Today has a relaxed atmposphere here at Haiti Arise. The CrossRoads team (from Red Deer, Alberta) left this morning. We have a team from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan coming on Tuesday. So today the pace seems a little slower, though the elementary school is in session, and construction is going on outside, so maybe its just me :).
The CrossRoads team was kept busy with various building and construction projects. They surveyed the land on the other property, helped out with the conscrtuction on a few houses, and some other odd jobs as well. The last project they did before leaving was pour a cement pad outside the kitchen for the ladies to cook on. Previously it was dirt so every time it rained, it was quite the mud mess. It was fun to help out with that and always good to labor in the sun. I was amazed after we were finished that one of the workers, Anel, had kept his white shirt clean. I mean most of us where covered in sweat and cement. But Anel worked right along with us, and yet kept that shirt clean, it must a Haitian secret or something.
After teams leave we usually try to take the next day a little slower (doesn't always happen). I spent the morning reading, and reflecting which was a blessing. I am reading through the book of Acts in the Bible and the Lord continues to show me the Apostle Paul's heart for the Church. He traveled around modern day Turkey and Greece and led many to faith in Christ. But he never stopped there, he always had to know how they were doing, gave them encouraging words, as well as loving rebukes too. He cared so much that a believer would grow in their faith and be strengthened in the Lord. That is my prayer for the church here at Haiti Arise as well. That as people grow in their faith in Christ they would be a positive influence on their families, and the surrounding area here as well. That the light of Christ would bring many hope who are in spiritual darkness here in Haiti and through out the world as well. Praise the Lord!
Please continue to pray for us and all who work with Haiti Arise, that we would have God's heart of love and service here. It is good to have a moring of rest, but I only have rest because I rest in Him :). Chris
Hi, Rebecca here, thought I should say a few things before we post this blog. Had a really great week with the team from Crossroads. I really enjoyed teaching the elementary school kids this week. Also I am teaching the kids how to jump rope during recess time. (some don't know how to)
Kathleen Morrissey is back here in Haiti to continue helping with the Medical Clinic construction. It's neat to have someone return who we spent time with before.
The wall construction hit a bit of a road block this week. Some people in the community are not happy about the wall being built over 'their' walking path. The property is owned by Haiti Arise so we arent doing anything wrong. It seems as though a few people want to cause a little trouble because we are causing a slight inconvience to their walking travels. The houses continue to go up this morning another roof was poured on the 3rd house and it looks like number 4 will be starting soon.
Lisa, Madanm Luc, Madanm Artis and I took a little trip into Peti Goave yesterday which was fun. The market on Friday is a lot more quiet then on Saturday. We did the grocery shop for the next team and bought a few treats for ourselves. It's nice to get out and about once in a while.
Looking forward to next week as we will be having a women's conference here on the property. I will report about that as the time gets closer. Should be an interesting week as the next team has 24 people. Well good that's all for today.