Tomorrow, Saturday, the second team will return from Haiti. The goal for the two teams was to lay brick for the first floor of the new school by the end of the second week (today). They finished not only the first floor of the school, but poured and laid even more than they expected to and were still finished by Wednesday morning! The Haitian foreman found other projects for them: painting the roof on the boys’ transition house and helping the Haitian team get ready for the next phase of the school project.
Missions Trip Blog
Thank you for your prayers for our team in Haiti. The first group finished their work on Friday morning, attended the school chapel on Friday afternoon where Richard greeting the children and teachers and spoke on behalf of the team. On Saturday, four of the team members left (Anita, Kevan, Rick and Richard) and four more arrived (Kim, Rocky, Tia and Nathan). The team spent Saturday relaxing by a pool and enjoyed dinner at a restaurant.
We apologize that we have not been able to send more for the missions blog this week; our Internet connection has been spotty at best, and even when it is working, about all I've been able to send reliably is text messages. A few photos have made it through. But today is an off-day, and our team is relaxing at a nearby hotel pool, where there is decent Internet access, so I thought I would try to send a wrap-up post today.
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).