Hola mi amigos, como estas? Me llamo Gaeron y me gusto waffles.
Okay I am done with the Espanol, thought about writing this entire blog in Spanish but didn’t want to make anyone struggle with their translation. First and foremost Matt Clark’s mom he said, “Hi mom.” My translation of Matt from this week means I love you and miss you(by the way he actually just came over and mentioned this after I wrote this…lol)! He is a man of few words but all that is said is with wisdom. So, not sure how these are supposed to be written as I haven’t done one yet and haven’t read any of the others. So I am going to do this the Gaeron way and just let the Lord lead me.
So it is Thursday here in the Mole and a ton of things have occurred this week, from Bullet asking if someone’s dogs name is Susan to Kayla licking goats it has been a fun and adventurous week. So I am going to take a minute to brag on my fellow brothers and sisters that are here with me. My friend Cole has truly been a servant this week working construction almost everyday when most do it the mandatory one time, he is a hard working man, momma Cole.
Kayla has been a brave soul through sunburns and goats. Amber has sang her heart out in worship beautifully, even when we aren’t worshipping. Averie H has been deemed the fearless leader of the blue team as she had led my team in I with happy heart and gold soul. Abby has missed you Logan, Julie & Wayne, Bill, & Gigi, as well as served faithfully. Taylor has been a major leader in our VBS showing her love and affection through teaching. Averie E has not stopped loving kids from the moment she stepped off the Polaris, love her heart for children.
Tori wore her scrubs and dove right into the clinic like a warrior ready for battle. Erika is another one of VBS leaders as well as showing her grit being one of the few girls to volunteer for extra construction even after she took a shovel to the face. Brad has taken a huge step in his faith and truly became a brother to me over this trip. Jake has showed his spirituality all week especially in his devotional, even when I shovel rocks into his chest. Baylor has showed us he is built with iron and he aims solely to sharpen his sword. Katie truly loves these kids and humbles herself to their level to meet their needs. Madeline has been an inspiration to me through her dedication and never-ending joy. Hannah and I have laughed our way through this entire trip. I will miss the wisdom of Maddox back in Lubbock. Lex is so compassionate.
Christian has become a dear friend of mine over this trip and we have talked about too much to share. Olivia allowed someone to pee in the sink during bathroom duty and four boys to go in one stall, in a four stall bathroom with a smile on her face and joyous attitude that never stops shining. Bullet has intruded into others houses and asked if their dog’s name is Susan. Hayley has made herself vulnerable to the Lord and even become a new zaime(friend).
Kendall has whooped me in ping-pong multiple times, truly one of the bros. Matt just says “hi”. Tyann is terrified of bugs in her hair for anyone out there looking to scare her. Darby has been a loving sister to me. Alyssa is looking forward to the bus ride. Al wants everyone to know he is here. Maddi has had a tough week but has pushed through her pain like a true warrior. Hayden still shared her love of soccer with the Haitians even with the strained hamstring and still crossed me up.
As for me, I have managed to just be me, the goofy Gaeron everyone from KYX and the 325 know and love. So as you see we have done a lot this week from shoveling sand to evangelism in the fishing villages. We have faithfully allowed the Spirit to lead us in service and worship of the one true king.
We have constantly been in awe of our Father’s wonderful creation this week and grown closer to strangers than our own friends back in the 806. We truly miss you guys back home and can’t wait to be back in the states even though we are perfectly “content” (wonderful word from Erika) with being in God’s love in Haiti. I could truly write all night but others want to share and I want you to hear there sweet hearts. As you can see, I have truly fell in love with this group of people I was privileged enough to serve with. I can’t wait to get to know them even better over the rest of the semester at the Wesley.
Lastly, before I go a couple of shout-outs: Mac I read the red penned note and shed a couple of tears, truly missing you, happy to read your comment today! See you soon. Mom, love you and Dad and let me know how Pax baseball is going? Also you would love Haiti maybe a summer trip you and me? KYX brothers, miss you guys if anyone is reading this. Podcast, picantes, poker and pong when I get back. Me remen ou –Gaeron Miles. Also our translators are the dopest people on the trip, as well as Susan, the Epsteins, and the Castillos, sorry ADD.
P.S. from Abby: Hey mom!! Miss you lots, dude. Love all the comments and can’t wait to see you. Are y’all going to Gruene Hall Saturday? Love, baby dude
We all miss each and everyone of you so very much. Oh this is Darbey Havens or as Chubz likes to call me Doodle Bug.
Today was a great day. It started off by Baylor reminding us that God has a plan for us. That he will guide and direct our hearts when we trust in him. After that, we had cinnamon rolls for breakfast and they where the BOMB!!! Then we headed out into our groups. Several of the boys did construction along with a couple of girls who were willing to help out for a second day. Where they got sand to mix concrete.
Oh and shout-out to Christian for signing me up for my first day of construction tomorrow in this heat. Prayers would be greatly appreciated for me while I take on this manual labor tomorrow. Apparently it will be “good for me” LOL. I’m not quite convinced that the physical labor in 90-degree weather is good for me, BUT I do know that being apart of something bigger than myself and knowing that it has the ability to take a difference in someone’s life is DEFIANTLY worth it and good for me! And at least I get to do construction with Matt or should I say Max because by day three of VBS with at least 15 kids calling him Max and climbing all over him he finally gave up and corrected the one who called him Matt to say Max
For Hut to Hut we walked into town and down a road that was surrounded by trees and pink flowers. The people were so welcoming as they invited us into their homes so that we could pray over them, their families, and their homes. They always made sure everyone had a seat and that they hugged and said thank you to every single one of us before we left. We had the opportunity to pray for God to provide and give opportunities to these kids and babies to have a good life when they grow up.
On the other hand, Katie got to pray over an older women and talk to her about eternal life with God and his promise. Then after going into homes to pray and invite them to our VBS at the clinic we headed to the clinic to blow bubbles, play soccer, and make cross necklaces. We shared God’s word with both children and adults as we all joined up to unity in community on the street.
Once we returned the clinic was popin. That was the most joyful clinic I have ever been in and of course all the girls were holding every single baby and continuing to say La bell which means he/she is beautiful. In the clinic whether you are filling prescriptions, taking vitals, cleaning ears, or talking to the people in the waiting area, there was an enthusiasm and joy radiating from each of them as they were there to help serve Gods people in any way they could. Its no surprise that we only need five to work in the clinic everyday yet we always seem to have at least ten volunteers. The clinic is such a great way to start your day and to be in community and service with our family in Christ.
During lunch the boys passed around coconuts for everyone to try which they got from climbing up the tree. Some who loved the the coconut milk couldn’t get enough while others stuck to the slushy Coco-Cola. Towards the end of lunch rain started to fall then pour. With many ponchos and rain jackets on as we all left out backpacks and ran out to the tap tap to head to Savan Mole.
We all sang along to T Swizl (Taylor Swift) and Mr. Brightside in the pouring rain, up bumpy roads, screaming Bonswa as we passed people on the road. Oh and of course Averie E. and Kendall trying to straight-arm their water on the bumpy roads. Baylor, Mat or Gaeron would scream LEFT or RIGHT to warn witch ever side needed to duck from the trees.
When we got there we quickly unloaded and went up and down the street to ask families to go join us down the road for a VBS at the church. Averie started with her internationally famous Listen to Your Heart dance. Taylor and Kendall did a great job leading while Averie played music while the rest of the group was either trying to find a place to go to the bathroom before we got back on that bumpy bus ride, was eating sugarcane, or was trying not to get out in our Duck, Duck, Goose or Hot Potato game .
We ended our day in the best way possible, with popcorn, the movie Cars and the Orphans by our sides or in our laps. Some fighting for more popcorn or chugging down their water. Others completely zoned into the movie and Christian in the back sitting and holding Fednas hand through the whole movie never braking her beautiful smile. We walked them back home said our I love yous and gave big hugs although we didn’t want them to leave.
Everyday you see a change in our thoughts, actions and hearts as we become more humble and joyful, as we draw closer to God and develop relationships here in Haiti our family in Christ.
I miss you all so very much! I hope you all have had a great week I am so excited to get home and share all the stories and how I have seen God working in my life and others this week. Make someone smile y’all always make me smile.
Love y’all to the moon and back again.
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