|Plaza of Independence, Gonaives|
The next stop on the tour was the University of Notre Dame where Fr. Effener teaches a course once a week. By happenstance, the group met the Bishop of Gonaives and enjoyed his company as they continued to tour the campus. The team then visited the Catholic Cathedral of Gonaives. They were encouraged to see various curb, sidewalk, and road improvements in progress throughout the city. The final stop of the evening was to have a dinner of pizza, steak sandwiches, and fries at a local restaurant.
|Catholic Cathedral of Gonaives|
This morning, the C2 team went to 6:30 am mass and had a breakfast of spaghetti, hard boiled eggs, bananas, peanut butter, and coffee. After breakfast, they jumped right into camp activity with energy and enthusiasm.
John and Kelsey helped the older students make bracelets while Kelli and Carly helped the middle school children make lovely multi-colored paper ribbons that will be used for decorations eventually. Carly also helped the younger children color craft paper images of fruits and flowers. The whole gang participated in rousing games at recess including jump rope and jacks. John enjoyed playing soccer with the boys despite the grueling mid-day heat.
Carol, Kelsey, and one of the animators did blackboard exercises with some of the older students where they wrote words and common phrases in English and Creole side by side. The days at camp are not only filled with fun and laughter, but helpful lessons for our young students. It’s the connections between our travel team and the camp that strengthen the foundation of our church to church partnership.
The team has encountered a few challenges including dealing with the heat and minor aches and pains from the journey. Carol cannot brag enough about the team’s spirit, positive attitude, and willingness to engage. As a team they are having fun and shining God’s light onto the children of St. Anne’s.
Our missionaries are more than halfway through their trip. We are so thankful that God has blessed their journey so far with so many great experiences. We pray that he continues to bless their remaining days at camp. Share your prayers for the team in the comments.