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On our recent trip to Haiti, we had 3 students on the trip. Nick, Savannah and Amanda. I asked Amanda and Savannah to be guest bloggers this week and write about what Haiti meant to. Here are their responses:

The trip to Haiti was memorable and life changing. See all the children’s faces light up when we arrived was amazing. Like when we went up to the parachute village, their faces just lit up because they knew we were coming to help and bring the things they needed. I learned the difference between wanting something and needing something – Savannah 9/5/2010

The trip to Haiti was life changing. Since then I have learned the difference between wants and needs. It was heartbreaking and amazing at the same time. The people have nothing, yet they have so much faith. In all, the Haiti trip was amazing. I am eager to go back and I am inspired to help Haiti in any way I can – Amanda 9/5/2010

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During our recent missions trip to Haiti, we visited an orphanage for the deaf. We sang songs with hand motions for them, they signed songs for us. We played with bubbles and balloons (more on the balloons in another post). But we also played soccer. In May 2010, Pastor Matt Mashburn and I visited this same orphanage and left a couple soccer balls. They still had those balls and decided to play a pick-up game with the Blancs.

During the match, the rains started…and boy did it dump! Hence the advent of West Pines Church Monsoon Soccer. Everyone was laughing and watching.

Seeing the joy and laughter of deaf orphans…PRICELESS

I’m blessed to have the privilege to witness the match of a lifetime. Savannah, Amanda and Nick, you guys make us proud.

We need your help in meeting the needs of the Orphans in Haiti. I’m asking you to read this post and consider how you can help.

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In May 2010, I traveled to Haiti on a quick overnight trip to do some fact finding and get boots on the ground to assess and plan a team trip later in the summer. During this trip, we were introduced to Tou Tou (head of GCA’s security) and an orphanage that an old teacher of his was running. GCA has dubbed this orphanage Tou Tou’s Orphanage. There were 10 children, all true orphans, that were displaced from Port-au-Prince by the earthquake. They were in very bad shape, living in one room with no doors, windows, etc. Read more about the May trip here.

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Flash Forward to August 2010, in 3 months, the kids have been fed, the signs of malnutrition are almost completely gone, they have energy, have learned several English songs, the builds have been (almost complete) refinished and expanded, they have doubled the # of orphans to 22, and have the funds to build a proper bathroom and shower facility.

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Results matter. We have seen results through GCA in Tou Tou’s Orphanage. The West Pines/Crossway team was able to bring additional food, conducted a VBS, teach some English, and witness some very painful things in the 2 mornings we spent with these kids. As I tweeted on return, “my heart is branded”. After Haiti, I will never be the same. There’s so much to do, but we made a difference for few.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting more specific events and stories and may have some guest posts. Please continue to read and spread the word by sharing with others.

Haiti Missions Trip 2010

August 13, 2010 — 2 Comments

Well it’s finally here! We leave tomorrow for our first West Pines Community Church missions trip to Haiti. In May, Pastor Matt Mashburn and I did an overnight fact finding trip (video here) with Great Commission Alliance Network (GCA) and were shocked at the magnitude of need in Haiti in general. Of course we’ve all seen the CNN Haiti reports, but the scale of tent cities are not comprehendible based on what you see on a news report. The sheer number of homeless is staggering, the heat, and the lack of hope were much larger than I had anticipated.

Given the magnitude of need: Housing, healthcare, food, clean water, education, government, etc. it’s difficult to identify how to help. Our strategy is to focus on one thing and do it well. We have chosen for this trip to serve at a small orphanage that was out placed by the earthquake. They moved to an abandoned house with nothing. When we were there, the children were malnourished, there were 10 children and 2 care givers sharing 6 pillows on a concrete floor, no restroom/shower, some of the kids had no shoes, underwear, shorts. With the help of GCA, they now have beds, the children are fed and clothed. There’s still much to do, but they’re on their way back. We’re going to be doing a 2-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) in which the children will learn some English, have several activities, participate in learning some new songs, and have the Gospel delivered during the 2 days.

On Tuesday we had a Haitian American named Gardy come to our final team meeting to talk about growing up in Haiti and teach us some basic communication skills (words, mannerisms, etc.). We asked what it was like being a kid growing up in Haiti and what the kids perceptions are of us coming would be. He gave a one word answer: HOPE

HOPE – that’s what Jesus offers. That’s why we’re called to serve these orphans. That’s the Great Commission.

Please pray for the team, the orphans, and that God’s plan for Haiti. Also pray for Sheri, Savannah and I as we travel and serve together as a family.

What are you doing to help the poor, homeless, orphans, single moms? The problems are big, yes, but there’s something you can do to help just one. You know what it is, just do it.

Make sure to checkout Melissa Mashburn’s blog post on Haiti and follow us on twitter for live-from-the-scene updates:

Sheri Mackey

Pastor Matt Mashburn

Benny Salas

Pastor Robey Barnes

Pastor Jon Elswick


We’re all using Twitter Hash Tag #WPHaiti if you’re not on twitter and want to know what’s happening, go to and in the search box, use #WPHaiti to read all that’s happening.

Little lies can have huge impact. Read about my an International Incident that was a result of one little lie and my lack of willingness to submit to authority.

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