FFC Haiti Team Blog Written Wednesday, June 25, 2014:
We landed safely. The airport is now nice and neat, no longer messy and unorganized. Sunday we enjoyed a church service at Port au Prince Christian Fellowship. The girls and John went to Bill and Suzette Manassero’s, the founders of Child Hope, for a traditional Haitian lunch. After lunch, Ronnie drove the girls, John and SonSon around to check out apartments for SonSon to rent.
We arrived at the Tlucek residence (Maranatha Children’s Ministries) and settled in. The house is sleeping the 11 Tluceks, 10 interns, our 9, and 2 dogs — not to mention the working staff of drivers, cooks, and the night guard, which makes 30 and counting!
That evening after a delicious dinner of pizza, we planned for camp. Attendance this week is 80 including the house staff, the women from the children's home and about 26 boys ranging from 12 to 30. We are teaching English, Science, Bible and PE.
In the morning we make breakfast and have an assembly. We sign songs, read a Bible verse and act out a Bible story. So far this week we learned about Samuel being called in the night, the Tower of Babel, Daniel and the writing on the wall and tomorrow is Pharaoh and the plagues.
Lizzie has been teaching English diligently this week to a variety of learning levels. Sammy has floated through team leading, kitchen patrol and working in the orphanage. Micaela has been teaching Bible the last two days and helping in the kitchen. Kendall has been our orphanage expert but also helped in the kitchen today and acted in the Bible skits. Thursday Kendall will help with PE. Maria taught science the first day but has been going out with John for medical missions and firefighter supplies. Aimee has been in the kitchen and teaching science. Hunter has been heading up the teaching of the Bible classes. Jeff teaches boys PE and is also a team leader. John has taught Bible and has been going around Port au Prince with Ronnie and SonSon preaching the gospel and witnessing miracles.
On Sunday, the team went to a Haitian church and John spoke. Children between the ages of 6-12 asked Jesus into their hearts.
On the first day we were here the team was able to distribute firefighting clothes to firefighters in Carrefour. While there we asked the principle of the school to speak to their students. An invitation was given to receive Jesus. 95% of the class stood acknowledging that they prayed to accept Jesus. The Lord knows for sure.
We had a fire in the yard where we were. The firefighters were able to use the fire engine we gave them to extinguish the fire. We said our good byes. The total time we were there was an exact hour! This was our first hour in Haiti and so much happened!
On the 1st day of camp six junior counselors prayed to receive Christ into the hearts! Praise The Lord!
A Haitian woman with a very large cyst on her head went with Maria and John to the clinic and in the 11th hour had a successful surgery!
No one has contracted Chikungunya Fever!
Little Johnley (6), one of the orphans that are fostered at the orphanage and Isabella (7), the Tluceks youngest, both accepted Jesus into their hearts. John asked them if they had Jesus in their hearts. Johnley said he would do it tomorrow and Isabella said she would do it when she was older. John said that they couldn't wait till tomorrow because you don't know what will happen. They both accepted Jesus and wrote the date down. Johnley comes to John daily to talk about his decision. He is asking very deep spiritual questions: "What is God like? What is Satan like?" and the next day he retains the information John shared.
Protect us from Chikungunya virus. A young woman named Hope, who is working at MCM this summer, is still dealing with joint pains after quite a few weeks. Please pray for her complete healing!
We have two days left of camp. Please pray for salvation and discipleship. (Thursday 4 teen boys and 3 girls received Jesus into their lives.)
John speaks again Sunday morning at the same Haitian church Ronnie attends. Please pray for the hearts of the congregation to be open to the Lord.
Pray for Karl Armbrust and his son, Lucas, who arrive in PAP on Friday. Their desire is to encourage the Carrefour firefighters to live their lives for Jesus as they train them in firefighting techniques.
We love you thank you for your prayers!
The Team :)
FFC Ministry to Carrefour, Tabarre, & Port Au Prince, Haiti
Lt. to rt.: Kendall Williams, grand daughter of John White, Michaela Delarosa and Sammy Mull, daughters of FFC members, were joined by FDNY Jerry Sillcocks' daughter, Lizzy at JFK. More team members will arrive In Haiti this weekend.
Lizzy Sillcocks was blessed to minister to her seatmate on their flight to Haiti.
FFC's team were met at Port au Prince airport by Ronnie Fenelon. He will be their escort in Haiti.
FFC's team is seeing the fruit of your prayers. In one hour, on their first day with the Carrefour firefighters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, they witnessed a power pole fire being extinguished and then saw forty children stand, indicating they had asked Jesus into their hearts. A school is adjacent to the fire station and after the team greeted the firefighters, the Lord opened a wonderful door for them to present Jesus to the students.
Lizzy Sillcocks didn't realize that the school supplies she packed in her suitcase would be going to children who attend school at the fire station.
The children at Child Hope and the surrounding neighborhood received lots of love from our FFC gals. Our team helped with a food giveaway program and also had time to enjoy these dear Haitian children.
Sammy Mull and staff member Hope are acting out the Bible story about Eli and Samuel.
Aimee Burdette is an elementary school teacher, who couldn't wait to get to Haiti to share Jesus' love to their children. She shared how blessed she was working in the kitchen on her first day at MCM.
Maria Ortiz is Miami Dade, Florida firefighter, who has returned again this summer to minister at MCM. This year she is teaching science to staff members with the purpose of nurturing them in their walk with the Lord.
Six year old Johnley has been asking FFC team members questions about forgiveness and kindness as he works out his new salvation in the Lord. His friend Isabella, who is seven years old, has also given her life to Jesus.
Many children gave their lives to Jesus during Sunday's church service
Firefighters For Christ's Team is involved in training approximately fifty junior counselors, who will minister at MCM's English camp this summer. Hunter Poulson is teaching Bible to one of his four groups of counselors. His prayer request is that souls will be saved!
Jeff Uyekawa, Hunter Poulson, and John White embrace one of the new Haitian believers that have come to Christ since FFC team's arrival.
Lt to rt: Maria Ortiz, John White, Aimee Burdette, Kendall Williams, Jeff Uyekawa, Sammy Mull, Hunter Poulson, Micaela Delarosa, and Lizzy Sillcocks are helping Byron and Shelley Tlucek train their staff, who will be ministering at their Children's English Camps this summer.
For some time, a prayer group had been asking the Lord that this lady's large cyst would somehow be removed. This doctor, who John White had met on a previous trip to Haiti, with the help of Maria Ortiz, performed a successful surgery.
Maria is founder of ProJecto por Amour a Jesus, a non-profit organization that assists underprivileged families, donates firefighter equipment and provides training to local firefighters in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. She is very much loved!
Maria is teaching science to these summer interns. She is a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lieutenant. She and other firefighters from her department were very hospitable to FFC members when they brought a fire engine to Miami to be transported to Haiti.
A text quote from John White on Monday, June 30th after he shared with children from a Haitian church: "Many kids received JESUS. Special. They have great understanding. PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!"
Aimee Burdette is staying longer in Haiti than the rest of FFC's team. She's been such a great help in the kitchen but will no doubt be using her teaching skills this next week at English Camp.
"Jump The River" is a favorite game at Maranatha Children's Home. FFC team member, Kendall Williams joined in the fun!
FFC team spent three days at Child Hope's feeding program.
From Lizzy Sillcocks: "This little girl's name is Tata. Her mother passed away recently and was left to Ronny and his wife to care for. We are not sure what is going to happen to her. The Lord really blessed me with the opportunity to love and hug her while she had dinner with us in Carrefour. She wouldn't smile at all when she came in, but if there's one thing I learned, it's that showing the love of Jesus even if you don't speak the same language can make anyone smile."
Through his interpreter, Lucas Armbrust read Isaiah 40:31 to English Camp's physical education students: "Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
This little girl had just received Jesus and wanted to know how she could love God more.
Lucas' dad, Karl, is a Pasadena firefighter. HIs first trip with FFC was right after the earthquake. Now he's enjoying his second summer at English Camp ministering with his son at Maranatha Children's Home.
Amy Burdette has loved teaching at English camp and hopes to return again this August.
The man pictured on the right of John received Jesus as his Savior last Sunday. He is running for mayor of Carrefour.
This little girl is indicating that she just asked Jesus into her heart.
Ronnie Fenelon made sure every team member was safely transported to and from the airport. As these final team members say their goodbye's, they are grateful to Ronnie for all he does for Firefighters For Christ!
Great fellowship during KP time!
Story of Pharaoh and the children of Israel acted out by FFC's team.
Jeff Uyekawa and Hunter Poulson returned again this year to teach at MCH's English Camp. Jeff taught PE and Hunter led the Bible teaching. They are Godly examples of servanthood and Christ likeness.
FFC is thankful for all the donations of firefighting gear for Carrefour firefighters.
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