For the past number of years, we have been supporting the work of Foursquare in the Nordic nations of Europe as one of our areas of focus. Brett and Tammy Toft having been working to encourage, support and catalyze new churches and missions across the region. They have been based in Tallinn, Estonia but are transitioning to the greater Copenhagen area this year. Check out this interview by Area Missionary to Europe Jeff Roper. I know you will enjoy hearing about Brett’s journey.
This morning we went to the Casa Ninos Felices children’s home and did crafts with the kids. The team enjoyed the opportunity to be with the kids, and the kids were very appreciative. After lunch, the guys went to buy a bed for a resident of the flood damaged village of Redemption, the family that received the bed was very blessed. The ladies held a bible study in the afternoon that was well attended with 13 women from Loma. Tanya, Tricia and Lena spoke, with Tanya and Tricia sharing their testimonies as well. The women were very responsive and they had a great time of prayer at the end. The Loma ladies are very encouraged by the ministry that has happened in the village and expressed a lot of hope to the team.
We attempted to get to Loma this morning, but the overnight rain made the dirt road so slippery we couldn’t do it. Plan B was to go to the pregnancy resource centre and assemble some humanitarian supplies to hand out to some of the local flood victims and also to sort and organize the supplies that we had brought down with us. In the afternoon we visited a couple of areas seriously damaged by the flooding including the village of Redemption, which mainly consists of Haitian people. The devastation and the living conditions were overwhelming for us all. We had the privilege of meeting some of the women and children that are clients at the pregnancy resource centre that live there. We were able to see first hand how their homes and belongings were affected, and what their specific needs are. The floods came quickly and without warning, so a lot of their personal belongings were lost as well as any furniture they may have had. Since all of the homes we visited had pregnant women or young children the needs are immediate and heart wrenching. The homes we visited will be provided with some food and personal items from Servants Heart. We are planning to return tomorrow with some new beds that we will be buying for the families in the greatest need. We are looking forward to showing Christ’s love in a practical way.
Our first day of construction! We started the day off with a great devotional time by the ocean. It was a beautiful day, light cloud and then some sun with moderate temperatures. A good chance for things to dry out after the floods. The men were quickly tasked with the job of feeding blocks, mortar and cement to the brick layers. The ladies did a bible teaching for the kids in the morning, and then another in the afternoon. The village has been very receptive to the new community centre and participation is good. Lena did an awesome job of teaching!
The ladies then came back to the construction site a couple of blocks away from the community centre and were very helpful in creating a human chain to pass supplies down the steep little hill to the construction site. The neighbours picked fruit for the team and gave us bread and candies to keep our energy up. Many of the local children came out to watch and play with the girls on the team. After some hard work the team enjoyed a hot shower and dinner at the hotel. It was early to bed all around as we were exhausted. Thank God for a great day!