It’s day 5 and our week is drawing to a close. Check out reports from day 4, day 3, day 2, and day 1. There was a great realization among the team and the children at the orphanage that we will be together only one more day after today. Friday is going to be an emotional day for everyone. It’s hard to say good bye. With that in mind, our evening gathering was of a much more somber note.
It is amazing to see what has been done. Concrete was laid in the shower and curtains will be hung on Friday. The latrine near completion and concrete was also laid for these facilities. The team also built shelves for the kitchen and a picnic table for the kids.
The new propane grill was installed in the kitchen. The company that sold the stove sent a worker to install the grill and train Mama Denise and her helpers how to use the stove. This will be huge for the orphanage. It will greatly reduce the amount of cooking time. It will be more safe. It will remove the need to find charcoal which can be incredibly difficult during the rainy season.
We made progress on some of the self-sustaining projects. The work on extending the chicken coop began. This work should be completed on Friday. An area was also cleared for a garden. When we originally visited Mama Denise her property was filled with vegetation. But when we arrived this time, the vegetation was gone. When we asked what happened to her garden, she told us that the new goats had eaten it all. So our team is going to fence off an area to protect it from the animals. This will allow Mama Denise to grow her own food.
When we constructed the showers we wanted to have the children place their handprints in the concrete. Unfortunately, it did not work out as we had planned. So the team plans to lay a little bit of concrete in another place on the property so that the kids can still place their handprints in concrete.
The VBS team continues to bond with these children. Pastor Phil was able to borrow a guitar and we sang some songs with the children. They know many of the songs we sing in worship, but only in their language. Music is something that bridges the language barrier.
One of the comments the VBS team shared about their work on Thursday was that the kids were less playful and wanted to be held more. There is an argument against mission trips, that the money raised can be better used by avoiding the travel costs. The money raised can be sent directly to the people we are helping. But this week our team realized how important presence it. We are reminded of John 1:14 where it says that the Word (Jesus) became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We talk about meeting people where they are at, because Jesus met us where we are at.
The medical team had a slower day on Thursday. We had half the team working on wellness checks at Mama Denise’s orphanage. The second medical team helped out with the construction teams and VBS teams. So not much to report with this team.
Thank you to everyone who is following these reports. We will have one last update to share. That final report will be shared on Sunday morning at Good Shepherd during worship at 8am and 10:30am. We would love for you to join us. So keep in mind that that report will not be posted till after Sunday worship. If you would like to help support our effort in Haiti, make sure to visit our donation page.