Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Healing Haiti Team One - Mahtomedi

Mahtomedi Team - June 21, 2016

Family, joy, wonder, relationship, surprising, better, brave, maestro...these were some of our words during our evening word of the day. We explain why we picked each word and then after the English words we went back around and did a Creole word of the day. These exercises help us bond and understand Haiti and Haitians better.

Yesterday was our first full day in Haiti and we went to The Home for the Sick and Dying Children in the morning, and two orphanages mid-day and afternoon.

I was apprehensive not quite understanding what to expect at the Home for the Sick and Dying and wondered how my daughter and her friends would handle the situation. Would they stand by too taken aback or would they step in and assist? They did the latter. As the morning went on, God's presence and grace was abundant. They children and us enjoyed our time together, bonding as the time went on. We even had the honor of feeding the children lunch before we left.

Next, we went to the orphanages. The first one, La Phare (sp?) was for children of all ages. We played games with them, jumped rope, painted nails, created pipe cleaner creations and played dots. Some of the kids off the street came in to join the fun. It was joyful and difficult to leave. The last orphanage was for special needs children. They loved the bubbles and legos. Again, although they don't have much materially by our standards, their love of life and Christ are evident, even breaking out into song while we were there.

This day reminds us of Philippians 4.19: My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

-Jean and Haley Oswald