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Fruits of our labors
Another sunny day in Haiti! We loaded up the trucks with shovels and buckets and headed to a nursery. We picked up dozens of saplings that will grow into mango, papaya, cashew, coconut and citron trees. Families who participate in the First Thousand Days Program (aka PMJ – Premye Mil Jou) are eligible to receive these trees. We planted ten trees at 5 houses, which was hot and buggy work, but thanks the rains last night, the ground was easy to dig up! The papaya trees will be mature enough to bear fruit in just 6 months, and feed their family for years! We prayed at each house that the trees would mature and bear fruit, and that the families would see God’s hand right there in their backyards.
A second coat of paint for the trim was needed at the new school, so the team finished that project this afternoon. Many hands donated money, supplies, and labor to Many Hands to see this project to completion. It’s exciting to think of the students that will be using that building this fall!
But I know why. Because our bodies are sore and tired, we’re ready to get back home. Back to our normal schedules, our Sealy Posturpedics, and our familiar surroundings. If our backs weren’t sore, if our knees weren’t stiff, our hearts couldn’t bear the leaving. To visit Haiti is to love the Haitians. In addition to fresh paint and new trees, we’ll leave behind pieces of our hearts.