Hey family and friends!
Today has been filled with just pure joy and a whole lot of fun! This morning we took three boats to KaPaFu, which is a little secluded town of straw huts. Once we arrived we just did normal things with the people that live there. We painted nails and I got to hold a beautiful baby boy with the biggest brown eyes I have ever seen.
We performed our “Everything Skit” twice for the people of Ka Pa Fu. This was the first time they have seen this skit so it was pretty cool to be involved in that. After the skit we had a legit dance party! We played some loud pump up music and just went wild with all of our dance moves and didn’t even care if we looked a little off or silly dancing. It was in this moment of dancing that I just felt filled with pure joy that only the Lord fills us with. It’s hard to describe what exactly this feeling was but I just couldn’t stop smiling.
We danced with the kids and even the adults. I definitely made sure to throw in some ACDC into the mix of jams. When it was time to leave KaPaFu I saw a real life sea turtle being tied up in one of our boats. Immediately I was like oh gosh thank goodness that turtle is not in my boat!!
Naturally however, that turtle was in fact in the boat I was riding back in (haha). I sat towards the front of the boat to avoid the sea turtle not knowing that the front was the definition of SPLASH ZONE. By the time we arrived back on land there was not a dry part on my body! That was definitely a memorable boat ride to say the least, but it was so fun and I will forever remember the “never ending log ride”!!
Later today we got to take the orphans to the beach and play with them. This part of the day was full of smiles and giggles. Sondley and Magdalie were my little beach buddies. As soon as we got to the beach we hit the water full sprint. Sondley was super shy at first but once we got in the water I started tossing him up in the air and catching him and he just lit up with the biggest smile and his laughter filled the air.
Just to see the little smiles on all of the children’s faces and the light in their eyes brought joy to my heart and I found myself smiling nonstop. These children are so precious and I am so thankful we had the time to love on them and be children with them.
Today I just reflected on the beauty of this place. Today was simple yet filled with so much. Sometimes simple things can be the best things. John 14:27 says, “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Today, I knew God had me right where I was supposed to be for the week. I was overcome with His passion for the people of Haiti and felt the comfort of His arms holding me tight. I am so excited to see how God uses our team this week to serve Him and His people! I have a burst of excitement just building up for the rest of our time here in Haiti.
Brad and Randy’s Daily Adventure:
Don’t you just love it when Roosters, (commonly referred to in the United States as male chickens) know when you are asleep in your circadian rhythm (just like Santa Claus?)
The last two nights our faith has been tested: Spiritually, Emotionally, Physically, & Circadian Rhythmically?
Imagine this: You are asleep. Next thing ya know, BOOM! REM cycle destroyed.
The hair on the back of your neck and ankles stand up. Sweaty palms.
Shaky knees. That’s the sign of the rooster. The calm before the storm.
4am. The sun is not in sight. The rooster, knowing precious sleep is at stake, does everything to physically break our sanity. We have learned that even when the rooster crows, God is good!!
Please pray that the rooster will learn from our groans, yelling, and heartache that he is crowing at the incorrect time.Have an EGG-cellent day!
This team is awesome! Everyone is SO happy to see old friends and make new ones.
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