After a period of about two and a half hours, we went inside one of the homes to eat a quick PB&J. We then got out all the painting supplies and painted four homes, which took about four hours and made for lots of messy hands, feet, hair, clothes, etc. Some of the children joined in and "helped." They brought a lot of joy to the work that we did today.
We then headed back to the Mission of Hope campus in the tap tap (open air bus that is VERY crammed but fun). We enjoy riding and seeing all the beautiful views and up-close views of their culture and the open air markets. Dinner was at 5, and it included some form of spaghetti and garlic bread with goat cheese, salad, and funfetti cake. For some of us who were skeptical of the food, we have become believers. We then had a concert performed for us in the church. Two bands from the states that sang worship songs. They were very good. It concluded with a testimony of the drummer from one of the bands, and a follow-up BMX performance.
Then we had devotions with our group and recapped the day. We talked about how much MOH is doing for the country of Haiti and how they are helping out the community for the long run. We discussed how necessary it was to stand in front of the Haitians and paint their communities’ houses. This has been a challenge for most of us to hold back and not give away material things and not do everything ourselves. We discussed how maybe next time it would have been appropiate to teach the older men and women of the village to paint the houses themselves. Overall, it was a very great day, and we got a lot done, and had so much fun and fellowship. God is GOOD!
Ben De Young