Greetings from Haiti, Seth here! We successfully made it to the Mole! We arrived by plane around 9:15 AM and let me just say, our overall trip could not have gone smoother. We used today as a day to get familiar with our surroundings and to settle in, but tomorrow we will hit the ground running. Today, after our arrival we were able to meet the staff and take a tour of the town. We all had our own visions of what everything would look like, me having the advantage of a past trip, yet we were equally in awe of the town of the Mole St. Nicolas.
So much has changed in the past 3 years since I was here first, but likewise so much has stayed the same. The most major aspect is that the roads are being paved, which is a tremendous improvement from the rocky “roads” that was there before… oh and did I mention the orphanage is built and running? We were able to go and visit all the children and spend time with them. I believe I can speak for all of us by saying that was my favorite part of the day! Within seconds of walking through the gates, we were all swarmed with kids wanting us to give them our undivided attention. For hours we played and loved on them until it was time for their afternoon snack and nap. Whether it be the kids staring endlessly into my eyes (trying to view their reflection in my mirror lens sunglasses of course) or the priceless laughs and giggles from tickle fights, the entire time everybody in the area was consumed by joy. Honestly, I’m not sure who had bigger smiles on their face, us or them.
After one of the greatest starts to the trip that was possible, we had about an hour of down time to regroup before talking with Ms. Beth about the Haitian culture and other important topics. Followed by that was dinner and then devotion. We have already started to make lifetime memories with each other and the kids that are irreplaceable and the best part is it has only just begun. Tomorrow we plan on giving VBS to the kids of the community and just being able to portray the love of Christ to the rest of the community. We have other activities planned, but I guess you will just have to wait and see tomorrow what they are. Come on, what fun would it be if I told you everything?
They may question the size of the group, but one thing they will not question is our readiness and passion to be here. After weeks of preparation, we are all so excited to be here. We know that our size may prevent us from doing some activities, but that will not stop us. We have ambition and the love of Christ is overflowing in us. And remember, if our God is for us who could ever stop us? Thanks for all of your prayers and keeping up with us as we spread the love of Christ throughout this wonderful country! Jezi remen ou!
With much love from all of us to you,
Seth and the team!
PS- Mom, my schedule pickup is sometime this week, which I will need you to do… don’t forget to get there early enough for a good parking pass. Remember, you having to wake up “early” one day could prevent me from having to wake up early the entire school year. I love you, see you in a week with countless stories!