Our adventures are never-ending in Haiti! As others mentioned yesterday, we take a fun ride up to Mare Rouge every day. This morning as I was ducking under some tree branches on the side of the road, one of my teammates yelled, “Laura, there’s a praying mantis on your head!” I said, “How awesome!” Usually having a bug in my hair would freak me out, but not today. God’s creation is amazingly beautiful here in Haiti and He keeps reminding me of His presence. I don’t ever want to lose that wonder, even if it takes me going far away to do it! Greetings to Mom, Dad, Bryan, Kerry, Kylie, Johnny, Tracy and J.T…I miss you guys and wish you were here!-Laura
Yesterday we watched in amazement has a young boy ran with a donkey at his side for what seemed like forever… this kids needs a scholarship to run for some college in the future!! Today was a very good day of surveying and seeing what the needs of Mare Rouge. It is an honor to be here and see the people of Haiti again! Miss you Toad, Kenzie and Dani too! Greg
I have to share the highlight of my day – possibly of the trip (certainly the highlight until now). Today Sara and I conducted interviews together. The last interview of the night was with a lady who didn’t know her exact age however she knew that she was over 70 years old. One of the questions we asked her was if anyone in her household had died in the last five years. Her answer was yes – a 25-year-old son had died a couple of years earlier. We asked what the cause of death was, and I anticipated the answer to be a sickness. There is so much of that here.
When our interpreter said something about a moto (motorcycle) I made the next best assumption, that he died in an accident. After all the moto drivers are a bit crazy. But that wasn’t how he died either. Kenson (the interpreter) went on to tell us that the son owned a moto and was using it as a taxi. He was hired to take a man somewhere and at the conclusion of the ride the man took out a knife and killed this woman’s son.
Sara was sitting next to me so I didn’t see how she responded to the answer and so I just went on asking questions. At the end of the interview I asked her if she had anything she wanted to say to us. The woman pointed at Sara and said “I love her!” Playfully I asked “What about me?!?” and she said that she loved me too. When we walked away Sara told Kenson that when she heard the story about the son she cried. Which brings a tear to my eye as I write this. This woman saw Sara’s reaction. She recognized that Sara felt her pain.
Isn’t that the point of this all? Haven’t we been asked to love our neighbor? To bear one another’s burden? Without speaking a word of Creole, Sara found a way to express love and concern for this lady and she found a way to say it back. It made my day!
We want to continue to thank you for your prayers. It has been a little overwhelming to see how great the need is for some of the people. Many had not eaten when we were talking to them in the afternoon. It makes us realize how ungrateful we tend to be as Americans. Dear Family I miss you and love you.
This is easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. But it’s so hard to see the poverty. I honestly don’t know how to describe more and am too tired to do so tonight. But I’m thankful to be here, and I pray that by the end of the week some of our questions will be answered about what we can do to help. It’s so hard–we want to help immediately but we also want to do so in the way the mission thinks is best. I think we’re all struggling as we see so clearly what their needs are but can’t meet them immediately. Josh, Micah, Jonathan & Liam, I miss you SO MUCH! Glad K-State won–there were cheers in Haiti when we heard the score! Hope the boys are sleeping better. Josh, thank you so much for allowing me this chance. Boys, hope you’re having a great time with Daddy. Can’t wait to come back here with all of you if God says it’s ok!!!!
We had some fun times playing a game of “spoons” last night, though we didn’t have too many spoons so we used some earplugs! Apparently Amy REALLY likes to win and proved it during the game. We affectionately refer to her as “Amy Angry!” -Jordan
The trucks are similar, except that we have benches on the side so we sit down and only have eighteen people instead of thirty. 🙂 Parts of the road here are even better than they were in Ecuador, or the driver slows down for the bumps instead of never slowing down. 🙂
Please keep praying that we would know what to say to them and how to minister to them spiritually.
Today the rubber hit the road. We saw hungry families, real poverty. Of course, I cried when I heard your blogs. Again, it reinforced how blessed we are. Keep praying for us. We can feel your prayers. Love you all Mom and Dad/ Grandma and Granndpa
I was glad to hear that Marissa was able to get rid of her cast. Love you all Michelle