Well its here, departure day. As I woke up this morning and packed my bags, thoughts came rushing in and filled my mind as quickly as all the empty space disappeared in my suitcase. We are headed home, while this is a good thought, we will also be leaving Haiti. We will be leaving the metal clanging of the hand pumps, the smoldering smoke from the kitchens, the noises of the roosters and donkeys, the goats that play in the roads as motorcycles drive by, and the people. Yes the people, the ones that make this trip worth while, the ones that only dream to have what we call necessity, the ones that a very greeting from you brings a smile to their face, the ones that while they have nothing and life is truly hard still choose to be happy and thank God for all that He has done for them. These people are also the reason this trip will have so many memories with it. They are the reason all this work takes place. Hopefully demonstrating Christs love to them through our actions regardless of any language barrier.
Yesterday we visited the new compound that is being built for Gods Littlest Angels. This is an amazing place that sits on top of the mountain that overlooks all of Port-Au-Prince. One of the best views in Haiti, and the orphans get it…….I love it. After visiting the orphanage, and helping with the kids for the day, this new compound is amazing. One thing they need is space, and this place has it, along with several houses for staff, small homes for the kids, play ground, a space for the older kids to run and use energy, and a school.
We did a few minor tasks there in the afternoon. The Haitian masons were working on the school building and we moved some blocks, by way of assembly line, to the school so they could be laid. There was a pile of rocks that were being used for construction as well and they were now in the way. A little bit later the pile was moved and dirt was cleaned up. While the men were piling rocks the ladies were able to find some new railings to paint before they were installed. We ended our day by walking over to Fort Jacques and taking a quick tour.
After making our way to bottom of the mountain we stopped for dinner. This was a nice dinner and also the last one that we would be eating with this group in Haiti.
We are getting ready to load our packed bags into the truck and pile on for the last ride to the airport. No doubt that there will be a lot of last memories taken in as we travel across the rough roads that take us back to the airport. We praise God for His protection so far on this trip, and we ask that you be in prayer as we take this last step home. Please pray especially for Audrey’s ear on the flight home. Several more pieces of leaf/bug have come out in the last several days and she still has a little pain. Pray that the pressure doesn’t bother her too bad on the airplane.
For the Dayspring youth, from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti