Hey y’all, its Kendall today. Today has been a long, refreshing, and fulfilling day. The lock-in was a success last night/this morning but we are all so thankful that we got to have a relaxing day to recover. My favorite part about the lock-in was watching the sun rise this morning on the beach with all the youth.
Church started at 9 and we all made it, it was an amazing experience to see how different cultures worship the Lord, we even got to sing “No longer a Slave” in creole with the youth choir. It is so rewarding to see God working throughout the entire world.
After church, most of us went to the beach to take advantage of the free time we had with each other and we enjoyed every minute of it. There is no hot water showers in Haiti but I am starting to enjoy the cold water more than I thought, it is so refreshing.
The days are going by so fast and we are all starting to realize how precious every minute is here in Haiti and with each other. Not only have I begun to love Haiti, my love for this team and the friendships are so special. Even though I am having the time of my life in Haiti, I sure am missing my family! Love you guys and can’t wait to see y’all!! Until next time, XOXO
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Hello. First off I need to say that this is all written through a translator because after 2 days, I’m completely fluent in Creole and forgotten all 24 years of English. I’m sure the translator will do a great job at capturing my amazing personality. You might already be wondering, “WOW who is this guy, who is probably really smart, obviously funny, and let’s just assume dashingly handsome… oh and humble. This is Brad from the once popular and well known blog “Brad and Randy’s Daily Adventure” which was discontinued due to lack of finances and public interest.
I saw Randy yesterday as his cruise ship passed Haiti. I’m sure he is doing great mission work while drinking mimosas. As heartbroken as I am, I’m the funnier one so I’m thriving.
I am writing to everyone based on around two hours of sleep…so honestly a pretty average night in Lubbock.
First of all, I’m sure y’all are all aware that Maddux and I have been honored as international heroes for saving a goat’s life. It’s probably all over the news. Two legs were tangled while this goat was dangling off the side of a small cliff. After we rescued the goat and did some minor counseling, the goat was perfectly ok. After we determined it was ok, It was slaughtered and we ate it.
Speaking of goats that are still possibly alive…
Kayla thinks she is going to die. She pet goats forever and then eats candy. THEN DOSENT EVEN WASH HER HANDS. Haitian Kayla is N-credible.
We put on a lock-in for around 100 youth (14- 24). The lock-in consisted of a lot of games, small sermons, and small groups. At one point there was even cake. Our theme was Olympics and through that we competed in different teams (VERTTTT!!!!) as well as focused on our identity in Christ. We went from 5pm to 7am non-stop.
At the end of the lock-in, we went to the beach. It was a special moment because Al got to baptize me. I have been reading and meditating in Job 1 a lot and I am amazed at Job’s steadfast love through trials and tribulations. He didn’t blame anyone but gave thanks to God. He didn’t know that Satan asked God to test him, yet he was faithful. This was the very thing his integrity was put to the test, yet he didn’t know. God that has given all, may take what He pleases. I am not Job, but I just saw the connection to Baptism. He shaved his head and said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and Naked I return to the Earth. The Lord gives and the Lord takes. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” So just as a symbol of a new creation, I shaved my head. The Lord hasn’t physically taken all things away from me, but I count it all as lost to knowing Christ.
I always remember something that Al told me, “Your testimony is amazing. God has been so faithful to you.” And that’s truly my story.
To celebrate we all sang, Americans and Haitians together, “I’m no Longer a Slave”.
We then got the privilege of attempting to stay awake in the Haitian church service. We suffered heavy losses, and I regret to inform you that most people did not make it. RIP to these brave men and women that almost stayed up the whole night. One of them, was unfortunately Al. Al was caught snoring so loud the pastor called him up to the front…
Beth. I fully expect your paper to be at least half done. Yikes if its not. Keep up with this unrealistic timeline!!
And somehow the night has taken a turn for the worst. Everyone, and I mean everyone has shaven their heads, girls included. Even Al got in on the fun!!! Pics to come!!!
I’m supposed to say hi to dogs named Jerry and Diane and parents name Sadie, or maybe that was the other way around? From HQ, this is Brad, signing out!
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