Bonjou! Welcome to our blog. This is Hannah, Kirsten, and Karliegh reporting about our first full day in Haiti.
Our day started out with the rooster crowing at 4 a.m., which was a little earlier than usual for most of us. After our 7 a.m. breakfast, we went on a tour of the main campus. We saw the orphanage, hospital, school, and ended at the church. It was amazing to hear how Mission of Hope started out with only 200 kids in school and now 15 years later has around 3,000.
Our church experience is hard to explain, but we’ll try our best. The first hour we sang songs in both Creole and English. This was a very moving experience, and we’re blessed to have been a part of it. The last hour was full of the sermon and more singing. Even though we couldn’t understand what was being said, we knew it was powerful by seeing everyone’s reactions.
After church we had lunch and then headed out to the other 2 campuses of Mission of Hope. The first campus, Bercy, was relatively new and already had a school. The plan is for this campus to be like the main one plus an elderly center and a mini resort. The second campus is located in Leveque and called Mission of Hope 500. When the earthquake occurred three years ago, people fled to this village and have been living in tents ever since. Mission of Hope has been building houses for the people in the village. They are small, have three rooms, and are all in vibrant colors. Leveque consists of 2 groupings of these houses – one for the hearing and the other for the hearing impaired with a church set on a hill between them.
After the tour of the campuses, we came back and ate dinner from a restaurant. The food was delicious and consisted of chicken with an incredible sauce, rice, fried banana, and ice cream. After our stomachs were full, we had devotions and played games. Before turning in for the night, most of us headed up to the roof to look at the lights of the city and God’s beauty in the night sky.
We are already having an amazing time and cannot wait for the rest of the week. Thank you for your prayers and support!