So it’s 7:11 in the morning as I am writing this. If there’s one thing I definitely don’t care for in Haiti, it’s the propensity to wake up way early. Like in the 5:45-6:00 range. As my parents can attest, I am most assuredly NOT a morning person. But since I’m up, I thought I would blog for you. Today I get to take Team 3 to the airport and pick up Team 4. I return one of my favorite people, Christen Cole (and my roommate for the past few weeks, David Casey, and Michelle Anderson, who has a wicked sense of humor. I loved it!) and pick up Darren Tyler, the pastor at Conduit, who has been nothing short of an older brother to me these last 6 years. So excited to have him down here.
Team 3 got a lot accomplished. We visited the homes of our sponsored children, built bunk beds (well, only one is completely done…The others are cut and ready to be assembled), installed a water purification system so the church has fresh drinking water and they don’t have to buy it, and had two days of a health clinic, all in a 5 day trip. WHEW!! I am tired just from writing that. Especially thinking about the health clinic. 206 people came through between Saturday and Monday. I got to play crowd control and photographer. The exciting thing is the nurses that were here taught some local women at the church to do some basic diagnosing so they can help church members out after we’ve left. That’s the most important thing. The Haitians have been given so much stuff that a lot of them don’t have any desire to learn to do anything for themselves. But the only way to change the country permanently is to get them self-sufficient. It’s going to be a long process, but it can be done.
Would like to take a moment as I sign off and wish my mom a very happy birthday. I love you and miss you!