We have been busy from the moment we arrived. We spent some time at the orphanage playing and loving on the kids but set out with a mission to get our projects up and going. Our first goal of week is to get the clinic up and running. We needed to paint the inside which is a chore in itself since paint in Haiti is more water than paint!! We went through 65 gallons of paint for about 900 square feet....and no, we didn't paint the ceiling. Did I mention there is not electricity in this clinic yet....or windows.....We all agree it was an average of 111 degrees with humidity (probably from the water in the paint). And if you were one of the lucky ones, you were on the ladder where the temperature was just slightly higher 10 degrees or more!!! BUT.....we are finished!!! Even had enough time to start demolition on the old school when we finished today. Who would of known that after being so tired and hot from painting that knocking a building down could be so invigorating!!! We even experienced "hurricane Lee" for the first time! (pics to follow)
As we sit here tonight listening to Stephen play worship music as we recap our day, hearing the words "How great is our God" we can't help but to be so extremely thankful for all the blessings that we saw this week preparing for this trip. God showed up in such powerful ways!! We were able to meet ALL of the needs for the orphanage and our projects we are working on for this trip in the the few weeks we had to collect them. Thank all of you for stepping up and serving and showing your support for our project. During these last few days, we were able to do some vision walks through the village and come up with some amazing plans for the future to share God's love with the Haitian people and ways to help the villages become self sustaining in the future. We can't wait to share all these plans with all of you.
Well, we are extremely tired, but miss and love all of you. Please continue to pray for our team and our work for the coming week.
Fun Facts for our trips:
1. Rain has more water pressure than our showers.
2. Spiders are REALLY big in Haiti. (Alisha says they are 10 times bigger than America)
3. Tom is not DR.TOM....the urologist!
4. We have decided to teach the Haitian children American words......Kalia now says "Sugar, Sugar"
5. Lee comes to Haiti for Anger Management.....aka Hurricane Lee!
6. We could of done stitches today....maybe tomorrow! (We knew there was a reason to build this clinic!!)
7. We definitely are considered family hence the things they now share with us!
8. We will not marry Dominican!
9. We only have about about 150 bug bites so far between us all!!
10. YES....we do have trees in America!!!
Haiti Team Aug-Sept 2012