After a four hour Bonne Anneè (Happy New Year) celebration, we finally went to sleep around 1:30am. The celebration was so much fun! We didn't have any clue what was going on, but we ushered in the New Year by singing, dancing, and celebrating the Lord's goodness.
Today, we have celebrated with the traditional Haitian customs. New Year's Day is a huge celebration here in Haiti... it is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years all at once. We ate pumpkin soup with the Paul family, which is pumpkin with meat, cabbage, potatoes and leeks. We also had hot chocolate (with cinnamon and Haitian chocolate) and a giant bowl of fruit salad. Everything was so delicious!
After lunch, we hung out at the house. We helped some of the girls practice a dance for the church anniversary celebration on Sunday. Jeff and Tucker were replacements for two of the missing girls.
We headed to the boys home around 3 and shared a delicious meal with about 45 of our closest friends. We had so many things... Chicken legs, several pasta dishes, vegetables and multiple salads. A huge meal is a part of the New Years tradition.
When we got to the boys home, it was all decorated for us. We had signs and balloons! Our time together was filled with lots of food, hangout time, singing and playing games.
We're not sure what tomorrow holds for us yet, but it will be our last full day in Haiti.
Thank you for all of your faithful prayers. Please continue to pray for us as we end our time here. Pray for our unknown day tomorrow. Pray that we'll be able to love our Haitian brothers and sisters well.