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Saturday, Feb 14

Happy Valentines Day! I hope you all have been able to share today with loved ones, celebrating love for each other that is ultimately a reflection of God's love for us.

Today was truly a holiday for us. We got to sleep in! Though most of us were up with the sun. We then went up to a look out point above Port au Prince and got to see a gorgeous view of the city, though it was a little hazy so we didn't see as much as you sometimes can.

Friday, Feb 13

Here we are, Friday evening. It feels as if we have been here forever, and yet it also feels as if there is no way the week should be almost over.

We are sitting here this evening singing together, praising God, and oh is there so much to praise him for. As I think back over the experiences we've had this past week He is so evident. That despite the things that aren't as they should be, despite the sin, the hunger, the need, there is still such an evidence of God. There are still people who are spreading His love, people who are desiring more for Haiti through Christ!

Thursday, Feb 12

Meat filled doughnuts, deep fried hamburger, or as the Haitians call it "Pate"! Definitely my personal favorite so far, the four I ate speaks to that! But I think the rest of the team would agree that tonight's dinner was delicious.

We got to go back to Merger again today to continue working on the kindergarten building! What a blessing it is to continue getting to know the Haitians we are working with and to spend more time with the kids!

Wednesday, Feb 11 Part 2

Bonjour!  This evening has been filled with good conversations and lots of laughter! I can't tell you enough how blessed I am by this team. Though at the moment I have no clue why Emil and Dave are doubled over crying from laughter!

Wednesday, Feb 11

Bonjour!  The transportation strike is over and we were able to go out to Merger today!

What a blessing to meet the children and see how God is working at CENV. It was such a joy to get to meet the different students all of us sponsor and finally be able to see them and know them by more than just a picture!

The Haitian crew had done a lot of work already on the kindergarten building, but we had the opportunity to jump in and help them with that as well, as well as learn a lot from the different bosses.

Tuesday, Feb 10

Today we were able to continue working on the home here in Port au Prince, as well as continuing to interact with the community! Starting tomorrow we will be going to Merger to help with the kindergarten building, so the Haitian crew will be finishing the house here in Port au Prince.  It's been such an eye opening experience to see how life works here in Haiti. From seeing how the community interacts and relies on each other to seeing how hard they work!

Monday, Feb 9

I have seen more buckets today than I think the rest of my life combined! We got the opportunity to help dig a foundation of home for a family in the community by STEP. We will continue working here tomorrow and then head to Merger on Wednesday.  Please continue praying for the team, for health and for energy. Please also pray for the community and wisdom for us as we interact with individuals!

Sunday, Feb 8

We went to church in Merger this morning and were able to meet some of the families and students.  Jeff was able to meet the young girl he sponsors, and it was a special treat because it was her birthday.  Afterwards, we walked through the community around STEP and saw some of the homes previous Glenwood teams have helped build.  As hard as it is to see the conditions they live in, it has been wonderful to see the work that has been done and hear the different ways God has worked!


We've arrived safely in Haiti! We got to tour the STEP campus and spend some time with Mason and Lauren. Tomorrow we will go to church in Merger and see more of the community.

Due to a transportation strike we will be spending Monday and Tuesday working on and around the STEP campus. 

Thank you for your continued prayers, we will keep you updated!


GO Team Update: Sunday Midnight! Home again! We would all love to tell you about our trip, so please feel free to ask us when you see us! Thank you again for all of your prayers while we were serving! (Joe & Shannon Emery, Floyd Siepmann, Joe & Eion Stuart, Nathan Nymeyer, Kandra Kulla, Christa Abraham)


Today we had the morning off, so Mason and Lauren took us up to the look out on top of the mountain. It was amazing to see the scope of Port au Prince from that view. God certainly created a beautiful country.


The team is currently engrossed in a massive game of Crazy Uno with Lauren while I write this update. You should hear the laughter coming from the table. We do like to play after a hard day's work.


Wait a minute, you guys had snow?!?! Is that what I'm seeing? We did not have snow. We had sun. We are all getting a nice tan. But don't worry, we are also wearing lots of sunscreen.


Today we finished working on the top set of bonding beams (big support beams of solid concrete). That was a lot of shoveling gravel, sand and cement, then mixing them and carrying it in buckets to wherever it was needed. The workers all know us pretty well now, so they just call our name when they want us to try something or help them in a line. We were ahead of schedule so some of the crew started putting mortar on the walls!


The walls are almost finished! We have been working with the same crew so we are getting to know some of the workers better. Kandra and Eion even got named "New Boss" by some of the workers. Michel (With the shovel in photo 2) speaks quite a bit of English, so he helps us communicate and even those that don't speak English are very good at guessing what we are trying to say. It rained while we were working this afternoon, but the clouds are keeping the weather cooler for us. Pray that God would be glorified as we continue working.


GO Team Update: Monday! Our first day of work! Boy did we have a full work crew! Today we got to learn so much about how to build these houses. The Haitian workers are amazing! And very patient with us and our lack of language skills...and building skills! :) It was good to talk with them while we were working and learn a little bit about their lives. Some of us were working with Bosses, and learning how to stack the brick and fill the spaces with mortar. Others were working on tying steel or framing in support beams to be filled with concrete, and there was lots of carrying bricks.

Sunday, Nov 9

Today we went to church with Mason and Lauren Young. We recognized a few songs and heard some new ones. We even tried to sing along! The sermon was on the beattitues. This afternoon we went to see the worksite and met the family we are building for. We are excited to get started tomorrow! The Haitian team has completed the foundations so we get to start on the walls. We also visited some of the houses that previous teams had built and got to see and meet quite a few people in the community.


The GO Team arrived safely in Haiti this morning and met up with Mason and Lauren Young! We have toured the STEP campus and are learning about the projects on campus and throughout the community. Right now, we are all trying to stave off jet lag. Prayers for rest and continued health are appreciated.

God provides for a family

The Haitian workers with Haiti G.O. Team

Giving keys to the widow Nicolas, and the dedication of the house.

Visiting CENV

John is having a great time playing with kids.

Emil getting and giving plenty of hugs.

Wednesday Work

Stu inspecting the support of the concrete beam.

Emil making progress on his communication skills in Creole.

Tuesday Pictures

The house is slowly coming along. Please pray for strength as we deal with 90+ degree weather and what seems like 1200% humidity. It sucks the strength out of our bodies.

More from the weekend

After arriving at STEP in Port au Prince.  G.O. Team Haiti is safe on the ground in Haiti. It was an amazing day filled with many adventures. We saw the hand of God in how he uses the McMartins and Youngs in the community.

First Day of Work

Before the work started.  This is where the family has been living since the Jan 2010 earthquake.

Work began Monday morning.

Observing and Sunday morning

Visiting the project

Yesterday we visited the project site and met Chantel Nicolas, a widow with four kids.  We will be building her house this coming week; she was so excited to see us, she went around giving us hugs and kisses.  Pray for us to be a light as we do this project and that Jesus's love shows through all of us, not only to this family, but also to many neighbors and Haitian workers.