Between March 23 and March 31, 2017, a team of nine willing workers from Glendale Christian Church will be in Haiti with Lifeline Christian Mission to serve the Haitian people in a variety of ways.
Founded in 1980, Lifeline Christian Mission’s activities include building schools, homes and churches, providing medical and nutrition services, participating in Bible studies and church services, as well as sometimes doing some of the little things that bring a message of love and care to people. This year the Glendale congregation has collected “Ties for Haiti” and the team will take them to distribute to some of the men in the town of Grand Goave where the group is based. According to one of the team members, Haitians love to “dress up,” especially for church services. The ties may bring a bit of joy to the wearers as well as to those who see them.
But the real work of the Glendale team as workers with Lifeline will do more than add fashion touches. Some of the Glendale team will focus on medical service. Dee Williams is a nurse practitioner who also shared information about the depth and breadth of the other types of work in which the team participates. Team members may build houses for needy families, participate in Bible study and daily devotions, or work to restore facilities as some did after the hurricane last year and the earthquake in 2010 in the community of Grand Goave where they are stationed.
A long-time team member from Glendale, Dr. Joni Scott, made her first Haiti trip to work with Lifeline in 1998 and has been back 30 times. Joni also talked about building houses for sponsored children and the houses being titled in each child’s name so if they lose parents or care-givers, the child’s rights are protected. As a physician, Joni’s primary work in Haiti has been in the medical arena, but it was obvious talking to her that her care and concern for the people she serves goes far beyond meeting health and physical needs. When asked why she keeps going back, she talked about her response to an early mission trip and said, “I left a piece of my heart there.”
Dee didn’t use those words, but described work done on houses, the school and an orphanage, and talked about the Lifeline goal for all Grand Goave children to be educated in Port au Prince through high school. Her excitement about her numerous trips came through, as did her love for the people she travels to Haiti to serve.
In the case of both women, I became aware that, as much as they give of themselves on their trips, I suspect they receive much in return!
For further information about the Missions Ministries of Glendale Christian Church, call the office at 417.881.7614 or contact us online here.