My Great Haiti Experience Part II

There were 142 people on this trip to Haiti! That’s a lot of folks! My granddaughter, Haleigh, and I were the two in the 142! Haiti team 2015   I entered Haleigh’s name in a drawing at our family camp last summer. Her name was drawn! So her way was mostly paid for! Haleigh is the first one standing on the left! I’m not even in this group picture because it was taken after the goat team #2 left. But that’s okay, we were here in spirit!

I have so much I want to write about that I’m having trouble sorting through my mind to make this meaningful! I think I’ll start with the Haitian people. They are wonderful, by the way! I have so many great Haitian friends! But even the ones I didn’t know always had a smile for me! Way back in 1971, when Jerry and I were there, Jerry named it the Land of Smiles! And it still is that today! Haitian people have the brightest smiles, even though many are hungry, many are sick, many grieve because of losing a loved one or more than one in the earthquake, five years ago.

Speaking of the earthquake, two friends from Michigan, had gone to Haiti to work on some projects. Two hours after they arrived at the guest house the earthquake happened. They were both killed along with a missionary and a Haitian watchman. They are all buried at the mission compound. I was honored to visit their burial site and take a few pictures. 100_5798  Jeanne Munroe, Merle West, Eugene Dufour, Sr., (I have forgotten the watchman’s name, sorry.)

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We visited two orphanages. The first one is in Port-au-Prince. It’s a fine orphanage, doing good work with lots of support. 100_5815  Girls were given sewing lessons. Their first lesson was to make the cushions you can see on the chairs! They did a good job! 100_5816  This was a class outside for the older kids. When they turn 18, by law they must leave the orphanage. These kids are being well-trained! I don’t know the name of this orphanage.

The second orphanage was in the mountains. Heart of God – Haiti Orphanage. 100_5818   100_5820  They weren’t expecting us and weren’t quite sure what to think of us! But these kids are fortunate to have a place to live. They used to have to walk down the mountain on a trail and then carry pails of water up the mountain to the orphanage! How clean was the water??? Now, thanks to some generous folks, they have a water system with a faucet! Running water…clean water! 100_5822  These children lined up to sing for us! “Jesus Loves The Little Children, All The Children of The World. Red and Yellow, Black and White…” “Our God is so Great, Our God is so Good, There is Nothing Our God Cannot Do…”

We were taken into their bedrooms. 100_5825  They do have bunk beds, but little more.

I, personally, know of eight different orphanages in Haiti. There are many more, thank God. There is still so much need. As we were riding, a pastor was riding with us. His English was very good, thank goodness. We had a good visit. I told him I hadn’t seen evidence of Voodoo this trip like I had on my two previous visits. He, sadly, assured me Voodoo is still there. He pointed to a man leaning against a building and said he was a Voodoo priest. Then he smiled and said the priest’s young son is being sponsored by a family in the Free Methodist International Child Care program! That means, besides receiving financial aid, his son and probably the whole family, including the priest, is being prayed for regularly! God answers prayer! I’m now adding my prayers for this man and his family!

We drove into the mountains to treat goats owned by Free Methodist families. This was our goat team, plus our good Haitian friend, Julo, who was taking this picture! Bonnie, Anita, Lars, Linda, Ali, Marv, I can’t remember the last man’s name! I’m so ashamed! Second goat team  IMG_1021  IMG_1017  IMG_1023  This goat didn’t like his hooves being trimmed!  IMG_1028  We gave each of these girls a cloth doll!  IMG_1027  IMG_1009  The goats were brought to an area behind this Free Methodist Church. 100_5838  Inside the Free Methodist Church.100_5839  This smiling man is the pastor of this church.

There is so much more I could write about, but this is getting long so I’m going to just stop! This ends my second installment of my unforgettable trip to Haiti.

My Great Experience in Haiti Part I

I have returned from the little island of Haiti in the Caribbean Sea. haiti 100_5752                               Haiti shares the island with the Dominican Republic.

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.

When we landed in Port-au-Prince I was surprised at the new modern airport! 100_5757

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. 100_5793 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. 100_5773  This is kind of a greeting place and will have a small store for buying refreshments. 100_5775  The girl’s dorm and, I think, some classrooms in the first floor. 100_5774Haleigh 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!100_5766 100_5787 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. 100_5788 They played drums, guitars, and a keyboard. One of our US friends had her flute with her and was invited to play with them.100_5782

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! Haiti desks 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!

One special group was from McPherson, Kansas. I’m in the middle of this group in a blue dress. Jamie Piper, Sarah Johnson, me, Chuck Singleton, Ali and Kyle Singleton, Joel Piper.100_5791

On Sunday afternoon, I joined the goat team! I had to say good-bye to Haleigh. Haleigh and me parting in Haiti          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.) Second goat team  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!