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!
Missions Trip Blog
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 .
Here are the latest photos from the Haiti team, sent with comments by team member Wayne Kelly (click on thumbnails for full-size images):
Below: A new church being constructed on the property adjacent to the Kids Alive children's village--we noticed that when they are making cylinder blocks at the site, they only have one mold, so that have to make them one block at a time.
We finished our work on Thursday morning by moving dirt around the septic tank at the new boys house at Kids Alive, then travelled up over the mountain to a place where cruise ships dock so that we could buy clothes. We were then taken to the Cormier resort where we relaxed and enjoyed the ocean and had a great dinner. Everyone in the group wants to say 'Hi' to their family, and let them know that we are doing well. Thank you for praying for us.
We spent the morning finishing the painting of the transitional house, and moved some dirt and rocks around the foundation. Then we went on a walk through the local community around Kids Alive, where we visited a woman who was the mother of some of the Kids Alive children. She had grown up in a house that her father built out of sticks and mud, with a sheet metal roof. She told us that it had collapsed once in a hurricane, but they had rebuilt it. It was sad to see so many people living in poor conditions.
Here are some new photos that came in from the team (click on thumbnails for full-sized images):
L to R below: Bill and Darren find a place to sit while waiting for their luggage on Sunday; some happy boys who love to pose; the red "Fireball" tap-tap that transports teams to and from the team house and the Kids Alive children's village.
Today we painted the transitional house, and moved dirt around the foundation. Our luggage still did not arrive, so we went back to the convenience store to buy more toothpaste and soap. We ate lunch with Robinson and his wife Tina today. Robinson is the director of Kids Alive. Also joining us for lunch was John, Mano, and Erin.
Here are some photos sent from the team that is currently serving in Haiti (click on the images for full-sized photos):
The team had our first day of work, and it was a tremendous effort. We painted the roof, helped prep for the concrete work, and then got the entire sidewalk poured and finished around the transitional house. We are thankful that everyone is still feeling well, and there were no injuries on the construction site. We are still missing our luggage, but our spirits are good and we have learned how to share clothes, and wash clothes in the sink and hang them to dry for the next day.