Bonswa Friends and Family!
Today was a busy, but fun day. I started off the day being both physically and mentally drained, but throughout the day everything that we did (no matter how tiring it was) somehow replenished me. Today filled me with joy and hope for the rest of the week.
To start off the day, my small group was assigned to construction for the morning. We moved a broken down truck across the mission campus, took a gaga ball pit apart and moved it to the basketball court, and then leveled off the ground that the gaga ball pit is going to end up on. Our small group grew closer together as machete’s were used to fight the common enemy of roots that were too stubborn to get out of the ground. Our morning successfully completed leg day, arm day, and cardio in three short hours. It was tough, but the sore muscles tomorrow morning are going to be totally worth it.
After lunch, we traveled into a village in the mountains for VBS and a teen conference. This was probably my favorite part of the day. We shared the creation story, sang goofy songs, and played duck duck goose with the kids at VBS. The kids were so joyful and sweet to be around.
Next, we started the teen conference today with a country dance party where we taught some of the Haitians how to two-step. This was one of my favorite parts, because if you know me at all you know that country dancing is one of my favorite things to do. I think the conference was successful. We talked about creation and how we were made in God’s image. In the discussion with the Haitian girls, our group of girls were able to work well together to answer some of the hard questions that the girls asked us. We are slowly, but surely, growing closer together as a team.
Finally, the thing that has been running through my head the most this past couple of days is the simplicity of Haiti. These people live hard lives, but they are simple lives. We take for granted the access we have to things like technology, running water, and air-conditioning. The people in Haiti have none of this, but they are so full of joy. The simplicity in Haiti through the lack of distractions and the closeness to God’s beautiful creation have been consistently helping me to grow closer and understand more of God’s character.
Everyday I see more and more of God, whether it be through the smiles on the Haitian faces, the sunsets in the evening, or the stars at night. I can’t wait to see what God does during the rest of the week. I leave you with the bible verse that has been my prayer for my life, this trip, and all of the people that we have encountered. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Brad and Randy’s Daily Adventure (Two Real Men)
What do rats and mosquitoes have in common? Absolutely Nothing! According to the Brad and Randy’s ecological growth of mosquito impregnation scientific research community of national organized mosquito biologists union for knowledge and discovery and education (BREGMISRCNOMBUKDE), we have made a breakthrough of discovering male impregnation via mosquito transmission.
According to my observations from my fellow scientist and colleague Al Martin, and I quote: “I feel six weeks pregnant, or maybe that was a burrito”.
Data shows that mosquito bites and male impregnation actually have no-correlation, but we have determined to ignore all data.
BREGMISRCNOMBUKDE does not mean to cause mass hysteria with this scientific breakthrough, but we felt like we needed to be transparent with the public. We want you to be 100% informed. No males have actually been reported as pregnant as of 8:37 PM Haitian Caribbean (Maybe observing day light savings time, but no one is really sure??) Time (HCT).
The females of our expedition wanted us to mention a Rat who goes by the name of Pat who lives, feeds, breathes, and breeds in the female dormitory. He doesn’t speak English or Haitian Creole, but only communicates through primitive body language.
Pat has been quoted as saying, “Wow. I thought I was a mess”. Remember, that was Pat the Rat speaking and not Randy or Brad.
So the point of all this scientific knowledge is to convey our utter disdain for rats and mosquitoes. This is not technically a scientific community, so I would take it with a grain of salt.
Remember, when a rat and mosquito walk into a bar, no one is happy!
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