When we planned and prepared for the trip we knew we would be doing manual labor but we weren't sure what. We prepared mentally for painting, tiling, helping with plumbing and different things to prepare the mission house. However, they had different plans for us. When we got to the work site we found out we would be putting a roof on a new kitchen and bathroom for our school. We needed a little more explanation than what we could understand in creole so we waited for the pastor to help explain. While waiting we got to play with the kids from the school. It was so much fun getting to just play with kids. It is a language that anyone can understand. Jude was a sight to see on the playground, all the kids were surrounding him and wanted to touch his skin and hair and he handled it so well. Jude even decided to join a class at one point and they welcomed him in and gave him a chair. He loved it!
Once the pastor got there we were given more directions and started to put on the roof. Our team was pretty new to this kind of construction work so it was a learning process for all. We had to first remove some excess rebar and prep the space. Then we built the perimeter frame and center beam of the roof. One thing that was new for our team was working without any power or power tools. We used a hand saw, hammers, and nails. It really took the whole team to accomplish what we did. Everyone nailed in a nail, even Jude!
Being in Haiti has taught all of us new things. We are learning all kinds of flexibility and how to work as a team. We are learning new language and that a smile is understood in any language. But we are learning how to serve and to love in new ways.
Erick Update: today Erick SMILED!!!
Yesterday his eyes were so sad and there was no smile on his face. Today as we worked and played we were able to share some love with Erick and in the process we saw his first smile. He smiles so big and has a dimple! Cannot wait to see what god has in store for him.
Here are some things to pray for:
1.) Pray for our continued work on the roof and other ways to serve.
2.) Pray for us to continue to build relationships with those around us
3.) Pray for Erick and all of the boys in our home. Pray that they would truly know and serve God with everything