Greetings from Haiti!
Progress Report: We have been doing a few odd jobs with many people straightening out nails, sweeping, gathering wood, and today we started to dig for what will be the foundation for the security wall. We have hard workers on this team, Tye Allen, Alayjah Robbins, and Madison Snyder have been hard working at the tedious job of straightening nails, Jack Kawell, Abigail Ward, Emma Barnhart, and Trinity Davis have been doing a bunch of different jobs whether it is digging, sweeping, straightening the nails, or separating gravel from trash, and have been doing so with willing hearts in the midst of the heat we are experiencing here. Caleb Lynum, Alice Hoyt, Dana Hursh, Belle Collins, Molly Dashiell, Kasie Ness, Brooke Scherer, Grace McLennan and Robert Franklin have been working very hard learning how to make blocks, and doing the digging it has been a great time seeing their hearts and their willingness to work, with a little bit of prodding at times with each of the team members. We will be beginning a lot of digging starting tomorrow and hopefully begin the wall sometime next week, that is our goal. This weekend we will be with many of the orphans who have English class over the weekend and will possibly be able to assist in the teaching. All the team members are having fun already bartering for different items, jewelry, paintings, and most of all they are loving the kids. Playing with them, holding them, loving on them, it is so awesome to see their interactions with the kids. I know that they are all going to have a lot of fun on the weekends when they can play even more with the kids, and do the puppets for them on Sunday’s. The weather here is very hot and humid, we are making sure everyone is drinking lots of water, even if that means many bathroom breaks, it is of the utmost importance to keep up with the health of each person especially in this kind of weather. Elizabeth Gleason and Rachel Kress led the devotions last night with one sharing some verses and another her testimony, that was a good time of fellowship, I think each of the team members really enjoys the time we have together as a team at night. We really are looking forward to seeing this project move even further along they all want to see this wall get put up! They have also been able to shower, (clean finally), and that is really awesome! The showers may not be real hot, but they beat a bucket bath any day! There are some fun looking bugs here, the guys seem to be most interested in them (not surprisingly), and we are all growing stronger together as a team as we are working together! Boot Camp definitely prepared us for this, and by God’s strength we will continue on in this time here, serving Him, and glorifying Him in all we do! The most exciting things we have done are definitely playing with the kids and bartering they all really have fun doing those things. We look forward to growing closer as a team through the devotions, Bible studies and work time together, and we appreciate all the prayers from parents and friends, and all your kids say hello and they love you all!
Right when I came to Haiti my mind was blown. I knew it would be supper different than the U.S.A., but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I have learned that I have such a tremendous amount to be thankful for. Being with the orphans has been so amazing. I love how they repeat your name over and over and cling to you. They are truly precious, it is totally worth the work and heat so we can serve the Lord!
Never Would I have ever expected to experience something so unique! The children are so fun and loving and joyful. It really shows that materials are not as important in life here as Americans make them to be. Everything is beautiful in my eyes, I love it here.