In the spring of 1983 Marshall Blankenship, from Swannanoa, North Carolina, made his first mission trip to Haiti. He joined with a group of Christians from North Carolina and Florida to construct a building that would be used for church and school in the village of Pell Mell. During the 2 weeks he was in Haiti, Marshall worked alongside Phyllis Newby (Missionary to Haiti) and many Haitian friends. Phyllis was born in Jamaica and as a young lady came to Haiti in the early 70's, dedicating her life to the mission field and trusting God for her needs to be met. Her unwavering faith and the courage in which she labored moved Marshall to do more.