It’s been several months since my last post.
Plenty has been happening. It’s just that the fall got very hectic and I never got back to blogging.
Here’s a quick rundown since the last post:
August 05 (returned from Haiti)
August 11 (kids go back to school; Autumn starts middle school)
August 13 (Pam Cooper’s last day as Teen Mission secretary; Pam faithfully served with TM for nearly 10 years)
August 21 (our family moved from Natchez Trail to Traveller Road)
October 04-10 (I follow through on my word and take the family to Disney World in Orlando, FL; we had a really great time!)
October 22-23 (Mission Journeys 25th Anniversary Celebration; nearly 140 volunteers help us pack 54,000 meals for Haiti!)
October 28 (Teen Mission 40th Anniversary Banquet)
November 18-21 (National Missionary Convention held @ Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY; TM serve as Local Arrangements Coordinators)
December 10-12 (6th Annual Appalachian Christmas Project)
December 25-January 01 (celebrating the Holidays with family and friends)
Honestly, a bunch of stuff has happened over the past six months. Just being the parent of a middle schooler is stressful enough!
Seriously, though, I thank God for giving strength and certainty in this time of transition.
My goal for this new year of 2011 is to use the blog for more creative pieces rather than just informative. For example: I’m putting most of the Teen Mission news on a monthly email newsletter called, “The Sower.”
I hope and pray that I can post things that are a little more interesting on a more consistent basis.
– Greg H
We are wrapping things up and will be flying home tomorrow (8/5). Our team finished a revival at Carrefour-feuilles last night (8/3) with a packed house. We gave certificates to nearly 40 people who’ve completed the Global Bible School course. Dr Sule says 9 people came to Christ and were baptized as a result of taking the GBS course. We held a second medical clinic today (8/4) in Delmas. It went well with 45 people being treated.
THANKS for praying for our team. Please pray for safe travel home.
God bless, Greg H
Things are going fine in Haiti. Our team finished rebuilding a wall and cleaning class rooms at a Christian school today (7/30). The school was damaged from the January 12th earthquake. The school and church are located in the Delmas section of Port-au-Prince under the leadership of Eddy Bazin.
Tomorrow (7/31), we’ll be doing a medical clinic with Dr Sule Jean Marcel in a section of Port-au-Prince called Carrefour-feuilles. We’ll start a preaching revival there on Sunday (8/1).
Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
God bless, Greg H
Our team and I made it to Haiti safely yesterday (7/27). I preached on a radio program this morning (7/28) and tonight at a church service. Our team is working at a Christian school right now. We’re cleaning up some rooms left damaged from the January 12th earthquake. The city of Port-au-Prince is still a mess. We’re told many remain buried in the rubble.
Please keep our team in your prayers.
God bless, Greg H
Every summer, we are very busy with Vacation Bible Schools, Conventions, weeks of Christian Service Camp as well as the Mission Journeys. This summer was no different.
In June, TM was involved with some great Vacation Bible Schools at Gardenside Christian Church (Lexington, KY), Fox Creek Christian Church (Lawrenceburg, KY) and Nelson Christian Church (Bardstown, KY). Many dollars were raised for Teen Mission and several toys and school supplies were collected for children in Haiti.
In July, we had a booth at the North American Christian Convention in Indianapolis, IN (July 06-09). The NACC is a great time of reunion and encouragement.
Last week (July 18-23), I represented Teen Mission at Elkhorn Valley Christian Service Camp in northeast Ohio. I appreciate Ed Eberhart (dean) for having us as the week’s mission. It was a great week with around 40 Junior High campers. Also last week, Ken Henderson was at the School of Missions at Lake James Christian Assembly (Angola, IN). Other camps using TM for their mission this summer were Sugarloaf Christian Camp (Wallingford, KY) and Little Galilee Christian Camp (Clinton, IL).
The summer is also a time when the majority of our Mission Journeys take place. We’ve sent out 20 teams and over 300 volunteers this summer to many mission locations. Our final team of the summer will be leaving on Tuesday, July 27th for Haiti. I’m excited to be a part of that team. As the summer wraps up, we’ll be sharing some of the exciting stories about what God has done through this year’s Mission Journeys. Be watching for that!
The Mission Journeys web site (www.missionjourneys.org) has been updated with a tentative 2011 trip list. It’s not too early to be planning ahead for next year. Check it out!
Please continue to pray for us as we wrap up the summer and look to the fall. THANKS again and may God continue to bless!
Greg Herriford (Teen Mission, USA )
We received a call on May 4th from a dear friend, Bill Teegarden. Bill preaches at Farmers Christian Church, a few miles west of Morehead, KY. Bill (pictured right, showing the water level) says they had 4-5 feet of water in the church basement and considerable damage to their new activities building. Several homes in the community were also damaged.