Hello all! This is Christine and I’ve been elected the “blogger” for today’s events...Representing a FINE group of individuals from The Link Church Medicine Hat.  Thank you to all of those who are following this Blog, and praying for us. Today was our first real day of work here at Haiti Arise and work we did! We started the morning off with some shovels....Digging up the ground to lay forms and rebar for the stairs on the Tech School building. There is nothing more satisfying than sweaty manual labour in the hot sun...Really made us feel like we were “doing something.” Damen was our “boss,” (although he insists that he’s not), and we are ready to do the cement-work tomorrow. The joke around here is that we are wondering when the cement truck is gonna roll in...But no such thing here in Haiti lol. The concrete will be made here and we shall see how the pouring goes after tomorrow! The work is slower than it would be in Canada (everything happens in a “Haitian minute” here) but it is so rewarding to look back on the end of our day and actually SEE the progress. The second part of our day was VBS (Vacation Bible School). Delynne did an amazing job of preparing the materials for today’s lesson. We had approximately 120 kids listen to her story of the Lost Sheep and we helped the kids do a small craft as well. It was awesome to watch the kids look at their craft with gleaming eyes, so happy with it. I feel very privileged to be a part of today! Steve, Daniel, Darrel,  Sean, Damen, and Rod did a great job of playing games with the kids as well. Never an easy task to organize games here without speaking the language (even with the translators), but they sure did it! Tomorrow we plan to continue our VBS with a skit about the Good Samaritan. Should make for some good laughs.   After being here at Haiti Arise for 2 days now, I am honored to be a part of such a great organization. They are like a village inside a village...(if that makes any sense)?? I have so much yet to see, this is my first time being here so I really don’t have that much to offer you, but from what I can tell, there is hope here!!!! In the midst of great poverty, there is hope! Thank you for taking the time to read this...I shall send someone better at blogging for tomorrow lol but in the meantime, lots of love to our family and friends. You are never far from our thoughts. And lots of love to our church family who has supported a trip here once again. It is better than I ever imagined. Bye now!    

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