One Conversation and 20 Coasters

ninosI found out about the Haiti Water Project at the church’s General Assembly in Orlando, FL in 2009. (I’m the one who took around 20 coasters…). I was very moved to see with what love the missionary was talking about the project and what it means to the people of Haiti. I came back excited to share the news with our church’s Nazarene Missions International (NMI) president and then we shared it with the church board.

The board voted we should have a special service to raise money for the Haiti Water Project on the last Sunday of March. To prepare the congregation for the offering we showed videos and talked about the purpose and need of the water wells in Haiti throughout the month. The Sunday before the special service we set up a water well we made from an old plastic barrel and filled it with water bottles for everyone to take. It was invigorating to see how everyone was getting excited about the project – from the adults to the children- you could feel the excitement in the air.

The Sunday of the offering we moved the well to the front of the church and asked people to place their offering in the well. Even though some church members are going through a tough time financially we received an offering of a little over $500. This is big news to us because our church is low income. Everyone participated and there was a genuine feeling of love for our brothers and sisters in Haiti.

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We invited the NMI Hispanic Area Coordinator to attend this special service. She then shared the pictures and story with our District NMI president. We were asked to take the well to the South Texas District Assembly. At the Assembly we were able to pick up another offering for the project and tell people about the good news happening in Haiti.

It’s amazing to think- all this because of one conversation and 20 coasters!!! But the reality is that all this is because of the many blessings God has showered upon each and every one of us and the HWP is one way for us to give back and say “thank you God for your amazing love.” Thank you for all you are doing for Haiti and for letting us be a part of it.

–Maybe Antonio

Maybe Antonio contacted the Haiti Water Project with a simple question, “Is this project still going on?” HWP answered with a loud, “Yes!” and shared stories of projects currently taking place in Haiti to reach people with clean water. It is only because of people like Maybe who take the initiative to share the need for clean water resources in Haiti with others that the HWP was able to reach three new communities with clean water this past month. So we thank her and all those from South Texas who got involved! Maybe attends the Broadway Spanish Church of the Nazarene in Houston, Texas and enjoys playing soccer in her spare time.

Una conversación y 20 posavasos

Me enteré del proyectó Agua Para Haití durante la Aamblea General en Orlando, FL. (Yo fui la que tomó alrededor de 20 posavasos). Me conmovió mucho ver con que amor el misionero hablaba acerca de el proyecto y lo que significa para el pueblo de Haití. Regrese emocionada a mi iglesia y compartí las buenas nuevas con la presidenta de MNI y luego lo compartimos con la junta de la iglesia.

La junta acordó que deberíamos tener un servicio especial para recaudar fondos para el proyectó Agua Para Haití el último domingo de Marzo. Para preparar a la congregación para la ofrenda mostramos videos y se habló sobre el propósito y la necesidad de los pozos de agua en Haití a lo largo del mes. El domingo anterior a el servicio especial creamos un pozo de agua que hicimos de un barril viejo de plástico y lo llenamos de botellas de agua para que todos tomaran. Fue estimulante ver cómo todos estaban entusiasmados con el proyecto -tanto los adultos como los niños, se podía sentir la emoción en el aire.

presidenta-mniEl domingo que se recogió la ofrenda trasladamos el pozo al frente de la iglesia para que los hermanos depositaran su ofrenda en el pozo. Aunque algunos miembros de la iglesia están pasando por un momento financiero difícil recibimos una oferta de poco más de 500 dólares. Esta es una gran noticia para nosotros porque nuestra iglesia es de bajos ingresos. Todo el mundo participó y se produjo un verdadero sentimiento de amor por nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Haití.

Invitamos a la coordinadora de MNI de habla-hispana asistir a este servicio especial. Ella compartió las fotos y noticia con la presidenta de MNI del Distrito. Se nos pidió que lleváramos el pozo a la Asamblea de Distrito del Sur de Tejas. En la Asamblea fuimos capaces de recoger otra ofrenda para el proyecto y comunicarle a la gente las buenas noticias ocurriendo en Haití.

Es increíble pensar, todo esto fue resultado de una conversación y 20 posavasos! La realidad es que todo esto es debido a las muchas bendiciones que Dios ha derramado sobre cada uno de nosotros y el proyecto Agua Para Haití es una manera de decir “gracias Dios por tu amor asombroso.” Gracias por todo lo que están haciendo por Haití y por permitirnos ser parte de ello.

–Maybe Antonio

2 Comments

  1. Hey there lady. thanks for the website. I will be making a donation. It seems you are a very busy lady and your work to help others is joyful. Your fulfillment in life and your tremendous efforts in your work will pay off with joy in your heart from everyone.

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  2. Hey there lady. thanks for the website. I will be making a donation. It seems you are a very busy lady and your work to help others is joyful. Your fulfillment in life and your tremendous efforts in your work will pay off with joy in your heart from everyone.

    Reply

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