Sorry again…due to internet issues we are combining two blogs together…
Howdie Partners! It’s Stephanie and Trey here with your blogs today! I (Stephanie) will type in this font. Trey will type in bold font just to keep the confusion minimal.
Day Four of working went amazing!!!! Everyone killed it today and really showed the Lords love.
WAKING UP TODAY WAS THE HARDEST PART OF MY DAY. THESE COTS HERE ARE LIKE CLOUDS WE ONLY GET TWO MORE NIGHTS TO SLEEP ON THEM!(; Our morning started with some amazing cinnamon rolls and the Haitian ladys cut up some mango and bananas for us too! The best part of breakfast was getting to pick how much icing we wanted on our cinnamon roll!
After breakfast our morning got off to a quick start. Half the team went hut to hut and the other half got to work in the clinic. I was in the group that got to work in the clinic! Some of the group worked in the waiting room! Abby, Jacob and Eric were in there coloring, blowing bubbles, and praying with the families as they left! Regina got to clean out the ears of every patient and she said there were no scary creatures in there ears. Madi J. got to take the blood pressure of the patients, which she did an awesome job on! Inside the pharmacy with Lauren (long term missionary here) Kayti and Caleb started counting and organizing the medicine so they could begin an inventory on. I got to work with Suzanne and we were the pharmacists today! We filled prescriptions and started recording how many things left the pharmacy.
The most common medicine that left today treated worms. Keep the Haitians health in your prayers! In the end we saw 20 patients today and it was amazing! I loved every minute of it! After half the morning passed and e saw everyone we broke off and I got to go hut to hut with Jacob and Regina. It was fun going into town just getting to talk to people and I got into a bet with our translator when I swore I saw our teammate Justin’s clothes drying! By the way I won.
Hey everyone back home this here is Trey speaking. I’ve been sleeping really well….sorta, but anyways hope all of y’all back home are doing well and showing God’s love to every person you encounter just like we are trying here in Haiti. Let me begin with today with all of our activities, my group began with hut to hut and consisted of Kade, Kelly, Maddi, Caleb E, and me.
To start off with I haven’t been feeling the tennis shoes lately so I walked around all day in my Old Navy flip flops which are also my shower shoes. Everyone especially Bullett was giving me a hard time saying I was going to regret wearing them which in reality I didn’t. So my group hiked all the way up this mountain while I was wearing my old navy flip flops and we started by stopping by this area and talking about their everyday lives and normal small talk.
The thing that stood out to me was when we were talking to this family and asked if they go to church they said they couldn’t because they didn’t have nice clothes to wear and that they would be frowned upon if they showed up in their regular clothes. So all of y’all be grateful for where we live and that you can afford clothes for church!!! So after we visited a couple more houses we started walking down the hill and this lady had two donkeys running from her, so when she got near us she caught one donkey and the other kept running!!! So acting naturally I ran after the donkey downhill in my old navy flip flops on a dirt road that was very uneven and caught that dang donkey by the rope and handed the donkey back to the lady.
After Hut to Hut we came back and had some lovely brown rice and chicken legs for lunch! Rice was on point today and I filled up my tummy! My chicken leg went to Kayti since she didn’t like the rice. Yes mom I gave away chicken! I must be dying or something lol! After lunch Faith and I headed to the trenches! We showed the boys how to slay the holes today!
As a team we completely finished 3 sides of the trench, which they will be filling with cement to create the foundation of the new pharmacy! It was like an oven today though during construction! All the wives and momma’s we made sure they drank plenty of water!!! They were well taken care of! Once the trenches were done we dispersed and took some nice cold showers and hung out till dinner! I took a nice nap on the benches in the cafeteria while some played cards! Best nap I have taken hands down!!
So just like Stephanie I ate lunch, but instead of construction I did a VBS with the orphans! Bullett tried to teach them some of our dances like the church wobble, but they weren’t feeling it so we did the Cupid Shuffle, the cotton eyed joe, and the hokey pokey, which they loved! Maddi and Abby taught about identity and about Rack, Shack, and Benny(shortened names from the Babylonian names). Then we had crafts and made masks with all the orphans and this one kid named Woodjerry loved his mask and was always smiling and dancing! After that we had a snack that Regina had prepared and we then played musical chairs with them. And after that I took a 2 ½ hour nap so hopefully I’ll sleep tonight!
Dinner was pretty good today. We had spaghetti and for the first time I had some seconds!!! It was hard for me to wake up from my nap and I was drowsy so hopefully I can sleep tonight! After dinner we had a team meeting and decided who was doing what on our last full day of ministry!
I am on the team to do the women’s spa day in the morning and go to a fishing village called Preskul in the afternoon! I am super stoked about what tomorrow has for our team! We are currently watching the NEW Beauty and The Beast, which I am seeing fully for the first time! (I fell asleep at the drive-in watching it) We are watching it in french with English subtitles and I think it is amazing to hear the way the songs and everything sounds!
I love it I think it is way better than English movies. The orphans seem to be enjoying it as well as the popcorn Mikaela and Maddi M stayed up all afternoon making while most of us napped. HUGE SHOUT OUT TO THOSE GIRLIES FOR BEING IN THE “FIREY FURNACE” (KITCHEN)! After this movie we will be headed to bed because the group to Kapafu has to be leaving the gates @ 6:30… I get to sleep in till 7:45 thankfully. Keep the team in your prayers for restful sleep and us to give our all on the last full day of ministry. It is crayy crayy to me ho fast this week has flown by! Now one last thing from trey…
Well tomorrow I will be heading to Kapafu at 6:30 in the morning which is where also I will be teaching so wish me luck! I am super excited for tomorrow and I’ll let all of you know more when I get home! Love all of you guys! Peace out from Steph and Me!
Shout out portion begins here:
First from yaaaa girl Stephanie! Boston (And Gina), Ward, and Kennard clan I cant wait to tell you guys about my trip! I would love for you all to be at the airport and to go eat with you all when I get home. If you cant make it that’s okay! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces and hug all of you… I am learning how much I cherish those simple things from loved ones this week. Peyten I hope you and BK made it to Farmington safely!
I can’t wait to come see you down there for the Connie Mack World Series! I miss you like crazy too and it’s been a hard week without getting to talk to you. Its like I am being grounded from my best friend! When I get home we are going to have some great Face time Sessions to where I can tell you all about my trip too! Be safe in Farmington and don’t die from any rapids before I get home! When you finally get home from Farmington you better dance with me like the beast dances with Belle by the way! (start practicing) I’m still yours by the way! I am not dating a Haitian boy!!! Miss and love you guys!!!
This one goes out to my mother, from her dearest son Jacob Sean, I miss you so much! Haiti is a beautiful place but not as beautiful as you;) I cant wait to get back and tell you all about it. Love you momma!
And this one goes out to my sister, from her dearest brother Jacob Sean. Emili!! I miss you like crazy. I hope basketball has been going good. Go easy on the other girls, no one can handle your skills. I hope your having fun with no boys at the house. I’ll give you a big hug when I get back. Love you ems!
This one goes to Kevin from his family!! We are all doing well!! We love and miss you!! Hope things are going well at home too!! See you in a 3 more sleeps!! J
HEY YALL IS BRAEDEN! HOPE YALL ARE DOING FINE UP THERE IN LUBBOCK. SOMEHOW IM STILL ALIVE AND WELL JUST SO YALL KNOW. IM HAVING LOADS OF FUN HERE IN HAITI AND IM TRYING TO WORK HARD AND SPREAD GODS LOVE IN EVERYTHING I DO.
Hey family and friends! This is Josh. Haiti is so great, I’m having so much fun and in awe of the way the Lord is working here. Braeden and I are excited to share what todays adventures had in store for us.
Mom, I can now say I know how to give pedicures and manicures. Not saying I’ll prove it when we get home but hey it’s a hidden talent. The ladies that work here with the children and cook all the food and whatnot got a spa day from a group of us to show how much they are appreciated. It was a challenge washing feet and all that, but hey it was well worth the smile it put on their faces!
LIKE JOSH SAID, THE SPA DAY WENT VERY WELL. WE ALSO GOT TO PLAY WITH THE ORPHANS HERE AT THE MISSION AND HAD A LOT OF FUN WITH THAT TOO. THE KIDS HERE ARE GREAT AND THEY ALWAYS PUT A SMILE ON OUR FACES.
The amount of joy in the kid’s faces here is incredible. It’s amazing to see their faces light up when we smile at them or just hold a hand. The kids seem to enjoy when any of us pick them up and spin them around calling them superman. Kids have never been my favorite age group but here it’s hard not to pour everything you have into them.
THE REST OF THE DAY CONSISTED OF TAKING A GROUP OF 6 TO A FISHING VILLAGE CALLED PRESKUL. OUR MODE OF TRANSPORTATION WAS A SAIL BOAT WHICH WAS PRETTY DANG FUN. WHEN WE GOT TO THE VILLAGE WE SANG SONGS, TALKED ABOUT JESUS AND PRAYER, MADE BRACELETS AND, PLAYED DUCK-DUCK-GOOSE.
When we were boating into the shore of the village there were kids waiting to see who was coming. It was really cool to see how inviting and accepting they were to have us come play games and spend time with them. the parents were laughing so hard watching us run around a circle playing duck duck goose. I cant really complain about the sweat, sketchy boat ride, silly games or the exhaustion when everybody is in laughter and smiling.
THE BOAT RIDE BACK WAS A LOT DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE GOING. FOR ONE IT WAS A LOT ROUGHER AND A LOT WETTER. THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE GETTING DRENCHED AND TOSSED BY THE WAVES. BUT IT WAS SO MUCH FUN AND WAS VERY EXCITING. WHEN WE WERE ABOUT TO RIDE UP TO THE SHORE A COUPLE OF US DECIDED TO JUMP OUT INTO THE OCEAN. I, AS ALWAYS HAD TO GO OUT IN STYLE AND DID A BACKFLIP OFF THE SIDE OF THE BOAT.
I went out with a little less style, but I mean is anybody actually expected to be as stylish as braeden? That boat had soaked us so much that it didn’t make much of a difference if we jumped in or not. Every wave we hit I was having to make sure steph didn’t fall out. She made it to shore… one of the best experiences I’ve had though, tons of fun. Later this evening Justin and Caleb are going to lead us in worship on the beach. Pretty excited about that! They have done a great job leading us in worship this week. Its crazy to think that today was our last full day here It went by so fast.
OUR LAST FULL DAY HERE WAS ONE OF THE BEST. IT WAS FULL OF SMILES AND GOOD MEMORIES. OUR TIME HERE WAS AMAZING AND GOD REALLY WORKED IN AND THROUGH ALL OF US. MOM IF YOURE READING THIS HELLO. I HOPE YOU’RE DOING WELL ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE FAM. TELL ASHLYN I LOVE HER AND MISS HER.
Its been a great trip and sadly its just about over, we will be back in a couple of days!
P.s. braeden is all caps and im lower case.
p.s.s. Im josh
They will leave tomorrow evening on a bus so this will be their last blog! They’ve been an incredible group and I’m better for knowing them.
Thanks parents for sharing your children with all of us here in Mole St Nicolas. The Mole is better for knowing them.