their country’s misfortunes.  For example, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s party stole $21 million from Haiti’s poor economy.  The $21 million allegedly was pumped into private firms, which had ties to Aristide’s “charities.”  The fraudulent leadership by Aristide continued to increase poverty rates in an already poverty-stricken nation.  This of course then leads to a wide array of issues, one of which is orphans.  This is a top-down affect and when counterfeit leaders are put into positions of authority, the sad and real consequences are soon to follow, such as producing orphans in the streets.

Luke S. will be serving on the Haiti Journey 117 Team leaving in May 2011.

Illiteracy and the Cycle of Poverty

6 May

Blog post by Callie H., Team Haiti 2011

The inability to read and write plays a large role in the cycle of poverty. Illiteracy limits ones involvement in social and political life and can prevent employment. This can stall one’s ability to break out of poverty if education and/or employment is never obtained. This is an issue all across the world in over 22 countries.  771 million people in the world can not read or write, 64% are women. Illiteracy is also the root for crime, forced labor, child soldiers, and other forms of injustice and poverty. Continue reading

The Attack of Disease

5 May

Blog post by Lauren P., Team Haiti 2011

 Here in the United States, you can find a health clinic or a hospital on almost every street corner.  If we are sick or ill we make our way to the closest drug store for some over the counter medicine or call the doctor’s office for an appointment.  It is that easy and convenient.  We take ibuprofen and Tylenol for granted.  We don’t know what suffering is.  Unrelenting pain is foreign to us.  Disease frightens us but we place our faith in medical teams and staff.  We are blessed to have this kind of access to care.  We forget about our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering from horrible diseases.  Continue reading

Not All Poverty is Created Equal

4 May

Blog post by Jeff P., Team Haiti 2011

We were visiting with some children in an orphanage in central Mexico.  The Casa Hogar is about 2 hours inland from the Gulf of Mexico.  It sits in a valley that is mainly agricultural.  The two crops of choice are agave and sugar cane. The Casa Hogar sits 5 miles from the Sierra Madre and 5 miles outside of a city.  This city is a typical middle class city of Mexico.  It has a population of around 100,000.  There are a few wealthy people, a moderate group of middle class, and many poor people who live in the area.  The only major industry in the city is a sugar mill.  Many of the poor live in the outer edge of the city or in a rural areas. Continue reading

How Diseases are Affecting Orphaned Children

4 May

Blog post by Heidi G., Team Haiti 2011

There are many diseases that take the lives of parents living in poverty around the world. This causes their children to become orphans, and then these same diseases also plague the children. The most common of these are HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and diarrhea-related illnesses. Continue reading

The Issue of Child Labor

28 Apr

Blog post by Amanda W., Team Haiti 2011

CHILD LABOR

“An estimated 158 million children aged 5-14 are engaged in child labour – one in six children in the world. Millions of children are engaged in hazardous situations or conditions, such as working in mines, working with chemicals and pesticides in agriculture or working with dangerous machinery. They are everywhere but invisible, toiling as domestic servants in homes, labouring behind the walls of workshops, hidden from view in plantations. ” Continue reading