Our day began with an English speaking church service, led by Pastor Dan. This took place at Port au Prince Fellowship church. Most of us felt it was somewhat similar to our services back home – especially when we knew several of the songs. There was lots of energy in the room. Haitians put God first and last in everything they do. There was also quite a large number of Americans present at the service too. We all enjoyed the service and felt honored and humbled to be called out by the pastor to be prayed for because of our mission in Haiti.
After a quick return to the guest house, our next visit was to the Croatian Children's Home, run by Sister Ana, Sister Liberija’s, and Sister Miriam and a special visit from Mother Superior who was from Croatia. These women were the same sisters that joined us earlier in the week on Water Truck Day, so we were excited to see them again and they greeted us like we were dear friends. After the children sang a welcome song to us, we proceeded to unload the suitcase containing items we thought the children would enjoy playing with. Quickly the group began jumping rope, kicking soccer balls, playing basketball, making beaded and cross necklaces, hair accessories for the girls and small wooden cars for the younger boys. You could tell how happy these children are. They are very loved. The women that come in and take care of them remind them how lucky they are and how appreciative they should be of their good fortune. This seems to contribute to the all-around good behavior of these children. It was a wonderful visit and we were touched by Sister Liberija’s farewell message to us.
We ended our afternoon with a walk up the hill from the guest house to the Elite Hotel to relax and swim in the pool. Once again, shortly after we arrived the rain began but that did not keep the younger ones in the group from getting into the pool and entertaining us with their synchronized swimming performance.
We feel richly blessed that God has called us to serve in Haiti this week. We have much to think about as we return home and process our experience here in Haiti and we TRUST that God will walk with us through this process and we trust that God will continue to watch over our new friends (Zanmi) in Haiti.