Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Slumberland Team - Delivering Water to Cité Soleil / Part 2

Day one has been truly amazing. Even after multiple people tried preparing me for what was to come while serving on the water truck, it just wasn't enough.

We pulled up to a "district" to deliver the water to the community and what seemed like 100 kids came rushing up and jumped in our arms. And they just wanted affection. So, affection is what they were going to get. We danced, we laughed, we tickled, and we sang....they were so happy! Happiness in its most raw state, as we were providing them with something that we all take for granted....water.

Then Hope Church....WOW! This place was a true spectacular, especially given the back story of what the property once was. I stood in awe. I even found myself wondering what the church service and worship would be like there. 

The day is almost over now and I find it easier to just sit and embrace the world around me. GOD is good and I am SO thankful that he gave me the opportunity to serve here.

Kevin Peak

Slumberland Team - Delivering Water to Cité Soleil / Part 1

The two main reasons I came to Haiti were to serve and gain perspective.  Our first full day hit home on all accounts.  Our Healing Haiti team did a wonderful job of collaborating, getting out and making a positive impact, & touch those who were struggling.

At the end of a hard day, I find myself feeling great about being able to witness so many wonderful Haitian's here.  So many happy, loving, children, so many appreciative mothers--, all helping and doing the best that they can with what they have.

I was however overwhelmed by a number of powerful troubles glaring & obvious here.  The garbage and waste issue is enormous.  I was completely blown away.  It litters nearly every road and alley, and is heaping, as well as burning constantly.  My initial hope (as I continue my week here) is to understand more about why this has grown to such a terrible level and what steps can be done to make a difference or at least understand more about possible change.

Secondly, the housing and infrastructure in the areas we toured was absolutely awful.  Tiny block or tin shacks, dirty, dirty conditions and equally overpowering.  Impossible in words.  Having delivered water to many of them, I felt so much sadness in my heart for what they have to endure, but glimmers of hope at every turn too.

This was a powerful emotional day for me, and I think it was the perfect way to start our week off, to be better prepared to start to help!

Brian Brisky