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Good bye team!

Well the team is all tucked in and trying to get a few zzzz's before their early departure into PAP for their flights home in the morning.  It's been a great 12 days with this crazy crew! We have shared a lot of things with each other this trip including a few tears and a whole lot of laughs and I am just really thankful to have had the chance to get to know each one of them better. Without naming anyone in particular (Clark) it's sure gonna be quiet here tomorrow!

I have been teased a little bit this week for not taking a turn blogging but quite honestly the rest of the team had so many more exciting stories to share that I loved hearing about and knew others would as well. But today was definitely a blog worthy day. As far as Sundays go, today was a very typical one at Haiti Arise with church starting early in the morning, jam packed and worshipful. You can never really get tired of the way the Haitians here adore and praise our God. But today was so special. Pastor Wade shared a challenging message about how we need to have the right attitude, and how anger in particular does not produce the righteousness God desires. As he concluded his message, he called all those who were struggling with this to come to the altar. As people continued to flood to the front it was so humbling to see that almost more people responded to the call than were left sitting in their seats. This was followed by Pastor Marc asking if anyone wanted to come forward to accept Jesus. Two young ladies did. Tears welled up in my eyes when I realized that one day I would be sharing heaven with these two girls. We live miles away and don't look the same or speak the same language but we are in the same family as far as Christ is concerned. The angels were definitely singing this morning.

Haiti Arise was first and foremost built around the church. It is the foundation of this organization and every other single ministry here flows out of that. I was reminded today of just how much God is at work here.  Please keep this church in your prayers as they continue to bring light and life to these people. May we learn by their example and be encouraged to do the same in Canada.

I will be in Haiti for 10 more days getting student updates to send to all you wonderful sponsors and your prayers are greatly appreciated. No snow, cute little Haitian children, an occasional trip to the beach...clearly I have the best job ever!

Tan :)

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Down South

We would like to start by apologizing to anyone who was relying on this blog to know we are safe and sound in Haiti because it hasn’t been updated in a couple days. (we won’t say who failed to update the blog but we just want to let everyone know Clark, Graham and Jurgen were away from WIFI for the last three days). We are pleased to inform you that yes we are alive and well and have been busy with many adventures away from the Haiti Arise compound down south building homes. 

While without internet/power/running water and many other amenities we found ourselves very busy building relationships as well as homes for Haitian people who have been displaced from the hurricane that ravaged the area in October.  Driving into the area our hearts were really drawn to helping as best as we could because the need was so apparent.  Even the pictures we have attached barely capture the true devastation and need for safe homes in this region.  There were families waiting for a long time to have a reliable roof over their heads and were so eager to help out however they could… we hauled material up steep hills and even the youngest family members were helping move the supplies.  We really wished we could help everyone but obviously that is not a reality.  Definitely don’t envy those who are tasked with deciding who gets a house as that is such a tough position to be in.  We were approached multiple times during our stay by people in the community who also wanted a home.  For those we were able to build for it was so rewarding to see the joy that a new home was able to bring.

This morning as we were walking down the hill it was humbling to have both members of the community (the mayor met us on the side of the mountain!) and the crew we were working with all wanted us to stay and continue.  We left wishing we could have done a lot more but are so grateful for the opportunity we had to help with what we could.  Please continue to have Haiti in your prayers and definitely consider partnering with such a worthwhile ministry. 

 Clark, Graham and the non-blogger

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Weyburn's second Last day

It is hard to believe that our time in Haiti is almost over.  It has been an amazing time with a wonderful team of people, plus our new friends from The Link Church in Medicine Hat. It was a day of trying to finish up some of the projects that had been started earlier in the week.  Several from our team went to the market in Grand Goave. That is an experience every Haiti Arise visitor needs to experience! Definitely not like going to the local mall back home.  Vernon,  Brad, Brent and Norm completed some electrical work at the third house in the Children's Village.  It is ready for counter tops and a sink in the kitchen,  a little more electrical work mostly in the main connect, some wall patching, and completion of the bathroom.  There are house parents and children waiting for their new home.  Sarah and Kalen continued painting in the mechanic's shop,  Mackenzie and Haley (with some help from Sarah) completed the painting of the windows and doors at the new school in the Children's Village.  Bev cleaned up the storage room in the main house.  After lunch most of the group went with Wade and Marilyn and Lisa Honorat to enjoy the beach.  Several enjoyed a treat of lobster on the beach.

A highlight of the week for Norm and I was meeting our new sponsor girl.  Last February I was able to meet Richecarline (Norm had met her on his first trip here).  When we returned home we decided that we would sponsor her little sister Falonne.  On Thursday,  after Norm returned from his house building trip, we were able to meet with both of the girls.  Richecarline, is very comfortable with us and comes looking for us whenever she is around.  Falonne, who is only 5, wasn't quite so sure about these strange while people who were paying so much attention to her. The smile didn't come quickly but once she got the doll we had brought for her, she gave us a few.  Richecarline told us that her mother has been in the hospital so her dad is caring for them.  When it was time for the girls to go home we walked them home and were able to be in their house for a few minutes.  There were only bare necessities in the room we were in, but it was very clean and well cared for.

Kalen was able to meet their family's sponsored boy, Luckson and deliver some gifts from their family.                

It feels like our time here has gone quickly and yet it also feels like we have been here much longer than 9 days.  We have worked hard but have also enjoyed evenings relaxing around the table playing games, eating popcorn, visiting with our friends or sitting outside enjoying the wonderful weather that we will soon have to leave behind.  We definitely feel blessed to have been part of this team.

Norm & Bev Alexander

Our 2 little sponsor girls.

Our 2 little sponsor girls.

Kalen and his sponsor kid, Luckson.

Kalen and his sponsor kid, Luckson.

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Weyburn Team Divides and Conquers

Hello again from Mackenzie,

So we all started off the day like any other - devotions and nutritious breakfast. After that we all split up to tackle the multiple jobs on the to-do list. Again, I helped out with the sponsor kids like every other morning. I've gotta say it has been one of the highlights of the trip. I really like working along Tania and Debbie from the Link team and the translators (Luckson and Kendy). Luckson has been helping us the whole time and I'd say the two of us have really gotten to know each other. He has such a wonderful personality - always smiling, laughing and joking around. Also we had Kenny (a 16 year old that translated a lot for us my last trip here - and he is such a bright kid). Kendy and Kenny just came to help today and in no time all four (the 3 translators and me) of us were joking around an having a blast. Some of the time the language barrier can be difficult with people, but even just saying "hello" or "Bonjour" and a smile is like a conversation down here - the simple things sure do make things fun. 

While I was doing the stuff with the sponsor children, others were doing stuff like painting, working at the Children's Village Duplexes, or just resting/hanging out. After lunch sometime, I wandered over to the Children's Village with Troy and helped the guys out - believe it or not, I was the only one that could pick a lock (hehe). After helping them a bit I went over to the one duplex that is finished and wound up playing for over 2 hours with the three kids that now live there with their parents... and boy can I ever say they are sooooo CUTE. 

Before supper, Brian and Shameeka went on a community visitation and this is what they said: "We had the opportunity of stopping at five different homes to meet and share our story and some scripture and a time of prayer with these people. It was very sad to see their living conditions, as some of them lived in a pole structure only, no walls, dirt floors, and only a couple of palm tree branches for a roof. Some lived in structures that would have had tin walls and tin roof with holes in the tin, along with dirt floors too. Everywhere we went, the people were more than willing to let us share with them and pray for them. The area that we were in (a place Haiti Arise has never visited before) was also flooded by Hurricane Matthew, which was sad because they had nothing to begin with and now were left with even less. One of the individuals that we met with, talked with us about her 16 year old son and how he is unable to go to school due to financial needs. We invited her to come to Haiti Arise and meet with the people here to talk about getting her son sponsored. Anther individual that was needing medical attention was encouraged to come to the medical clinic at Haiti Arise.  {I (shameeka) shared my testimony with a woman that seemed as though she had very little hope left in her. After I told her how I found Jesus, she seemed to brighten up more than before - It felt as though I was meant to share my story with her. Definitely a life changing experience and large stepping stone in regards to my faith. I've never just went out and told someone my story - having that experience really encouraged me to try do this at home more}. Doing this was a very humbling experience for us. Personally we believe that everyone who comes to Haiti Arise should experience this. This made us stop and think about how Jesus stopped and reached out to change people's lives, just as we did today."

After the Children's Village, We came back for supper and it was sooooo good... just like always. The Haitian food is definitely going to be one of the things I'm going to miss when I go back to dorm in Canada.

 Nunka (a girl that translated for my team 2 years ago and we got to know very well) was actually at the complex and stayed for supper. She hung out for a while with us, which was really nice to be able to do, like 2 years ago. She's one of the many bright Haitians that I will miss when I return to Canada.

After that, everyone relaxed, debriefed, and then played games and visited... while I ended up hitting the books like most nights. (I sure do realize down here how much education is important and how much people in Canada take it for granted. Believe it or not, when kids are asked on their sponsor papers "What makes you sad?", lots of them say "When I don't have enough money to go to school". Kids definitely appreciate school a lot down here. But speaking of Sponsor kids again, I decided to sponsor a kid and I actually got to meet her today. She is sooooo CUTE! Quiet, but cute.

Anyways, lots of love from down here in Haiti. We will be home in just a few days and we all can't wait to share this amazing experience with all of you.

The youngest kid in the one house at the Children's Village that I played with.

The youngest kid in the one house at the Children's Village that I played with.

The 3 kids I played with live in the pink side of the duplex.

The 3 kids I played with live in the pink side of the duplex.

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Weyburn's House Building Trip to St. Helene

Hello everyone, this is Norm and Brad. We had the opportunity to go into the area hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew. We traveled approximately 3 hours west of Haiti Arise to a community called Saint Helene. It was a beautiful, small, fertile valley with farmland down below and housing higher up the mountains. We had the experience to work along over 30 Haitians. Our first day we helped rebuild the Pastor's roof. At the Pastor's house, we were fed our meals. Materials to be used in the construction of the houses in the community were stored in the Pastor's yard. There were so many people in that location, we didn't know which on was actually the Pastor until the third day. He had graciously given his yard to be used by Haiti Arise projects. We prefabbed wall sections and roof rafters at the yard and then transported them in trucks to the house sites. The metal for the roof and walls was unloaded at the road and then had to be carried by hand up some rather steep hills... a long distance. We were working with two ladies from The Link Medicine Hat Team (Kearstin and Stacey) who showed us how to carry houses. When we arrived on site, the concrete and block work had already been completed by a Haitian team. Working with a Haitian team of carpenters, we assembled the walls and rafters and covered the roof and upper four feet of the wall with tin. Working with the Haitian guys was a lot of fun. To avoid being called "you", we had to introduce ourselves and then ask there names. (In Haiti, people tend to yell "you, you, you" at us to get our attention). In the three days we were there, four houses were completed and the Pastor's house roof job was completed and we also prefabbed wall sections for another four houses. It was gratifying to see the reaction of the people who were receiving the houses while they were being built. We heard from Kearstin and Stacey that one couple kissed in the doorway of their new house after it was completed. We stopped at one of the four completed houses and the owner was sleeping on the dirt floor with his machete beside him which we found was used for many different things in the construction business - including cutting metal. Meals were great... but there were no showers. The travel home was interesting, as it always is in Haiti. Lots of speed, horn blowing, and not enough room. We would really like to go back to that area again. 

 

Completed house

Completed house

View of the truck from the house. Four people including Norm and I carried all the supplies from the truck below to the house pictured.

View of the truck from the house. Four people including Norm and I carried all the supplies from the truck below to the house pictured.

house under construction and look at that view!

house under construction and look at that view!

farmers at work plowing their field. Picture taken from the roof of the pastors house.

farmers at work plowing their field. Picture taken from the roof of the pastors house.

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Seeds Of Hope

This is Stacey & Kiersten.  We had the opportunity to go south in Haiti to Gwen & Saint Helen to rebuild homes.  Devastation in the community was evident as trees were toppled over, homes were missing walls, roofs or even lying in a heap on the ground.  Most of these homes were still being lived in with no protection from the elements or privacy from neighbours.  Haiti Arise has an amazing home building program where they form crews consisting of the home owner, employees from Haiti Arise and locals from the community to rebuild homes for families.  We had the privilege of being involved in these teams and were able to participate in multiple home building projects.  In 3 days there were 5 homes that were constructed.  There was one family that we were able to connect with on a deeper level as we heard their story of how the hurricane impacted their life.  They lost absolutely everything they had worked so hard for; including all belongings, livestock and crops.  With the support of donors and the home building program at Haiti Arise in 2 days we were able to change their lives.  The family was so excited, joyful and proud of their new home and a fresh start.  God’s provision and presence was evident throughout the past 3 days.  We felt protected and supported in the community and construction went smoothly without any obstacles.  The Haitians are so resilient and thriving amongst the hardest of conditions.  We witnessed them plowing crops, planting seeds and rebuilding their community.

Seeds of hope have been planted and will continue to grow in Haiti.

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Weyburn takes a break

Today was more of a relaxing day for some of us. It started with devotions and some delicious pancakes and fresh fruit. After breakfast a group of us including dad and myself headed off to the Grand Goave market. Once we arrived to the area, we headed over to the river to see it first and check out the long trek that most of the people have to take down the mountains to sell their produce at the market. We then walked to the bakery to see the large stone oven they use to cook fresh bread daily. Dad and I bought a small bag of fresh bread for 30 gourdes. Next we went through the meat portion of the market… and lets just say that one little piggy that went to market did not say wee wee wee all the way home. We then went to a different section of the market to see if we could find some bars of laundry soap. We managed to find 2 bars of it quickly and for a very good price. Next item we searched for was a coconut, then some coffee candies. Once we all had what we wanted we began to head back to where we came from, grabbing a cold soda on our way. Once at the compound, we had some lunch which was sandwiches and yummy pineapple juice. After lunch we only had a bit of time to kill before we were going to the beach, so some of us spent it with the kids. I went inside the fence so I could play alongside with the kids and by the time I got to the playground I had one kid on my back and one holding my hand. They asked me to play jump rope with them, which I did for a while all still with two little girls clinging onto me. I had lots of fun just spending time with the children and trying my hardest to have a conversation with them.

Walking to the beach was fun because we (Kalen, Sarah and I) somewhat led the way as we knew where to go and when to turn. Once we got to the beach we quickly got into the water to relax and swim around. I checked out some more coral with the snorkel but eventually went for a walk along the beach to find shells and check out what the vendors had to sell that was unique. Eventually I found a Stone lady to add to my little collection of reminders of this beautiful country and culture. We then packed up our towels and shells and headed back to the compound. The night ended in a great supper and a game of cards with friends.

 

Great way to end a Relaxing day

-Haley

 

jump! jump! jump!

jump! jump! jump!

may have lost a few hairs with these three playing with it

may have lost a few hairs with these three playing with it

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“Life Keeps Finding It’s Way" - Blog by Susan Thorne

A few days in I continue to reflect on how there is so much resilience to life in Haiti. The things I have seen and experienced in the small clinic in Grand Goave will change me FOREVER. People who come to clinic are truly ill and need medicine so bad. They need regular medicine. I have taught many young people some basic care to help with their daily life, especially young girls. The light that comes to their eyes and the smile is hard to put into words.  My heart just yearns to bring whatever I can to the clinic to make them better in that moment. A real high is when a young childafter a few moments with me starts to move closer and smile, then closer and reaches out to touch my hand , then my arm and rub my skin, the warmth is overwhelming . The zest herefor survival is palpable.  We must do more for these people, we can do more for these people ! Lets continue to pray for Haiti and bring a lot of love to this sweet Grand Goave. I am humbled and in awe of their incredible desire to commit to Christianityand stay away from the darkness that isprevalent in Haiti . They are truly an amazing and beautiful people ……… remember ,  “Life Keeps Finding It’s Way “ Susan Thorne ( aka Dr. Thorne  ) Pray for Gerta my translator that she will get a job, she just graduated from nrsg. School and she is invaluable to her country Haiti.

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Weyburn Team - Day 5

Today we started out our day with a wonderful breakfast made by our beautiful cooks here at the Haiti Arise complex. Soon enough, around 8, we all split up into groups to tackle our to-do list on the wall while the women gladly did our laundry for us. The ladies who work here are the sweetest. But anyways, here are some of the tasks we accomplished today:

Haley and I, along with some Link team members, worked with the sponsor kids. We went to the school on the complex and took photos of them and got them to colour some pictures for their sponsors. It's very safe to say that it was a job well done... and the kids are SOOOOO cute! I wish I could take them all home with me hehe. 

Some of the boys from our team and the Link team fixed the roof of the medi-clinic... but they kinda ran into some pests. There was 1 wasp nest where they were working and 3 wasp nests under neath. In the process of trying to get rid of them, one of the men was stung 3 times.. good thing he's okay!! We crossed that job off the list! (Both fixing the roof and the lovely surprise haha) :)

Brent and Kalen worked together (they seem to be really good buddies) on fixing the fence outside the school. After that, I helped Kalen paint it red... and we also had a little helper beside us. A little preschool girl would point to the boards saying "fila " where we missed spots. What a cutie. Brent and Vernon also fixed the floors in the school. Such handymen. 

Bev spent her time sewing covers for multiple different things to protect them from dust or to just fix up furniture. Her wonderful sewing is coming in handy down here!

Shameeka and Sarah painted all morning and then Haley joined them later after lunch. They painted in the shop as well as the school over at the Children's Village. Good work ladies. Shameeka was also so happy to get her hair cornrowed by a beautiful 19 year old lady who is the oldest of her family. She takes care of all of her 5 younger siblings because both of her parents passed.. some prayer for that family would be greatly appreciated. They live very close to Haiti Arise and Haiti Arise does what they can to help support them... but there is still so much responsibility on that young 19 year old that I can't even imagine placing myself in that kind of situation. Such a huge hearted young woman

Also, another prayer request from down south in Haiti. 4 people from the team (Brad, Norm, and two ladies from the Link team) went down south, where the hurricane hit harder, to build houses. The 2 ladies have had quite a few difficulties down there so we ask for prayer for all of them, but especially the women who have not been getting sleep they need and who feel like they aren't helping as much as they hoped. We pray that things begin to go better before they make their way back to the complex.

We all ended off the night with supper, church, debriefing, and hanging out together down stairs.

Sending lots of love from Haiti. We miss you all. 

-Mackenzie

A glimpse of Port-Au-Prince on Day 1. 

A glimpse of Port-Au-Prince on Day 1. 

The kids get pretty excited to see us at recess time.

The kids get pretty excited to see us at recess time.

Shameeka after her hard day of work and before her cornrows.

Shameeka after her hard day of work and before her cornrows.

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First Full Work Day - Blog by Clark

Today was our first full work day, more for some then others as Stacy and Kiersten woke just after 3am to headed south and build homes. I can only imagine the changes they will face down south as we find it very challenging working in the normal Haitian world. We heard back from the south team at noon and they had already arrived and started building their first house.

If you did not know already from the words of JS - “God has a sense of humour”. I told God I will serve you “but” and he sent the “but”. As most know I am a very patient guy and on my first full Haitian work day I was tested. It started off with a very simple project. At least I would have called it simple back home. The plan was to disassemble a hydraulic ram off of the skid steer so I could get parts ordered and make a repair that would save many workers from labouring in the hot sun carrying heavy loads.

After carrying my box of tools about 600 meters to the skid steering at the children’s village I thought I would just try saving my back and put the box on my head like the Haitians do. Shorty after I learned the importance of putting my hat in the box (just try it and you will understand). After getting back to the compound with the hydraulic ram I really found all the things I take for granted like a work bench or even just a screw driver or a bolt that is the proper size.

With all the struggles God brought a little worker beside me and this truly humoured me and put a smile on my face. This seven year old girl reminded me of my daughter as her English was awesome, actually so good that her English was a lot better then mine. I was always told that to be good at something you must do lots of it, and yes she had lots of practice as she sang and brought joy to my heart as I worked. 

Thank you all for your prayers and please continue to pray as we serve our awesome God,

PS. Just heard from the girls in the south and it is hot, they are sharing a double bed, with no running water and a goat tied to the window! Welcome to Haiti!

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Weyburn Team - Day 4

Two members of our team packed up and headed off to the south early this morning. Norm and Brad got up at 3am to join the house building project. The first build began today and the two will be working with a team of Haitians for the next 2 days before returning to the Haiti ARISE campus. We can't wait to hear their stories.

 The rest of our team tackled a number of tasks today. Brian, Vern and Troy got started putting cupboards into the final Children's Village home as well as working with Papi, a Haitian electrician, to get the electrical system set up in the same home. Bev, who has been experiencing some knee pain, began sewing a cover for the keyboard and pulpit at church. She also fixed and recovered a chair in the main room that was quite uncomfortable to sit in. Haley, Sarah, Mackenzie and Shameeka had a blast helping Tanya with the Education Fund and updating the children's sponsorship information. Brent and I put a new coat of white paint on the front and side walls of Manahaïm Church. 

An overall great day in Grand Goave as we all ended the day with a debriefing on the roof. Please keep the building team in your prayers, we have little to no contact with them at this time. Also pray for good health as a few of us haven't been feeling the greatest for the last few days. 

Kalen

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Weyburn Free Methodist Church

They have been blogging since they arrived, so we thought you would like to see the whole team. Although most of them are from Weyburn, SK, there are members from Dawson Creek, BC., Brownlee, SK, and Saskatoon, SK.

They have been blogging since they arrived, so we thought you would like to see the whole team. Although most of them are from Weyburn, SK, there are members from Dawson Creek, BC., Brownlee, SK, and Saskatoon, SK.

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Today was an amazing day.

We started the day in church worshiping with the Haitian people. It's amazing how passionate and excited they are about worship. We all felt like we were a part of it despite the language barrier. It was a bit of a lesson on our passion, or lack of passion when we worship. We serve an amazing God.

We were also honored to be a part of a child dedication. A family from the children's village dedicated all three of their children. After that, we were so humbled, yet truly blessed when they invited us to their home to share a meal with us.

In the afternoon we went to the Tapion Church, a church made up of aprox 75 children. They hold an actual service, with worship, offering and a message. Again, to see the children worship, and listen so intently was awesome. We had an opportunity to sing with them, then they sang the same song back to us in Creole. We were truly blessed to be a part of this.

Tomorrow two of our girls are leaving early for down south to go home building, so we ask for you to pray along with us as they are away.

We all have commented on how we have become close to one another, another great experience for each of us.

It seems like every day at de-brief we talk about how the Lord has blessed us in a different way this day. God is definitely moving in us as we are here and blessing us in ways we never thought.

Thanks for your prayers: the NON-blogger...Jurgen

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Weyburn Team - Day 3

We have nothing, but we have everything, and in Canada you have everything, but you have nothing" - quote from a Haitian man 

The quote above is one that we have seen the truth of, as the Haitian people here have very little in comparison to Canadians. Today we saw this in church as these same people have shown us what true worship is. During worship many of the people were focused on one thing...God. They danced and sang with all of their hearts and souls (Maybe it is something we can bring home with us). Their  music was very powerful and loud. They have one volume...LOUD! When it came time to give an offering, people would give what they had even though they didn't have much to begin with. 

In the afternoon some people went to the Tapion Church, which is a church made up of children. Most of these children choose to go to church and also walk miles to get there (some may walk up to or over two hours to get there). It was amazing as they sang some of the songs that we sing in English. 

The ones that did not go to the Church went to the beach. I (Shameeka) went to the ocean for the very first time. I never saw the ocean in person, so it was an awesome thing to experience! There have been a lot of firsts for me. I have never been outside of Saskatchewan before. This was one of many great adventures I have had. I got to see many cool fish and I also saw jellyfish and I was very freaked out! But it was a lot of fun!!!! 

We went out for supper tonight to the Goat and Coke (Mondy's). We had a choice between goat and chicken to eat with spiced coleslaw and plantains. Brian and I had chicken, but I also tried a little goat and it tastes really good! We also had Haitian coke. It tasted very good! (it is sweetened with sugar cane).

-Shameeka and Brian 

Just presenting the weird and wonderful... Love you Shameeka 

Just presenting the weird and wonderful... Love you Shameeka 

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'Our First Taste of Haiti' - Graham and Debbie, The Link Church

Today started off with delicious breakfast by the amazing staff at Haiti Arise – the best pancakes ever! As you can imagine, they don’t have maple trees here, but they had an amazing sugar syrup with a hint of licorice taste. These ladies love to sing in the kitchen and they work super hard to serving others – definitely set a good example for us as we started our day.

Next we went on a tour and got to see what all the folks at Haiti Arise are involved in… it’s a  lot! Our informative tour was led by Pastor Wade and included the technical school, the elementary school, the children’s village, the goat farm, the medical centre, the local farm and the beginnings of the bakery. During this walk, we walked through part of Grand Goave, where children would run out to greet us with big smiles and genuinely enjoyed the brief interactions we were able to have. A few of the young girls came up to me (Debbie) and wanted to hold my hand or one little girl wanted me to be her Mom. We were told this isn’t uncommon as Haitians can have the belief that “blancos” – ie white people, can be a way to escape their poverty. We are glad that Haiti Arise tries to address this problem by being present in the community. It is clear that trying to adopt all of the children is not an option, so we are glad to partner with a ministry that tries to address poverty in a practical way. I (Debbie) must admit that it was quite difficult to say no, as this child was jumping on me, asking me to be her mom.

In the afternoon, after a great lunch with lots of fresh mangoes! - we helped out with a painting project at the technical school shop.  Definitely a little different than painting in Canada but with many hands we got a lot accomplished and we are hoping to be able to put the finishing coat on that area next week.  Another highlight at the compound is just hanging out with some of the kids that are around and playing soccer in the yard.

Tonight Mark and Lisa shared their story and vision for Haiti Arise. It was inspiring to see how much of it has come into fruition, especially in the last 7 years since the earthquake, and we are excited to see what God does here in the future! 

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Weyburn Team - Day 2

Today started with devotions led by Brad and breakfast following that. (it was pancakes :)) We were then taken on a tour of the properties that are owned by Haiti Arise, starting with the trades school, work shops and clinic. We then left the complex to see the work that has been done in the children's village and the goat farm. Having been here 2 years ago it was really cool to see the progress that was done. When I was here last, the new school had just broken ground and they were working on the foundation and the children's village duplexes were still being painted and put together. Today the new school is two stories tall and has classes being held in it throughout the week. The Duplexes now hold two families and have rescued 7 children (i think) So this is really cool for some of us to see, and being a part of the process even more so. Also there are actual goats at the goat farm! 

After our tour, we went back to the complex and had lunch along with a meeting with things that needed to be done during the week. Once we each got our assignments, we headed to get to work. Aunty Bev and I stayed inside to organize the supplies that we brought with us. The men of the group went and repaired the floors in the church floor. And the rest helped to paint numerous things....or had a nap. Cough cough

At the end of the evening we were able to help put together some (meaning a lot) of bags of rice for a rice distribution that will be happening tomorrow after church. It was fun to help along side with the Haitians! 

Overall it was a great day spent working in Haiti! looking forward to a relaxing sleep and a fun day tomorrow. 

Ps. if anyone would like to send some cough and cold medicine, express post that would be fantastic. 

Goodbye for now!   -Haley

this is Mackenzie and I in front of one of the duplex's that we helped paint. Pretty cool to see the progress that has been done here! 

this is Mackenzie and I in front of one of the duplex's that we helped paint. Pretty cool to see the progress that has been done here! 

Some pretty big smiles seen all around! :)

Some pretty big smiles seen all around! :)

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'Life Keeps Finding It’s Way' - Blog by Susan Thorne

Today started in cold NYC and by the time we entered the plane , the “warmth” was starting. It was obvious right off the bat the start of culture change/shock .By the end of flight many Haitians on the flight with us were interacting and we were forming those new relationships that all people need so much. 
 Coming out of the airport things started to turn again, the language was foreign, the temperatures foreign , people WERE observing us. Truly a time where you feel like your in a visual fish bowl. Then the twisting winding route of our travel began......And thats when we had the chance to observe the beginning glimpses of the land Haiti that we have been thinking and planning and praying for.

Wow the fascination with how many people and motorcycles, the incredible garbage and disarray and the palpable poverty of housing, lack of belongings, animals running free on the streets no order of driving or people crossing roads, people with nothing !trying to sell, anything they could on the Street Sides and it hit me in the middle of what I would call chaos and disorder and extreme “lack” that none of us could fathom.... Life keeps finding its way, people are bright, smiling and busying themselves with tasks and each other, a resilience a youth vibrant presence. God's warmth is present in Haiti , “Life does keep finding its way” and we need to continue to bring what ever we can of God’s love and warmth.

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Weyburn Team - Day 1

We survived the long days of travel with minimal bumps on the way. We are all at the Haiti Arise complex safe and sound, just a little run down. We took it easy today (in other words most of us crashed hard when we arrived). The plan tomorrow is to go on a tour walk in the morning and from then on just rolling with the flow will be our plan. Communication will be minimal due to a very small amount of wifi access but we will try our best to keep updating this blog. Sending lots of love from everyone on the Weyburn Team to everyone back home. 

Love, Mackenzie

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