On the construction site today we poured the columns for the new Medical building. So lots of concrete…lots of rocks….lots of sand…. oh yeah…..lots of sun!! After moving the 33,000 lbs of food, we moved another 15,000 lbs of concrete….if we weren’t buffed before we left….we are now!! Very cool to have the team working so hard together. The Haitian men are really impressed with the American women and how hard they worked! I think the women from the fish house started to feel a little guilty and about half way thru the day came and started helping us. The village of Kalalun is becoming really familiar with the entire team…..and learning the name pretty quickly. So it is fun to walk thru and hear all the children and adults calling out to them!
A few of our team decided to stay back at the mission after lunch and help out with the eye clinic. We helped the Doctors with the eye glasses. There were two huge boxes of donated glasses and Dr. Wayne had us separate them into piles of bifocals and regular ones, we had to check each pair to see if there were scratches on each of them to prepare for the next eye clinic. Also helped with the medical supplies, loading and unloading supplies. One of the boys at the Mission had a 104.1 degree temperature, had to find a store with ice, God was with us on this the store clerk gave us just about the last he had, Amen.
Torie, Sabrina, Heather and Rachel decided they would try out the fishing ministry today. They had curbside pick up at the beach set for 6:30 am. Of course we are on Haitian time, so they didn’t get picked up until around 8:00am! Love the kick back lifestyle…..sometimes it takes time to get used to just sitting down every once in a while not having to rush to school…soccer…appts….work… So once they were picked up, they were driven out into the middle of the Caribbean. With 2 completely non English speaking Haitians and a translator to accompany them (thankfully), they baited the jugs and released them into the water. They waited…and waited… but nothing was nibbling at the bait. There were no catches at first, so they decided to drive around to hunt for the fish themselves. Finally, as they came across a tree branch, the Haitians found and scooped up their first fish in a net. They all watched it flop around the boat until they saw a huge swordfish out in the distance caught on one of their jugs, about 4 feet long. They waited for the fish to tire out, motored over to the jug, and tried to pull in their best catch of the day. It took a few tries to pull it up, but it ended up in the boat as a prize of the fishermen. They waited for anymore fish to hook onto the jugs and then decided to go back. They drove around-in garbage-trying to catch any last fish for the day, but they ended up with nothing. Burnt and exhausted from the sun, the girls came back to the beach with a proud story to tell the others.
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