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We are transitioning how we communicate

February 29, 2012

Fellow Journey Serves: Haiti supporters:

As Journey moves to a new online community for communication, it’s time to move from this blog to the new platform.

To keep updated on what is happening with Journey Serves: Haiti, go to the new Journey Connect. You need to login to your account or set up an account if you don’t have one. It’s a great way to stay connected and the primary way we will continue to update people on the work in Haiti. Go here to login or set up an account.

You can then join the Journey Serves: Haiti group.

Online giving now happens through Journey Connect, too. Check it out today.

See our latest news in the Journey Serves: Haiti newsletter here.

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Please sign the petition to help the kids in Haiti

October 26, 2011

This information is taken from the website beliefnet.com. They are trying to get 10,000 signatures to continue the pressure on the government of Haiti to appropriately deal with the situation there and to make sure ALL the kids from the Son of God orphanage are safe.

ORGANIZATIONS ON GROUND IN HAITI SKEPTICAL OF ORPHAN RELOCATION FACILITIES
Boys Relocated to Questionable Facility Following Gruesome Situation at Son of God Orphanage

Following the news of relocation for the children at Son of God Orphanage, many relief organization members traveled to Haiti in order to help the children adjust to the transition process. At the completion of the process, IBESR and UNICEF told relief workers that 39 children had been relocated.

“When we arrived at the girls’ orphanage we found 31 of the girls who were previously at Son of God. We expected that there would be 8 boys at the other orphanage since we were told that 39 children were relocated. We found 9 boys at the other orphanage, and there are still 46 children that are unaccounted for. None of the government organizations involved seem to know where they are,” said an anonymous source on the ground in Haiti.

SIGN THE PETITION CALLING FOR WIDER INVESTIGATION OF ORPHAN ABUSE IN HAITI.

Efforts continue from personnel within Adventures in Missions, Bridgeway Church, Timberline Church, Children’s HopeChest, Respire Haiti, and Journey Community Church to locate the missing children, ensure the safety of the relocated children, and push for a full and thorough investigation of anyone involved in the situation.

“Now more than ever it is important that the momentum continues, and the Haitian government hears the truth, finds these missing children, and thoroughly investigates Son of God and possibly over 20 other orphanages abusing innocent children,” said Bob Mudd, COO of Children’s HopeChest

SIGN THE PETITION CALLING FOR WIDER INVESTIGATION OF ORPHAN ABUSE IN HAITI.

Members from the six organizations have run into complications gaining access to the orphanages, “We literally had to go from orphanage to orphanage to find the children because no one would tell us where they were. I don’t know if the IBESR and UNICEF were being difficult for their own sake or for the sake of the safety of the children,” said another anonymous source on the ground in Haiti.

The organizations continue to call on the global community to sign the petition and distribute to as many people as possible, “Every day that passes lessens our chance of finding these children,” continued Mudd.

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/redletters/2011/10/son-of-god-orphans-relocated-to-questionable-facility.html#ixzz1brHp90Es
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Seeking National Media Attention

October 17, 2011

Since beginning our partnership with our sister church in Carrefour, Haiti, we have also spent time at the Son of God Orphanage. From the beginning, we were deeply concerned about the condition of the children at the orphanage. Each JCC team that has spent time in Haiti has also spent time trying to help at the orphanage. It is truly a horrible place, and many attempts have been made to get the children out and to a safer place…with no results.

Several others have taken up the cause and we are attempting to get our national media to shine a spotlight on the orphanage to put pressure on the government to act. So what can we do? Here are some ideas:

  • Spread the word! Use Facebook, Twitter, email to let people know what is happening
  • Sign the petition at  Petition
  • Know anyone in the media? Get them involved!

Here is the story of one person on the ground in Haiti trying to help: http://blessedwithaburden.wordpress.com

We can do this if we work together.

 

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You can participate by making a monthly gift to Journey Serves: Haiti

June 2, 2011

Moved by last year’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, Journey Community Church entered into a relationship with a church in Carrefour, Haiti called Mission Eglise de Dieu Union Chretienne por La Foi.

Since then Journey has regularly provided food, water and other basic needs for people in our partner church. In January, just one year after the earthquake, JCC and MEDUCF partnered to open a medical clinic that is revolutionizing the well-being of the entire community.

To continue helping to provide for people’s basic needs, and also to keep the clinic fully operational, JCC has made a $3,000/month commitment. There are a variety of ways you can help, with a monthly commitment or one time gift to the project.

$10/month: see two patients at the medical clinic

$16/month: cooking oil for a family

$31/month: 52-lb bag or rice

$67/month: cleaning of medical clinic

$86/month: 105 lb. bag of beans

$104/month: feed two children for an entire month

$266/month: nurse’s monthly salary

Any monthly amount or one time gift is welcome!

Online Giving Instructions

Go to: www.journeycommunitychurch.org

• Click the “Online Giving” tab at the top of the page

• Scroll down and click on “Click here to give to the Journey Building Fund or Journey in Haiti”

Login Page

Already Have a Login Account

• Enter User Name (email address)

• Enter Password

• Click “Login”

• Across the top of the page: select ‘Auto-Tithe’

• Choose a Fund: select ‘Journey in Haiti’

• Amount: Enter your monthly commitment amount

• Frequency: Select your option (Monthly 1st or 16th)

• Start Date: DONE

• Number of Installments: 12 (1yr) – 60 (5yrs)

• Card Information

• Select Card Type: Visa or Mastercard Accepted

• Card Number: enter your account number

• Card Expiration: enter month/year expiration

• Card Code: (3 or 4 digit security code on the back of your credit card)

• Card Holder Information

• Name on Card: enter the name as it appears on credit card

• Billing Address: enter street address of where the bill goes

• Zip code: enter zip code of where the bill goes

• Click: Activate Auto-Tithe

Do Not Have a Login Account

• Click on: First Time?

• Enter the following information:

• First Name

• Last Name

• Address Line 1

• Addrss Line 2 (if necessary)

• City, State/Zip

• Phone Number

• Email Address

• Password

• Confirm Password

• Submit

• Go back to Login Page

• Follow Directions for Already Have a Login Account

If you choose to give via check, please make payable and send to:

Journey Community Church (write “Haiti” in the memo line)

8363 Center Drive #6C La Mesa, CA 91942

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So what will you do in Haiti?: Reflections

June 1, 2011

“So, what are you going to do in Haiti?”

Journey in Haiti, Volume I

“Wow, you’re going to HAITI! What are you going to do there?” This was definitely the most commonly asked question when people found out my wife and I were going to Haiti last month. I would also venture a guess that it was a very common question asked of all the trip participants. I would be lying if I told you that I had a good answer for that prior to our trip. Generally, my answers included some form of: “I think we are going to spend some time with the orphans,” “we might do something at the medical clinic,” or some variation thereof.  However, after our trip, the answer to “So, what did you do in Haiti?” is much clearer.

This is the first volume in what we Involved in the Journey Serves: Haiti team all hope to be an ongoing update on what Journey Serves: Haiti  is doing in Haiti and the effects the trips are having here at home.

So, what DID we do in Haiti in March? There is much too much to explain in a short little article, however I can tell you about “the field trip” and the painting. My wife’s desire was to somehow use her artistic talents to bless the people of our neighborhood in Carrefour with some kind of mural. Originally she wanted to paint something for the orphanage but it was finally decided to paint at the Medical Clinic. Pastor Edouard had decided he wanted a painting of a sunrise so Susan looked up some photos online and the one she found was beautiful. She showed it around to a few people and everyone agreed it was the right one; Silhouettes of people in the water holding their hands together and in the air with the rising sun in the background representing the irrepressible spirit of the Haitian people. Under the painting hand written in Creole and chosen by Pastor Edouard is Jeremiah 29; 11. “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” My wife Susan and two other ladies, Sarah and Christina, gave up the day at the “resort” to do the painting but if you ask them they would tell you it was so worth it. Pastor Edouard was beaming all day and people kept coming in and out of the clinic to see what was going on. The pride seen in the eyes of the Pastor was indescribable, as was the happiness expressed by the employees of the clinic. I personally was speechless when I saw it and my eyes welled with tears as I saw my wife’s vision fully realized on the wall in “our” clinic.

As for the field trip, the original idea was to take the kids from the Son of God Orphanage in Carrefour to a park or something and just let them play. It evolved into about 120 people, one rickety bus, about 200 PB and J’s, some great dance music, and what turned out to be the first time the kids had ever been able to swim in the ocean that they see from their rooftop every day of their lives.  At first the kids went slowly into the water but at some point one of the older boys dove in and the flood gates opened. With a “clothing optional” approach the kids started diving, jumping and playing in the ocean. Watching the joy in the smiles and hearing the laughter was, to us, a vision of God’s Kingdom (“your kingdom come…on earth as it is in heaven”).  Another group was there (at the “resort”) and had music playing. The kids (and many of us) broke into a spontaneous dance party. The kids got to play, dance, sing, eat, run around with bubbles; basically they got to be kids even if it was only for an afternoon.

While providing this day was an amazing experience to all who attended and will be a day we will never forget; it was the debrief that night that really made the answer to the question “What are you going to do in Haiti?” clear. During the debrief our trip leader Andy Blank told us that on the ride home that day we were all packed in the bus and he was holding one of the children in his arms. At some point the little girl wrapped her arms around his neck and her legs around his waist, put her head down on his shoulder and fell asleep just as a daughter would do with her own father. He went on to say that ALL little girls should have the chance to be held up in the arms of someone and feel so safe and secure wrapped in their arms that they just fall asleep.

Certainly they need money in Haiti, in fact we as a community have committed to $3,000 monthly to run the medical clinic; however money cannot hug a child, run around a field and play with a child, or paint hope on a wall. Like the famous Beatle’s song “Can’t Buy me Love,” money just doesn’t build relationships. THAT is how I answer the question “What did you do in Haiti?” or more importantly than just me “What is Journey doing in Haiti?” we are building relationships, showing people in Carrefour that they are not alone. As Daniel Merk-Benitez put it in New Format we are helping spread the word that God’s rescue plan through Jesus is still in place on Earth.

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Journey in Haiti – the word is spreading

May 6, 2011

Church to church partnerships are growing and the word is spreading. Check out the latest article from Adventures in Missions.

Fully Alive Churches

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Another great reflection on our partnership in Haiti

April 26, 2011

Read Mark Oestreicher’s blog about our partnership in Haiti here.

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