Two of the Lutheran Church of Hope team members, Trey Loggins and Wendy Liskey, give an update on the team and their first day in Haiti.

Hi. This is Trey Loggins, and I’m going to tell you about my first day in Haiti. After a long van ride, we got to Sylvain around 3:00 p.m. We soon got situated and went around the neighborhood, meeting a bunch of friendly and thoughtful kids. It was fun spending time with them and it is worth doing again.

Trey with his new friends

Now Wendy finishing up our post:
Our “real” first day here was fantastic. Even with the time zone change AND daylight savings, our flights were uneventful. We were met at the airport by a Hopester working in Haiti, Linda Martin. What a fun surprise for those of us who know Linda.

On the way! Group shot at the airport

We endured the long van ride from Port au Prince to Sylvain but no one lost their cookies! Whew. Our team did some good bonding on that ride – a few rounds of Would You Rather, pop culture quizzes for the adults from the kids, sweat and shoulders to sleep on.

When we got to the dorm and met Craig and Christi, it felt like we were reuniting with old friends, even though we had never met. The campus and dorm is amazing because it is so evident this has been God’s plan all along.

We had a great time walking through the Sylvain community. It only took a few paces out of the campus gate before we were surrounded by many, MANY kids. Most of them grabbed any free hand they could find and we were soon quite the mob going down the road.

Instant friends as we walk through the community of Sylvain

A huge blessing for us was to see several concrete floors that were part of Hope’s Do Something Concrete Advent project. The families were so honored to show off their homes to us and were so thankful. One of the men asked our team to pray with him and we sang a version of “God is so Good” in English and Creole. What an honor it was for us to join these new friends in a worship song.

The man at this new house asked if we would ALL pray together, thanking God for the house The new house organized by MH4H Home improvements and concrete floor

Many of our group are currently involved in a rousing round of Catch Phrase. Isn’t it great what can happen when we unplug and engage?!

We thank all of our friends, family, and prayer warriors for covering our travels. Your prayers were answered. We thank you for taking the time to read our blog posts – we love sharing our experiences with you. Bondye beni ou (God bless you)!