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We were stuck in the airport in Port au Prince.  Our airplane had been exchanged for another one.  We were hoping we get to Miami in time to catch our flight from there to Toronto.  11:30 is a late enough arrival time.


While there we looked through our pictures and thought we should show you some of the sights…we would share the sounds and smells too, if we could.  Those we will have to describe.

 

Al was our main...

We are blogging from the roof.  The rest of the building lacks the breeze we seek this evening.  It is our last and so we will spend some extra time talking about our experience here.

Our last day was a nice mix.  We started with a trip up the mountain, yet again being able to enjoy the sights of Port au Prince along the way.  At the top we stopped at the Baptist Mission for a coffee break and then...

We have met many interesting and amazing people here.  I started to make a list and for whatever reason they came out in pairs and so I will briefly introduce to you as a credit to them.

 

Our missionary hosts – part of my motivation for coming here was that I knew the people from Canada working here.  John VanderStoep and his family moved here for a year. John is older than most of us, works for World...

  Today the rest of the team almost participated in writing the blog. But we are tired.  Because today we carried cement around all day.  We finished our task…the footings are poured.  Cement mixed by hand, shoveled into pails, sent along a bucket brigade, and poured out into the trench. Nothing complex; just a whole lot of hot sweaty work.

That means we are on the home stretch.  Tomorrow is our second Saturday here already.  Time has flown; we have learned...

 There is much about this country that is difficult. (Thursday)

 We started the day working on preparing footings for cement being poured.  The methods are primitive at best.  Our afternoon was spent travelling through the city and we were again inundated with messy streets, half built or half fallen buildings, lots of garbage, evidence of poverty, and a fair bit of hopelessness.

But in the midst of this we continue to see incredible signs of...

 

We are meeting many people here and will refrain from trying to tell you about all of them.  But today you need to hear about Lunise.  There was some suspicion that she was a fictional character as we had been hearing of her imminent arrival since we came to Haiti.  This evening we met her and her colleague Jackson who are the World Renew staff in this country.  Lunise was mentioned to us as the one who would...

Today we got at the building part of our task here.  Trenches for footings for the entranceway were already dug out and our task today was to prepare the rebar.  This meant a lot of cutting, carrying and tying.  Nothing about the work itself was really that exciting…it is repetitive manual labour.  However, working at something we don’t normally do and with our Haitian friends made it a unique experience.

Everything we do here is wrapped in devotions and...

Our devotion this morning was about celebrating God’s great creation.  Our day was spent contemplating just that.

Our start was less rushed than the first two so we had time to be more contemplative in our devotions and relaxed in the sharing of breakfast.  Our guides for the day, Nelson and Basil, arrived about 9 am and we packed into two 4wd drive vehicles.  Never mind that I said before that you need four wheel drive in Haiti….today we...

 

Today being Sunday, we gathered with God’s people to worship.  Our service started at 8 AM and we were there until about 1 PM, but it was not the length that we will remember.  As guests we were given front row seats to what God is up to in the Haitian CRC of Jacmel.  The songs were somewhat unfamiliar and of course in a different language, but many of us testified later to...

Haiti means "mountains beyond mountains"...and today we experienced that.

Today was a travel day, but not in an airplane like yesterday.  We travelled by four wheel drive vehicle...which is necessary both for the potholes in Port au Prince and for the rocky rutted roads as well as river crossings.

We started at 6 am, trying to beat the road rush.  Even before 7 am the streets were filled with people and taxis (pickups with people piled in the back) and cars and...

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