Hello Family and Friends!
Thank you again for your patience, we apologize for the tardiness of this post as well as the infrequency of the posts so far..
We will soon end our 10th day in Haiti, with only three full days remaining. We have been busy on the worksite, bonding with the workers and completing LOTS of manual labor (you might surprised how much work a team of four girls is able to accomplish!). Tomorrow, we will attend church at a nearby orphanage where we will put on VBS. Our last two days will be spent on the worksite!
We decided to do individual posts today in order to best represent each of our experiences thus far.
Sophia: So far my time in Haiti has been indescribable. Before coming to Haiti I had no idea the ways in which God would work, but now I see the answer is very clear: though indiviuals incredibly positive outlook on life. Although the country is in a state of re-building, and progress can be slow, the attitude and energy of the people is so incredible, beyond words. Unfortunately, learning Creole has been challenging for me, but I am thankful to have met several Haitians who have lived in America and our helping me learn as much as possible. Through my conversations I believe I have an educated understanding of what Haiti is truly experiencing and how the U.S. can be helping. Overall, describing our trip through a blog is difficult and doesn’t accuarelty represent all that we are learning and experiencing; however, we are all journaling each day in hopes we are able to share more specifically with family and friends.
Thank you for your love, support and prayers!
Koman ou ye (how are you)? Mwen sanje ou (I remember or miss you). Thank you everyone for the constant prayers and thoughts you are sending our way. God has been so good in His provisions for us on this trip, in our hosts and their generosity, in giving us good friends who teach us Creole (they try very hard and I have learned a very little bit) and giving us rest and hope just when we need it. As well as working on the work site, I have been able to share the classroom with an intern named Leah, helping the students learn English grammar and pronunciation. The students are very intelligent and love so much to learn–they bring joy in every class that I have attended. A few of them want to go to a university this fall, and they inspire me with their passion for bringing life to their community and worshipping God. Prayers for these aspiring students would be so appreciated!
The workers on the construction site have been helping us with our Creole: they are very patient and love to make us laugh, even when we are passing heavy buckets of cement. We are so blessed to have our hosts, Pastor Valentin and his family, who have opened up their home to us and taken us on adventures to the market and the beach! And the interns at FFP, Leah and Adam, have helped us become more and more Haitian and answered every question during our stay.
Nous sanje ou, and Bondye beni ou (God bless you)!
Siera: One of the highlights of my time in Haiti has definitely been the people. Our team quickly bonded with Leah and Adam, two interns for Foundation for Peace who have been our close companions during our stay here. Adam has been here for two months and Leah for one. Both of them have a deep love for the Lord and the people of Haiti. Their insights into Haitian culture have proved extremely valuable! I have also enjoyed getting to know the students, who choose to stay after their morning English class (taught by Leah with the help of either Hannah or Claire) to talk with us and help us work. I am in awe of their eagerness to learn and to participate in the building of their school. Some of their English is super good and we often pass the time by exchanging English and Creole phrases/idioms. They taught us “Mouri poul ou” which is translated “die your chicken”… still trying to understand what that means. They are funny and joyful and I know that I will never forget the people I have met here in Haiti.
Hello hello! As I sit here typing this, I am seemingly unable to find the words to describe my trip thus far. They will eventually come – I am sure- through my writing or with each conversation I’ll have with you; the stories will unravel. For now, I will just say that this place has my heart. I realize that is quite a cliché Christian mission trip remark, but true nonetheless. From the day I arrived, God has revealed to me a desire for this country that has been awaiting acknowledgement. I have been sooooo blessed by the people (learning ANPIL (a lot of) Creole through conversations with the incredible Haitians we work alongside, cuddling the cutest babes you ever did see, receiving endless smiles and waves from the crowds on the street). There is so much more to say. But for now . . God is good, I am enamored with this place, and I am increasingly grateful for those who helped me get here. Because it is where I am supposed to be. SEE YOU SOON!