Thursday, January 12, 2012
Greetings from Haiti!
Today is the 2nd anniversary of the earthquake that affected every Haitian and most of the world. To honor this occasion, everyone staying at Mission of Hope went to the village of Leveque to participate in restoration on such a memorable day. Leveque is known as MOH 500 because it is 500 homes built post-earthquake specifically for earthquake survivors. 90 volunteers arrived at 8 AM and split up in groups with 50 of us digging a 2,000-foot trench to provide easier water access to the village, and 40 painting houses, moving roofing material and putting on the roofs. This was by far the most strenuous work day with many of us being tired and burnt, but definitely very rewarding. Once we started digging, many Haitians showed up with their own shovels and pickaxes eager to help. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of PB & J on hot dog buns and a ridiculous amount of Pringles. After lunch we went back to work until 4 o’clock finishing all the digging and putting in most of the pipes. Showers never felt so good.
After dinner, we had the pleasure of listening to Claudel, a well-known Christian Haitian singer. Not only was his music a blessing to us, but his testimony about his walk with God and his faith was inspirational.
We ended the evening with a devotional on Job that was especially appropriate in light of the anniversary of the quake that shook Haiti. For our time of prayer, we split up into groups and prayed specifically for: Mission of Hope, the government, basic needs, what God has already done, and the hope and faith of Haiti. Even though today is a somber day for Haiti, we expect God to do great things in the future.
A special shout-out from Baillie to Dave and her whole family. I love and miss you guys!
Hannah says hi to Mom, Dad, her grandparents, and AJ. See you soon!
Andrew says hi to Mom, because you are the only one reading this.