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A Busy Summer at the Source of Light Center, Haiti

A number of Virginia Baptists have traveled to Port-au-Prince to minister to the children at the Source of Light Center, the orphanage and school Virginia Baptists helped to build.

This week, a team of 10 from Shannondale Springs Baptist Church, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is in Haiti to spend a week doing organized activities with the children.

Below are pictures and updates from the churches that went to Haiti earlier this summer.

Melodime visits, brings instruments

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During the week June 8-12, the musical group Melodime visited, donating over 40 musical instruments and teaching the students how to play them.

Erin Spivey serves for five weeks

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Erin teaches a dance to the children at Source of Light.

June 10 – July 18: Erin Spivey, a collegiate summer missionary from the University of Virginia and also a member of Sycamore Baptist Church in Franklin, VA, lived at the Source of Light Center helping to coordinate music classes for the children and provide daily activities.

West Lynchburg Baptist Church Visits the Kids

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Church members pose with the children at the Source of Light Center.

June 25 – 30: A team of 16 from West Lynchburg Baptist Church led the children in a week of VBS. A special highlight of the trip was taking the children to the beach.

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Jackson Miller of West Lynchburg BC poses with two of the children at the beach.

Kilmarnock Baptist Church Visits

The team from Kilmarnock poses on top of the Source of Light Center.
The team from Kilmarnock poses on top of the Source of Light Center.

July 6 – 12: A team of 11 from Kilmarnock Baptist Church led the children in a week of Vacation Bible School.

Church members are currently in the planning stages to take Christmas presents in December. They are also hoping to return next July to lead VBS again.

Church members play with and love on the children.
Church members play with and love on the children.

First Baptist Church leads VBS for the kids

Styven and Angelo play the flute with a member from FBC Richmond.
Styven and Angelo play the flute, with Stephanie Kim, a flute instructor.

 July 20 – 26: A team of 14 from Richmond’s First Baptist Church led the children in a week of VBS.

They were able to take the children to a playground in the mountain area of Haiti as a way of enjoying a special fieldtrip.

Stephanie Kim shared her experience with us:

A mission team of 14, including seven high school and college students, from Richmond’s First Baptist Church traveled to Haiti July 20-26, 2014, to work at the Source of Light Orphanage in Port-au-Prince.

fbc-richmond-haitiWe had a wide variety of talents and experiences – a nurse, an accountant, an art teacher, a church youth leader, advertising and media folks, an IT person, singers, and a flutist.

All of us came together as one cohesive team to share God’s love with 28 children at the orphanage.

We had a large group time when we shared Joseph’s story through puppets and freeze frame story-telling showing how God makes all things work together for good.

There was a lot of dancing and much singing in English, French, and Creole. Then we divided up into smaller groups for arts and crafts, recreation time, flute lessons, chimes, guitar, more singing and dancing, and just hanging out time with lots of cuddling and running around.

As the flute instructor, I spent our first day exposing every child to the flute, teaching them how to make a sound and the fingerings to the first song.

fbc-richmond-haiti2I spent the rest of the week teaching those interested in continuing to learn the flute. With flute donations from friends, the orphanage now has eight flutes for children to learn on this fall when hopefully a music instructor is hired.

There were two boys that picked up quickly on the flute, making a good sound and learning a few songs before week’s end.

My hope is that they can discover music as an outlet to find comfort, healing and recovery from the tragedies they have experienced, to express their joys and sorrows, and to share their love of music with others.

When I asked one of our translators on the first day if these mission teams who come in and then leave after a week actually have a lasting impact, his response really shaped the rest of my week.

He said that it all depends on their hearts. If they come to feel good about themselves for helping others, then it will not have an impact. But if they come humbly to serve and to love, the impact will be eternal.

Want to know more about the Source of Light Center? Watch the video below: