This is written by Kara Jansen, a member Pella Christian Winterim trip to Pignon, Haiti. 10 students, 5 teachers, 1 principal and Lucia Van Maanen are on this trip. This is Kara’s first time to Haiti and serving with MH4H.
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We loaded up and took the crazy, bumpy road out to the Pella Christian School in Bau Savenette. We have decided that most of these roads are worse than the bumpiness and jerkyness of the “Outlaw” roller coaster at Adventureland! It’s a challenge for some of us to stay on the back of the truck but it’s always fun. When we got to PC we could hear the kids in the classrooms singing songs and responding as a class to what the teacher was talking about. They are so enthusiastic and responsive. I particularly could recognize them saying the months of the year. Going to this school was the highlight of many of us for today. We finally got to see the Pella Christian School in real life! The school we had seen pictures of, heard about, and been praying for for many months was finally right in front of us. It was neat to be able to go into the classrooms and take part in activities with the students. There are 4 classes at the school this year- 1a, 1b, 2, and 3. Our group went into each individual classroom where a lady told the story of Jonah and the whale to the kids in Creole. Then we made a few crafts with them, sang songs, and prayed for them.Playing the parachute game.
After, we went outside and played with the giant parachute and some soccer. The kids all loved this.
Early evening, we went back out to Pella Christian where we set up a movie outside for the kids. We projected it on the side of the school where everyone gathered. We had to wait for it to get dark so in the mean time we played music and sang songs and danced with the kids. This was fun! We gave out some glow bracelets as well which excited many of the kids! We watched the movie “Tarzan” with many eyes glued to the screen. It was interesting to see how many children as well as adults were there. It was fun to watch their expressions and their eyes wide open trying not to blink. They stared at it so hard as if they have never seen a computer or movie, which most of them probably haven’t. This was another “wow” factor today. Many of us have seen tons of movies, but yet these people, even adults may have never seen one in their life! After this we went back for supper, a time of sharing, and a relaxed evening just hanging out and playing games. God once again kept us safe in our travels, showed us many things in Haiti, and blessed our day.
Blessings on your trip so far. It is so interesting hearing of your “wow” factors. The poverty level…seeing the only clear water around…the shack of a house…the quality of roads to get around…the simple things like a glow bracelet and movie…and the guilt. I understand. I have seen and felt and continue to see and feel the same things. But remember, God created everything for His Glory. When you are serving others, at home or away, you are His hands and feet…you are His Glory…you are His smile and His love…you are His breath and His light…you are His guilt free child. You are free to love…(guilt free!) I miss you and I miss Haiti. Keep on doing in His Name, Tim
It was so nice to read your blog and hear about your day!! Im glad everything is going well!! Miss you!!! I will keep you all in my prayers!! Stay Safe!
Hey! It was great to hear about your day! I am so glad you are having a good trip! Stay safe! I miss you!! I will keep praying!
Derrick: glad to hear from you. Glad your staying safe and having fun. We keep praying for you. Have fun on the remaining days and have a safe flight home. Love you ( tell mom I love her too )
Kody: Hey Kara glad to hear you made it safely, hope you have a good rest of the time in Haiti. Please be carful on your way home. I love you and mom and i’ll see you in 3 days.
WOW! Praise the Lord for the work He is doing! It was so awesome reading about everything! What an amazing experience and one that will forever change your life. The “wow” factors are extremely eye opening. Let God continue to work through you in these last couple days! Share God’s love like crazy:) Love and miss you and Mom. Praying for you and the rest of the team along with the people of Haiti. Safe travels!