Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Haiti, Homes, History hAnd hOther hAdventures

Another full day here in good ole' Haiti. A little less physically exhausting, but still stretching on our emotions as our hearts continue to go back and forth , processing all we've seen so far; aches for the extreme poverty and to see conflict; joy and excitement to see the smiling faces of the kids, the teens, the adults, and not sure of their stories, of their journeys, of their successes, or of their struggles. Grateful for clean water to drink as we get to know each other reaaallllyyyy well from being squished together in a very warm tap tap (we apologize for not filling you in on the joys of a tap tap earlier. A tap tap is a like an open air pick up truck, with cage like material on the sides to allow us to see the jaw dropping scenery, but still enclosed for safety. It's unlike anything we've experienced before). Through our experiences, we've been reminded that God is sovereign and God is good.

Our day consisted of traveling to a city with a home for the sick and dying and a museum about the history of Haiti where we learned so much about, you guessed it, the history of Haiti. Bonus: this museum has the actual anchor from the Santa Maria, which is the ship of Christopher Columbus. Afterwards, we spent some team time discussing and processing the day and continuing to get to know one another as we continue on this journey together. -God is good- The home for the sick and dying is a home of restoration, refreshment, and peace. It is simply beautiful. The patients are of all ages and seem to be at different levels of health. They allowed us to be with them as we rubbed lotion on and massaged their dry skin (the women also painted the fingernails and toenails of the Haitian women). -God is good- unable to speak the same language, we were reminded of the power of eye contact and smiles and allowing the Lord to work in the sometimes uncomfortable quiet. We've continued to wrestle with questions about why God allows some things to happen, but so grateful for the ways He provides, even small joys, and hope for the families of Haiti and in awe of how they allow us to be a part of just a fraction of their lives. -God is good- we go to sleep with our hearts full
and fulfilled. We are unsure of the plans God has set for us for the rest of the week, but we are anxious to see what He will bring us to. Stay tuned!

*at this time, we are still trying to figure out how to post pictures with the limited wifi. We'll post pictures if and when we figure it out (:

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