COMPASSION…..SEE THE NEED

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Mark 6:34- When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.

So He began teaching them many things. Friends, Our day started early at 6:45 for breakfast, 7:30 departure to the main campus, 8am tour of main campus, and 9:30 Haitian church service. Breakfast consisted of boiled eggs, cereal, PB&J, fruit, coffee, and water.  We toured the Mission of Hope school, orphange, warehouse, and clinic, Today the Mission of Hope devotional focused on compassion. Webster defines the word as “feeling of deep sympathy for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to allevite the suffering.” Our team discussed the importance of seeing a person and their situation as Jesus did.  In the United States, the poorest person does not even come close to what I’ve seen the two days in Haiti. Today we toured one of the Mission of Hope areas where blue tents provided after the earthquake were replaced

Alicia holding a little boy from Levec.

Alicia holding a little boy from Levec.

with block homes.  When we arrived the children overwhelmed most of us. They wanted to be picked up, played with, loved upon, and cared for even if it was only for 20 minutes.  As the group debriefed tonight, what we really saw were children with only a shirt on and no shorts, pants, or panties. We saw a few children with orange hair, which means they are malnourished. During our American church service tonight, a young man named Jean Paul spoke about how he arrived at the mission. His mother was a prostitute who died when he was 10.  He stated quite frankly the blue tents was considered luxury to him because his house had a mud floor, sticks, with plastic or paper wrapped around it and metal for the roof, if  they’re lucky.  After his mother died, whom he loved dearly, he came to Mission of Hope. He’s currently in the 11th grade, the grades go to 13 in Haiti, and encouraged us to support a child’s education because it’s the only thing that will guarantee a  brighter future in Haiti.

My friends, our eyes were opened today to our own selfishness, lack of greatfulness to God, and what many would consider over consumption. We are conserving water by only using water to rinse our bodies, eating whatever is placed before us, and honoring the culture’s dress attire.  Our hearts were opened to see children with nothing playing on the playground and smiling. I was moved to tears and felt compassion for them and their families. We are challenged to see a need and discover how to meet the need and partner with Mission of Hope. Also, we were challenged to return home and be a mision of hope in our communities, work, and church.

I challenge you to show intentional compassion in your community for you are truly representing God. More importantly, do no allow the outside distract you from those you are called to love.

Bonswa (means goodnight in Creole),

Kim

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We’ve Arrived in Haiti

Friends,

Our delegation has arrived in Haiti safely.  We started our morning early, arriving at the Oklahoma City airport at 4am anxiously awaiting the journey ahead of us today.  Our flight had a layover in Atlanta for one hour then a plane of missionaries from all over the country boarded for our 2.5 hour flight to Haiti.

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The delegation headed to the Mission of Hope Campus from Port-au-Prince. In the picture BJ, our fearless leader Suzy, me, Fasha, Alicia, Danielle, and Andy.

After discussions and hearing everyone talk we all have personal reasons for this journey to Haiti.  However, there are two things we all seem to have in common: 1) Following Christ is a foundational principle for our lives.  2) We desire a life transformation from this experience.

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My bed situation

Our drive to the Mission of Hope campus allowed us to get a glimpse of the condition of Haiti and its people.  We saw strong women carrying items on their heads, bustling roadside food markets, and poverty like you’ve never seen. We passed a memorial built of a red steel structure for the 200,000 lives which were lost and never recovered during the 2010 earthquake. There was a solemn reminder that this country continued to mourn and heal. However, there is also a visible determination in the people that despite there conditions commerce still needed to be conducted and life must go on.

As I write to you, lights have been shut off and it’s time to get some sleep for 6:45am breakfast then off to church.  I’m on the top bunk with a mosquito net covering the bed, portable fan blowing in my face, flaishlight positioned to finish this post, OFF insect repellent at the ready because you can’t ever be to careful, water to quinch my thirst, Bible  a touch away, and my portable charger preparing my iphone and ipad for tomorrow’s adventures.

I’ll write more tomorrow. Continue to pray for everyone here doing a great work.  Something tells me our lives will be changed and we’re going to leave here different people with new burdens, purposes, insight, and direction.

Continue to follow the blog and recommend it to your freinds. I’ll blog daily. Don’t forget to shop the Mission of Hope Haiti Store by clicking the link below:

Shop the Mission of Hope Haiti Store

Peace and Blessings,

Kim

HAITI BOUND…….in 6 DAYS

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Haiti flight ticket

 

Dear Friends,

In 6 days, I’m going to Haiti for the first time on a Missions Trip with People’s Church located in Oklahoma City. A delegation of 8, including myself, will serve alongside Mission of Hope Haiti (www.mohaiti.org) July 11th – 18th.  Mission of Hope Haiti is an organization that follows Jesus Christ and exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti. Their desire is to serve the nation of Haiti, and see lives changed.

I’m sure you’re wondering what we’ll accomplish during our one week trip.  For starters, our delegation will have 2 full days of work projects. These are specific projects that contribute to the physical needs of the village.  The projects are created by local pastors as part of a continuum plan of transformation in their particular village.

The delegation will also have 2 full days of village ministry.  This will include empowering the local church and supporting it in any way possible.  We will go into the neighboring villages and partner with pastors and village leaders.  We will go into the villages to encourage believers and spread the Gospel to those who have not heard the Good News. We will pray over the village and walk through the villages to pray with individuals. The team will also sing, share bible stories, and play with the children of the local village.

Now that you know about the upcoming trip, I NEED YOUR HELP.  Many of you are looking for ways to help and I’m going to tell you how you can assist in meeting the needs of our Haitian brothers and sisters.  First, I need your prayers for me, the delegation, Mission of Hope Haiti, and the people of Haiti. Next, there is a tremendous ongoing need for women, girls, and families in the areas of education, training, health care, clean water sources, and economic empowerment.  You can help by donating and/or purchasing items from the Mission of Hope products where you will find a variety of items for sale. The “3 CORDS” products are social enterprise ventures which provide job opportunities to both able & disabled men and women in Haiti.

Now, I need you to shop. Purchase items for yourself, friends, and family that are meaningful and tell a story.  Secondly, send this post to your friends and family so they can spread the word about Mission of Hope Haiti and the work that’s still needed in Haiti. Lastly, seek the Lord about how you can give back to Haiti through a Missions Trip with your church, friends, or family.

The link to shop is below. Support me and our delegation starting today through the 18th to support the men, women, and children of Haiti.

Shop the Mission of Hope Haiti Store

Blessings,

Kim

 

She Walks with Lions and She Carries Her Own Things

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Welcome to NTOSAKE ! This blog is dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls across the globe! Its creation is one of great excitement, yet a bit of apprehension at the same time. Initially, I created it as an avenue to chronicle the adventures of my upcoming mission’s trip to Haiti on July 11-18, 2015. A trip designed to meet not only an educational goal in my seminary class; additionally, it satisfies my heart’s longing to serve women and girls outside of my local area in a much deeper way. I hope my journey will inspire readers to pursue their passions and follow God “wherever” He may lead!

Hence, NTOSAKE means “She Walks With Lions and She Carries Her Own Things.”  It was derived from South Africa and introduced to me at the Gamaliel Foundation where I was trained to be an Organizer. This word provided courage to me during one of the most challenging, but rewarding times of my life.  Its meaning has strengthened me through a journey of spirituality and self-revelation.  NTOSAKE reminds me that I’m never alone, that I can walk among the fiercest with calmness and poise, and not lose anything worth keeping along the way! And this message is one I hope to transplant in women the world over!

Stay tuned! I will post more information about my trip in the upcoming days. Come enjoy the journey!

A woman attends a mass after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 17, 2010

A woman attends a mass after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince January 17, 2010. (REUTER/Kena Betancur)