Our first team got here on Tuesday. Our team consists of seven people — four people who have been to Haiti and three people who hadn’t been.
My favorite experience of this whole week so far has been watching the team grow and learn while here. For those who have been here before, it’s watching them fall more and more in love with the country, the people and the experience of Haiti. And for the people who had never been here, it’s watching them grow and become more and more comfortable each day. It’s watching them take leaps of faith and try something they would’ve never done — or something they wouldn’t have tried if they were in the states. I also have loved getting to know each team member and being able to connect with a few on a deeper level!
This week was filled with so many adventures as I helped lead this team through the streets of St. Louis. On Tuesday, we had a very relaxing day, the team arrived and they got to unpack their bags and go on the campus tour and just hang out. On Wednesday morning, we hit the town and did grocery ministry. Grocery ministry is where the teams give money (up to them how much they give) and they get to go to the market and buy food for a family.
They put the groceries in a bag and then walk around the streets and up the mountainside and wait for God to tug at their hearts to lead them to a house that needs the food the most. Each bag is about $10 American and will feed the family for a few weeks. The team split up into two groups so it would be easier to walk in the market and we could reach more people. We ended up blessing 12 families that day.
On Thursday, some of the team went to the prison in a neighboring city. I stayed back with three of the women on the team and hung out at the vaccination program (for babies up to 2 years old) and got to love on the babies and pour into the mothers. We also spent some time in the birthing center. We got to hold a baby that was just shy of 4 pounds! Also on Thursday, some of the team went to the trade school and helped teach an English class! On Friday, there was a campus-wide dance, so I spent my morning with two of the team members baking. We ended up making 256 cupcakes! They were a hit! Yesterday, Saturday, the team hosted a soccer tournament for any of the kids in the community, that was so much fun! The kids in the community loved it and it was a great time.
This week has been crazy to say the least. There have been times where I have wanted to be grumpy, or sad or even mad, but I am constantly reminded to choose joy. The times where I have wanted to choose a bad attitude, are times I had the most fun because I chose joy. This is something I am continually working on, so please pray for that!
A few more prayer requests: one of the interns is on an iv from dehydration so please pray for her health and healing! We also have close to 70 people coming in tonight to stay and do ministry, which is amazing! Please pray for them and what they are about to do and experience. Please also just continue to pray for safety and health for teams and all staff!
Thank you all for loving on me and messaging me throughout the week to keep me accountable and feeling so loved!
loves and hugs
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