This was my third trip to Haiti, but whose counting? I went in 1971 with my husband. For three weeks, Jerry helped a group from Dearborn Heights, Michigan construct the Rensberry Free Methodist Church near downtown Port-au-Prince. I was hoping to drive by on this trip but didn’t get to. In 1991, I went, with a group of folks from my church, up to Dessalines to Ebenezer Glenn Orphanage. A very fine, self-sustaining orphanage.
I’ve never been to the Dominican Republic and would like to, but on this trip I could look over across the border and see the country! One hundred forty-two people from all over the US went on this trip and it was great! We went to the Providence University, an affiliate of the Free Methodist Church, near Balan, Ganthier Province of Haiti. It’s a new university, still being built, and classes are already being taught. There was a fine, bright, young class of graduates this year. The men’s dorm. This is kind of a greeting place and will have a small store for buying refreshments. The girl’s dorm and, I think, some classrooms in the first floor. Haleigh and I had a room on the second floor, which we shared with two other women. We ate our meals, cooked and served by very efficient Haitian men and women, inside this pavilion. It was good Haitian food! The kitchen was in the room on the end.
We also worshipped in here on Sunday. They took all the tables out and put in chairs. They played drums, guitars, and a keyboard. One of our US friends had her flute with her and was invited to play with them.
The work projects at the University were planting trees with the reforestation project, building desks, a medical clinic, VBS, and pouring cement sidewalks. There were probably even more, but my mind can’t pull them up! I helped at the desk building project. First I was an errand runner, then I was a painter. We only painted the steel frames. There were 120 desks built! Two or three students at each desk. They will be distributed to Free Methodist schools all over the country!
This university is new and has a lot of promise! I’m so glad I got to go to see it and meet some of the people connected with the university and some who were in my group of workers!
On Sunday afternoon, I joined the goat team! I had to say good-bye to Haleigh. I knew she would be fine with so many folks watching over her! We left and drove back, in the pickup truck. to Port-au-Prince. We were team #2. Donna Maxedon, myself, Lars Adams, Linda Roberts, Ali Singleton, Marv, and (I’m sorry, I’ve forgotten his name.) There is so much more to tell you. I’ve only just begun! Check back in a few days and I’ll have another chapter done with more pictures!