This is written by Colt Freese, a member of the ISU trip of 6. He is serving in Gonaives, Haiti this week. This is his first time in Haiti and serving with MH4H.
Bonswa, today was a very busy but fun day for us. This day started off pretty early for us. We woke up before the sun at 5:30 to make it on our excursion for the morning of climbing the mountain just behind our house. This was a great excitement for me because being from Iowa I’ve never experienced anything close to a mountain. Our guide was our guard from the night, Laza. Although there was a language barrier between us that didn’t diminish from the experience and we got to see sun rise over the mountain on the town.
On the walk down, we went through a very beautiful and busy part of town where Allison got the honor of seeing a goat being prepared for breakfast. I unfortunately missed the initial swing but saw the aftermath accompanied with Allison’s shriek. After we got back we went to our first Haitian church service. I can honestly say the only downside is that I don’t speak Kreyol so I could not understand but otherwise the singing and dancing was a very fun time.
After church and lunch we went to the village of Silentor and Woodies where much of his family lives. There we saw a field, well, and many animals. We also met many friendly people there. That afternoon we went back to the school where we got to have a bible lesson and talk with some students who were around our age. This was a very fun experience where we got to see the many similarities and shared desires of our Haitian brothers and sisters. We finished off with a soccer game and a dinner of delicious chicken when we got home. All in all another great day in Haiti, Pita!