Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mesi Jezi pour L’eau!  - Thank you Jesus for water!

We woke up and had breakfast to start our morning. We were also blessed with bacon to eat, thanks to Haley’s kind heart who bought it at the Haitian grocery store earlier this week. Jaime shared a devotional with us to help fuel our hearts for the day ahead.  It was a good reminder to keep our main focus on the Lord throughout the rest of the time we are here, “I can brighten up the dullest of gray days; I can add sparkle to the routines of daily life.  Even the most confusing day opens up before you as you go step by step with Me. My presence goes with you wherever you go, providing light for your path.” – Sarah Young; Jesus Calling

After praying we loaded up on the tap tap and headed towards Cite Soleil.  It was our second water truck day for the week so we were excited to be able to give water and see the smiling faces of all the children.  Once again, before the tap tap stopped, we were greeted with the familiar shouts of kids lined up behind the truck yelling, “Hey you! Hey you!” As the door opened, the swarm of kids pulling at our shorts and shirts asking to be held was an indescribable feeling of love, because we were immediately accepted by people we’ve never met before. As half of us worked together to fill up buckets of water the other half of our team immersed ourselves in the language of Creole, trying to hold conversations amidst the joking, laughing, hugging, and embracing. We may have a language barrier, but the common language of love was easy to fixate. We also helped carry buckets of water and watched as the strong Haitian women were able to carry gallons of water on top of their heads.

Each time we had to wait for the water truck to fill up before we ventured out to the next Haitian neighborhood, our team spent the time together jubilantly singing, chatting, and growing closer together as a family. Some of our team even decided to cool off by taking a quick shower under the water truck spout. We originally only planned two stops for the day but after our teams chanting protest of, “one more stop, one more stop!” our drivers gratefully took us out one more time. Water truck day is always a day where pieces of our hearts are left all over the city each time we have to say goodbye and move on to the next stop.

After water truck, we got ready for dinner. This evening was distinctive, we got to go out for dinner at a pizza place called Pizza Amour, run by an American family who opened up a business after falling in love with Haiti. We were able to enjoy dinner with outdoor seating and a peaceful atmosphere. They had a small gift shop inside that we all got to explore. Val, our truck driver and friend, blessed us with his presence and joined us for dinner as well. We ordered five pizzas that our team happily devoured followed by root beer floats, key lime pie, and mocha frappes for dessert. We are all sad that the trip is coming to an end soon because we feel like we’ve gained a second family. We are hoping and praying that this bond continues to grow after the trip! Thanks for all the love, prayers, and support back home! See you all soon!

John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up in eternal life.
Pdslm 63:1 O God, You are my God, I shall seek You earnestly; My Soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You.  In a dry weary land where there is no water

Love and Blessings,
Michelle & Lita