14 Jul Haiti – July 12, 2014 : Day 4
Day 4 in Haiti and all is doing well with the group. We started the day with breakfast at 7am as usual. We had pancakes, biscuits, and bananas, plus an assortment of drinks all prepared by the lovely Haitian cooks that prepare all of our great meals for us. After breakfast we loaded into the team truck and began to travel to the church and school. The drive is about 45 minutes and as usual the traffic was complete chaos, but I focus more on the artistic work that is put into the entire city. From the buildings to vehicles, things are brightly painted and decorated with personal artwork, amazing really.
We got to the school a little early this time so we had some time to settle in before the children came, which was nice for the team to just take a moment to take it all in. We began the program with a game where the boys and girls had to toss beach balls back and forth trying to get the most balls on the opposing side. It was a tie with the boys winning one time and the girls winning one time. After the game the children returned to their seats and we sang “Jesus Loves Me” in English – one of the songs we have been teaching them. Gwen then gave her testimony and we did a skit about Noah and the Ark. We acted out God telling Noah to build a boat and had some of the kids come up onto the stage and make animal noises.
We also sang “Father Abraham” followed by another testimony. At the end of Vonnette’s sermon we gave an alter call for all the children that wanted to ask God into their heart and we prayed with them. I had the opportunity to pray over some of the children. After prayer we went outside to play games with the children; such as Frisbee, soccer, and an assortment of games played with your hands. Around 11 o’clock we went into one of the class rooms and had the children come in one group at a time for us to make them balloon animals – which ties in with theme of Noah’s ark. Once every child had received a ballon animal we escorted them out the gate so we could eat and then begin working.
Today was just as hard as the past two days having to eat lunch with some of the children looking in the windows watching us. You just try not to make eye contact as sad as that sounds. Once lunch was complete we began to paint. Today we started putting the brown coat of paint on the bottom half of the walls, which was an adventure because we found that some of the cans of paint had a darker shade of brown then others. We found some brown hand prints on the upper white half of the wall and had to repaint that.
We finished painting around 4pm and then returned to the guest house. It was 5pm by the time we arrived home and there was an hour to chill before dinner was ready. Tonight’s dinner was very good. It consisted of meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, home made biscuits, and pineapple upside down cake. After dinner we had about an hour to read over our devotions before meeting on the balcony to discus the days events. Over all, the day went well and I think the Haitians are beginning to see what we are doing for them. Tomorrow we are going to a church to enjoy a sermon and concert, then going out for pizza and a road trip, details on that to come tomorrow.
– Kimberly Uhler