We also gathered the children while we walked through the village. Once we were gathered, Eric took a few group pictures of all of us with the children. We started by singing a few songs together, both in English and in Creole. We performed our “Good Samaritan” skit again, and Jess blessed us with her testimony. One girl asked to sing for us, and she sang “Ancient Words” in Creole. One other boy asked Jeremy to start a beat, and he danced for us. Ben DY decided to join in, and we all had a good laugh at the two dancing boys! After this, we took out the soccer balls and jump ropes to play with. For the younger children, we got out a few coloring books and crayons. Some of the Haitian girls took a liking to our hair and braided all morning long.
We all went back to the MOH campus for lunch, after which our group was split up. The men of Tib 11 (Brandon, Jake, Andrew, Ryan, and Ben DY), Hannah, Colin, and Coach Metcalfe were able to meet the children that they are sponsoring. Most of them needed translators, but they really enjoyed their time together once they got talking. They found out that some of the kids had changed their mind on their career choice since the info cards were put out, but the kids were still great! Everyone thought that it was pretty neat to meet the kids and get to know them on a personal level, instead of just signing up on the Internet and never getting to meet them. Out of respect, the children would never look any of our team in the eyes. It was difficult to accept, but Jeremy was able to explain it to us.
The rest of the team headed to the Maranatha Orphanage. A few of the children from the village also joined us as we walked to the orphanage. Again, we did our skit and sang some songs with the children. This time, Cassie blessed us with her testimony. We brought along white t-shirts and Sharpies to decorate shirts with the children. They loved it! Many wrote their names on the shirt right away so no one would take it. Many wrote something about Jesus on their shirt as well. Michael was wearing his Haiti t-shirt, and some boys asked him to draw their country on the shirt. The kids were very well-behaved, and shared very well. There were quite a few small children. Lisa, Cassie, Tara, Baillie, and Megan were in the “baby whisperer” group and were able to coax them to sleep. The manager of the orphanage, Mr. Jackson, invited us in to explain how the place worked. They have 41 children that share two bedrooms. He runs the place mostly by himself, but usually there are about five workers there. We also played volleyball and jump rope with the children, and we all had a great time.
At group devotions, Colin, Hannah, and Michael shared a message of humble hearts with us. Elizabeth also joined us and answered a few questions that we were struggling with. We spoke for a long time about when to start employing the Haitians, when it is OK to give water and food, and new ideas such as garbage removal and water purification. It was great for us to finally be able to have a few answers to our questions.