We woke to the sound of rain this morning, and found that it had rained over an inch. It was our last day and our teams had different lists to get done. Members of both team made a treck through the mud to see the Grand Goave Market. The Market was not to packed as the early morning rain delayed a lot of the Market displayers. It was a site to see!! It was humbling to realize that many Haitians survive off their proceeds from working in the market. All that went came away successful and we trecked back through the mud back to the compound. From there the Weyburn team seperated from the Link team and headed for a last splash in the ocean. We had fun and returned to the compound to rejoin the Link team for group photos. We madly packed so we could get in a last game of cards, which has melded our two teams to the core. Everyone is off to bed, so we will blog next from our trip home.
My name is Fashionista. I wear shorts, a t-shirt, a scarf on my head, neon knee-high socks with sandals, a purple hoodie as a cape, sunglasses at night and I am a dancing champion. I come out every night around 9:30. I often take a nap or two during the day to conserve my energy. I eat a fruit roll-up every night to get my crazy on.
I know you are probably thinking this is Steve writing this post, but you are mistaken. It is I... Alex. AKA - Fashionista. Not to be mistaken for Mona Lisa... my other true identity.
Ok, more about today I guess. I woke up the same as I do every day... very, very tired. Those early morning devotions on the roof are killer. The team went up to Tapion to finish the cement pour on the floor. What did I do? Well I stayed back and napped, of course! Delynne was busy getting the VBS stuff organized, and Tania, Lacey and Erica were doing more child sponsorship updates. I was making sure the loveseat in the main compound did not run away!
After the team finished at Tapion Church, it was VBS time and I somewhat came to life. During the songs, there was a little girl who was clapping the air, and when I saw this I went over and put my hands out so she could clap them instead. We made a connection and I didn't even speak her language! Then, Alana and I showed off our narration skills to the kids at the church. We told them the story about the four friends who lowered someone through the roof in order for Jesus to heal him. Then it was craft and game time! Woo hoo! The guys on the team were in charge of games. In Duck, Duck, Goose my dad got taken out by an eleven year-old girl! I was in the classroom helping with the craft and snack. It was hot and sweaty, but I still managed to be a fashionista even in those conditions!
Gotta go! The fruit roll-ups are calling my name! As I sleep, don't try and take my fruit roll-ups!
Today was a great day for the Weyburn Team! We started off the day with a great devotional lead by Haley and a breakfast of oatmeal. Then we went off to Tapion with the Link crew to help them finish pouring the cement floor for the children's church. It went by so fast and there was no "labour unions" this time around. We made it back to the compound in time for lunch with a couple scrapes and bruises. Brad caught a bucket to the face as it got tossed down the empty bucket line. It cut open his nose and now he looks super tough with his black eye and aviators. We helped the Link Team lead their VBS after lunch and it was amazing to see all those smiling faces playing in the fields and doing crafts. This afternoon was our turn to go on community visitations, and we went around Grande Goave praying fo people and their families. We came back with some pretty interesting and heart-breaking stories. We prayed over a man who had witnessed a man die from being electricuted earlier today. He was completely traumatized and wasn't enjoying the company of other people. Today was a great day and we ask for prayer that tomorrow will be another as some of us go back to Tapion to put new tin on the roof of the church, and that we will all stay healthy for these remaining days. Bon Nwit from Haiti.
Our team is so thankful for Sunday....a day of rest and a day to reflect after a busy week. Our day began at 0800 am with church service at Haiti Arise. What an amazing experience to watch the Haitian people worship and sing....its alway passionate and very moving. Church including hearing the ladies church choir sing and a powerful message by Pastor Wade Fitzpatrick from Romans 11:28-32 and Romans 12:1-2. It challenged us all to go back to the Link Church and be more bold and passionate about how we worship and serve.
After lunch, we were able to finally hit the beach! After a very hot and humid week...seeing the ocean and being able to take a dip was so refreshing. The beach was very busy today and we were able to interact with many Haitian children, vendors and even blanche peeps just like us!! One of my favorite things to do is interact with the Haitians.....so it was a great afternoon.
After a long hot walk back to Haiti Arise.....we showered and cleaned up, loaded up the vans....and headed into Grand Goave for supper at Mondys! We ate an amazing meal of either goat or chicken....along with HOT coleslaw salad, pasta/potato salad, and plantains.....and of course Coke or 7UP out of a vintage bottle! It was a great time of fellowship with Marc & Lisa, Barry, Roy and the Weyburn team. AND....no Mondys supper is complete with out Marc and Wade having their pop bottle cap flinging battles within the restaurant! You definitely need to keep your head up!
Well that pretty much sums up our day.....its poured rain again tonight with thunder and lightining! Have never seen this much rain fall in all my visits to Haiti! WOW
Pray for our team tomorrow as our guys and Amie head back up to Taipion in the morning to finish the concrete pour (with the Weyburn team helping), Tania and Lacey(with Erica from Calgary who we have adopted into our Link family :) as they continue with child sponsorship updates. Alex, Alana and myself as we prep for VBS at 200pm. Again it will be a hot & humid day for us all.....pray for safety and strength!
This morning, the air was fresh due to an inch and a half of rain overnight. After a later start to the day, and a self-serve breakfast, we were off to church around 8AM. Pastor Wade brought the message, interpreted by Pastor Marc. It was great for us Weyburn folks to enjoy a message from our old friend and Pastor. Pastor Wade even wore a long-sleeve shirt and tie for the occasion. (We know how he loves to wear ties!!) The worship was in a language we didn't understand but the enthusiasm made up for our inability to understand. They have shown us how to worship with passion and without inhibition. We can learn a lot through sharing this experience with them.
After lunch, we went to the ocean with Roy and the Link team. It's great to mingle with a team we have had the privilege to work so closely with. At the beach, we enjoyed the cool water, some trying out snorkeling for the first time. (Some of those people getting wonderful sunburns on the backs of their legs). The venders were bold and very nearby. We were able to pick up a few souvenirs as well as enjoy eating crab and lobster freshly pulled from the ocean by young men using dugout canoes. YUM!
After getting ourselves cleaned up and applying some aloe gel, we all went to the Goat and Coke, with Marc and Lisa. The goat was great and the pikliz (spicy coleslaw) and half litre glass-bottled Cokes were refreshing on a hot evening. Wade and Marc behaved very badly, throwing bottle caps at each other (we did not participate in such shenanigans of course) but they let us stay to finish our meal. The ride back home was much less chaotic than our original trip from the airport so the evening was very enjoyable.
Tomorrow we are honorary Linkers. Some of us will be jumping in to help them finish a concrete pour at Tapion Children's church. This pour takes place on a rather steep hill and the concrete is passed by bucket for a distance longer than a football field. It is demanding work in intense heat. Pray that the local employees and team members can complete this task in good time and with no injuries or delays. Then in the afternoon, we will help out with their VBS program as well as get our turn to do evangelism visitation in the community. Pray that all goes well with these great kids we will encounter and that each one feels loved.
Time to go to bed!
Norm (and his secretary, Sheryl)