by Carson Dugger and Alyssa Starkey, Pella Christian winterim trip participants
Today was the day we all needed to relax a bit. Since we arrived on Friday, we’ve been very busy! Even on “Haitian time,” our schedules have been packed. After sleeping in a little this morning, we made the 30-second walk to the Thrive for 5 building. Thrive for 5 is a program set up by Many Hands for Haiti that feeds local children, ages zero to five, and their mothers. Today was a special day in the Thrive for 5 building, as a medical speaker informed the moms about malaria’s conditions and when to seek treatment. The children were thrilled to have a meal provided for them. Some were even so excited they couldn’t even hold their bladders! Twice on Diana and once on Abby! Putting that aside the little kids were adorable and loved the attention.
The Pella Christian team enjoyed loving on the kids at Thrive for 5 and got to help provide meals for the children and their moms.
When the children left with full bellies, we hit up the Savanette market, a quieter, less-overwhelming setting compared to the market in Pignon. After eating our own lunch, we had the afternoon to ourselves. We put the finishing touches on the soccer goals for Zeke and Bebe’s compound and packed a few more crafts for the Pella Christian kids. We played soccer, volleyball, and catch and all-around enjoyed ourselves.
The soccer goals are complete!
This evening we watched the basketball movie “Like Mike” in the Thrive for 5 building with Haitians. The movie was a little cheesy, but the kids thoroughly enjoyed it. It was adorable to see how the kids responded to it! They would clap every time a basket was scored and laughed hysterically during the funny parts. I’m glad we could bless the children in such a little way!
Also, it was my best friend’s birthday today. She turned seventeen. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CALISE!
If you want to hear more from this team, click here to read about their previous day when they hosted a celebration picnic and reenacted the Palm Sunday story.
It is wonderful reading your blogs everyday. Each of you are so blessed and you are sharing you love for the Lord and his blessings with others. As a Grandma it makes me feel so good to see our grand children and their friends be able to have life changing experiences. Hold on to all the memories.
Safe rest of your days in Haiti and safe travels home. Esther
We look forward to your blogs each day. We are so glad you are sharing in the work in this part of God’s kingdom. We look forward to hearing more when you return. It will inspire us to greater things I’m sure.
See you soon and safe travels.
Well, I see that my daughter Julia is sporting a bandage on her right knee (surprised it took this long). I love that child – she’s always “all in”! Can’t wait for her to come back and tell us about the trip.
Praying for you all. Blessings.
It is great to see what our students and teachers are doing in Haiti. We Praise God for this experience and help you are providing to the people living there