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by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 2/4/2019
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A Working Lunch

Frank Frischkorn had a chance to stop by the Pittsburgh office and spend some time with the best Administrator in the entire world, Denise Veselicky. Our Region is so blessed to have Denise as a member of our ABCOPAD Team. Denise does so much to make ministry possible in coordinating and doing logistics for our many mission teams.

 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 2/4/2019
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North Hills Baptist Grant Awarded

Sue MacDonald and Mark Mahserjian-Smith recently presented Mark Mendicino an ABCOPAD Grant to the North Hills Baptist Church

North Hills applied for a grant to develop a crowd sourcing computer platform to help refugees in the greater Pittsburgh area. The concept is to use crowd sourcing to share needs of immigrants such as food, household items and other resources among those participating in the “crowd” so they can donate whatever is needed. It is an exciting concept linking people with things they want to donate with people new to our country with basic needs.

Mark Mendicino, his wife Amy. and the North Hills Church family are all great partners in ministry!

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries, General, Region Life ~ Date: 2/4/2019
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Northern Haiti Mission Team 5

Mark Mahserjian-Smith writes:

Today our Haiti Mission team did some sight seeing and took a trip to the Citadel and to King Christophe’s Palace. The Citadel is an amazing structure and an important part of Haiti’s history. Constructed at the top of a very steep mountain, it’s purpose was to prevent Napoleon and the French from recapturing Haiti after they won their independence. It is a massive fortress with many canons that could stop ships coming into the harbor as well as repel an attacking army. So much rich history and an architectural wonder.

 

 

 

The initial plan was to hike to the Citadel but that would have taken an entire day. It is a 5mile hike and sections of the road are at nearly a 45 degree angle or steeper. Our partner Fritznel arrange for motorcycles to take us to the base of the mountain and then we took horses to carry us to the top. 

 

 

 

I thought I could skip the horse and hike to the top. A Haitian looked at me and said he would walk with me and bring his horse just in case I changed my mind and wanted horse assistance. About 1/3 of the way up I came to my senses and took him up on his offer. I think the Haitians were taking bets about how far I would go. Hahahahaha. I have never been on a motorcycle or horse on such steep terrain. Very grateful for the help.

 

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: Ministries ~ Date: 2/4/2019
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Northern Haiti Mission Team 4

Mark Mahserjian=Smith writes:
Morning worship was wonderful as we joined a sanctuary filled with Christian brothers and sisters of Haiti, young and old. The entire front of the sanctuary (first 5 or 6 rows) was filled with kids in their school uniforms. One side of the sanctuary was the children’s choir directed by a little girls who looked about 8 years old. She did an outstanding job. 

The pastor was very personable and spoke from his heart encouraging everyone to be faithful as the follow Jesus. The music was both beautiful and inspiring
After worship the pastor invited us back to him home for refreshments and a chance to visit. Such an amazing morning celebrating our faith in Jesus with our Haitian brothers and sisters in Labadee.

 

 

 

 

by Bud Russell Categories: General, Ministries ~ Date: 2/4/2019
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