Missions Trip Blog

Update: January 31

  • Posted on: 1 February 2019
  • By: bengel

We completed almost everything we could do on the cafeteria. Everyone is pleased. A couple of interior partition walls need a few more courses of block. They also need to pour the columns. Then they can begin forming up for pouring the second floor.

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.

One week to go!

  • Posted on: 18 January 2019
  • By: doug

One week from today, on Friday, January 25, around 1pm, our 2019 Haiti team will leave for the airport. Our travels will take us from Kansas City to Dallas, and from Dallas to Miami, where we'll spend Friday night, then from Miami to Cap Haïtien on Saturday morning, the 26th.

Thurs Feb 1 Update from Haiti

  • Posted on: 2 February 2018
  • By: bengel

We had a nice breakfast this morning--every breakfast is good; we cook for ourselves in the morning and, aside from cold cereal on Monday, we've had cowboy omelets made with fresh onions we bought on our community walk, pancakes, fresh bananas and pineapple, fried eggs and fried potatoes--fixed by whichever members of the team are up first and willing to jump in on the cooking.

Wed Jan 31 Update from Haiti

  • Posted on: 1 February 2018
  • By: bengel

The weather has been uncommonly beautiful so far this week--today was another mostly-sunny day with the high temperatures in the low 80s, and pleasant breezes as well. Most of our work has been in a shaded area, on makeshift work tables where we assemble rebar cages that will reinforce the concrete footings and columns of the new dining hall.

Our temporary outdoor workshop is set up under trees in a wooded area of the property on which we built the new school, and though the early-afternoon sun can be harsh, shade is just a few steps away.