14 Jul Haiti – July 11, 2014 : Day 3
To begin the day we had an amazing breakfast! Biscuits & gravy, eggs, fresh pineapple and mango, and cereal. We are so spoiled with our cooks, the food is always divine. After breakfast the team huddled up and mentally prepared for the trip with a group discussion and ended with a prayer.
After our huddle we gathered our things, put on our bug spray and sunscreen, the guys loaded the vehicles with all the equipment. One by one we started to pile on to the truck and the Speed The Light SUV. Riding in both vehicles is an experience because of traffic… oh the traffic, but the truck is like a box with steel wiring around the outside and wooden benches inside for us to sit on. Riding in the STL SUV brought me such great joy because all the offerings were not in vain. The traffic in Haiti is something I have never experienced before, it is so chaotic, there are no traffic lights, speed bumps the size of mountains, and there is this one roundabout in the center of Port-au-Prince that is accident frenzy, every time we drive through it I see an accident.
When the team and I began to drive into the village, the children were so excited to see us. They were jumping up and down, smiling ear to ear, and waving to us. They were filled with joy that we came back to visit them. When we pulled in to the gate that guarded the school and church the children started to pile in!
Once we got situated and did the welcome, with the help of Vonette, Pastor Alan explained to the children the game we were going to play. It was the same game as the balloon game yesterday just with beach balls. Boys on one side and girls on the other, they had to hit the ball on the other side, which ever team had less balls on their side wins! Boy won first round…but then the girls came back and won of course!
After the game we sang the children’s Christian song The B.I.B.L.E in English, I sat next to two teenage girls who could sing the song better than me, and English is my first language.
Next up was Aslan’s testimony, which was excellent! You could really tell that some of the children grabbed a hold of what he was saying! After Aslan’s testimony was the puppet skit about bullies turning over to be good guys! This puppet skit consisted of Aslan, Josh, Jasmine, Gwen, Kim and I. During the puppet skit it sounded like the kids really enjoyed it!
After the puppet skit was my testimony. Honestly, I was so nervous to give my testimony to the children because I did not know how they would responded. Though I realized as the time came closer that God has everything under control and that everything thing would work out! And it did, the kids seemed interested, but I give thanks to Vonette because she brought the fire to it when she translated!
After the testimony was the David and Goliath skit and that was great because we got some children involved! The translators are amazing at getting what we are saying across to the children to where they can understand it. Up next was Rachael’s sermon, which was amazing, she was able to tie in the David and Goliath skit and explain what it all means to the children. At the end of her sermon she called the children up for an alter call. Which is something I will never forget, seeing children go up and give their life to Christ. They all had their heads bowed and eyes closed, repeating the salvation prayer in Creole. It was beautiful.
At the end of the service, we went out side and played sports with the children, soccer, frisbee, hand games, and the girls just wanted to hold your hand and walk with you everywhere you went. At the end of playing time, we had them line up and walk out the gate, as they walked out they received water. Though some of the children, mainly they older boys, did not want to leave the grounds so they tried to climb back over the wall. But thanks to our native translators, we were able to get them to leave.
After we got a majority of the children gone, we went inside the church and ate lunch, it was hard to eat lunch when the children are begging to give them a piece or give them water. Especially when they know your name and they just keep saying it and all you can do is keep eating. It may sound bad, but if we give one child a chip or some cookies we will have a mob of children in less than 5 secs.
While we were in the village it was very humbling, because these children live in a tin house, do not have shoes and they are still smiling, and signing us songs. It is really an honor to be apart of this team and serve God’s children.
After we finished eating lunch, we got changed in the classrooms and got ready to paint. Today we did the second coat of paint on the top half and tomorrow we will paint the second coat on the bottom half in a different color. All the classrooms are cream and brown. Painting block walls can get very messy especially when the rollers and paint brushes fling paint off of them. But we got it done, because it is the least we can do to sow into these children’s lives. After we finished painting we loaded up and headed out, back to our guest house.
As we were driving the people were brushing cans and water bottles in the middle of the road so that the cars would flatten them so they could make money from recycling. That was a concept I had never seen before.
Once we got back to the guest house many of us showered and freshened up for dinner. Dinner consisted of a pasta with chicken and white sauce, also there was toasted bread and mixed vegetables. Everything was amazing, as always. Desert consisted of a birthday cake for Vonette and Nick Allen.
After dinner, they boys played at the basketball hoop on the driveway, some girls were outside and others (like me) were inside relaxing. Around 7:15 pm we did devotions and then learned how to make balloon animals for tomorrow. After the balloon animals we practiced the schedule of the day.
Many of us are pretty wiped out from all the festivities of the day. Though everything was very rewarding and I would not want it any other way. Once again I thank God for this opportunity to share the Gospel in Haiti. Very humbling experience!
– Kierra F.