International Ministries

Stories from Grand Goave, Haiti - Harry Rittenhouse

April 1, 2010 Journal
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This a testimony from Harry Rittenhouse, leader of the team from Ohio;
 
As I am sitting on a rock pile in the limited shade at mid-morning, it is already 97 degrees Fahrenheit.  Yesterday, it was 130 degrees Fahrenheit at mid-day in our tent.  I had to take the thermometer out of there to keep it from blowing.  Nights are a comfortable 84 degrees Fahrenheit and, sometimes, we are blessed by a slight breeze.
 
That information is to set the foundation for the following observations.  In the last 24 years that I have been privileged by God to lead mission teams, I have been blessed with quality, talented, Spirit-filled, sincere persons who, in most instances, understand flexibility.  This team of 15 from Vinton Baptist Church in Vinton, Ohio gets a four star plus one rating.
 
They have journaled their thoughts.  Their lives have changed.  They want to give out of what God has blessed them with, to leave a legacy for this generation and those to follow.  They are working alongside the members of this Haitian community and it is memorable.

The school they are helping to rebuild will prepare children to contribute back to their society.  The memories of the people who helped to rebuild this school will eventually fade, but the school itself will stand and benefit this community for years to come.
 
The members of this team are all "first-timers" for an international mission experience.  The seeds are planted, though, and I believe that, for many of them, this is only the beginning.  
 
Age in years is not a factor.  It is health and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone.  It is about allowing your faith to grow as you experience an exciting new chapter in your walk with God.  The journey will amaze you.
 
I will be returning to this same site April 24th through May 1st. If you or someone you know would like to join this team, contact me now via email.