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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