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.
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.
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.
Here are some photos sent from the team that is currently serving in Haiti (click on the images for full-sized photos):
Watch here for more details as the December 2015 Haiti team makes final preparations for a week of work in the Kids Alive Children's Village in Cap Haïtien, Haiti! This team includes Bill Bump, Darren Flory, Dan Flynn, Joe Gadzia, Jennifer Kelly, Wayne Kelly, Missy Matthews, Ken Schmidt, and Ken Wagner. The team appreciates your prayers as they prepare for their trip in these final few days before their departure. Please pray for safe travels, good health and safety, and a productive week of work.
"Kijan ou ye?" "Pa pi mal. E ou menm?" "Anfòm!"*
Several short-term missionaries at LFMC are learning Haitian Creole (Kreyòl Ayisyen) as we look forward to heading back to Haiti for one of the upcoming trips to Cap Haïtien. It's a short, four-week, eight-hour course in "survival Creole," intended to help us learn a few simple phrases that we can use to communicate with the children we meet (and some of whom we sponsor) and also with some of the school staff and our Haitian coworkers.
Home! We made it back on Saturday night, a few minutes early, even. Our return trip was uneventful (always a good thing when you're traveling by air), and we are glad to be back, but it is always a time for mixed emotions when you return home after a week of laboring alongside people who have become good friends, in a place that you have come to love, even though life there is much less comfortable than home.
With our work on the transitional home complete, and given that many members of the week 2 team had also served on the week 1 team, we were glad to get a morning away at the beach on the north coast of Haiti on Friday. The weather was perfect, partly cloudy with a gentle breeze coming in from the sea; those who wanted sun had plenty of it, those who wanted shade had plenty of that, as well.