Blog is written by George McVicker. George is a member of Meredith Drive Reformed Church of Urbandale, IA. Meredith Drive Reformed Church of Urbandale has been very involved with our work in Haiti and we are so thankful for everything they have done!
Friday, March 30 – 12:30 p.m.
We made it…well at least some of us did. The rest will be coming along later in the day. Gene counted up that in the 10 days some of us made twenty take-offs and landings. “We are blessed to be a blessing.”
What a tremendous mission. It’s hard to put into words how we were all blessed. Many of you know that missions are about helping others but in the process you end up on the blessed side.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support while we were away. And thank you for your prayers and support for the people of Haiti. Our small part in building forty three desks (only 500 plus to go) was a labor of love, and to see the smiles on the faces of the children was thanks enough. Those of you that have been there ( and I found out over three hundred from our church and others from the area have volunteered for a Haiti mission), I would tell you the people of Haiti are still a strong and resilent group, a loving, caring group of people, that as you know struggle in their day-to-day existence.
Nothing is easy for them. They walk miles to till a garden, go to a well for water, or to school. Many only eat once or twice a day, but still you can feel God’s spirit strong in their presence. They whistle and sing while they work and they appear happier than many we see on the streets of town here in the U.S.
Please check out the pictures included in this blog. They will give you a sense of the work that was done and a flavor for the Hatian people.
As I (George) get the privilege to wrap up our trip I would like to thank Pastor Jim, Arlan, Gene, Gary, Paul, Anna, LuAnn, Chris, Chip, and of course Virg and Dorothy for all the hard work and fellowship during our week with the Hatian people. Virg said he was worried whether the work would get done, but I told him I knew it would get done after that first day when I saw the face of Jesus in each one of you. Proverbs says, “as iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another.” What a great sharpening from a bunch of iron people.
A la’m koontan Jezu renmen mwen ( I am happy Jesus loves me…and you)
The Haiti Desk Team