Haiti Trip Update

The Haiti team has recently returned from a seven-day trip to Port Au Prince. The team consisted of 10 people, 6 of which came from the River Stone family. The purpose of the trip was to serve in the orphanage, Maison Des Enfents de Dieu. While in Haiti, our team was able to not only serve the orphanage, but Zanfan Lakay, a street boy’s home, and a portion of our team was able to give blood to a maternity hospital run by Doctors Without Borders. While at Maison, we were able to help facilitate a medical team, LifeCare, through medical physicals of all the orphans, nannies, and members of the community. This group brought four doctors, nurses, and a complete pharmacy. They saw, diagnosed, and dispensed meds for over 145 people. Another portion of the trip allowed us to work with Pierre Alexis, River Stone’s international pastor, and pastor at Brilliant Side Baptist Church in Port Au Prince. Pierre is leading an evangelism team that goes out to witness and bring new believers to the fellowship. We were able to help and serve the church and the ministry to the over 50 new converts. During our time, there was an opportunity to attend an all-night prayer service. These typically start at 9:00 p.m. and people gather and pray and sing until nearly 3 or 4 a.m. At this prayer meeting, Brother Joseph, the leader of the prayer ministry, had a prophetic word for River Stone. He said, “Though your congregation may be small, they are very strong. They are doing what God has intended for them to do and He is pleased.” He told me to share this word with River Stone, that the body might be encouraged. All in all, it was a great trip and we look forward to future trips and opportunities for ministry around Haiti. Our next trip is already scheduled for December 27, 2012 through January 3, 2013. We are preparing for a larger team to help with an evangelism crusade and a women’s ministry event. Haiti mission teams are not meant for the weak of heart or spirit as there is no air-conditioning and the spiritual environment is ripe for movement. Please prayerfully consider whether or not you will join the December team.

-Brian Guenther