Sunday Jan 29 Update
I received an update from Doug [Heacock] Sunday afternoon and am happy to report that the team made it safely to Cap Haitian and are settling in nicely. They arrived Saturday afternoon, made it through the airport well with 14 donation bags (always a bit stressful), and were treated to a nice meal on the ocean front with the team host. After eating, they were taken to the team house and settled in. In the evening, they had a brief orientation and then went to bed early. They had been up since 2:00 a.m. and many didn't go to bed the night before until after midnight, so an early bedtime was most welcomed!
On Sunday morning, the group attended Hope Baptist Church, the church that the Kids Alive ministry is connected with. The service is in Haitian Creole, but often times familiar songs are sung so some of our team members are able to sing along in English. This is a "megachurch" by Haitian standards with around 3,000 attenders and many church services each weekend. The church is very committed to discipling people and has a very active ministry-leader training program.
After church, the team went back to the team house to change out of their Sunday "best" into more casual clothes. They went to the Kids Alive village for lunch, a tour of the work site, and a walking tour of the neighborhood. This allows new team members to see the sites, become familiar with the living conditions of children who live in the village and those who live in the neighborhood and scope out the work site so they can plan their work for the week.
The team was extremely happy to see that the second story floor of the school had been poured and blocks were already on it. Monday they will be able to start laying block to building the walls of the school. This won't be easy work, but they are grateful they don't have to carry block up to the second floor.
After scoping out the worksite, the team attended the monthly birthday party for all the kids in who live in the Village. At these parties, kids sing, give testimonies and everyone gets a treat. It's a great way for our returning team members to reconnect with kids and adults they know and for new team members to begin to meet people.
Monday they will be up early for breakfast and team devotions, and then they will head to the work site around 8:00.
* safe travel
* an easy entry into the country
* a prepared worksite
* a good first day on at work for both those who are doing construction work and the three who will be doing vision screening for the kids
* opportunities for meaningful conversations among team members and between our team and Haitians
* continued strength and health
* the ability to see God at work
Thank you so much for praying for our team. They are very appreciative.
Carolyn Heacock, on behalf of the team
Photos (L-R): a birthday party, Richcade, the worksite