The technical school.
One of the computer classes.
Training on the new tire machine (yes, I know how to use a tire machine).
Adam and crew working. Doug drinking water.
I wonder if Apple envisioned their products being used on a Haitian street like this?
Closing down a street to start work on the last sign. This is Mark & Lisa's house and subsequently their wall. Not a normal sight in Haiti at all.
I think we're all pretty tired. The team has been pushing pretty hard since we got here and the pace is slowing now. Still getting things done, but each step feels longer and heavier. :) I think my favourite moment that displayed this fact was when I was looking for Gord this afternoon...yelling out his name...and then I saw this arm stick up from a pew bench in the church. Only an arm. Gord had conked out. He deserved the break. :)
I have the privilege of video-interviewing each team member as part of my HFL responsibilities. Its been pretty cool listening to this team talk about their experience so far. God is good, and He has been among us in unique and powerful ways.
Today our team was involved in another trip to Port-Au-Prince, working on/in the technical school, painting, wood working, grouting, tile work, and I'm sure there was much more that my tired brain can't remember. The beauty of all this was we were able to do all this alongside our Haitian friends.
Gord was also able to meet the computer class that will be using the laptops donated by Telus (and loaded up with help from Lisa's bro-in-law). What those students and teachers said as they thanked us was powerful. They have such a passion to change their community and their country. It's odd to be thanked so much for 12 laptops. I mean really, 12 laptops? Could 12 laptops change a community and a country? Maybe. Maybe with a bit of Jesus-hope and an organization like HAM it just might be possible. I was really proud of Gord too. He reminded them that they have been poured into by people, and they in turn should pour themselves into others. He did great.
Thanks for your prayers. Everyone's healthy again.
Tonight you will be blogged at by Lisa and Janette.
Greetings from Haiti! Lisa and Janette here.
To our families, thank you for supporting and encouraging us to make this trip, it has impacted us in more ways than we can yet articulate. To all of you who have prayed so faithfully for us and encouraged us with your words, thank you, we have felt strengthened by them. To Michelle and Joan thanks for making us laugh, and making Dan squirm!
1- Is it possible to look presentable in Haiti?
Well, at 30 plus degrees and high humidity our clothes are wet, sticky and smelly. Repellent and sunscreen attracts a layer of itchy dust and so far we have had 7 bad hair days. As a contrast the Haitian women always look beautiful; we haven't figured out their secret yet.
2- How many times does Marc have to drive to Port Au Prince in one week?
Today, for the third time this week, Marc, along with Eldon and Dave drove the 1.5 hours one-way to the Port Au Prince Eco-Depot. The big purchase today was a cement mixer, among other things. Eldon finally realized the best way to survive this bumpy maze-like trip was by swallowing two Gravol.
3- What does theatre night look like in Grand Goave?
We are encouraged to see the light at the end of the sign painting tunnel. Our last sign to be painted is on the outside wall of Marc and Lisa's house in town. Tonight we began the prep work which involved projecting a powerpoint image to trace. This, inevitably drew a crowd, which provided an opportunity for Amy to show her 'Lavez Men Ou' video. The Haitians seemed very amazed and interested.
4- What is a comforting sound in Haiti?
It doesn't matter what time of day, you always hear the gentle hum of conversation. Sometimes we don't even see them, but their voices drift and give evidence of a close knit community. What a contrast to the absence of human voices in our own isolating neighbourhoods.
5- How do Haitian women pray?
Today we, along with Amy, attended the Women's Bible Study. We loved how they described their service as the 'work of God': ministering to those in jail, visiting the sick, collecting clothes and money for those in need, cleaning the church grounds, and more. We were amazed as one woman stood up and repented of her discouragement and gossip. We felt a beautiful sense of openness and accountability. At the end of the meeting, we had the opportunity to stand up and pray 'Haitian style' with the women, individually praying, out loud, and all at once. You would think this would create an atmosphere of confusion but in reality it eliminated the performance aspect of publicly praying. Oddly enough, we found that we focused better.
6- How have we been blessed by our team members in Haiti?
To all the wives back home, you would be proud of your husbands rising to the many challenges that this trip has presented. We have seen their gifts being used in serving one another. In fact, Marc wants them all back as soon as possible. We have been challenged by their honesty and blessed by their transparency in sharing with the team. As for Kelly and Amy, we love them! It has been such a great blessing to get to know them both. Their humour and kindness, their stepping out in faith, and being vulnerable and obedient to God has challenged us in our own walk.
7- What questions will we still be wrestling with when we get home?
How is this going to change the way we live our lives when we get back home? How do we extend this sense of community we feel here to the community of Surrey Alliance? What do we do with Haiti now that it has become so endeared to our hearts? How do we begin to use our gifts to bless others in the same way this gifted community has blessed us?
There is lots to think about........
love to Doug, Hanna, Matthias, Rick, Gillian and Jake, we miss you!!!