VBS 2017 with TRAVAY BONDYE
We just returned from an amazing trip to Haiti with one of our best teams yet! We had friends fly in from Tennessee, California, Texas and Louisiana to put on our annual VBS. It’s hard to know exactly how many kids came but we definitely fed over 900 people per day! Several kids came to Christ and hundreds heard the gospel and left the event with full bellies and happy hearts! We used a pirate theme and taught the kids that Jesus is our treasure. We’ve been doing VBS in Haiti for many, many years but it never gets old and the children always pour in. It is important to remember that most kids in Haiti don’t have access to activities, camps or even anywhere to play. This program is something that kids look forward to and we are so happy to partner with awesome Haitian friends to make it happen! We had well over 50 Haitian leaders participate as group leaders and they did an amazing job with their groups. Every year has gotten better!
During this trip we also participated in two outreach events that were lead by former Travay Bondye kids. They have transitioned out of our house but they are still focused on giving back. A visit to a small village called Canaan and a program at Pastor Pierre’s church for street kids served another 200 kids. We are so proud of our big boys and want to support their efforts however we can! What a joy to serve alongside our own kids!
We were able to organize the depot at Travay Bondye and start getting kids registered for school. New shoes, underwear, sock and backpacks sent in by sponsors and friends loaded up our storage space and we loved it! Thank you to those who donated. Getting 80 kids shoed up and outfitted for school is not as easy task so we appreciate it!
We wrapped up the time with a day to chill and relax with kids at the beach. They swam in the ocean and a pool and also enjoyed basketball and yummy food! They had an absolute blast on their special day and it was the perfect closing for our team that worked tirelessly!
Outside of the team activities we had teacher meetings, staff meetings, looked at new property and started getting ready for our next group of 10 transitioning out of the house. They are getting ID’s, enrolling in school, trade school and moving into a new apartment. It is an exciting time but they are also nervous. Please pray for these sweet boys as they continue in their growth and development as young men. We know God has great plans for them!
Thank you for loving the kids and for the support!