This church was filled to the brim with vibrant music and
everyone was up and clapping and praising God (palms up).This church was packed with people, especially
young people, as it is affiliated with Haiti Teen Challenge, helping young
people get back on track with their personal and spiritual lives.This service was mostly in Creole but the
sermon part of the service was in English and translated to Creole.I had several years of French and it was fun
to say the Lord’s Prayer in French (similar to Creole)
Notre Père, qui es aux cieux,
que ton nom soit sanctifié.
Que ton règne vienne,
Que ta volonté, soit fait sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain
de ce jour
Pardonne-nous nos offencés
Comme nous pardonne aussi à
ceux qui nous one offensés.
Et ne nous somets pas à
Mais déliver-nous du mal,
Car c’est a toi qu’appartiennent le
La puissance et la gloire, au siècles
We got to spend a little time shopping on the mountain.There are vendors on the mountain who live
and sell out of their homes on the side of the road.Sorry but most of our Goers are coming home
with lots of fun trinkets.We spent
about an hour just shopping and laughing and mentally preparing for our
transition back home.
At the top of the mountain there are more vendors selling
paintings, shaky sticks, necklaces, bracelets and other trinkets.Before we got out the Tap Tap, I prepared the
goers for the “hard sell”.The vendors
don’t wait for you to come to them, they come to you.They sell so hard, you just end up buying
something.I think I bought a rock.But it was heart shaped, so all is good.
The trip was completed with a stop to a Haitian grocery
store called Giant.It was an eye opener
to realize that toilet paper cost (4 pack double ply was 1050 Gourds = $15.59
USD.Mayonnaise was about $11USD.There are lots of street markets where you
can purchase fresh fruits and cooked chicken, so we quickly came to the
conclusion that shopping at the grocery store was a luxury most people probably
We finished the day with a cool down at the pool, dinner and
some team time.We decided to have a
word of the week and we really had some wonderful words to sum up our
experience.For those of you at home
reading this blog, please know that we have a lot of heart changes coming home
to you.It may be difficult for your
family or friend to convey their experience because it is sometime painful to
talk about and very difficult not only to describe what our eyes have
witnessed, but what our hearts have felt.Be patient with them as they re-adjust to home life and re-integrate
We will stop at Peace Cycle which is an organization that
takes plastic water pouches discarded on the streets of Haiti (7 million per
year), washes them and recycles them into usable products like tote bags,
wallets, wine holders, placemats, etc.Then we will be off to the airport and we all should be to our
respective homes by midnight.
Thank you to all the supporters of this week’s mission goers;
both financially and spiritually.We couldn’t
do this without your support.We love
you all and miss you!