This is Jenna, Kaitlyn, and Heather giving you the low down from the day. Today was a pretty emotional day for us if we do say so ourselves. It was our last day in the village on our trip. We woke up this morning, had a delicious breakfast of oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cereal, and breakfast bars then headed back to our rooms to put on our mission work finest; long skirts for girls and cargo shorts for guys. We left the MOH base around 8 a.m. and headed to Leveque where we split into two different groups and set off in different directions.
The goal today was to go beyond just praying for the people living in Leveque like we did on Tuesday; we went to share our testimonies with them. This is where the first emotional part of the day set in, if sharing your testimony with complete strangers isn’t scary enough… try sharing it with a translator in between. Language barriers might just be the worst things in the world. Today required a complete faith in God to allow us to open up and share our testimonies with the people. The experience of today was rewarding because of the reciprocity that took place as we shared our stories and the Haitians sharing theirs right back.
After eating a great chicken salad, peanut butter and jelly (we eat a lot of pb&j here), and random snack lunch, we set back to Leveque and started to rally children up for an afternoon of fun including; skits of stories from the Bible, sing-a-long songs, games, and dancing. The kids in the village were overjoyed to have us hold them and love on them for a few hours this afternoon, and our team was plenty happy to do it.
Time flew by this afternoon while we were playing with the kids. When it came time to say our goodbyes, the second emotional part of the day hit. This is the last time we were going to see the kids; this was our last day coming to Leveque. We actually had to say goodbye, it wasn’t “see you later” this time. Sitting on the bus waving goodbye, you could tell that we had made a difference in these kids’ lives from the looks on their faces, but the funny thing is… I think they made a bigger impact on us than we did on them.
Tonight after dinner, it was one of our group’s turn to do dishes and help out the kitchen staff, and they did it in a pretty record time. After dishes were dunzo, then we headed onto the roof of the building we are staying in for praise and worship night. Claudel, the worship leader at the Church of Hope, played and sang acoustic and even took the time to share his testimony with everyone. In a word: amazing.
Overall the experiences we’ve had in Leveque this week were #lifechanging and will probably be something that we will never forget. We get the day off tomorrow and are taking a team trip to a resort for some fun in the sun!