Thursday, January 14, 2010

Reflections from Ben

As I lay here awake
Under the Haitian stars
With a group of good friends
Who have come so far
To do a deed for the greater good
For Haitians in need, our brotherhood

The orphans at HATS
Were born with so little
And we have so much
Yet they make us feel so humble

We've given to them
Only two short weeks
What they have given to us
Makes our hearts feel so weak

As we make our plans
To leave Haiti again
We must prepare ourselves
To see such suffering and pain

We are the lucky ones
And we will survive
Many thousands of others
Have lost their own lives
In a tragedy of such scale
It's hard to conceive
Such death and destruction
One can barely believe

Our thoughts and prayers will be with Karen,
all the orphans and staff
And as ambassadors we must go
To speak on their behalf
We must raise attention
To the Haitian plight
And do the best we can
To set things right.

- Ben Churchill

January 14th, 2010


  1. That was beatiful Ben. Stay safe everyone and come home soon.
    We love and miss you Colton.
    God Bless
    Tracey Colquhoun

  2. That is a very nice poem. Be safe everyone.

  3. Hi Roberts Crew.
    I tried to send an email for Weldon this morning but it will be awhile before it goes out for technical reasons that are beyond me. Talk to you soon. Love you all, Brian, Dad, Gramp

  4. You're right, Ben...we can't turn a blind eye to the terrible things that happen in this world, we all have responsibility for our brothers and sisters!! Well said!!
    Janet Rose

  5. That was BEAUTIFUL!! I pray you have a great day!! God Bless you ALL!!!

  6. wow! well said!
    Be safe everyone, thank you for sharing and showing God's love, one of His greatest treasures. You truly are His Ambassadors!
    Lynn Violette
    special hi to Brian, Colton and Robert, hugs and blessings, Love the Violettes.

  7. You all are Just Amazing!
    ..Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Heather C

  8. Hi Gerry, Heidi, Tim, Katie, Aidan and Erin.

    Mom wanted me to post a message for her. She says, " We love you. Dad and I are praying for you. Give the kids a hug for us. Psalm 91: 1-6, 11 says, Those who go to God most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty. I wil say to the Lord,'You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and i trust you.' God will save you from hidden traps and from deadly diseases. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection. You will not fear any danger by night or an arrow during the day. You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark or sickness that strikes at noon...He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go."

    Be safe. I know the Lord is protecting you.

    Love Mom and Dad/Grammie and Grampie Rhyno

    P.S. Hi Gerry, I can't imagine how busy you are and the demands. We are praying. If you had a moment to send Mom a message to my email I would relay it to her. They only receive info. second hand and a short message might put her mind at ease. Take care. Love you all. Jim

  9. Praying for you guys.
    So glad to hear that you are all safe!

    A special hi to Brian! God is using you Brian in an amazing way!

    Love and Prayers,
    The Pitchers

  10. Well said Ben, God bless you all for all the work you are still doing in Haiti.

    Donnie and Dianne Nickerson

  11. To all at Deschappelles orphanage and school: Sorry the damage is a bit more extensive than thought at first. I'm sure the extra money will come in. Ben's poem expressed well what many would find inexpressible.
    More power to all the team! Coverage of the tragedy is pretty well continuous here and people are deeply concerned. They will respond!
    Blessings and prayers are flowing, John & Olive Fyfe

  12. Uncle Brian,(Roberts)

    We have been following the disaster and are relieved you and your group, as well as those at the orphanage, are all safe. The Haitians are facing hardships far worse than we will ever know.

    Stay safe! Love, Lora, Eric and Megan XO

  13. karen page&joey haleyJanuary 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Beautiful poem Ben ,Our hearts&prayers go out to the people of Haiti in this time of need..God Bless you&keep you all safe.We are very happy to hear you are all safe,we are very lucky to live in a safe country like canada(thank you God)Hi to Brian,Ben,Bob&others doing Gods work,Be safe & Thank-you for what you are doing!!!!Karen Page&Joey Haley

  14. Very nicely said and heartfelt. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our daughter Holly hopes to go on a mission trip this spring with Deep Water Church of Halifax. Safe trip home.
    Rena and Flint

  15. Wow!!!! Thank you!! So well expressed, helping us back home to see the conditions in Haiti through your eyes. I pray that you will all be safe. & that God protection will surround you daily Thank you to those of you who share daily in this blog. I have been connected with Karen Huxter for many years & know something of the ministry that goes on at HATS-Haiti. Thank every everyone for sharing & showing us God's love in a huge practical way.
    Be assured of my prayers & those connected to Karen through the Springdale Connection.
    Maxena (Tucker) Wilson - Windsor, ON
    Psalm 91:4 "He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection".

  16. Beautiful Poem, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please let my Brother Bobby know we are keeping him and everyone else in our prayers and that we love him very much. Praying for everyones safe return claudette and mom.

  17. Hi Ben,
    I am a 5th grade teacher outside of Atlanta, Georgia. I came across your blog when I was searching for information about orphanages in Haiti. I've talked to my students and we really want to help in any way we can. Do you need specific supplies that we could collect within the next few days and mail to you? Please let us know as soon as you get a chance. You can email me at
    Love and prayers,
    Beth Young

  18. Beautiful Ben!
    We have been following this blog and are keeping your group and all the Hatian peolpe in our prayers. Pooles and Bisharas

  19. Hi guys,
    The seniors are concernedfor their friend Bob and want to let him know they are praying for your safe return . Pretty grusome pictures on cnn Our hearts go out to the Haitians that can"t find family . Hug those dear children for me Bobby and Karen .I think God put you guys there at the right time to help her and give her some reassuance . thanks Ben for the poem .Rightly said . Take boys . Your families will be waiting with open arms . I love you Bob

  20. to all of you who are there,you are all in our prayers,may God keep you well,you are all so special,thank you for all the up dates.may you continue to do the Lords work.May the Lord gring you all home safe.

    Hayward / Margaret.
    ps beautiful poem.

  21. Hi Gerry,

    Carolyn from Wilson's Home Hardware called. When she saw the news, she was reminded that you were in Haiti. She also heard that you are safe. She sends her prayers and best wishes.

    Praying for you again today.

  22. Ben, beautiful and touching words from yourself, a big guy with a big heart. Take care and may you have peace amidst the storm. All the best to each one of you. Randy C.

  23. Brian, Gerry and all the people who are there with you on this very important mission - our thoughts and prayers are all around you. Stay well, and stay strong. Come back and visit us in Fla. Love, Carole and Milt

  24. He will take you o'er the mountain
    Through the wind, the rain, the fire
    When you're down in the valley low
    His love will lift you higher
    He will take you through water
    He will take you through the flood
    Just remember when the tempter comes
    you're cover by His blood!

    ok, Gerry, it's time for you to use your gift of voice! Be encouraged.
    Love, your family at The Salvation Army

  25. Amazing! Your words touched my heart!

    I pray for everyone to be safe and to feel safe.

  26. Hi,
    I hope the rest of your trip goes good. : )
    I'm praying for you guys!
    ~Megan Nielsen <>< (Katie's friend)

  27. What a great job you are all doing down there. Our hearts and prayers are with you all and all the Hatian people and workers helping out. May God bless you all.
    Just an awesome poem Ben. It sums it all up doesn't it?

    Laurie and Yolande Donaldson

  28. Glad to hear you are all safe, stay well, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the people of Haiti

    Trudy and Gilbert

  29. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers - thanks for all you are doing on our behalf. We are so fortunate here in Canada - and are truly unable to imagine or undestand the horrific thing that has happened in Haiti. What you have lived these past days will remain with you for the rest of your lives - we, in Canada cannot perceive what others in our world struggle with each day. Ben, your poem says it all. Blessings as you wrap up your work for this time and may you have safe travel home to your loved ones! Marilyn Moore, Saint John, NB

  30. well said ben beautiful poem right from the heart . god bless you all for your work see you soon be safe. frances


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