Thursday, January 13, 2011

I am now a Haitian...

That is what our fearless driver, Gary said after driving many trips around town, with lots of road construction, driving through a river each way, and a lot of bumps and ruts in between.

We had a very busy day of construction, we built more re-bar towers and started laying the cement footings, which means hauling 5 gallon buckets of wet cement.  Yea, we are tough!

After yet another delicious lunch at Caleb and Debbie's, 4 of our group members had the chance to go to the hospital.  They got to put on scrubs and witness a few remarkable surgeries.    

By the end of the work day, we completed one 300 foot side of the building...not bad for a bunch of novices.  We have the callouses to prove that we did it!

When we returned to camp, we had a special service of remembrance at 5, the anniversary of last year's earthquake.  We prayed together 
Make us worthy, Lord God to serve our fellow human beings throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger.  Give them through our hands this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give peace and joy. We pray for Haiti, for our broken hearts and their broken lives.  All the tears and all the bodies are in your hands, O God.  Mend what has been torn apart, protect those in danger, assist those in position to help.  You, O Lord, are our refuge and strength.  Amen.
taken from Mother Theresa and the band Arcade Fire’s song Haiti

Walked down to the river as a group and lit floating candles.

For dinner, Caleb and Debbie hosted us and the medical team for a wonderful Haitian meal, with beans and rice, and goat (cooked two different ways) among other delicious dishes.  It was a great time to connect and laugh.  There may have even been some frolicking, jumping on trampolines, and laying on the roof looking at the stars (they are BRIGHT here).

I am sorry, I tried uploading some great pictures, but it didn't work...I will add pictures when we get home...just picture us, with great work glove tan lines, dirty faces and clothes, doing God's get the idea.


Marlane and Kris for Haiti 2011 Team

ps:  One of the two slaps from Adam and Cameron's slap bet, happened on the way to lunch...still wanting for one more.

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