April 22, 2016
Hello friends, comrades, and blog readers! I hope your lives are going swell back home!
So here we are on our sixth day in Haiti! I come to you both humbled and honored to be here. What a growing experience so far. The people here—amazing, the heat—semi-brutal, the landscapes—beautiful, and the poverty—sobering. I don’t think it’s possible to be in Haiti without having your character tested and strengthened.
I don’t think it’s possible to be in Haiti without having your character tested and strengthened.
Now on to the events of today. Morning started with breakfast, including coffee from Olympus and mangoes, which we decided are God’s gift to mankind wrapped in a green skinned fruit. This was followed by a devotional given by our very own and beloved Sam Culbertson. He talked on 1 Samuel 17, faith, confidence, giants, and the armor of God.
After this, we loaded up in our tap-taps and took off the adventures of the day.
We had the opportunity to visit three former voodoo priest camps, holding Bible studies at each one. Just watching our mission leaders, Malcolm and his wife Joy, making the most of every opportunity to share the gospel, engage the community, and care for the kids was incredibly inspiring. Each camp we visited, they took a handful of kids back to their home and get them clothes that had been donated by a church back in the States.
We had the opportunity to visit three former voodoo priest camps, holding Bible studies at each one.
This leads into my word for the day: kids. Oodles and oodles of kids.
Fortunately, I love kids to death and I think most of our group does, honestly. This was awesome. Just seeing them so willing to play, be hugged, and just totally enjoy being around you—such a blessing.
At some point at our last camp, about 4 of us guys were left to babysit about 20-some boys (the rest of the group led a Bible study with the adults / took the girls to get clothes from the house). We were able to—despite the language barrier—arrange an entire set of relay races, even championships 😉 Super fun.
And finally, to close out the day, we had a hearty dinner, some worship music, and another devotional.
Anyway, it’s about midnight here and we are waking up bright and early for a hike up the mountains in the morning! Keep us in your prayers. Love and miss you all!
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