Mission trips enliven Scotts Hill members
    September 7 2010 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

    Some of the 22 persons who joined the Scotts Hill Baptist Church team volunteering in Haiti Aug. 22-28 needed to get home, wash their clothes and repack in time for a two-week trip to their ongoing mission in Accra, Ghana.

    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    Pediatrician Pam Taylor checks a reluctant toddler in a Haitian medical clinic. See photo gallery.


    Scotts Hill, a fast-growing church just north of Wilmington, is directly involved in missions at many levels. Its mission pastor and administrator Jimmie Suggs organizes the mission efforts and leads many of the teams.

    When he put the word out that medical personnel were needed for the Haiti team some members that anticipated going could not make it. Medical members widened the net and enlisted several colleagues for the team.

    They ended up forming the largest team since Feb. 1, with enough people to accompany Haitian staff to two medical clinics each day, and to make up three shelter construction teams.

    Bud Goolsby, a relentless servant at 62 who is always looking for something to do even when other team members are resting, said his mission trips to Ghana, Haiti, Ecuador and Honduras have provided a “practical view.”

    “You’re not just giving and praying for something you’ve never seen,” he said. “You’ve been there.”

    Now, he said during a lunch in the Miami airport on his way home from Haiti, “I can’t see children anywhere without seeing the heart of God broken over the need.”

    He appreciates meeting committed people, utilizing their God-given talents in God-ordained work. He mentioned specifically Scott and Janet Daughtry, the on-site coordinators for the Haiti relief effort. “You probably have to be out of your mind to go down there and work as hard as we did,” he said. “But I’d do it again.”

    Dana Ferrell who was sharing the lunch in Miami, encouraged people to go at least once. Recalling a frustrating two and a half hour experience trying to get out of the Port-au-Prince airport that morning, with jostling crowds shoving for position in stifling heat, he said Satan will throw up roadblocks at every turn.

    “Even today,” Ferrell said, “Satan would have liked to see us get frustrated and not want to go back.”

    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    When Scotts Hill Baptist Church volunteer Dave Lucas learned one of the interpreters was also a barber, he submitted to a haircut the Haitian way. He drew a crowd and future customers Daniel Lee from New York, back, and Bill Barker, right. See photo gallery.


    Brandon Lisk, a young father newly emboldened for missions and encouraged by his wife, Amanda, plans to be involved in an international trip each year, “just make it a part of my life.”

    In addition to the ministry he provides, it is a good opportunity to “turn off the phone and not have the responsibilities of work and family,” for an extended period to concentrate on ministry and spiritual things “away from selfish desires.”

    The best part of a trip is “bonding and fellowship with team members” he said, pointing out that not all the team members to Haiti knew each other before being united by common task.

    A week earlier Chad Hodges, who was embarking on his first international mission trip, discussed the expected heat and hardships facing him and the team in Haiti. He was unfazed.

    “I want to go somewhere where I have to suffer to serve Jesus,” he said.

    The Daughtrys ameliorated the “suffering” as much as they could, providing good food and cold drinks on a conveyor belt that dropped its contents into the dehydrated and hungry stomachs of team members.

    “One thing about teams is God only sends the good ones,” Scott Daughtry said. “Not many bad folks will spend $1,000 to travel halfway around the world to help somebody.”

    Such work is not without risk. Scotts Hills’ pastor Phil Ortego is on temporary leave, suffering from an undefined illness he evidently picked up in April during a mission trip to Ecuador.

    Team members were moved when they delivered 20 cots and 20 blankets to children at the Victorious Kids Orphanage in Titanyen. Hodges’ wife Amy thought far enough ahead to send a suitcase packed with flip-flops and toys with him.

    Director Oscar Jeanmendes and his wife Christine first started the orphanage a year ago in their home to get pregnant teens off the dangerous streets. In July, they moved into a cement block, tin roofed building constructed in large part with North Carolina Baptist Haiti relief gifts.

    Children were sleeping on the cement floor, getting damp and sick. There is no electricity, plumbing, or kitchen. Cooking is over charcoal in an alcove outside and on the morning of a visit, some wandering goats were helping themselves at the pot of rice.

    But today the children sleep on cots, under roof, wearing flip-flops, in the care of a loving Christian couple and sing with joy. (See video of children singing as well as other video footage from Haiti at the Biblical Recorder’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/biblicalrecorder.)

    Volunteers who see, hear, feel, taste, smell and touch that moment understand the difference between supporting missions and being on mission.

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Jameson wrote about his experience while in Haiti. Follow his daily blog by reading the first entry.)


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    9/7/2010 7:17:00 AM by Norman Jameson, BR Editor | with 1 comments




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