Bonswa USA!! It is Erynn, Kelly and Taylor’s turn to blog for the day. It was an eventful day, so let’s get to it!
Today was “Tie Dye Tuesday,” and we all wore out shirts that we tie dyed the week before departure to Haiti. As we loaded onto the bus to head over to Leveque, we realized we had two extra passengers, CARPENTER BEES! They were large and in charge. Being that there are 17 girls along on this trip, a lot of screaming was taking place. As we were all running away from the bees they went out the window, so we all thought we could relax in safety. However, shortly after both bees returned and one was discovered under Courtney’s skirt. We never would have known with her calm and modest reaction ;). Poor girl got stung on her leg, but she is tough. Ashmitt, our translator, came in for the rescue and smashed the bee on the window with a Sprite bottle. So it was an interesting start to the day.
The morning continued to Leveque where we did some village work. We split up into groups, each with their own translator, and walked around spreading God’s Word and encouraging the Haitians. We got to hear many testimonies and stories of how they came to be located in the Leveque community. For example, one group met a 16-year-old girl who was pregnant and was going to have her baby within the month. Her mom and dad died and her boyfriend left her because she was pregnant. Some village people brought her in and took care of her. Another story, a woman was very ill with infections, headaches and viruses and was going to a voodoo priest to get healing. About 3 years ago she became a Christian and hasn’t been sick since. There are many other stories, but we will save those for another time. After about 4 hours, we gathered back to the bus and returned to Mission of Hope campus to eat lunch.
After lunch we returned to another section of Leveque to talk to the people and pray for them. As we were pulling up, there were 3 little boys running to the bus screaming, “YES YES YES YES YES!” with fist pumps flying in the air. Clearly, they were excited for us to be there. As we got off, we made different groups and dispersed into the community. Children flocked to us and would not leave our side as we went from house to house praying for the people. We met a woman who had 20 children, one who lost her husband in the earthquake with 4 children and no job, a man who was not a Christian but still listened to what we had to say, and many other wonderful people. After walking around the community we gathered to one section and got to play with the children for a bit. Once we pulled out the soccer balls, jump ropes, Frisbees, and footballs the children came from everywhere! I would say about 50 or more children were there playing with us. A lot of us girls got our hair braided (painfully) and many Haitian boys schooled our boys in soccer. And they love cameras! Once you pull one out, they try to grab it or want to see as many pictures of themselves as possible. We all basically had our own personal photographers. It was time for dinner and sadly we had to say bye to the children to enjoy another delicious Haitian dinner and go to worship shortly after.
Worship service tonight was amazing! Hearing worship songs in Creole is quite an experience. Haitians are so expressive and emotional in how they worship God. As the songs continued, they ended with a bang. The last song got the Haitians going. And soon after, us too! The people were going into the aisles and toward the stage dancing, singing and swaying. So we joined them! It was very hot, but a lot of fun! A great end to the day. We wrapped up the evening with devotions and the card games began.
Hope all is well in the US of A! Over and out from Haiti!