Wednesday, May 1, 2019

First Water-Truck Day

Day 3!
Again today our eyes and hearts were open to moving stories of the Haitian people. We got the pleasure of a tour in Hope village, including the clinic and church. The permanent American missionary relayed how proud she is of the Haitian doctors, nurses and all the staff at Hope village. They come to serve first and receive a paycheck second. It is set in the most needy location of Haiti. We had 3 stops with the water-truck in Cite Soleil, where we helped carry water buckets with children picking them up to deliver home. We also were showered with Jesus' love between the interactions we had with the children hugging us and being carried in our arms. We shared smiles and love through the language barrier, as well as any words we knew such as, Jezi Reme Ou (Jesus loves you), and ou bel (you're beautiful). Each stop was a little different but the children all act the same. We are blessed to show examples of God's love as we then see them helping each other. Their community has come a long way over the years with Healing Haiti.
Wayzata EBC team

Economic Success - Wayzata EBC

The first full day was informative to some economic success in job creation for Haitains. We toured a facility that creates sandals and other goods out of upcycled tires! The founder, an American came and met a Haitian who encouraged her to give her a job, not charity.  Julie, the American has since worked with others to multiply this blessing. Then we toured a school that is a huge improvement for the education of Haitian children in improving their chances to attain a professional job after graduating. The young children having a sort of recess, were overjoyed to play with us. The director told us her moving story of joining her adopted sisters in MN when she was a young adult, and being blessed with education in the US to become the director of education she is today.  When she was a child she dreamed of becoming a nurse, but as an adult decided to give back to her Haitian community, from seeing the need. God's work was alive in her. Then we toured a gift shop of beads, pottery, and other arts all created by workers we got to see in action. These are fair jobs to support their families. Every item we purchased yesterday was important to the survival of the worker's family. They love showing us their work. We are feeling blessed with the welcoming Healing Haiti staff, the beautiful guesthouse, and the delicious food. The day also brought connection as the team members get to know each other and support each other in our faith walk. Today we will help disperse water from the generous Healing Haiti water truck the three different desperate locations of Haitiains,
Wayzata Eaglebrook team