What can I say? Going to Haiti was an adventure all around. 2 sleepless days of travel, concrete pour that was the hardest work most of us had ever done, engineering stairs, VBS program for 200 kids for 3 days, Woman’s confer-ence, cooking lunch with the men, beach times, walks through the village, praying over and blessing new homes, church services, eating fresh Man-goes, lots of goat for dinner, rice distribution for the needy, and being de-layed home by 12 tornadoes in Dallas.
I had never been on a construction trip before, so day 1 started off with a bang. We helped with a concrete pour of 33 yards, about 500 pails of con-crete in 5 gallon buckets. We had 2 mixers on the ground floor, 30 Haitian workers, and 25 of us; collecting rock, shifting buckets up the assembly line balancing on scaffolding, pouring the concrete, or handing empties down to the starting line. Needless to say it was hard work, but very rewarding to see it done.
I was asked by the ministry founder and leader, Marc, to share about the im-portance of family to their congregation on the last Sunday we were there. Most women raise their children alone and many of their children have differ-ent fathers. The birth rate has tripled since the earthquake, but marriage’s have not. I was able to share my journey through my sinful beginning, re-stored life, and now amazing family. What an honor.
You can look at our team’s blog posts and videos at www.haitiarise.org/team-blog/?currentPage=7 Page 7 -5. (The Link Church Team)