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Day 3, A More Relaxed Day with Dancing and Arts & Crafts

Today was a more relaxed day, although it was good since Friday night was loud and Saturday morning started with Choir practice at 6am!  We visited the gift shop this morning and then got ready for a second ballet class and some arts & crafts. The girls were excited to come back and we spent […]

Dedication and Dancing

I’ll make this quick as I know most of you are battling Hurricane Florence.  But we had a good day today as we attended the dedication of the second building of Baryè Fè  High School.  We gotten to know the architect and the building supervisors from the US and Haiti.  I was here in 2013 and […]

We Made It!

In July a team of 8 headed down to Haiti.  We had gotten a couple of notices from the State Dept. warning about some riots and even had one the morning we were leaving.  That riot was at the airport.  But we got in the van and drove on to RDU airport.  When we got […]

Kenya mission Trip Day 6

Two words stood out to me today as we worked with the kids at Bondeni…satisfied and generous. Kathy and I have been working in crafts this week during VBS at the school. One of our projects today involved making an origami fish with a variety of scrapbook paper. Once again out of 319 kids, not […]

Kenya Mission Trip Day 5

Today will go down in my memory as a recreational day to remember. Over 300 children in five groups crossed a “free for all” mostly dirt highway and walked another 3 blocks on a dirt road in Mathare to a playground that appeared to be from the surface of the moon! It was mostly covered […]

Kenya Mission Trip Day 4

Three continents away….. Before today, Lucy was a picture on our refrigerator and some handwritten letters in the mail. Today, she became a real person. A few years ago, I picked up a photo card from a table in the gathering hall of a girl in a green and blue uniform from Bondeni named Lucy. […]

Kenya Mission Trip Day 3

We’re on “Mission Standard Time”.  (MST)  That’s the phrase I use to describe what time means on a mission trip.  Your internal clock gets re-set after a few days (if you’re lucky), and your daily plans get shifted and shuffled, usually several times.  But you quickly learn it’s ok; God seems to work especially well […]

Kenya Mission Trip, Day 2

Thump, thump, thump. This is the sound of a gourd hanging around the mirror of the bus hitting the front window as we head to the Joska Boarding School. While the drive was only an hour, the conditions of the dirt road leading to the school seemed much longer than that. Thump, thump, thump. This […]

Kenya Mission Trip, Day 1

I cannot tell you how happy I am to be back in Kenya with some of my Snyder family! We arrived around midnight Friday night, got a little sleep, and headed out for orientation at Pangani Saturday morning. Raphael from Mission of Hope spoke with us about their four areas of concern – education, health, […]

Last post from Haiti – Mark Rice

This was written last night as our team is at the airport in Haiti ready to fly home!  Be in prayer for their safety! Our final day of work has ended, but the real work of building relationships and sharing the love of Jesus will continue on. I find the people of Haiti to be […]