Friday, April 5, 2019

A Day of Adventure

Radiant Life - Michigan and Minnesota

We started off today by waking up early and leaving the guesthouse by 5:45 AM to go to Church on the Rock for Friday morning church service. We were the first people to arrive and it didn’t take long for the place to be filled. It was so amazing to see the passion that the Haitians were worshiping God with and how thankful they are to God for the blessings in their lives. It was truly a privilege to witness and participate in the service, as it extremely impacted all of us! These people in Haiti are clearly on fire for God!

After the service, we walked back to the guesthouse to get changed out of our church clothes, and then we loaded up in the tap tap to head for the Olympic training facility for a tour. We started our tour in the gymnasium, where we were able to join in playing volleyball and basketball with some locals. From there we toured the Olympic offices, some other practice facilities, tennis courts, soccer field, and track & field area.

Following the tour, we headed from the Olympic training center to Grace Village. When we arrived, we met with the IT manager of the facility, and he gave us a rundown of what they are all doing for the kids with technology at the school. They have a bunch of iPad’s and MacBook Pro’s for the kids to use, with only approved learning apps loaded onto them. Grace Village was the first of its kind to have this type of technology available to its’ students in Haiti. It is truly amazing to think about the opportunities that now are available to these kids to further their education. Prior to having this technology, the kids we limited on what they were able to learn. Now with all this technology available to them, the can see the amazing opportunities the world has for them!

We finished our day at Grace Village by playing with the kids once school ended for the day. We played a variety of games including three-legged race, soccer, and hitting a beach ball around. We also were able to play music and dance with the kids and just hang out with them. It was a lot of fun spending time with the kids and seeing how well they are doing!

It was then time to head back to the guesthouse; Unfortunately, Haitian traffic had other ideas. It took us about two and a half hours to get home from Grace Village (It only took us about 30 minutes to get from our guesthouse to Grace Village in the morning)! Our group took the extra time to bond further and some of us took some naps. I am proud of our group for the way they just took this delay in stride.

At the guesthouse, we had a quick dinner and then most of us headed for the pool. The pool felt great after that long tap tap ride! When we returned back to the house, we held our nightly devotional and our word of the day discussion. It has been great getting to know our team better and to be sharing our love of Christ with one another!


Day 5- I will not be shaken

Psalm 62:1-2 "Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken"

Before sunrise, a couple of teammates attended a glorious early morning service at Tent Church. There they were treated to a worshipful Haitian/English Church Service. After returning to the guest house, we started our morning with a delicious breakfast including freshly squeezed cherry juice! Our morning devotion was focused on humility, reminding us to not focus on ourselves but to focus on God's glory. As we loaded in the Tap Tap to begin our journey, we were joined by an extra special Healing Haiti staff member and headed to the mountains.

Our first stop was at Middle Ground, a malnutrition center, where we were given a touching presentation of their programs and a tour of their newly expanded location. This center is devoted to helping children recover from malnutrition as well as educate the family about healthy nutrition habits. This center accepts children of all ages and welcomes families to stay with their child during their healing process. They also provide job training and small business loans to people so that they can earn a living and take care of their families. 

Back in the Tap Tap, we headed farther into the mountains to the Baptist Mission Center. We took a tour of the beautiful grounds and were greeted by the smiling children enjoying their time at Noah's Ark playground. The Baptist Mission has a wonderful serene atmosphere where you feel at peace as you look around at the beautiful mountain scenery.

Our return trip was nothing short of adventurous!  Gas shortages cause HUGE backups at the few gas stations.  Today, there was little gas to be bought, causing major traffic issues on the mountain road and a two-hour delay in the Tap Tap!  Our team made the best of it, creating our own tap tap song, and finding laughter in the moment. 

Our return to the guest house was filled with joy and lots of stories!!  We enjoyed a yummy pasta dinner and ended our evening with our "word of the day," and evening devotion.  We are so excited to go to the Haiti Deaf Academy tomorrow and see how God uses us throughout the day!