Today was our last day in Haiti. We woke up, had breakfast, and headed into Cap Haitien to shop for some souvenirs. When we were finished, we headed back to the home to start the Back to School
distribution. Before we started, I took each of the girls pictures. This year, I told them when I was going to take the pictures so they had plenty of time to get ready. They were all getting their hair re-braided and got to chose an outfit from the new clothes they received this week. During our "photo shoot" each of the girls personalities popped out! We has some pretty crazy girls strutting around, posing, and wearing crazy accessories. They had a blast!
During shoe distribution, I am always nervous that what we picked out for each of the girls wouldn't work, but that wasn't the case this year. Everyone's shoes fit... talk about a miracle! Each of the kids got a new backpack and a pair of shoes for the new school year, along with a picture of themselves, some candy, a punch balloon, and a note from a sweet American friend. The girls were all so excited about their things! Their eyes would light up as soon as they unzipped their bags. It is always the sweetest thing!
When distribution was over, we headed to the beach. All of us piled into two cars and headed that way. We were only in the water for 20 minutes before the storm showed up... It was awful. It came on so quickly. We had to run to the car! The poor girls had to ride in the rain back to the home. At least it was an adventure.
We then had a surprise feast with everyone. There were over 50 people at dinner. It was a time of sweet fellowship with our Haitian family. After dinner, all of the girls got sad that we were leaving and started to cry. We did all kinds of things to make them happy... Sang, danced, rapped, and sang some more. We even called a few friends in Texas to cheer them up. In a backwards kind of way, I am always a little glad to see them emotional... It means that our team truly made an impact on the girls.
I can't believe the week is over already. It really does seem like the trip has just started. This has been one of my top 5 trips of all time. The Lord did some great things this week. Not only in the lives of the children but also in the lives of our team as well. I believe we all have a much deeper respect for those who seem to have so little in the worlds eyes. We have seen what it looks like to seek the Lord with all your heart and worship him. And we have all been convicted of not always living as new creations, set apart by God to draw others in with our love.
Please continue to pray for us. We will start the journey home at 5:00am, so tomorrow will be a long day for us. Pray for us as we settle back in to life at home. Although we have experienced something profound this week, no one around us will know what it was like. Pray for us as we decipher what the Lord did in our hearts this week and what he's calling us to do with our experiences. We would love it if you take us out for coffee and listen to all of the details of the trip.
Thank you all again for loving and praying for us. You were an integral part of our team and we are grateful for you!