Missions Trip Blog
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We're home! Well, most of us are home--Taylor Manning, who was with us for both weeks of last year's trip, went back to Haiti in the summer and spent four months there, learning Creole and teaching English, and when she accompanied us on the trip last week, she planned to stay for at least a week longer. I'm sure she would appreciate your continued support in prayer.
Thursday was the last work day for our team in Haiti. On Friday they will spend the morning relaxing at the beach and spend the afternoon with the kids in their weekly chapel service. After work on Thursday, several of the team members texted me to share some of their impressions of the week so I'm passing those along to you.
Today was a busy day for the team. One of the biggest challenges is the heat. Even though the high temperature is around 80 degrees, the humidity is near 90% and the team is working in the full sun so it feels very much like 100 degrees. Yesterday it was difficult to stay hydrated even though the group was drinking water throughout the day.
We were up early today so we could have our breakfast and our team devotions and still make it to the Kids Alive compound in time for their weekly flag raising ceremony. The school kids line up, raise the flag of Haiti, recite the Scripture verse for the week, and sing. Our team was then introduced to the kids, many of whom know some of our names from previous trips.
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.
It's 84 and sunny today in Cap Haïtien, Haiti--a pretty typical January forecast. Fifteen* of us are getting ready to get up close and personal with Haiti's weather and beautiful people, especially the many children at the Kids Alive Children's Village. All indications so far are that we will be working on the second floor of the school that our teams began building last year about this time.