Sunday, March 17, 2013
After worship at Grace Village we made a quick stop back at the guest house to drop of Feed My Starving Children meals which we will distribute tomorrow morning before we leave for the airport. Then it was off for some serious shopping.
There is some amazing and beautiful artwork and jewelry in Haiti and you can get it at a great price as long as you have good barters with you to help you out! Much like America, the sales people can be a little pushy but polite. We stopped at three different stops, the first was by the Capitol of Port Au Prince and there was many tent stands where the Haitians were selling jewelry and souveniers. Our second stop was on our way up the mountain and it was so interesting to see how the shops were set up right on the side of steep areas of countryside. The third stop was at the top of the mountain where there were a combination of both tents and shops set up along the roadside.
The journey up the mountain was winding and adventurous but the view of the city was so picturesque it took our breath away. This country is so beautiful and so spiritual and it was all right there to see at the top of the that mountain! God is truly amazing with his creations and He blessed us with a view of one today!
We got home to the guest house and said our goodbyes to some of the staff that will not be at work tomorrow to bring us to the airport. This was very sad as the guys have been our guides all week and have spent their days keeping us safe, giving us Creole language and song lessons and Haitian culture education along with many, many laughs and a few practical jokes along the way. But we all agree it was not goodbye it was see you later.
As our week finishes we all shared some moving Godly moments from the week in our devotions and agreed that we will return another day to continue to see God's work here in Haiti through us and to us! Although this has been a life changing journey for us all we truly miss our families at home and are excited to come home and share our experience with all of our friends and family.
Good night and God Bless!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
In His name,
Carly, Bridget and Monica
Friday, March 15, 2013
All the glory to God!
PS - to the moms of the kids on our team - everyone is doing great! Everyone is happy and healthy but most of all, everyone is growing in their faith each and every day!
Serving and loving Him,
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Our day started out with yet another wonderful breakfast made by our Haitian sisters, along with some incredible Haitian coffee and freshly squeezed juice. We then proceeded to climb into our top-top transportation for our journey to Grace Village, which is located in Titanyen (up in the mountains) about 45 minutes from the guest house. Please don't worry, we have more fun on the way to our destinations by singing, laughing and taking in the sights, sounds and smells. When we arrived, we were so inspired by all the wonderful, amazing things that Healing Haiti has accomplished already and the future plans they are preparing for!
First of all, the accomplishments. Grace Village is equipped with a wonderful learning environment for the children, one of the largest playgrounds in Haiti, their own fish farm which incorporates hydration of their gardens, and much more. Then there are the future plans; those include a medical clinic which is in the process of being completed, an addition to the school which will provide for all the children in the community and accommodations for the elderly.
From Grace Village we stopped at some of the homes of the elders in the village. We provided them with food, water, songs and lots of prayer. The smiles and joy that God brought to them through our visit today was touching and inspirational. The hope that the elders maintain even through the roughest times is a lesson we will all take home with us!
We wrapped up the day by stopping at Jean Gary's school, where we spent time holding and hugging the children and providing them with much needed donations. Knowing that these children are getting an education and a meal during the day a blessing from God.
Our evenings always begin with a wonderful meal and then we spend time in devotion and prayer before turning in to rest for our next incredible day being God's hands and feet here in Haiti. We all agree that we are truly blessed to be a part of this incredible mission trip. God is working through us to help the Haitians but He is also working through the Haitians to help us realize God's Grace!!
Sue, Alison and Ryan
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Glory Be To God.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
We look forward to sharing our trip with you through our stories of connecting and sharing with our brothers and sisters in Haiti that God has already planned out ahead of time for us.
All Gory to God!
In Humble Service to Him,
Heather, Kalley, Bridget, Sierra, Sue, Monica, Carly, Alison, Ryan and Lisa