Friday, July 4, 2014

C2 - Haiti Trip Update

The team has finished the last day of camp.  The closing Mass for the camp was an emotional experience for the team -- Bruce was again invited by Fr. Effener to address the congregation in English while Fr. Effener translated into Creole.  Bruce told them how much the team has loved every minute of their time at St. Anne's, and while it is time to return to family and friends, the team will always hold the people of  St. Anne's in their hearts.  The spontaneous applause from the congregation showed the team that they will be remembered with love.

Following Mass, the team said farewell to the children, and to the animators who are moving on to another parish in Gonaives for next week's camp.  The team has been journaling about their feelings: they had not anticipated the depth of the connections they would make with the children and adults, despite the dramatic differences in lifestyle and language.  As they have said in updates and reflections, they can appreciate more clearly than ever that we are all God's children, and are all members of his family.  We have far more in common with the people of this remote mountain village in rural Haiti than it would seem.

They will enjoy a final meal of roasted goat with rice and beans tonight before their long day of travel on Saturday.  They will leave Labrande at 5AM and plan to arrive at Washington-National Airport at 5:30 PM, and then home to Baltimore.  Please continue to pray for them as they travel home.

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