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By Lynn Wehner

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 6.35.09 PMSo are you a missionary? Why yes, yes you are. We ALL are.

Check out my recent post at the CatholicMatch Institute, “Mission Work — Who Me?” — and reflect on the mission territories in your own life. Maybe it’s time to start on the path that God has laid out for you.

And want to know an easy way to begin? All you have to do is go to a concert. (Seriously people, who knew this would be so easy?!)

Mission work surrounds all of us. Look no further than Sean’s experience and example for proof of that. Yes, surely he’s a missionary when he is holding the orphaned children in Haiti. Surely he’s a missionary when he is visiting the elderly who have been abandoned in Haiti’s mountains. But, just as surely, he’s a missionary when he is singing and preaching the truth of the Gospel to teens and adults at events across the U.S.

Next weekend (November  15 & 16), Sean will combine those two “mission territories” — and you get to be a part of it! He’ll be performing the Rock for Grandma concerts, sharing the truth of the faith, premiering his new album, and raising money to build a home for Haiti’s forgotten elderly. Get your tickets today and help us with this important mission work!

Join us at the concert. Invite others to attend. Fun, good music, and inspiration await you! And, believe it or not, you’ll be diving right into the heart of mission work — by helping the poor, loving the lonely, and building the Kingdom of God.

 

 

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By Lynn Wehner

Yes, Catholic Digest met Haiti180. Well, pretty much, anyway. You see, the popular magazine first met our Haiti180 ministry last year … when we were Mission Haiti.

But I digress.

They highlighted the 10th anniversary of the mission in their “Love Your Neighbor” section last December, publishing an interview with Sean in which he shares how and why this whole mission began — and where he sees it going. Check out Sean’s comments in the link … It’s a great read for all of you who love Haiti180 and believe in what we’re trying to do.

Less than a year after this article appeared, it’s so exciting to see where we’ve come, as the medical facility is now well underway and a new project — the elderly home Kay Martina — is in planning. We even have a new name and renewed focus, as we work hard to do our part in turning around this poor island nation.

And through it all, something never changes: God continues to amaze us with His grace. As Sean says in the interview when asked what he would consider his highlight on this journey:

“It would have to simply be God’s faithfulness to the entire project. We have a dedicated, loyal team of staff and missionaries, but we are at the mercy of the Lord—and we live in grateful awe of how he continues to provide for our every need.”

Whether we are Mission Haiti or Haiti180, we are called to love and serve. And to be grateful, for God is ever faithful.

Peace & Blessings … Lynn

 

 

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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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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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