Going out of Haiti always reminds us of the blessing we have both here and awaiting us when we are not. Daily, we take a lot of what God has blessed us with for granted and do not say thank you or even make a conscience thought about the blessing.
Being in Haiti, every Sunday we are reminded of how to say thank you – the prayers and the general church service by our local community inspires us to be so much thankful for our lives. The Haitains are so much better at saying thank you than we are, they seem to have a purer relationship with God.
Our Prayer requests
- Funding for the re-building campaign of Temple Baptiste Siloë Church – need a further $35,000US for material costs and a further approximately $40,000US to ensure a completed sanctuary.
- Thanks and praise for the Belmont educational fact finding team, as well as the Lott Carey Nursing team.
- Blessings for the imminent visit of David and Harry, to Grand Goâve.
- Patience while we work through our current electrical issues at the staff house.
We want to say what a great missionary endeavor MFI, Mission Flights International, are. We flew in and out with them and when we landed in Fort Piece we were literally in our hire car in less than 30 minutes from getting off the plane, what a real pleasure that was. The trip back to Haiti was uneventful, smooth and we were pleased to give them our business.
A few days after our return from Florida; Sally and Annette came in from Belmont University. They were here to work with the Siloë School, to gain insight and vision, to see if and how Belmont University may walk alongside the leadership and the teachers of Siloë School to make it a school of excellence. Our greatest joy was to hear both Sally and Annette say more than once how great the teaching already is and what a great platform it will hopefully be to work from in the coming months and years. They enjoyed meetings with the leadership, the teachers and visiting the classrooms. Sally and Annette filmed one primary and one secondary class – they are hoping to use these videos as teaching aids in Belmont as what can be achieved with so little; a creative use of resources and what motivated teachers can do when they put their mind to it.
As the few days developed the teachers warmed greatly to Sally and Annette and they opened up to them as to their aspirations, dreams and opportunities. It really was a great opportunity used by everyone involved. Jeanson did a great job coordinating, translating and being involved in the vision.
The day after Sally and Annette left Jenny received a nursing team from North Carolina. This trip was a definate “God Thing” there were issues, stumbling block, questions, concerns and opposition to this trip but having given it up to God He made it happen. Brenda and I enjoyed the social interaction with the team, at the end of each day. While they were tired from their trips made for the mobile clinic the whole team remained positive upbeat and jovial. Jerome, well done for being the only man in a team of 10! We also give thanks for the Canter truck! We only got that back in our possession a day before the Nurse team arrived!
We have finally taken delivery of the second 1,000 gallon water butt. We needed the Canter truck to bring the butt, 6 ft. by 6 ½ ft. dimensions from Port-au-Prince. This will be used to collect the rain water at the school, alongside the first one. We are hoping that this will be a model that will inspire locals to follow this example, and set up rain harvesting for themselves. With the canter back, and the medical team complete, we are planning to transfer supplies to another rain harvest project up to a mountain community.
The rainy season, Haiti has two a year, is back. This year there are less people living in make shift tents than last year; this is a blessing. We hope that next year there will be even less. The Haiti Housing Network continues to build the rubble houses and this chips away at some of the over-crowding in some homes or tents in other properties. It is always uplifting to see rubble homes being built in the community that we serve.
In the past weeks we have seen the Grand Goâve Catholic Church prepare to take down their bell tower. The church was destroyed in the earthquake but the bell tower was not. They are now preparing to rebuild and the tower looks like it is being dismantled to make way for the new building. It is strange not to hear the Catholic bell being rang at all hours of the day and night. When we think about it we realize that the bell has not woken us up at 4:30am or reminded us it is 8:40 am! Or that it is time for Mass, at 4.10pm! When the bell does chime you do think about it but when the bell does not chime and you stop to think about it you realize that you actually miss it!