Welcome to GO:Haiti!

Welcome to GO:Haiti, a blog for Eastview teens and alums supporting the ministry of Go Ministries and Arcenio in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. We hope this site will be a great resource of information and support, so bookmark https://gohaiti.wordpress.com and come back often!

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G.O. Ministries – an overview

This video is an overview of what G.O. Ministries is doing world-wide, with some familiar faces:

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“I found him.”

Jen from the D.R. posted the following story on her blog. She has been helping out with several medical clinics in and around Santiago, translating for the doctors:

I was translating for Amy, a med student who was seeing patients. It was fun bribing the kids to take the parasite pill even though it tastes terrible. Family after family came to our table and Amy was able to prescribe meds, administer first aid and even send a child to the hospital who was so dehydrated that the doctors said he could have died that night.

While we were working a woman came in with her child. I didn’t look up at the woman at first because I was staring at the little boy. I thought that he could quite possibly have been the most beautiful child I had ever seen. Even if he had been small for his age he couldn’t be more than three years old. His skin was almost charcoal black and his features were perfect except for the red damaged eye. His countenance was serene showing neither fear nor acceptance. To me he was stunning.

When I looked up at the mom I saw that she was lighter skinned and in the Dominican style dress. The boy was obviously Haitian and the woman was obviously Dominican. Given the racial and political tension between the countries I thought it was interesting that she should bring him, maybe for a neighbor or something.
So I asked “Is he yours?”

It caught my throat when she simply replied “I found him.
“You found him?”
“Yes, on the side of the road. There was no one around. He is with me now.”

The boy had fallen on a stick and hurt his eye, Amy prescribed medicine as well as children’s Tylenol and whatever else they needed. But that answer kept playing in my mind over and over “I found him.”
The woman, by all appearances, didn’t have much herself. And here she was taking in a child that was not her own to feed and clothe.

I wonder, how many children are not so fortunate to be found. And if they are found, by whom.

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“God wants so badly for us to form relationships…”

Will and Audrey check in from the D.R.:

This past Monday, we went to our church in The Hole (Hoyo de Bartola) to meet with Pastor Felix Abreu. Felix has kids flooding the doors of the church and they are all filled with energy. Like most places in the world, we try to find ways for children and teenagers to use this energy and channel it in a way that will better their lives and the lives of those that surround them. Once again, this is where God has blessed us by never having to go and search for kids that want to play sports. Because of their desire to get out and compete in a game of some sort, this presents the perfect opportunity for sharing the love of Jesus.

Felix agreed to bring around 25 girls from his church/community to a volleyball court just outside The Hole. For 5 or so hours, we had the privilege of getting to know these girls through conversation, prayer time, devotions and the game of volleyball. God wants so badly for us to form relationships with other people. It’s amazing how you can become so fond of 25 people in such a short amount of time. The truth is, when God opens the doors of communication, you will be shocked at how many people have something to share. We learned so much about these girls (about their families, education, spiritual life, past, dreams, passions) and they are all precious in their own way. After reading that part in the book “Velvet Elvis”, our eyes have been opened to where Christ is in each person, and we’re just trying to point Him out.

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La Mosca (The Fly)

La Mosca, meaning “The Fly”, is an area of the D.R. that is quite literally a smoldering trash heap the size of a small mountain. It is not unlike the word “Gehenna”, which Jesus used to describe Hell:

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