Saturday, January 31, 2015

Children's Leaders Conference

Alex's House hosted a three day Children's Leaders Conference led by Hope Community
Church(Kentucky) in January.  Over 50 Haitian workers and pastors from our partnering churches attended the training.  The team of ten workers from Hope Community Church have a combined total of 192 years working with children!  They used their experiences in ministry to develop a conference focused on  the why of teaching children, the how of practical methods and the importance of prayer in ministry.


Each day a variety of sessions including teaching, small group challenges, discussion questions, worship and demonstrations were presented.  Teaching sessions focused on why it is important to teach children, the differences in teaching children and adults, how to use objects from your surroundings to enhance teaching and different methods for conveying a message.


Attendees were split into groups and given different passages that teach about the importance of children.  Discussion prompts directed them to look at how children were involved in the scripture and what that says about the importance of children.  After studying the passage in their small groups, they presented the meaning of the passage to the large group.  Attendees took the studying very seriously and had great insight to share with the group.


A presenter spoke on the differences in teaching children versus adults.  This lesson was one that really resounded with the pastors and leaders.  In a follow-up discussion with Pastor Frito of Pierre Payen, he told Conference Director Steve Haddix that he had been teaching his children as if they were adults.  From the conference, he learned children cannot learn in the same way as adults.  He plans to get volunteers from his church to teach children separately now on Sunday mornings.


One of the challenges given to teams included giving each group items collected around the York House yard to create bugs.  This demonstration taught participants to think outside the box for items they already have available  to create crafts, teaching props, etc.



For one session, Hope member Ricky Hall taught the story of David and Goliath in costume as if he were David.  He showed the group how interactive storytelling captures the audience and helps them to grasp the concept better than simply standing in one place reciting a lesson.
The group gave examples of how to teach through music using hand motions, reading a story from a book using character voices and having children involved in a skit.  After the session, groups were given a story prompt and had to come up with the best method to share the story with a group.  They first had to identify the main point of the story and then tell how to best teach it.  Several groups said a skit was the best teaching method while another used finger puppets to demonstrate their main point.

Conference Director Steve Haddix said he was uncertain of the reception his team would receive going into the conference.  Would the methods used in US to teach children translate cross- culturally?  At the conclusion of the three day conference he was blown away with the level of participation by attendees. He had several post conference discussions with pastors who were eager to implement the teaching methods they learned.

Alex's House extends a huge thank you to the members of Hope Community Church who spent many hours prepping for the conference!  We pray that the training will impact many children in Haiti for the gospel.





Thursday, November 27, 2014

Amazon Smile


Are you an online shopper?  You can use your shopping to help support Alex’s House when making purchases on Amazon.com!  Amazon Smile is the same website, however, it allows you to designate a non-profit to receive a portion of your sale. When shopping online go to amazonsmile.com  and sign-in using your Amazon username and password.


Next search for Alex’s House Orphanage as your charitable organization.  Select Alex’s House(Lexington, SC) as the organization you want to support.
Now as you shop, your purchases will help support Alex’s House.


It’s a simply way to give back while you do what you were already doing.  Simply make the switch to amazonsmile.com for your online Amazon purchases.  Share this easy way to give to Alex’s House with other online shoppers today!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Our Next Step - Piercing the Darkness!


Hello Alex’s House Family!

I want you to know how grateful I am for the love, support and prayers you offered Alex’s House in 2014.  Our children are happy and growing and through you, the Lord has met all of our needs. Your love and support is literally changing the lives of our children!

This February will be a great milestone in our history – our 5th anniversary!  I stand in awe at the amazing progress the Lord has allowed us to make in these few short years.  Yet, there’s a trembling in my spirit as well - for as you know, the Lord does not allow us to stay in one place for very long.  

The Lord has given me clarity in where we should go next.  Please click on the following link and watch our new video – Piercing the Darkness.  The video and the information that follows it will tell you all about our next steps forward!

After watching, if you agree that the Lord is calling us in these new efforts, please make a generous donation to help the vision become a reality.

You have been so faithful in standing with me in this calling to reach Haiti for Jesus. 
Thank you for your faithful financial support, your prayers and your friendship.  I’m so grateful to be in ministry together with you.

…for the least of these….

~Bill

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!