Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Michigan Team Day Three

Day Three
    Today we had another change of plans. Due to political protests and potential roadblocks we were not able to go out with the water truck and deliver water to civilians. We took that as an opportunity to go outside of the Healing Haiti property, for what seemed to be a quick trip to the barber shop, which quickly turned into a neighborhood block party. We played with sidewalk chalk, a jump rope, and bubbles. Total we had about 30 kids show up! After a few hours we got the good news that we were able to go out and serve nearby at the Home for the Sick and Dying. Due to the protesting in local areas, the Home for the Sick and Dying was short staffed and needed extra help with the children for the day. It was an experience we all agree that we will never forget and I don't believe anyone will ever be able to understand unless they have actually been there. Walking in and seeing all the babies lined up in simple steel cribs was one of the most heartbreaking images to see, but their bright smiles lit up the room as soon as we entered. The other Healing Haiti team also got the opportunity to go with us at the same time, as this is something that teams are not usually able to do because of their policy to limit visits to only 10 people at a time. Everyone was able to help feed the children their dinner, cuddle them, and play with them on the playset.
    For those who don't know, the Home for the Sick and Dying is similar to a children's hospital. Many of the children/babies there get better by being at this facility, while others are not able to be nursed back to health. The Home for the Sick and Dying has became a known place in Haiti where parents can trust those who are taking care of their babies. It was a great challenge for the teams as we exited we witnessed first hand how hard it is to raise a child in Haiti and unfortunately a small child was left outside of the facility all alone. As sad as this may seem, we know the plans that God has in store for this child and the abundant blessings and healing that are coming to this child. As we headed home full of many emotions we were able to come together as a group to discuss more about Haiti and what God has instore for this country.
    We are thankful for your continued prayers for our team and the country itself. Haiti is undergoing some difficult changes and it is a blessing to be able to see all of its beauty through it all. God has a plan for us and how he wants to use us the rest of the week and we can't wait to continue on this amazing journey.

Written By Team Member,

Alyssa Jackson