We have had an eventful last two days! Our hosts at Christianville introduced us to the projects they have going on at the compound and showed us the site where University of Florida students are doing research for Malaria, TB and Cholera. Very impressive!
Yesterday, Sunday, we went to Grand Savann for church. Evens preached and did a wonderful job! We talked with people and had a great morning. Then we packed up and went to the beach! It was a beautiful, relaxing day. We felt so spoiled to be on the beach enjoying ourselves, listening to local music and drinking cherry juice. Egens told us he had a soccer tournament at 5pm, which we looked so forward to seeing. Just like Haitian time here, the game was postponed, but it must have been in God’s plan anyway. After mingling with some friendly faces at the field, Leon, one of the village nurses, and Pastor Benito took us to the location where they have started building the foundation for a new medical clinic! As a group we prayed over the new construction and for the lives that will be touched in God’s timing. We were so grateful for the relaxing Sunday afternoon.
This morning we went to Grand Savann for a prayer walk. We met with many women who were sick and in need of prayer. Some of the women had fevers, headaches, and then specifically one had malaria and another woman had a tumor. We prayed that God would reach his healing hand down to bless them. We prayed for the women and then sang a song in Creole for them. Each one of them seemed to love it! It was a blessing to see young children start to join us on the walk. They would help us sing the songs and pray with us. It was wonderful to see God working in and through the kids also!
This afternoon we ventured into the mountains to see an artist, JN Phillipes. He makes wonderful stone work, we were all impressed. The ride up into the mountains was peaceful and much needed for the group. We saw much of God’s beauty in the scenery.
This evening some of our group felt a bit courageous… we put on our shoes, got our flashlights, and went tarantula hunting! Yes, we did it! Our daring roommate at the guest house, Chase showed us how you can catch a tarantula with a cricket on a fishing line! We saw two tarantulas and one baby tarantula. I think everyone in Christianville heard us screaming as we encountered them and the dogs, Squirrely and Smiley, chased them under our feet! We got great pictures and videos, but after two big ones we decided it was enough!
Another wonderful day in the beautiful country of Haiti! We are all so blessed!
Heidi, MaryEllen, Christine, Renee, Faith, Evens, Julia and Lindsay