Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mission Calendar for 2015

By the end of 2014, over 250 people will have served on mission teams at Alex's House within the year!  We had team members from Colorado to West Virginia, from Michigan to Alabama and New Mexico to South Carolina.  Because of the reach of these teams, Alex's House held medical clinics, trained leaders in children's ministry, taught adult Bible classes and ministered to local widows.  Mission teams allow us to go beyond the walls of the children's home to minister in the local communities.

We hope you can join us in 2015 as we continue to reach the least of these for Christ.  This next year we will continue with children's ministry, adult ministry, women's ministry, sports ministry and medical missions at our ministry sites.   In addition, the Lord has shown us the need to hold deeper training sessions for local leaders.  We will host children leaders training, youth ministry training, pastors training and worship leaders training conferences in 2015.

Alex's House invites you to join us in 2015 to be a part of the work the Lord is continuing in Haiti. Check out our missions page for next year's schedule.   If you have a church or missions group that would like schedule a trip, please contact our Missions Director, Kendall Moss at kendall@alexshouseorphanage.org.  We look forward to serving with you in 2015!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Alex's House Goes to Beach Camp


After a busy schedule of mission groups this summer, we took the first week of August as a time of special celebration for our Alex's House Family-Beach Camp 2014!  The excitement started weeks ago when flyers were posted announcing camp.  Everyone hurried around to get the details of the upcoming event.  You could hear children reading the details out loud then running to tell their brothers and sisters the news.


We spent Monday and Tuesday at a camp site in Pierre Payen.  Each day we had an interactive Bible story, craft time, and recreation.  The children studied creation and the effects of sin;  they made pouches to carry fish and loaves from the story of Jesus feeding the 5000; and they played many games including jump rope races.


To end each day of camp, we spent time playing in the ocean.  The big kids swam out to stand on the barrier and the littles splashed in the shallow end with beach toys.



We used camp as a training opportunity for our older children.  On Wednesday, we spent time teaching them how to "put on" a day program.  They practiced teaching the creation story, aiding with a craft and directing game time.  
While the older children learned the program, the younger children practiced greeting guests and giving directions.  They also rehearsed a song to welcome visitors to our home.
On Thursday, we invited our friends from Pastor Louissant's Orphanage in Barboncourt to a day camp at our house.  They were greeted at the door by our whole family singing "bienvenue a tout"- welcome us all.  We sang together and opened in prayer.  The Alex's House children gave our visitors a tour of our home, then we started our program.  


We moved between four stations-Bible story, craft, creation book, recreation- and made it until almost the very end with all groups still intact!  Each of the stations were led by Alex's House children. Our kids did a PHENOMENAL job of leading.  They took their task to heart and did an excellent job of teaching our friends.



 We headed back to Pierre Payen on Friday for our final day of beach camp. It was a joyous time of singing together, learning more about our Savior and having fun as a family.  Everyone-kids and adults- had a wonderful time at camp.  A special thank you to the Howard family for coming and leading Beach Camp 2014!  Here's a final photo of us all enjoying our last day of camp.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Welcome to the Family


One great thing about Alex’s House is that we function as a family.  Many organizations that care for children operate as an institution.  Our children’s home, however is truly a family.  And we are a family that has grown.  We introduce to you our newest brother Cheridson.


Cheridson, or as many refer to him SonSon, came to our family a little over a month ago.  When he first arrived he weighed just over 9 pounds at almost 6 months old.  You can see from this photo that he was severely malnourished.  Each of his ribs showed and his arms with nothing but bones. (No worries as he now has a very plump belly and is getting some rolls on his legs!)



Since his arrival, Cheridson has really grown.  When he first arrived simply taking a bottle of milk was enough to exhaust him.  He’s gained several pounds.  SonSon  loves to touch your face and coos and giggles when you talk to him-he even recognizes his name.  He can sit up on his own and is very close to rolling over!  The signs of malnutrition are quickly fading away.  Cheridson has quickly adjusted to his new family. As you can tell they are very happy to have him around as well!  Everyone wants to pitch in and help care for the new baby.  Even Widna and Wislove like to "hold" and care for him!

Cheridson’s father passed away in a car accident.  The loss of income left his mother unable to care for him.  He was not receiving the food or care he needed.  Each child's story begins with some heartbreak.  It's never a good thing when a child has to leave their family.  However, here at Alex's House the story doesn't stop there!  Baby SonSon was welcomed here at Alex’s House the beginning of June with open loving arms by everyone.  What started from loss will be redeemed as Cheridson is raised in a family dedicated to training to make him a disciple of Christ.





Welcome to the family Cheridson!  We hope you get to come meet our newest brother soon.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Pop of Color-Gate Mural

Each week team members come with special talents and gifts.  In June, we had a few team members from Welsh Baptist in Maryland were artists.  Erin & Barb designed a mural for the front gate of Alex's House.

They used the inspiration of the tropical backdrop of Haiti for the main portion of the mural.  They also designed silhouettes for around the outer edges of the door.

Over the course of the week team members helped prep the door, paint base coats, and outline silhouettes.  Next the artists went to work on the main focal point.  The mural adds a nice pop of color to our home.  After it was completed, many of the children would stand and gaze at the art!

Check out a few photos of our new mural.  Thanks to the team from Welsh Baptist for our beautiful new artwork!
A view down the drive before the mural was started.
The team prepped the door for the mural.

A team member works on one of the silhouettes.


Artists Erin & Barb put the finishing touches on the almost complete mural.
The finished mural adds a great backdrop to drive!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Project Playground: COMPLETE

Project Playground: COMPLETE
The kids have a fun new place to play.  Like many things at Alex's House, our new playground was a team effort!  It was the work of many that together created a beautiful new play structure for our children.




Many committed to raising money through our latest fundraiser.  VBSs and children's ministries  took the challenge to help raise the money to build the playground.

Team member after team member worked hard to clear the grounds of rubble.  In between ministry sites teams would shovel buckets of rocks to make a clearing for the new playground.








Building plans were sketched and drawn out weeks in advance.  And then of course, thrown out and completely reworked once the project started!
















Truck loads of supplies were brought in from Port au Prince.  The JAC truck was so weighed down with materials, it took an extra to get home from Port one day.  Several trips were made to the hardware store to collect everything needed for the project!








A team from The Gathering in Illinois welded, measured, sawed, and hammered.  Their blood, sweat and tears were poured into the playground.  The team did a great job of working quickly to get the project completed in one week!



And all the hard work paid off when the final results were unveiled!  We see many years of squeals, smiles and laughters!
The playground has a rope ladder, baby swings, trapeze bar, climbing ladder, bridge, and big kid swings!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Let's Build a Playground!

Alex's House has started developing the lot beside the York House!  The land has been walled in, the transition home foundation has started and the land is being cleared.  What will go on the land being cleared?  A NEW PLAYGROUND!  Our children are going to be so excited to have a place to play in the afternoons.

Is your children's ministry or church's VBS program looking for a fun way to invest and get your children involved in missions?  If so, join us in building the playground for the Alex's House children.  Children participating in the fundraiser will commit to praying for an AH child, raise money for the playground and perform an act of kindness.  They will participate in global and local missions all at once!

We have play money designed for the children to sell to friends, family, neighbors, etc to raise money for the playground.  On their play money, the will also write the name of their AH child to encourage others to be praying for the child as well.

All the materials are designed and ready for you -flyers, play money, and fundraiser instructions.  We just need your church to get involved. If your church would like to participate email kendall@alexshouseorphanage today to request the materials.  Together we can build a playground!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I love it when God works like that-Widow's Ministry

Alex's House is excited to announce a new ministry for widows in our surrounding communities.  Read about this new focus from the words of co-director Debbie Weeks.  Debbie has traveled to Haiti multiple times serving on medical, construction, Bible School and teaching conference teams.


There are times in my life (when considering a certain ministry opportunity)that I wonder, "Is it God's will for me to do this certain thing, at this time?".  There are other times,  it seems
 as if the Lord is very clearly, NO DOUBT, saying, "This is what I want you to do!"...I love it when God works like that!  That is the way God spoke to me about helping 
to set up the widow's ministry for Alex's House. 

The background...
One reason I began learning the Haitian Creole language, was that I wanted to be prepared for when God would give me the opportunity to talk with some of the dear widows there.  I wanted to be able to talk with them "friend to friend", "face to face", in their language. Each time I have gone, I have always been drawn to the dear ladies of Haiti, but have never really had the chance to spend any time with them, until the summer of 2013.  One afternoon, our team was able to provide lunch for a group of widows.  We prayed with them, rubbed their hands and feet with lotion, and praised the Lord together with them in song for a couple of hours.  Let me tell you, I left a part of my heart with those dear ladies!  As we prayed, sang, and cried together, I knew I would never be the same. I knew God was giving me a longing to build relationships with them.

The burden...
One morning, the end of last year, I awoke very burdened for the Haitian widows.  As I stood at my kitchen sink, staring out the window, I began to feel discouraged, as I wondered if I would ever get to minister to the Haitian widows again. (At the time, Alex's House did not yet have an "official widow's ministry" set up).  I had not yet checked my email for the day.  This was unusual for me, as it is usually the first thing I do.  I just prayed that the Lord would meet their needs and If it was His will I would get to  minister again to some of them.

After praying, I checked by email and noticed that there was an email from Bill Howard, asking me if I would consider co-directing the new "Widow's Ministry" for Alex's House!  Wow, God is so good!  God was working behind the scenes working out the details to begin a ministry to widows, and at the same time, placing a desire in my heart for those widows!   

I agreed to help organize and set up a plan for widow's ministry in Haiti.  Leah Wagner and myself are co-directing this effort, with help from Missions Director Kendall Moss.  Please join us in praying for this ministry and these dear widows.  Pray that we will follow the Lord's direction in how to best love, serve, and most importantly, point them to our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

I am so very thankful for our God, who calls us and equips us!  Praise His name! 

Debbie Weeks  

NOTE: God has filled all four scheduled widow's ministry weeks for 2014!  We have a few open slots.  If you are interested, contact Kendall at kendall@alexshouseorphanage.org.