Bluffton Team December 2013

The Bluffton Team came on the 5th of December and left on the 13th. They were the last team of the year 2013 and such a blessing. With this team of 14 we did a couple jobs 5 1/2 hours towards Jereime. They were Deze and Bomo. They all went very smoothly with no problems. We returned back on compound Tuesday evening. The men headed out again on Wednesday to do a little bench project about an hour towards Port-au-Prince. They were able to stop at Zanglas on the way back and enjoy the water for a bit. Thankful that whole project went quickly and well. Thursday was a day of touring and hitting the beach. Thankful for the safe and blessed week with very few injuries. It was neat to see God work in each person on the team. The team members are: Lane Gerber (Team leader), Tom Bertsch, Holly Bertsch, John Breitwieser, Jay Fiechter, Shane Fiechter, Bill Frauhiger, Lindsey Grube, Holly Hopkins, Brady Kaehr, Norm Kulp, Ty Pfister, Tadd Tonner, and Ted Habegger.

Below is a little entry from a newbie on the team =)

There is no 1 single word to describe Haiti. Gorgeous, heart-breaking, and breath-taking all come to mind. The landscape and beautiful beaches leave a sense of awe and wonder. While the adults and children digging through the trash on the streets made me want to sob.

I was a bit nervous at the beginning of the week knowing we had a long drive and a hike into the first job. But getting into the village and seeing the happy faces on the people took away all the apprehension. Working on Saturday and having all the villagers watch us and being willing to help in any way possible was such a fulfilling feeling. Then in church on Sunday between the songs, sermons, and prayers the Haitian people had make me realize how lukewarm I can become in my walk with Christ. I may have helped the people with the roof on their church but they also helped renew my heart in indescribable ways. The thankfulness on the people’s faces when we left Monday just made me realize how blessed our team was with the opportunity to come to that particular village to help them.

The second job was similar yet very different than the first. The second site was in a busy town with lots of noise and people. While working, there was always a person ready to help by taking a scrap of wood or tin from your hands to put on the pile. In the evenings children gathered around to touch our hair and skin and play the simple games we taught them.

Haiti is a place that will stay in my heart forever and a time that will never be forgotten. The lessons that I learned that week in Haiti will stay with me forever. The family connection, jokes, and fun times formed by the team will always be a fond memory in my mind and heart forever.      –Holly Bertsch

Group at end of week

Group at end of week

Jon, Holly B., Ted

John, Holly B., Ted

Ted and Holly H

Ted and Holly H

Ty and Tom

Ty and Tom

Jesse and Tadd

Jesse and Tadd

Norm, Lane, and Brady

Norm, Lane, and Brady

At 2nd Job watchin the men work....

At 2nd Job watchin the men work….

Jon and Holly H

John and Holly H

Jon and Lindsey

John and Lindsey

Painting...or varnishing actually...

Painting…or varnishing actually…

25 benches to paint...fun stuff!

25 benches to paint…fun stuff!

Bill, Brady, and Verel workin up top

Bill, Brady, and Verel workin up top

Norm workin up top

Norm workin up top

Watchers...curious as can be =)

Watchers…curious as can be =)

Men...just working away

Men…just working away

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Bethany and Hannah workin on benches

Bethany and Hannah workin on benches

Men continue to work hard...

Men continue to work hard…

Men still workin away

Men still workin away

Tim...this is a common picture of him =)

Tim…this is a common picture of him =)

Bill hard at work

Bill hard at work

Men hard at work

Men hard at work

Holly B. and Lindsey working away on benches

Holly B. and Lindsey working away on benches

Holly H. and Jon

Holly H. and n

Stopped for come road construction

Stopped for come road construction

Stopped for a road construction

Stopped for a road construction

lots of riding up top

lots of riding up top

Trailer got a flat...nice little break

Trailer got a flat…nice little break

Tadd, Jay, Ty, and Holly H

Tadd, Jay, Ty, and Holly H

Holly H. and Haitian lady that traveled with us

Holly H. and Haitian lady that traveled with us

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Lindsey Grube and Holley Bertsch

Lindsey Grube and Holley Bertsch

Such a biiiig tree!!

Such a biiiig tree!!

Group at CRP LSM Compound

Group at CRP LSM Compound

Seth Fiechter and Jay Fiechter

Shane Fiechter and Jay Fiechter

Beach the men stopped by for a quick dip

Beach the men stopped by for a quick dip

Men working at 3rd job site

Men working at 3rd job site

Men working at 3rd job site

Men working at 3rd job site

Men working at 3rd job site

Men working at 3rd job site

Men working at 3rd job site

Men working at 3rd job site

Group at Tet Simone

Group at Tet Simone

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