Another exciting day has come and gone with many experiences and encounters that most of our youth group had never previously experienced. Our day started off with much excitement among the group as we enjoyed a big, hearty breakfast of fried oatmeal and tropical fruit. Soon after breakfast, we began preparing to go to the market and another branch of HRM, which is primarily focused on the agricultural aspect of the village, Gode . Before we left, we decided to provide one of the HRM workers with a new pair of boots from the supply of boots that we brought with us. Then, we were on our way to the market with sixteen people crammed into one pickup truck. Soon after arriving at the market, we discovered that we were within the rush of thousands of Haitians shopping for supplies for the week ahead of them. After walking through the market for nearly an hour, we were ready to head on to the next stop of the day.
After leaving the market, we were off to Gode, where we could learn more about the agricultural side of HRM on the other side of the mountain. On the way from the market to Gode, we were stunned at the beauty of the Haitian countryside as we were traveling up and down the mountains in the back of a pickup truck. Once arriving at Gode, we immediately had a crowd of children gathered around us. As the children followed us around the mission, we had the opportunity to get to know them and learn more about their everyday lifestyle. Each of us connected with the children in different ways; some passing out toys or candy, others pumping water for the children, and others simply spending time with the children and providing them with entertainment by attempting to articulate phrases in creole.
After spending several hours at Gode, some of us decided to stay behind and plant the garden at the mission while the rest went to tour the school that Phil helped establish while he was living in Haiti. Once we were all gathered back at the HRM compound, we ate supper and proceeded to enjoy the remainder of our evening by practicing our flag routine and another skit that we will be performing during the church service on Sunday.
This trip has been such a huge blessing for all of us as many of us are experiencing things that we have never seen before. Again, thank you so much for all of your support through prayer and other various ways that you are supporting this trip.
We apologize for the delayed posting, but we ran into some technical difficulties trying to get this posted last night.
-John reporting on behalf of the Dayspring Youth.