The team enjoy the Citadelle experience while asking questions on the things God places on our hearts, and how these connect to His vision for His creation.

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Bonswa!  Good evening friends, family and prayer partners.  Thank you for your continued prayers.  We want all of you to know they are being answered as God continues to be on the move this week. 

Today our group – along with some of our Haitian friends – experienced a culture day and traveled to The Citadelle which is a large mountaintop fortress in northern Haiti, located on top of the mountain Bonnet a L’Eveque. It is one of the largest fortresses in the Americas and was designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site in 1982—along with the nearby Sans-Souci Palace.

The mountaintop fortress has itself become an icon of Haiti. The Citadel was built by Henri Christophe, a key leader during the Haitian slave rebellion (1791–1804), after Haiti gained independence from France at the beginning of the 19th century. We traveled the 3 hour journey via the Haitian customary tap-tap and enjoyed seeing the more lush and tropical side of Haiti. 

Travelling together Almost there!

Travelling through many towns along the way, we got to see the diverse communities that make up the northern part of Haiti.  Great fellowship continues to blossom in our group and our journey provided lots of bonding and deep laughs. 

The group at the Sans Souci Palace The view was dense fog Our Haitian friends are visiting the Citadel for the first time in their lives

Time for a little dance party as we went down the mountain

You never know what you might see along the way

Back at the Many Hands campus, the team was ready for a much needed shower and had dinner waiting for us shortly thereafter.  Before our evening devotions, the team had time to experience a cool evening on the campus grounds and do a little shopping in the onsite store which supports local merchants. 

The theme for devotions tonight was how to understand and deal with the things that God places on our heart.  We discussed how God places people, places, or situations in our lives that help us discover our Holy Discontent.  How Discontent being “that thing” that we can’t ignore and feel radically passionate about changing and foolish enough to believe, with Him, that we actually can.  We ended our devotion by listening to the lyrics of Matthew West’s song, ‘The Reason for the World’, and how ultimately, these Holy Discontents connect us to his grander vision for creation. 

Our happy place!

  As the night is winding down, we are enjoying some popcorn and decompressing from the day.  The group is excited about the opportunity of sleeping in till 7am tomorrow!!  We can’t thank you enough for your prayers. 

Jim Loggins

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