Wow does time fly! I apologize for this being so late!!
The Roanoke team of eleven arrived on Friday, March 15th. They had an interesting trip from Port, getting held up a couple of times for reasons such as a road block or mechanical problems. The team still made it, though it was later than hoped for.
On Saturday morning we headed out to do a double job, but this double job was a little bit different. These jobs were only 20-30 minutes apart, and one was a smaller roof while the other was an “L” shaped roof with a valley. They were both school roofs, and all went well at both. The ladies built 5 school desks at the first place and 10 school desks at the second. The ladies made record time building and painting 10 desks at the second place in 2 1/2 hours. The roofs went very quickly also! We got each roof done in one day. We did the roof at Duchity on Saturday, along with the 5 desks, and we did the roof at Fonderon on Monday, along with the 10 desks. The rest of the week, Tuesday and Wednesday, the guys helped work on the New Depot and the ladies did some little odds and ends, including painting. What good and amazing work the team accomplished! Thursday the team did some touring, and for supper we ate at a restaurant in town call “The Nami”.
Now a few words from a couple of the girls on the team…
“As a “first timer” in another country, I wasn’t sure how my experience was going to go. Stepping off the plane in Port-au-Prince, I immediately thought, “What did I get myself into?” Little did I know that I was going to be part of such an impacting and amazing experience. The Haitians were so excited to help, to have us there, and to praise God. On Sunday at the churches we visited, the people praised God in their singing, dancing, and you could feel the joy and the presence of God in the room. Although there was a language barrier, I felt comfortable and welcomed as if I was coming home after being away. We roofed two schools in two little villages about 15 minutes apart from each other and also built 15 school desks. The first village, Duchity, was where we stayed for the three days we were out with the work team. The pastor and his wife were very inviting and graciously shared their home with us. The second village, Fonderon, was also very inviting. I enjoyed my experience so much and am glad I was able to experience Haiti and their love for God.” -Staci Stewart-
“I don’t even know where to begin! This ENTIRE trip was a learning and growing experience for me! I was SOO blessed by the missionaries serving here in Haiti. I was also inspired by the Haitians at the two churches we visited. They gave ALL to Jesus, and even through their singing, I could see their COMPLETE surrender! It was humbling and convicting to realize that they were actually ministering to and encouraging me, instead of the other way around! This trip was a TOTAL faith booster for me and I can guarantee that if God leads you here, even for a week (the length of my trip) you will be uplifted and changed by the Hand of God at work all around!!! I am so grateful for this experience! The Lord revealed to me a glimpse of His face– whether looking at His AWESTUCKING creation in southern Haiti, seeing total peace and joy on a Haitian singer’s face, hearing sweet Haitian kids laugh with pure joy, or watching a crippled young man burst into THE BIGGEST grin I have ever witnessed as we sang precious hymns to him; I was revived and refreshed and rejuvenated! I believe that those brothers and sisters in Duchity and Fonderon did more for me than I did for them! Praise Jesus for His hand at work in Haiti! I wish to return as soon as I can, Lord willing!!!! :)” -Mindy Bradle-