Saturday, March 31st, 80 students and adult leaders left the comforts of their homes in the U.S. and stepped off of a plane into the hot and crowded streets of Port-a-Prince. For the past several days this group has worked tirelessly alongside the camp ministry of BHM. Tomorrow morning as they board the plane to return to the U.S. it is safe to say, the hearts and lives of those returning will never be the same.
Over the summer of 2011 Crossings Ministries, a camp and retreat organization in Kentucky, announced to its participants that they were taking their passion for camp to Haiti. After more than a year of planning and working, Crossings sent their first team down this week to serve alongside BHM.
Missionaries, Chris & Kelli Lieb live on the BHM camp property in Montrouis. They are training Haitian staff to run and operate camp for Haitian students. The team from Crossings came to help strengthen this ministry, as well as work in the surrounding communities. Each day was full of its own unique twists and turns. The mornings began with students spending time in the Word to prepare for the many tasks of the day. After breakfast it was off to work!
The team worked tirelessly on the property with the desire to provide a wonderful facility for Haitian students when the summer arrives. Students worked the shoreline scooping up sea urchins and other unwelcome creatures. Others built a much needed retaining wall on the property. They also spent hours sifting sand and preparing a volleyball court for future students. It took hours of moving rock and preparing the grounds for the court. It gave the students a true picture of why Haiti means mountains, there are plenty of rocks!
In the afternoon the team traveled to churches associated with BHM to lead Vacation Bible Schools. Over 100 kids were in attendance each afternoon. The team was able to clearly present the gospel each day to the kids in attendance. We praise the Lord for the power of His Word and its ability to change lives. Several children in attendance at VBS gave their hearts to the Lord and “crossed over from death to life,” John 5:24.