January 30 week summary
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.
The work week has been good--hot and humid, but good--we have accomplished more than we expected, and there is a chance we will have the whole first floor done by the end of next week. There have been some bumps along the way--some problems with heat and hydration (it's nearly impossible to drink enough water here), and one team member had a severe allergic reaction to the mortar we're using as we lay concrete block. Nonetheless, spirits are high.
Our interactions with the children have been good, too. They are precious, beautiful children--most of them with deep black skin and bright white teeth and bright eyes; the boys' hair is cropped to a millimeter or less, and the girls wear complicated braids and little sky blue ribbons all over their heads to match the color of their school uniform shirts and blouses. They love to play, and to tease us, and to be teased--any kind of attention we give them is rewarded with bright grins and laughter and offers to play. Many of us have spent time this week with children that we sponsor--this is a special treat, as most of the people around the world who sponsor children through various organizations never get to meet the children in person.
We have definitely seen God at work in Haiti--and your prayers are much needed and much appreciated.
Blessings on behalf of the team, Doug Heacock