Mariani in Haiti, June 17 to June 22, 2012
June 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
After a long couple of days of travel, we arrived safely in Haiti and met up with the rest of our team and our staff at the airport. We hopped on the bus and headed directly to Life is Hope Orphanage where the kids greeted us with singing. It was wonderful! We shared with them the story of Jesus and gave them each a coloring book to keep for themselves. As our time went on, the kids played with us, showed us around their home, and gave us just as much love as we could give them--maybe even more.
The first of many!
June 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
After a brief stop at our lodging facility to grab our first wonderful meal here in Haiti, we headed to Mariani where we will be serving this week. It was our first of many visits there. It was raining a little, but that didn't stop us from playing soccer, getting our hair braided by little girls, and just getting to know the community a little bit. Pastor Valcourt came by and talked with some of us for a while to tell us about the church and the community. We look forward to seeing him, the kids, and even the work again tomorrow.
June 18, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Today we arrived at Mariani to begin working on our construction project. We were greeted by a steep hill that led up to the site, and when we arrived we met several school children that were getting ready to take final exams. As soon as we put down our belongings we began to pass buckets of gravel to begin the floor of a water reservoir that the school will be able to use. To make the work more fun, Scott and Carson began to interact with our Haitian partners by making animal noises with each bucket. We started with bucket number one but by the time lunch arrived we were almost to bucket 700!
Human Jungle Gyms
June 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM
After we finished passing our 954 buckets, we decided to go have some fun at Good Shepard Orphanage. We were greeted with smiling faces that were ready to play! The children from the surrounding community joined us we began to throw frisbees, play basketball and even learn a little Creole with our new friends.
June 19, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Today we arrived at Mariani ready to work. We lined up right away to pass many buckets of mortar down the hill for the guys inside to flash the walls. In the afternoon, we moved upstairs to start pouring the beams for the balcony of the church! It was a nice change and the buckets were going around much more quickly. Brittany and Ria were our designated counters and kept going all day long. Some of the kids started repeating them from time to time too. It was fun to see connections being made all around the work site. From the guys in the hole, to children playing on the soccer field--today was a day of great connections and another thousand buckets of mortar or cement. Our grand total so far is 1,969 buckets passed!
June 19, 2012 at 08:32 PM
After a long day of work and a delicious meal of turkey and rice, we headed to church--all dressed up. Tonight was a prayer service, so there was a lot of praying, singing, and preaching about how we can always go to God. He will always understand everything we are going through. We were invited to share a song and Pastor Cory introduced the group as a whole. It was such a blessing to be a part of the service and see the joy of the Lord on people's faces and hear familiar tunes of hymns with words in a different language.
Final Day of Work!
June 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Our time was flying by as bucket after bucket got passed from one person to the next for our final day at Mariani. We were in our very familiar spots and seeing familiar faces now. It is so amazing that in just three days we got to know so many from the community. After another 1,000 and some buckets of mortar and concrete, we looked up at our Haitian friends who were filling buckets for us to move and they said "fini" which means finished. It was so exciting to see over the past days the progress that was made in the cistern and on the beams for the balcony! Praise God!
A Last Kodak Moment
June 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Before we left our friends at Mariani, we took a minute to take a picture with our new friends, thank them for letting us serve with them, and pray for them. It was bitter sweet to leave today. We know we will miss these people a lot and we know that the building isn't done and there is more work to do, but we have joy in knowing that what God had in store for us at Mariani is completed. Now, we are looking forward to a new thing tomorrow--a chance to see a little more of Haiti and a little bit of fun!
A Beautiful Day
June 21, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Today we had a chance to see more of the beauty of Haiti. We drove down to Jacmel over some of the gorgeous mountains here and spent the afternoon at the beach. It was good to have time to fellowship together and relax after our days of working at Mariani! We can't believe it's the end of the week already!
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Happy birthday Garrett !!! 18 years!!!ook forward to celebrating on your return.
Glad to hear that all is going well. Keep lifting those buckets! Sylvie, we miss you here. Oliver is still alive. Tommy is working up a song on his new ukelele to greet your return! Praying for you all. Thanks for the updates.
Amy and Brian Stephens
Hello First Baptist mission team. Thanks for the great updates and pictures as we are so happy to be able to visualize what you are experiencing. May God continue to bless you, your ministry and the relationships He is helping to create.
Hey everyone! So excited that you all made it! I am looking forward to reading along as you serve this week. I pray that God blesses you as you fall in love with the Haitian people that you will meet and serve. Have a great week, love on Ruth and Ria, and make sure you have Almando climb a coconut tree (and do his monkey impression).
My eyes filled with tears when I saw you all in those great blue shirts!!! I'm so proud of you!! Just like a mother, right?? Keep pressing on...you can do it in His Strength.
Jon and Judi
Good Morning "Let's Go....Haiti"! I think you should be in the air from Miami to Haiti right about now. Remember we are praying for all of you to have a wonderful, meaningful trip. Please keep an eye on the Sowl boys and remind them not to pick up (or bring home) any creepy, crawly, furry, fuzzy, scaley....or other creatures! Love, the Sowls