Monday, January 18, 2010

Some Good News…

Last year my second oldest daughter Sonja went on a short mission’s trip sponsored by her local church, the Beaverton Christian Church to Haiti. She described her trip as a life changing experience. She went down with a group and provided manual labor to help build a much needed retaining wall for a local church project.

This year a group of ladies (photo upper left) in conjunction with Lifeline Christian Mission went to Grand Goave, a town 40 miles southwest of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. For months, they have been collecting shoes and socks, baby supplies and gift boxes to take to Haiti. The group was there when the devastating earthquake hit the country.

Fortunately after what seemed to be an eternity, Beaverton Christian Church learned that the entire group was safe. Some had to sleep outside after their residence buildings collapsed. For quite some time the roads to the airport were unsafe. Thank God they were safe even though their departure was delayed and they were unable to come home.

Thank God yesterday, the entire group arrived safe and sound at the Portland International Airport. The community, the church, and my daughter were relieved. Their reports were: “It is as bad as you have seen on TV or worse.”

We also learned yesterday while attending services at our local church, Calvary Baptist Church, that our own missionaries, Herode & Edline Guillomnettre with Mission Door were alive and safe. Their residence was leveled in the earthquake and Edline received minor cuts and bruises as they made their escape from their collapsed home. We were unable to learn any more news than this.

I am sure that many of you have missionaries on the field also in Haiti. It is our prayer that they too were spared. We hope to have more good news to share about those who have left home and hearth to take the good news of the gospel around the world including Haiti.

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