Update 6/24/2017: Happy Saturday New Hope! We arrived home safely Thursday night after a very fulfilling 8 days in Haiti. We were able to see 5 of the 6 pastors, get a good start on trusses for the roof at Gris-Gris, establish some new connections with Ministry being done in another area of Haiti, and offer our love and support to Pastor Jean-Francois and Lola at the memorial service for their son. I also took part in two Haitian weddings where I met many new people and made many new friends. Alene, Leeann, and I are very grateful for the tremendous support and the prayers of our New Hope family. I hope that others will consider joining us on a trip to Haiti. It is an experience that will change your life! I look forward to worshipping with my New Hope family tomorrow! Grace and peace, Pastor Paul
Good morning New Hope! Everywhere we look we seem to find conflict. There is race conflict, there is political conflict, there is conflict with authority, there is conflict between religions, and there is even conflict between forces in our environment.
Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday March 12. Don’t forget to “Spring Forward” one hour Saturday evening March 11. Otherwise you will be an hour late for church on Sunday! This is also a great time to check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms!
Good evening New Hope! Alexandria and Colleen had an amazing experience on the last ministry trip to Haiti. Here is a message from Alexandria. I am so excited to be able to share Colleen and I’s experience with you! There are never words to describe the impact that the people of Haiti, the CP ministers, and the mission team have on my faith and personal growth. Each time I have visited Haiti, I feel an immediate spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental renewal. I’ll be sharing in more detail during a special service coming up but I wanted to give you a brief overview of what we were able to accomplish in our time there.
Good evening New Hope! I shared with you Sunday the news about one of our sister churches, New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Whitwell, TN. In the tornados last week their church as well as the pastor’s home (Rev. Jimmy Byrd) were damaged. The following email was sent from our denominational headquarters. Tornado Hits Cumberland Presbyterian Church New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian in Whitwell, TN (north of Chattanooga) suffered significant damage as a result of tornadoes which swept through on Tuesday evening. The pastor’s house, the Reverend Jimmy Byrd, also has some pretty bad damage from a fallen tree. Many of their neighbors have lost everything. The Missions Ministry Team on behalf of the denomination has sent some relief funds to the New Hope Church and surrounding areas. We are accepting additional donations for those in the area who are trying to pick up the pieces following the recent storm.
Day One Greetings from Haiti New Hope! Today was our first day of work and we are off to a good start. We got the base for the trusses repaired and were able to get 7 trusses up. We have 3 trusses that were destroyed and have to be rebuilt. There are a total of 28 trusses (I think) that have to be put up. Once the trusses are up, new tin will have to be installed. The tin is being delivered tomorrow. If the weather cooperates we should be able to get it all done.