It's been busy around here! Lots of teamwork happening! On Sunday we had another rice distribution. Great way to get people to church! The place was packed. Pastor Bazou preached a powerful word of Living by Faith! We've had a great group of missionaries here
It's been a busy month. And fruitful. God is moving and has given us many opportunities to reach our community and many others. Here's a quick synopsis.
When you get thrown into the fire, there's rarely warning and the flames burn fast. But if God's presence is there, we can stand and not be burned.
Finally getting some rest! After an amazing 6 hour New Years Eve celebration service with lots of dancing, and Sunday morning praise service complete with gifts for the ten people who invited the most friends to church (the top one invited 52!) and a rice distribution, we're finally having some good rest and relaxation. But first, I gotta testify of God's greatness!
Well, we've been back in Haiti long enough to cover a 24 hour span and adventure, or maybe more accurately called as testing, has already found us. In a country like Haiti there's so much unpredictability you can almost guarantee you'll hit trials as soon as you land, but also be witness to amazing provision
We've arrived safely to our destination, and the kids are already bursting with joy at seeing their friends. I'm so glad to be warm! It's a balmy 30 degrees Celsius that we've swung to out of the negative of Canada. I'm actually wearing a skirt again without getting insta-hair growth from goose bumps.
Well, Boxing Day for Canadians is the day after Christmas & biggest shopping day of the year). For our family it's travel day. We've packed up a total of 20 bags between all seven of our Honorat team.
Super excited to share this post with you all. Though I am no longer physically on the ground in Haiti now, the team that replaced me is doing a fantastic job. My heart leapt and joy flooded me again as I lived the images Tammy Love, one of our missionary team members, forwarded on to me of the work started in the south of Port Salut. With a multi-skilled crew of 28 people, including 10 missionaries & 3 Haitian work crews of carpenters and block layers, they built 10 homes in 4 days!
So I have been back home in Airdrie now for 5 days and I am still finding it difficult to adjust back to life here. The pace and rhythm of activity gives me a headache, as does the change in climate and atmosphere pressure.
Well, these last 10 days went by way too quickly. Up at the 4:39am, which is such an ungodly hour it should not be allowed to be called morning, to head out for my 10am flight. I'm packing significantly less luggage on my way home, just some woodwork and paintings to sell. This will be the last blog for this trip. I'll still post, but not quite as often, since I'm heading back full fledged into single parenting for the rest of the month until Marc returns to Canada too.
To try to describe the array of emotions and experiences from this week would be seriously understated in just a short blog as this.
I'm speechless... in shock and processing all the sites we witnessed and have taken in this weekend in our trip to the southwestern most tip of Haiti. On Friday we drove a total of 12 hours all the way to Jeremie, arriving around 1pm, then back to Port Salut where we arrived by 6pm. The scenery became worse and worse the farther south we traveled. Once we reached Jeremie, there were finally signs of aid organizations moving about and seemingly providing some sort of assistance, although I am not sure what that is.
Today the 'Dream Team' is heading southwest to Jeremie to reassessments and determine what areas to send out work crews first next week. At first we're encouraged to see regrowth already of banana trees sprouting and trees starting to re-flower even though there's no fruit and won't be for a long time. As soon as we reached Cavallion before Les Cayes, the drastic effects of the hurricane just keep getting worse as we head farther west.
Internet has skipped out. I couldn't post yesterday so I'm using my phone's data. Yesterday we built our first prototype home for affordable solutions to build in the southwest. The areas worst hit by the hurricane cannot be easily accessed with large transport trucks for enough materials or space to build solid concrete homes like our EachONE BuildONE homes.
Yep, the most overused noun in our speech, that encompasses so much that it's a gross generalization: stuff. It's usually the response of kids when you ask them what they learned at school today or what did they do? Well, that was today.
Well, today I got to work. First thing in the morning, I headed out with Marc and the work crew to check out houses in the community. It's sometimes hard to decipher what damage is a result of Hurricane Matthew and what is left over from the earthquake. Weaving through small narrow pathways into the neighborhoods of midtown, we quickly gained a following of homeowners anticipating our visit. My job was to capture the scenes, talk to people, learn their stories.
"And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." Matt 10:30-31
Aahhh, finally arrived on Haiti Arise campus, in all my sweaty glory. So for those of you that have not traveled to Haiti and through the chaos they call Port Au Prince, let me paint the picture for you.
Well, I arrived in Haiti with no mishaps. Glad to be greeted by the Carribean band. Chatted with the various mission teams and diasporas on the flight and of course continued my hilarious book. So, this post is just to share a few flying observations again.
Made it half way to Dallas for the night. Had a great flight and finished half my book already! What a hoot it is and quite refreshing to read of another mother's world of childrearing.
Sigh, sigh, and sigh. Yep, 3x. I'm checked in for my flight to Haiti, and got all my four bins baggage fees waived! I remembered my passport (there's a story behind that) and I found my last child..