Haiti Update: Monday Jan 28

  • Posted on: 29 January 2019
  • By: bengel

The work day was warm and sunny, but there are tall trees overhanging the work site in places, so we were able to escape the direct sunlight when we needed to. The work was tiring--laying block, lugging block from a big stack to the places we wanted to use it--and when lunchtime came, we were ravenous and also ready for a break. We were joined at lunch by Haiti Field Director for Kids Alive, Robenson Gedeus, and his wife, Christina. While we were waiting for the food, we were joined by a class of 4- and 5-year-olds--adorable and exuberant and all smiles. They were fascinated by our white skin, and wanted to touch our hands and arms--laughing and squealing like all 4-5 year old kids do.

On the way back to the work site after lunch, we saw a hen with chicks under her wing and on her back, and one team member commented that it was like a metaphor for the work of Kids Alive here in Haiti.

Throughout the day we worked closely with our Haitian crew, whom we love. Before we bagin the work this morning, Manno, who works for Kids Alive and manages construction for the site, pulled our team and the Haitian crew into a big circle on the cafeteria slab and told us that this crew remembered our work on the school and were eager to work with us again. Then Manno prayed in Creole for us all and asked me to pray in English for us all. It was a sweet way to start the day. It was a sweet moment--on behalf of the team, I told the Haitian crew, with what little Creole I know, "Nou renmen ou" (We love you), to which Manno replied with some of the other Haitians, "No renmen ou tou!" (We love you too!)

Now we're back at the team house, most have had their cold showers, and soon our evening meal will be brought to us. (There may be some card games tonight.)

On behalf of the team, Pastor Doug

NOTE: To see photos from the team, follow #lfmc2haiti on Instagram.