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Wow. Sitting as a group listening to plans for visiting the famous Citadel tomorrow, dripping in sweat from another night of Haitian soccer with the kids, and exhausted from a long day of ministry in the sun. It wasn’t quite as packed as some previous days have been, but the ministry was still incredible. God is good!
Today began with our team getting to be a part of weekly staff devotions here on campus; a chance for us to meet some of the Haitian staff for the first time and get to know others better. It was a time of encouragement – for all of us – simply a half hour of fellowship among brothers & sisters in Christ singing praises, reading Scripture, and being in community together. The passage today was 1 Corinthians 12:1-3, the beginning of a chapter concerning spiritual gifts, with the idea of the Spirit enabling us to proclaim Jesus as Lord. It was the beginning of a fun day working with the Haitian staff, an enjoyable blessing for sure.
After another delicious lunch from Beatrice and Evenie, our incredible, talented and fun Haitian cooks here at the campus, we spent some time learning about Power to the Parents. It’s a program designed to teach mothers of preschoolers at Many Hands about making a living from agriculture and gardening, while providing them with the tools and supplies needed to do so. We listened to Claudin explain how the program worked and share stories about the first year, and also got to visit with and ask questions to seven of the moms who were there as well. It was great to see the way that these people jumped at the opportunity they had to learn a sustaining practice, and hear about the effort they gave in every day putting their learning into action. After hearing about and seeing their garden, almost everyone from both teams and and some Many Hands staff split up into two groups and visited six families in the area, taking them mango, papaya, cashew, and coconut saplings and planting them as well. I personally thought it was a rather fun time; our team got to hang out with many neighborhood kids who tagged along, and we also spent time with two internship members, Fridnan and Lovely, who were a joy to work with. At each house we broke the ground, planted the trees, gave them their first watering, and prayed with and for the families, all three of which they were happy to receive. It was another way we were able to serve and share the love of Christ with the Haitians.
Thank you from the team here for your support and your prayers, God continues to work in mighty ways in Haiti and we are blessed to be a part of it! As we have told many people here, the same goes for you. Bondye beni ou. God bless you.