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