Friday, July 21, 2017

Hosanna Youth Team - Day 4

Bumpy, Sticky Thursday 

To start things off... yes, it was a bumpy, sticky Thursday but we are all safe :) The day started off as it always does eating breakfast. Things got delayed when our tap-tap was half an hour late as it was being used to pick up "American Rice" (Gravel). We made our way to our first orphanage at around ten o'clock. The ride was too bumpy and long. When we arrived the pastors wife, who is in charge told us that she didn't know we were coming so all of the older kids left for an adventure in the mountains. The only kids that were there were about nine of the little tikes. The owner spoke really good english as she was telling us about the grounds and their expansion. She is hoping to expand from having thirty kids to about fifty or sixty. She look us into a shady gazebo where all of the kids were playing. As soon as we walked in, most of them started to cry and clung to the Haitian staff. This surprised us because most of the kids we had met previously jumped all over us. It took until we started to sing that the kids calmed down. Most of the kids sat with one of us and listened quietly to the music (except one). By the time we were getting ready to leave almost all of them were sleeping in our arms. Next, we made our way to the Apparent Project. This is a company founded by an American lady who went to Haiti around 2009 to adopt a child. When she got here she found out that the family didn't actually want to give up their child but they needed the money. She decided to start a business providing stable jobs for Haitians so that they could keep their families together. It opened in 2011 and they now have 201 employees along with a separate production and distribution center. We shopped and got to tour the production center. Our last stop was to 'La Loo' another orphanage with younger kids. Once we were there we gave a faith lesson in the form of a skit. Georgia was Jesus. After the skit, the kids made friendship necklaces and enjoyed a snack!¡!¡ Once we were finished visiting the children, we made our way back to the compound. It was rocky, bumpy, sticky, hot, sweaty and a long ride. At dinner Haley broke out the dance moves to 'JuJu on that Beat'... surprisingly amazing. Later tonight we attempted group worship on the deck but quickly were rained out. Instead, we broke out in song in the kitchen in front of two men just trying to eat. Currently we're watching people sing and dance to Michael Jackson, Hannah Montana and the electric slide.
Have a blessed evening 
Juju and Bebe 

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