Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery has become a very treasured partner for CH! Price and Jacquelyn Bishop along with their four children lead a team each year just before Thanksgiving. We are very grateful for their leadership and dedication to the people of Haiti. We are also thankful for Gray Godwin’s friends and family that donated the funds for Gray’s House. The house was dedicated last year during Trinity’s mission trip to Haiti. This year, some of his closest friends were able to see first hand the impact that Gray’s life continues to have on a small group of Haitian boys who are nurtured, loved and discipled each day in Gray’s House! Gray’s parents (Tony and Beverly) and brother (Cleve) were with the team this year as well. It is a privilege for CH to be part Gray’s legacy and our prayer is that these young Haitian boys grow up with the character, integrity and love for Jesus that Gray had!
A special thank you to Ann Price Bishop who provided the summary of the trip as well as the photos!
The Trinity Pres. Team
As always this trip was special for so many reasons. We loved being with the children, the missionaries, and the people of Haiti. Our team arrived in Jacmel on Friday afternoon. We were able to shower the kids and nannies with love after a hard couple of weeks of Loubens’ illness and death. When we first arrived to the orphanage we were able to join the celebration of all the October and November birthdays. During our time at the orphanage we had a full day of activities with the kids. We painted, did a slip n slide, and had a Photo Booth.
Our team spent some time with the backyard bible study. Each child was given a photo of them self, and decorated a frame to put their picture in. We also sang and did a short lesson with them about thankfulness. The backyard club was started by a Haitian woman five years ago in a voodoo community. She has taught them God’s word, and provides them a meal each week. These people show us how to care for others.
We hosted a dinner for the american missionaries in Jacmel to show that we are thankful for them. We brought them a home cooked meal from the states with Oreos and candy bars for dessert. I never realized how a snickers bar can make someones day!
On Monday we visited a church called Teleko. At Teleko we ministered to the locals, and put new tarps on the church.
Monday night was ended with worship and a bible lesson with the kids. We did a glow stick devotion about being the light for Christ. One of our favorite moments is worshiping with the nannies and children. It is so powerful to witness their worship.
Gray Godwin passed away two years ago on Thanksgiving Day; Nov 28, 2013. Gray’s family and four senior boys from his class attended this trip. Together we all created and hung the sign on Gray’s House. Gray’s house is filled with eight boys at the age of 2 through 5. Children’s Hope is a wonderful place to celebrate Gray’s life.
At the end of each day our Youth Pastor, Kurt Cooper lead our team in worship and a devotion. His theme was Sharing God’s Heart for the Poor a book by Amy Sherman. It was the perfect way to end our day and reflect on the kindness of everyone, and share our experiences. I am thankful for Children’s Hope and the people of Haiti who show me by example how to care for others in the simplest of ways.
About Tanya Birchfield
Tanya and her husband Andy are the founders/directors of Children's Hope. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama and has experience working with children and families of children who have been victims of abuse and neglect. The adoption of their daughter, Hope, from Moldova resulted in a passion and a burden for reaching out to orphans locally as well as internationally. Andy and Tanya are both active members of First Baptist Church, Montgomery.