Friday, June 24, 2016

Day 5 - Andrew and Katie

Today is June 24th, our 5th day in Haiti. The first thing we did today was go to the Church on the Rock. Most of us woke up around 5:30 and were on our way by 6:00 am. I went to Haiti 2 years ago and remember a little bit about this church but not too much. I can honestly say that I wish my church at home was more like this one. The service was held in a large warehouse with a stage, great band, and many benches that were all open because everyone was walking/ standing around. I cannot begin to describe the feeling of being in this church while the incredible pastor preaches and sings at the same time. The joy I saw in the people dancing is something I can only wish to obtain. We then went back to the guest house, ate breakfast, and got ready to leave again. Our next stop was Carrefourr (car-four), a home for the sick and dying teenagers and adults. I was a little uneasy going into this activity because I did not know how I was going to feel there. Most of the people at Carrefourr were around my age and dying from an illness that could be easily cured in the U.S. Our tap tap ride there took around 2 hours because of the traffic, so unfortunately we were not able to stay there for very long. When we got there, guys and girls were split up and on our team we only have 4 guys. There were 2 different rooms that we went into, and what we did was rub lotion on their aching bodies and gave them massages that they loved. I can vividly remember the tired, yellow eyes of the second guy I massaged. After being there for a short 45 minutes, we headed out to the Haitian museum. Our excellent tour guide, Robert, told us about the rich history of Haiti and how it came to be. The things that I have seen today will forever be in my mind and heart.

- Andrew Carson

Today is Friday June 24th in Haiti. With a high temperature of 96 degrees and humidity, we had the opportunity to wake up at 5:30 to go to a Church on the Rock.  This experience was eye opening with a whole new way to worship and praise the Lord.  The atmosphere of the place was overwhelming with all the peace and joy of the Haitians.  After we came back and ate breakfast, we left for Carrefourr, which is a home for sick and dying teenagers and elders.  The two hour drive to see them was well worth it.  The simple task of lathering lotions on their aching bodies and nail painting on these ladies was so fulfilling.  Even though you can't fully communicate with words, you can still connect through touch and gestures.  You could see the appreciation from each one and it was so rewarding to be able to see their smiles that light up the room.  Each and every person that I have met during this amazing experience has made a such a positive impact on me and I wouldn't trade for anything.

-Katie Nelson

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