Missions Trip Blog
We continued to lay block today quite well, adding five more courses on top of the bond beam that was poured on top of the long back wall last night. Today, the Haitian crew prepared forms for pouring more bond beams atop the walls that separate the classrooms, and slog the front interior wall. Tomorrow, we will continue laying block on the new bond beams.
We are generally quite well, except for one case of heat exhaustion and one allergic reaction to the mortar. All are in good spirits as we head into the last day of week 1.
We lost power in the night but John, Manno and Henri from Kids Alive worked on it for an hour and got it back -- otherwise, without our fans, it's tough to sleep in the sweltering heat -- we are grateful for those guys.
Each morning we have team devotions before we head to our work sight. As well as praying for the day and for Haiti, many prayers are being said for loved ones back home. We miss our families but are grateful to get to be here to serve others.
We are well; making a lot of progress on the school walls. Met with sponsored children today and are scheduled for a community walk this afternoon--this has been rained out twice. -- A text from Doug Heacock
NOTE: The Internet isn't very good this year so I've been relying on sporadic texts from Doug to get updates on the work of the team. (We've even had trouble on our end turning that content into posts on the missions trip blog.) Thank you for your prayers for the team. The week has gone really well and they have accomplished a lot!
Sixteen missionaries will be headed to Haiti over the next two weeks--eight of them will be there both weeks. The first week team leaves on Saturday, January 23 and consists of Richard Erickson, McKenna Ezell, Anita Greenwood, Doug Heacock, Kenna LaRue, Taylor Manning, Stephanie Temple, Kim Riffel, Rick Riffel, Randy Roy, Kevan Vick, Larry Wedman, and Tasha Wertin.
Another missions trip to Haiti is tentatively scheduled for May 28-June 4. If you want to participate in this trip, the deadline for applications is January 24. Application packets are available in the church lobby; completed packets can be turned into the church office during regular business hours (8am-noon, 1-5pm, weekdays).
Thank you for checking in, and for your continued prayers for our teams as they prepare to leave for Haiti in just over two weeks. A few more suitcases, lost on the December Haiti trip, have made their way back to Lawrence. Apparently only one or two suitcases (including one that was full of medicine and medical supplies) are still missing. It isn't clear where the suitcases have been all this time, but at least most of them have come back!
Some of the suitcases that were lost on the Haiti missions trip earlier this month have been returned, but certain items are missing, and the suitcases' name tags have been switched, so it seems clear that there was some sort of nefarious hanky-panky going on with the team's luggage.
We were able to snorkel and relax at the beach in the morning, then travelled back up over the rough mountain road to Cap Haitien to go to chapel at Kids Alive. Pastor Bill shared a message to the children after we sang songs. The message was that God has sent us the greatest gift, his son, Jesus, but a gift is meaningless if we don't open it and accept his salvation .