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A large number of the photos taken on this trip have now been posted on the web at the link listed below. Please feel free to browse the galleries to see more of our wonderful experience, and to experience a bit of the country and the conditions its’ people face daily.
Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday. We had a long hot day in Port-au-Prince. We only got three shelters built, but they were quite far apart & we did a lot of riding to get to each over rough roads. The effort was certainly worth it. In all three cases, the shelters were for police officers that had lost their homes. Each was eternally grateful. We were able to dedicate the first two with the families present. One was on a downtown street in town, & we had about 50 spectators that got to see the Lord’s love in action. It was a wonderful experience.
We built or finished out four shelters this morning and wrapped up around 1 pm. We’re headed into town this afternoon for a tour of the downtown core and the damage done there & we’ll have supper in town. We leave the compound tomorrow morning at 6 am to catch our 9 am flight to Miami. We’re supposed to be into the Fayetteville airport just after 9 pm.
Thanks for all the prayers. It’s been a fabulous trip!
We just about finished up at the police station today. We got two more shelters built this afternoon, with just a few details to finish up. Those will be finalized next week by another crew.
We had a chance to go up to the First Baptist Church of Caberet Sanctified this afternoon after work. This is the Baptist Church in the town of Caberet. The NC Baptist Men are helping to fund the rebuilding of the church. It had been destroyed in the earthquake. We have a photo of it upcoming on the next post. It sits on a steep hill some 400 feet above the town, with an incredible view.
We’re off to Port-Au-Prince tomorrow to build more shelters. We’ll report as often as we can.
Thanks for all the messages and prayers. They are definitely being felt.
A great morning by all but it is very hot today. Got one unit completed at the police station and two more framed up. If we can finish those two today, we will head to Port-au-Prince tomorrow to work there. That should be very interesting. We will try to post photos tonight.
We’ve found the best break for lunch is a cold shower to cool off. Then back at it for the afternoon.
The food here at the compound is super. Scott & Janet, the permanent staff are really feeding us well. >> >> >>
We are all expectant of what God is going to do in Haiti today, our third day here. Yesterday I assisted the medical team in the village of Cabaret. We saw 110 patients! Patients begin lining up at 3 a.m. in order to be seen by the doctors. Dr. Merlene and Dr Vladimir are christians who feel God’s call to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the Haitian people. Today the medical teamwill be going to an orpahange of 100 children. The children of Haiti are beautiful! They have smiles that melt your heart and fill you with joy. As French is their native language, they know very little English; however, most of the children know two words…..”Hey, you.” They called out to us as we walked through the village….”Hey, you.” and smiled their huge smiles. I felt like I was hearing the voice of God….saying “Hey, you. Love these children like your own.” Please be in prayer for the children of Haiti. Sixty percent of the population of Haiti is under the age of 16. Thirty percent under the age of five do not live to be six years old. Thank you Snyder for your support. See you Sunday!
We finished up two of the units at the police station and got back to the compound by 5:15 pm. Everyone is tired but we had clouds roll in this afternoon & the breeze picked up so the working conditions were better. We’ll be back at the police station on Wednesday to build three more units. We’re hoping to have them completed tomorrow.
We’ve developed great relationships with the Haitians that work for our group. One or two speak english but we communicate with a lot of hand signs & thumbs up. They are dedicated to what they do and are very spiritual Christians.
It looks like big time rain rolling in now as we prep for supper.
We have broken for lunch after a great morning of work. We are in downtown Caberet building several of the temporary units at their police station. It’s a big help to the area if we can provide better facilities for the police. It is quite hot, but we do have a breeze. We may be there through Wednesday as we may be building 5 units on their grounds.
Karen Felton went with the medical team today & she should have some great experiences to tell about.
One of our highlights today was going past the open market – Tuesdays & Fridays are market day when all the outlying farmers bring in their fruits from the mountains. They come in on foot and on donkeys bringing bananas, melons & lots of other stuff. It was quite a site seeing them head down the road. Stay tuned.