Sunday, September 17, 2017

DeWolf 17, Day 7

Day 7

Wow! Our last full day in Haiti! This week has gone by really fast but slow at the same time… it’s something that is really hard to explain until you experience it! Our last day started off like the others. We had a yummy breakfast, got ready, and packed up the tap tap. Some of us were a little sleepy this morning, as we were out pretty late salsa dancing with Jean, our guest house director J

Anyway… this morning we headed to Grace Village in Titanyen for church. It is always so inspiring for me, and this time was no different. The sound of a large group of Haitians worshiping together is simply beautiful. I personally love to just soak in the sound and pray silently thanking God for all He has done and will continue to do in my life and all of these beautiful people’s lives.

After church we got back in the tap tap and headed for the beach! With a little tap tap surfing (you may need to have this explained to you.. J) and excitement for the ocean, the hour drive seemed to go by pretty quickly.

We arrived at the beach and the beauty was breathtaking. Pictures to come.. J We spent the day swimming, having some lunch and frozen drinks, and talking with people from all around the world! There was a large group of Brazilian Marines there who were working for the UN, and a lot of laughter occurred as a result of us trying to understand Portuguese J We spent about 3 hours there and then reluctantly headed home sunburned and tired!

Our drive home seemed much longer as we were all pretty exhausted and ready to get out of the sun. We arrived home around 4pm and showered up before having our last dinner here, pumpkin soup! We then had our last team meeting/reflection time and we shared with each other our word of the week. Each night this week we have shared our “word of the day” (basically one word that sums up your day in regards to what we did or how you feel). Tonight, we shared our work of the week, which at first seemed nearly impossible, but we all were able to find one word. I’m going to share each of our words with you and I would encourage you to have your loved one explain why they picked their word J Thanks again for reading all week and supporting us and our endeavors! Ke Bondye Beni’ou (God bless you!)

Ashley: bittersweet
Jack: blessed
Erin: changed
Aly: eye-opening
Paula: full
Kelsey: Godly
Noah: community


DeWolf 17, Day 6

Day 6

So we have arrived at our last day of serving in Haiti.  We will be here tomorrow but today is our last to serve the people.  As many can imagine, spending a week together in close company day in and out, heat, dust and so many new experiences to absorb can take its toll on your energy level and ability to pop up each morning ready to shine.  So it was today.  We all needed a coffee boost and to strap on our mental coffee to get ready for the big day ahead. 

We began our day heading on what was to be a long drive to a residential area of Port au Prince called Carrefour.  We loaded into the blue Tap Tap as had been our usual routine and headed off.  After about 15 min we realized we were heading back to the Guesthouse.  In an unexpected turn of events, our great drivers discovered expired insurance and so returned to trade for the white Tap Tap.  We unloaded and reloaded for the trip again.  This time the trip would be even more of an adventure.  How to describe the difference?  Maybe the difference between riding a greyhound bus and riding a covered wagon J  What a journey!  Sitting on bench seats and hanging on to the hand straps we made our way through the wildest ride ever this trip.  Super crowed streets, bumping and swerving; horns honking along with a myriad of smells were with us for the more than an hour-long drive.

We finally arrived in Carrefour and the Hospital for Sick and Dying Adults.  We entered, most of us unsure of our role, to provide what we could to comfort them.  The guys went to serve in the mens ward while us girls went up to serve the ladies.  It was a touching experience to be able to provide some small amount of comfort and pleasure with massages and nail painting.  The time just flew and it was time to go…wait just one more hand to paint; we hated to leave without serving each person in need.

We left the hospital and took a short drive to the Musee de Pantheon National Haitian.  This was exceptionally interesting.  We had the museum basically to ourselves and were treated to a personal guide who explained the whole history of Haiti.  We walked away with a whole new perspective on Haiti.  The air conditioning wasn’t too bad either!

Next we took a short hop to La Loo Orphanage.  We had a bit of a paperwork snafu to begin with but with that resolved, we entered to a chorus of song from more than 40 young kids.  We got down to business with crafts for all and the kids colored and glued amazingly peacefully.  We so enjoyed connecting with kids at their level.

We made it back in time for a dip in the nearby hotel pool and a dinner of shepard’s pie.  In talking about our day today, we all agreed that throughout this week our perspectives of Haiti have evolved.  Where we first couldn’t see much beyond the garbage, smells and extreme poverty, we can now see the beauty of the people as they work, play and praise God!

Merci Haiti!