Hello ladies and gents, Ryley here reporting on yet another wonderful day here in Haiti. We just finished eating cake that was prepared for Reid in celebration of his 16 years of life. Jon presented him with a piece that had a fork stuck upside down with an impaled cockroach on the sharp end. Yeah. I am sitting in a living-room type area with no A/C because our room (which is our only escape from the heat) smells like a bio-hazard zone from 7 days of Haiti-heat. I believe most of the kids are playing cards downstairs while I can hear Chris and Jon talking about something. Everyone is enjoying yet another beautiful evening that God has provided for us down here.

Today was a good day, very encouraging. We started the day a bit early due to church, which was an amazing experience. Elyse and I got the chance to share a little bit during the service while Chris provided the sermon. It was nerve-wracking to say the least but in the middle of my sharing they all unanimously said “Amen” which pumped me up. Elyse and I agreed that it was something we won’t forget. The way the people worship and truly focus 100% on God is something some of us still can’t wrap our heads around, it’s amazing. Chris spoke with such passion and energy it was a surprise to a lot of us, he is part Haitian!!

After church we gathered in an area and Chris introduced us all to a young man and woman named Stevens, and Viola. They were some of the most joyful people I have ever met, their faith shone through them like something many of us had never experienced. Their stories and just the way they lived was super encouraging and motivating. They just make you want to know Jesus more! I was really pumped to hear young people who really and truly live for Jesus in all they do.

Another quick highlight of the day was hearing some commotion downstairs and discovering that Elyse had found a tarantula in the woman’s bathroom. Of course Jon got right in there and soon we were all examining its carcass on the concrete outside – after Kenny unloaded a can of insecticide on it. A little freaky!

After a lunch of delicious spaghetti we headed up to a children’s church. I believe the name was Tapion. We were able to perform a skit for the children while Maddie and Brittany shared a few words they had prepared. I can’t express how much joy the people have for Jesus down here, even the little children. It was an awesome time just listening to them sing praise and listening to the sermon.

We concluded the day at a restaurant named Mondy’s, but Chris called the “Goat & Coke.” It was yet another experience but the food was incredible and we enjoyed some more fellowship.

I’m getting the call that it’s time to wrap it up so we’d all better say goodbye. Hopefully all is well back home, myself and a few others are experiencing some home sickness but enjoying every moment down here none-the-less. Excited to see you all face to face!

-Ryley + Team