March Trip to the Citadelle - Girls Only!

"We were so excited when we arrived at DV on Friday, March 25th.  We were very eager to spend a few days with all of the kids before the others arrived to chaperone the older girls’ vacation to Cap Haitien.  

On Saturday, we took some of the kids from DV and went to Kolumni and took rice to Lena’ & gave some beanie babies to the kids on the way.  Autumn spoke to the people in Noah’s Village about Jesus’s love and gave everyone the opportunity to accept Jesus as their Lord & Savior and the Heavens were celebrating when 30 new souls were given to Jesus.  We prayed for them and it was a beautiful sight, one I will never forget!  We did an Easter egg hunt with the kids and they loved it.  When we got back to DV, we gave each child a new Easter outfit that were donated from various friends & family members

Sunday after church Autumn, Janiry & I hid over 200 Easter eggs around DV.  We had enough for each kid to get at least 5 eggs and they were so cute running all over trying to find them.  After we were done, Autumn took some of the older girls and did a painting/word art lesson with them.  I spent a few hours with some of the older boys to talk about their futures.  We worked on resume writing and various skills needed 

Monday Rick, Bobbie & Lori arrived and everyone was anxious to go on vacation. Tuesday we started our journey to Cap Haitien with all the girls 10 and over.  The 5 hour drive was long, but we were all so excited to spend this time together on vacation and most of the girls had never seen this side of Haiti. We went to the Citadelle which is located at the very northern point of Haiti.  We hiked up a mile long trail to get to the entrance and even though it was a tough walk physically, it was one of the most amazing places we had ever seen.  We were guided through the different rooms in the Citadelle and the girls seemed to really enjoy the history & view.  We also got to see the palace that was just below the Citadelle.  The palace was severely damaged during the 1842 earthquake, so only portions of it were still intact, but the area around it and the structures that were still standing were simply breathtaking.  After a long day of travel & sightseeing we went to the guest house at Deep River Mission.  The guest house was on a very beautiful lot and had a swimming pool.  We spent the evening doing devotion, eating dinner & playing games.  

Wednesday we drove to Labadee, a private island owned by Royal Caribbean.  We saw a cruise ship and for all the girls, this was their first time seeing one in person.  They were all amazed by how big the ship was, but the ones in our boat said they were too afraid to get on one.  I think they would change their mind if they could see the inside.  We got to swim in the ocean and hang out singing songs in a cove by the water.  We bought a fresh crab, lobsters & fish that one of the locals cooked for us and the girls loved it!  We spent about 4 hours there and headed back to the guest house to swim before dinner.  The girls got dressed up and we all went to Lakay, a restaurant facing the water in Cap Haitien.  The girls got to order off the menu and we spent time together laughing and sharing stories.  

Thursday we got up and played cards, some of the girls swam before leaving Deep River Mission guest house.  We went into town and got ice cream and went to a souvenir shop.  Several of the girls said they wanted to stay for a week, but also missed their brothers & sisters at DV.  The ride home was long, but we were given many opportunities to act like Jesus on the way.  We stopped and Tamar gave her soccer ball to a group of boys playing soccer with a tennis ball.  It was really great to see her give the boys something that was given to her.  We passed out candy to them and others along the way.  

It was our last night at DV so even though we were all exhausted from the trip home, we spent time with the other kids.  We had dinner with H.P. and he shared some really great stories during devotion.  It was a real blessing to see him doing so well and to see him interact with the kids in such a positive way.  This trip was different than others for most of us, but it was such a blessing to be able to spend quality time with the girls and interact with them in a more personal setting.  I know we will always remember what we got to experience this week. "

Julie B. 

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Church on the North Coast {Feb 29 - March 6} 

"I think our favorite time was worshiping with the kids at devotions! Our team woke up early to have devotions with the kids before they went to school! It was so much fun to sing and worship God with them! We played basketball, had a chicken dinner, fed people in the villages, and shared the love of Jesus!
 

Thanks again for allowing us to love on the kids at Destiny Village and making it possible to minister to the wonderful people of Haiti!
God bless!"
 

-Haiti Team CNC!

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POTTER'S HOUSE - COLUMBUS, OHIO {FEB 1ST - 9TH}

"I could talk about these trips for days If people would let me. It's so hard to put these trips into a paragraph when so much happens but this will be short and too the point. This trip to Haiti was a bit different for me and for the girls that joined me. A lot of the girls were experiencing Haiti for the first time and they definitely got to see a lot! We saw so many different sides of Haiti. The fast moving, thriving, side of Port Au Prince, the very less fortunate side of Kolmini, the life of a witch doctor in the midst of his starving village, a mother desperately trying to give her baby away to an orphanage down the road from DV and even the life of the rich French in Haiti! Most of the girls including myself were experiencing so much, we hardly had time to process what we were actually seeing! But we got to do so much while we were there for outreach. Passing out rice, water, lights, bread and peanut butter, candy, clothes and even money! Most of the time these encounters were pretty overwhelming for some of the girls but we were so blessed to be able to do all that we did there. The part of this trip we all loved most was spending time with the kids in Destiny Village. Just getting to play with them and talk with them was something I personally was excited for every day, and all the girls expressed the same excitement. We all can't wait to go back to Haiti and Destiny Village. They all definitely have our love."

Jordan Thatcher



2015 Wrap Up Newsletter

2015 was an exciting year for Destiny Village. We built a house, bought a new truck, welcomed many first time visitors and so much more. Check out some 2015 highlights in our "2015 Wrap Up Newsletter." 

We are excited to see what God has planned for 2016.

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With Love, 

Autumn

Group Coordinator - DV

 

 

 

 

Potter's House - Columbus, Ohio {July 14th-22nd}

Merinda, Stephanie, Jordan, Allison and I began our 9 day trip to Destiny Village on July 14th, 2015. Most of us were returning for our second or third trip while Merinda was about to experience Haiti for the first time. The week was filled with so many incredible experiences. From loving on the Destiny Village kids, passing out items {food, water, clothes and toys} throughout Haiti, taking medicine to Rose Naica in Noah's Village, and celebrating a few birthdays! God moved in so many ways throughout this trip. He created an abundance of opportunities for us to really get to know the kids at DV. It is truly amazing to hear their stories, testimonies and to watch God work in each of them.  Our hearts were broken for what we know breaks The Lord’s. He has started a fire in us to really devote energy and time to what He has called us to do in Haiti. And most importantly, He has shown us the reality of that country and how much prayer it needs. We are all very excited to return and to fully walk in God’s plan with us both at Destiny Village and throughout Haiti.

       - Autumn H. 



Church on the North Coast {June 24-29th}

"We started off the week passing out peanut butter and bread in a village. We also were invited into a witch doctors house where we prayed and claimed the land and people for Jesus! We had nightly devotions with the kids, which is always a favorite! The kids are amazing! We had a great time loving on them and playing with them! We went to the hospital in St. Marc where we prayed for people with the help of some of the older kids to interpret for us. We also paid for everyones bills in the pediatric unit.One of the groups favorite times was at Pastor Marcel's church on Sunday morning and the prayer and healing service on Sunday night! With the help of the kids to interpret, we prayed for hundreds and saw hundreds healed and delivered! The kids from Destiny Village were so proud of helping during the prayer time at their church! Also, the ladies at the church cooked for everyone (money for the food was provided by Love Haiti Fund).God moved big in Haiti and in the lives of our team! Changed forever, and we can't wait to get back! Thank you Destiny Village!"

-Rebecca Thompson