STACEY GAGNE – We’re here! The OBX Haiti team is settling in at our home for the week at The Isaiah House here in Jacmel. Our team of 8 from the Outer Banks, Raleigh, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri and Pennsylvania made all of our connections and came together with about 1000 lbs of luggage. Our team ranges from one who has never been out of the country to several well seasoned travelers. Over the last several months we have connected through Facebook and it was really exciting to meet each other face to face and begin our journey. I plan to introduce you to some of the team during some of my call in reports. Members of our team will also be sharing their thoughts at OBX Haiti.
Today we flew into Port au Prince and made the (about) 3 1/2 hour journey along the coast and over the mountains to Jacmel. We loaded all of our luggage into the back of the Joy in Hope Truck/Tap Tap and were on our way. We passed by some of the tent cities in Port au Prince, many roadside markets, and then drove an incredibly windy road through the mountains. Our driver honked his horn continuously to let drivers around the upcoming curves know we were coming through (or to push our way through traffic).
We’re excited to get started on our project this week, but first tomorrow we will go to church and then spend some time at the beach with the Joy in Hope family. The rest of the week we’ll be working on building a home on their land (the foundation has already been laid for us), spending time with the kids, sorting through and distributing the supplies we’ve pulled together and learning more about the people here in Jacmel.
Here are some pictures that I took along the way (many out the window of a moving van).
STACEY GAGNE –
It is a very exciting time right now. I’m currently packing my office for our move to Junction Road while also packing the items that I need for Haiti. As I’ve been sitting here loading files into file boxes I was thinking about the trip and what I’m most looking forward to.
On the practical side, I have to admit I’m really looking forward to that moment when we get our luggage loaded onto the truck! I’ll also be glad when I pack my luggage into the car on Friday knowing that I have fit everything I could think of into my carry on. Woo hoo. Sweet relief!
The thing I’m most looking forward to, though, is those moments of just being there, in the moment, loving people! When I traveled to Ethiopia with Compassion last year, I quickly found that the things I will bring and the “help” that I can give are certainly important … but the time spent playing with the children and hearing their stories and telling mine … making live, human connections … these are what I took away from the experience. These are the moments I’ll be sharing with you back here at home. It’s my desire to connect you with the organization: Joy in Hope, while also showing how JOY and HOPE through JESUS are being displayed in another part of the world. What an opportunity!
Packing, Preparing and Full of Anticipation
STACEY GAGNE –
This morning I had the opportunity to be on the Get Up and Go Show during the 7:00 hour to share about my trip to Haiti next week. We also got to interview Nick Mangine live from Jacmel, Haiti on Skype. It was great to hear him briefly share his heart and give our listeners some framework for what our time will be doing while we are there. You can hear the interview at the WJTL Casts page.
This Friday, my friend Chris Boone and I will be flying to Miami to join the rest of the team as well as Gwenn Mangine who is returning to Haiti after a visit with her family. I am really anxious to meet the rest of the team and to see Gwenn. I’ve known Gwenn and Nick for years through the Creation Festival family.
When the team is all together, it’s going to be quite a sight to see all of our bags full of supplies all in one place! Saturday morning we fly out of Miami to Port Au Prince and then will make the journey from there to Jacmel. Apparently depending on weather it could be a 2 to 4 hour ride. That will be quite a journey, I’m sure!
Please check out the Joy in Hope Facebook. If you scroll down through you can see lots of pictures including some of the homes that other mission teams have built and of course there are lots of pictures of the kids. Our team will be building a small house on the Joy in Hope land while we are there while also hanging out with the kids in the Mangine house, the children and families in the community and doing whatever else we can to help and be an encouragement.
Below is a picture of 9 of the 12 kids in the Mangine home. I can’t wait to see them!!
Counting down the days!
STACEY GAGNE –
Last night I had the opportunity to sit in at a very important movie premier. I attended a screening of 58: The Film at Manor theater in Lancaster. Hope International hosted this screening and helped to prepare, share scripture and even pray with the audience in attendance before and after the film. Hope International is one of the lead agencies partnering together in this initiative to fight poverty. Other lead agencies you may recognize include Compassion , Food for the Hungry, International Justice Mission, and many others (complete listing is available at the Partnering Page of the 58 website). The coming together of so many organizations really excites me! But I am getting ahead of myself.
58:, named for Isaiah 58, is a reminder that God desires us to carry out the True Fast, one that cares for the poor and oppressed. It’s also a reminder that the end of extreme poverty is possible and in fact is already starting to happen. While the film took us on a journey across the world, we witnessed some really hard stories in areas like Ethiopia, Kenya, and India. We also saw the impact that is being and has been made by those who have chosen to do something! Though there is still so much poverty in the world, huge leaps have been made and there is hope if we continue to prayerfully act!
On a personal note, this was incredibly timely for me as I head to Haiti next week. I am invigorated and inspired. It also brought me back a year to my own time in Ethiopia. (I think I even recognized a Compassion staff member!)
I would encourage you to check out 58:. Find it and “like it” on Facebook and then get a screening set up for your church, small group, business or organization. Also, consider “What’s in your hand” that may save a life!!
Desiring for “our light to break forth like the dawn”
STACEY GAGNE – Two weeks from today the journey begins in our trip to Jacmel. How did we get here so fast?
Thanks to Facebook, I’ve been able to correspond with the teammates that I’ll be traveling with. Some of the 9 of us are seasoned travelers to Haiti and some of us are first timers. It’s going to be beautiful to see how God uses our different strengths, giftings and experience as we serve there. I’m sure you will get to hear from some of them as we share our stories with the WJTL audience.
Each of us are packing bags with essentials like towels, formula, diapers, clothes, toys… you name it… to bring and bless people with. I have one giant duffle bag ready to go and need to do some shopping for filling a second bag. I am so excited to get there, meet some beautiful people and share my experiences with you!
I’ll be flying out of the area on Friday October 21st and traveling from Miami to Port Au Prince on Saturday the 22nd and will be there until the 29th.
I would appreciate your pray for these final 2 weeks of preparation!
Packing my bags and preparing my heart!
STACEY GAGNE –
As we’ve been sharing in our news updates:
President Obama has declared disaster for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and thus federal funding is available to affected individuals in many counties including:
Adams, Bradford, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wyoming, and York.
“Individuals and business owners who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.”
(information taken from a FEMA press release)
STACEY GAGNE –
Yesterday I was sitting in the Passport Health Office realizing it had been almost exactly a year (off by one day) that I was there! Some of you may remember my trip to Ethiopia with Compassion International last October. It was my very first missions trip on my very first passport and really was life changing. Yesterday it was time to update some immunizations for another adventure!
I’m excited to tell you that I am preparing to travel this October to Jacmel, Haiti! I will be traveling with a team going to work with Joy in Hope, a ministry whose vision is to:
“support, encourage and build Haitian families in order to provide them with the spiritual, educational cultural and physical foundation needed to impact their community, their nation and the world for Christ. Joy In Hope accomplishes its mission through three branches of ministry: children’s homes, churches and schools and numerous outreach efforts such as educational programs, evangelism, feeding and nutritional programs and medical clinics. Each of these avenues allows Joy In Hope to provide a Christ-centered model for serving in the local community.”
Our team of 9 from several different states will be joining together to bless this community that is still recovering from the earthquake. It’s also a special trip for me because I’ll be traveling with some friends I have made through volunteering at Creation Festival as well as making some new ones. Also, my friends Gwenn and Nick and their family are on staff with Joy in Hope and live in Jacmel. The leader of our trip is Denise, Gwenn’s mom. I expect that it will be a special trip in many ways and I’m thrilled to introduce the WJTL audience to my friends at Joy in Hope.
Some things we’ll be doing there as a team may include home construction, distribution of diapers, formula and other supplies, working on the land where the Children’s Home is to be built and just generally being an encouragement to the community there in whatever ways we can as we share the Love of Jesus.
I am excited to have the opportunity to serve on this team and share my experiences with the WJTL listening audience. Tune in during the week of October 24th as I report to you live from Jacmel, Haiti! . Thanks for keeping our team in your prayers.
Preparing for the Adventure!
STACEY GAGNE –
Today our office received a note from a contest winner who said “This came at the right time. You can’t imagine how this has helped me know He is real. You can’t imagine all I go through. Thank you so much for this encouragement”.
Sometimes what to us may seem like the littlest thing can make a huge impact. A smile, including someone on your lunch plans after church, a phone call out of the blue, or in this case placing a prize envelope on a car window … what if one small gesture may actually be the way God wants to instill some extra joy or hope into someone’s life? What if today someone needs to see Jesus and you are the one who He is choosing to be seen through?
– encouraged today by seeing someone else being encouraged.
STACEY GAGNE – Our Facebook presence is now completely moved to facebook.com/wjtlradio. We have gone in and deactivated our former WJTL “Person” in favor of this new page that gives us more flexibility and allows us to have more friends! So, if it appears that WJTL dropped off your facebook friend list, be sure to like us at facebook.com/wjtlradio.
WJTL Likes You!
Stacey M. Gagne
STACEY GAGNE – Did you know that WJTL has an internship program? We really enjoy having high school and college students join us each semester as they pursue their interests in Radio, Communications and Music Business among other related majors.
This year we are excited to have two fabulous young women with us! Introducing Interns Julie and Sandra:
Julie Urbanik has been listening to WJTL since she was 7 or 8, so we as a staff have known her for years. Now she’s a student at Millersville University studying Music Business and Technologies. You’ll be able to hear her on the air on Thursday mornings during the Get Up and Go Show with Fred and Lisa and will see her out at some of our summer live remotes. She’s only been with us for one week so far and has already put together our parade playlist, mailed some letters and prizes, updated our events calendar, recorded an on air promo and helped at Walk for Life in Columbia! She’s off to a great start!
Sandra Robinson studies at Grove City College. She’s a Music Education major with interest in Communications. Sandra hosts and co-hosts 2 radio shows at at her school. She also grew up listening to WJTL and loves a variety of different music styles. Sandra will be with us on Tuesdays and will also joining the Get Up and Go Show team this summer. She has a busy schedule with her summer job, but we plan to have her come out to many events too. Tuesday was her first day and she had a great time with Fred and Lisa and our guests!
Please help us make our fabulous interns feel welcome when you see them out at live events. If you or someone you know is pursuing a career in broadcasting or music business or a related field and is interested in future internships at WJTL, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coordinator and cheerleader for our Internship Program