We are not out of the woods yet with the internet issues, however, we are at home, with relative speed on the internet – blessings are always around, if you have a mind to see them.
Our last blog entry was just after our return from a trip to the UK. We came back with our daughter, Clare, she was here for two weeks, for a vacation! And to see how her Mum and Dad lived – whether we paint a true picture of life on our blog site – you’ll have to ask her! We really did enjoy Clare being here. On the second Sunday she was here she played the flute in church, it was quite amazing – apart from the music of the flute you could have heard a pin drop; we think it is the quietest we have ever heard the congregation.
Brayden Husky, Rob Nash and Harry Rowland flew in on a Friday, the flight was many hours late and it rained cats and dogs just as they were coming out of the airport – the walkway from the arrival warehouse to the car park became a swim-way! We were all glad to get in the minivan and head for Grand Goâve.
Over the weekend we had meetings, a tour of the rubble house, given gracefully by Alex, and in the afternoon we “enjoyed” a mountain ride in the canter truck, first a ride through Petit Goâve and a trip through the local market; on the hunt for a tooth brush and a pair of sunglasses. The up over the foot hills behind Grand Goâve and down via Dano – it was very bumpy but get our team a view of life in Haiti.
Sunday was worship, as usual, it is always enjoyable to see the faith and enthusiasm our congregation show worshiping the Lord. The afternoon was the time to relax and kick back, at the beach. We were very pleased that Andre, our “beach contact” parked us literally yards from the beach, very impressive.
Over the weekend we also enjoyed the company of Bob Browning and Mistee Spry, from Edge Ministries; they were in Grand Goâve with their local rep Jean on a fact finding trip for Global Women, who are planning to come to Haiti next year.
On Monday we have an SHG meeting in PAP and a “swap out” of staff, Brayden and Rob left, David, Dean and Karr La came in. The week was taken up with meetings, discussions and ideas aired both internally and with the local community. Our feedback from them all, after they got back to US, was that they all enjoyed the experience.
When they all left we did enjoy a relaxing sort of weekend – Clare had left the same day the team left - so it was a quiet and restful weekend.
The work on the School Admin building carries on; the pace looks like they have slowed down but, in fact, they have worked very hard to get the channels poured and this week they have prepared the roof, for a pour early next week. Time marches on and school starts in two weeks, with the four class rooms to be vacated before the children return to class? Prayers for continued safety on the construction site are always welcome; we do not want them to rush and then have an accident.
It has rained, it has been stiflingly hot and we have had some very pleasantly cool nights. Today it has been hot and sticky.
In the past few weeks Brenda celebrated her one year anniversary of being in Haiti. Both Brenda and I remain at peace with our lives here. We feel that we remain in God’s will. While every day is not a bed of roses we can see God’s work in the lives of the people of Grand Goâve, Praise the Lord.
A postscript to this latest blog is that our power cut out at 8:30pm last night, Saturday. Obviously the main power had been out for long enough to drain our batteries. It was very hot going to bed; but quieter than normally. This morning Tikammie said that the power issue will be fixed tomorrow – so it is back to running the small generator for hours on end for the day.
A useful link to a page we update from time to time http://mchbjh.blogspot.com/2011/05/web-sites-for-information.html
|SHG meeting in PAP|
|New hand made foot stool; that string is painful on the arms|
|Family on day out at Jacmel|
|Harry and Rob, excellent BBQ chefs|