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Music and ministry just go together here at Haiti180.

So it’s no surprise that a recent Christian music festival topped off our summer and provided the perfect launch pad for our new name and renewed focus.

Haiti180 made its debut at Soulfest 2013 … where Sean had some awesome stage time, leading the candlelight prayer service and giving inspiring performances at the top of Gunstock Mountain, at a cool after-hours stage, and in the festival spotlight on main stage.

And the Saturday-night collection for our ministry allowed Sean to teach thousands of people a song in Creole, with the help of Katie, Manno, and Brother Delord from our Haitian team. Being high up on the mountain during that time, I was totally overwhelmed by the thousands of singing voices swirling around me — and by the incredible generosity of people who often chased us down to give us their donations for Haiti180. I can already see that village elderly home being built in my mind!

Here’s a glimpse of the performance time …

Throughout the festival, volunteers — ministry team members, our children, and our dedicated friends — staffed the loud and bustling tent from early Wednesday morning until close to midnight on Saturday. We sold T-shirts, bracelets, and CDs, while giving away Haiti180 tattoos (our youngest helpers were the stars of this effort) and sharing LOTS of information on how people can join us for mission trips or contribute to the effort from the States.

Check out the action in the tent …

It was a time of grace. A time when we opened our hearts and souls … and showed thousands of people that Haiti is there inside.

Peace & Blessings … Lynn

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Every year as we move from late summer into early fall, one major thing seems to hold true in life: change.

Days are getting shorter, and nights here in the northeast are shifting toward sweatshirt weather. Exit the popsicles, bring on the chili and hot apple pie. It’s back-to-school for the kids, “good-bye” for all of you returning to college, and new milestones for recent grads.

And, oh yeah, did you happen to notice? Here at our mission home base, we’ve had a little change, as well: our very name. Welcome to the new website home of Haiti180!

Yes, somehow in the middle of a summer in which Sean traveled non-stop — performing, recording, and speaking all over the country — we found the time and energy to make this important move.

Our roll-out recently met the public eye at a New Hampshire music festival called Soulfest, surrounded by our team — and around 10,000 of our closest friends! More on that story — and a bunch of cool pics of Sean and the band — in an upcoming post.

Yes, it has been a summer of activity … and change. And we hope the changes we’re making as a mission team continue to translate into real changes for Haiti.

Because if you haven’t guessed, that’s the reason for our new name. Haiti180 … as in, shifting Haiti 180 degrees — a true reversal for those living in poverty there.

Return here to the site often for updates. And text the word “Haiti180” to 50555 to receive texts (maximum 4 per month) and follow the excitement as we continue to care for the children of the Kay Mari orphanage, work on the medical clinic, and plan our elderly home.

Change can be exciting. Be a part of it, and help us to ensure that Haiti180 lives up to its powerful new name. Let’s turn Haiti around … together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have the sad news of informing you that Martina, one of our children at Kay Mari, passed away last Saturday. If you did not know, she was one of our children with special needs and was susceptible to seizures. Friday night, she was brought to the hospital in the midst of a massive seizure that they could do nothing for, and God decided to take this sweet little girl home to be with Him.

While there is an enormous void at the orphanage from the loss of this little girl Martina, there is comfort for all of us in knowing that she did not die alone. The last year of her life was filled with love and comfort and care. I thank God that we found her when we did so she could experience this love and be treated with dignity before she went home to be with Our Father, Who is holding and loving on this girl right now.

It is amazing to see how a little girl with special needs helped to transform our home and the people of the village in Haiti by helping everyone to understand that all human beings have value and dignity, regardless of their physical abilities or ability to communicate.

Please pray for our team in Haiti and here in the States, but especially for the children. Hearts are broken, but we cry with hope — the hope of knowing that because of the cross, death has been conquered and we will be together again.

Katie Herman wanted to say a few words as well;

“Little Martina, who brought so much joy and light to our home, is now home with our Father. It is beautiful to see the kids able to mourn the loss of their sister in a safe, quiet place. We are encouraged knowing that Martina is singing and dancing in heaven, although on earth she was unable to walk or talk. We loved her dearly and in return she changed and softened the hearts of all who encountered her.  Her little smiles and giggles will be missed. Please continue to pray for us and our mission which is able to give hope, dignity, and love to all of God’s children, young and old. “

Thank you all for your support, love and prayers,

sean

Martina

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As you can probably see, we have rebranded our efforts from Mission Haiti to Haiti180. We have made tremendous progress in Haiti with a new school, a new church, and a busy orphanage taking care of children in the countryside of Haiti.

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