This past team from Illinois had the opportunity to travel through the countryside and cover three school roofs. Sometimes while we’re covering roofs or building benches, it’s easy to only focus on the physical job at hand. Although the work is important and definitely need, there is also another part of the ministry. It’s one area we’ve been trying to stress this team season. The importance and impact interaction with the Haitian people has. It can easily be missed or pushed aside, but it’s so necessary! We are so thankful how each team this year has taken a step out of their comfort zone to do just that-reach out to the beautiful Haitian people. Although there is a language barrier it’s amazing how far a simple smile or hug can go. This team was no exception to the love they showed to the Haitians during their week here.
The first job. Could you ask for a more beautiful view while painting benches?!
It was absolutely sweltering when we arrived…but it didn’t stop the guys! They worked hard, and consumed a lot of gatorade!
Another lovely Sunday afternoon. I’m always amazed at what an impact walking around and singing makes to the community.
We stopped at a locals house to check out the pottery he makes. It was neat to see what they can make with the clay they dig out of the ground.
Sunday evening we showed the Jesus film again. Brent is working with our bosses to teach them how to work the computer and set this up on their own. They were excited to learn something new!
The second job went smooth and was done in a day…even with an “L” shaped roof!
A few of the girls on the great “bench crew”
The ladies work literally all day to prepare food for us. They can start breakfast as early as 4:00 A.M.!
The boys were asking all morning if they could have a soccer ball. I told them once the work was done we would start a game with them. They were ecstatic when the time came to play! They said this was the first real soccer ball they’ve ever had!
While the boys played soccer, we took the young girls and did crafts. I’m not sure who sent these crafts down, but the Haitian girls sure enjoy them!
This was the last of the three roofs covered. Thanks for all the prayers for safety!
The children at this deaf school are so precious. We were able to tour their school on the teams last day here. It’s awesome that this school can be supported so that these deaf children can receive an education. In this picture they are “singing” us a song in sign language.
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