Monday, July 11, 2016

Haiti Travel Update

Tonight, we have a reflection from some more of our missionaries:

When we first heard the story of our new partner community in Monarch, we learned about the road that leads in to their community. For a long time there was no road and many people died because they were unable to leave Monarch for medical treatments that could have saved their lives. So the people of Monarch came together with machetes, pick axes and hoes to build their own road. Today we received the incredible blessing of being able to work along side them to repair the holes in the dirt road. The road itself is only about two miles long, but it takes 40 minutes to travel because of the deep holes and gaps in the dirt.

Repairing a road in Monarch is truly a community event. Hugo, Bruce, Chris, and Kevin took up machetes and pick axes to loosen the sod on the side of the road with the other men of the village- including Pastor Arias, who we recognized as part of the crew, barefoot and all!

Nancy, Jen, Kayla, and women of the village took the loosened dirt and filled in the gaps. This wasn't mindless work, it was a truly joyful experience. The men sang songs as they worked , tapping out the beats with rocks against their machetes and hoes. The women and children who weren't working were there too, joining in the singing and dancing, helping the crew to keep going in the blazing 100 degree heat by showing their love and support.
In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to start registering the children for the child sponsorship program. Paula, Devon, and Jen interviewed 20 children with the help of our wonderful translators.


After a long day in Monarch, we returned to our guesthouse and the sky opened up, pouring out the rain that was so desperately needed and prayed so hard for. The epic thunderstorm lasted two hours and was a true blessing from God, the first significant rainfall this area has seen in a month. We all shouted with joy "God is good"!

Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and love! We miss you!
-Hugo, Paula, Kathy and Jen

11 comments:

  1. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you! So moved and inspired with all your work and engagement. Amen to another blessed day to the group.

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  2. God is always good! So thankful for the rain! Love you KK. I am impress with your hard work you are doing! My prayers and thoughts are with you.

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  3. We are praying for your continued strength. Filling holes sounds like just the right physical job and you are carrying it through in so many ways by building lasting connections! Great work in His name! Blessings, Lynne

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  4. Amazing work! Praying for another blessed day of good works.

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  5. God bless! You are the hands and feet of the Lord.

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  6. What a blessing the rain must have been.The Home Team is praying for you all and the rest of your week ahead

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  7. What a beautiful gift you are giving as you share God's blessings with the people of Haiti. Thank you for serving. Many prayers for you all as you continue your mission!

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  8. Kevin using a machete and pick axe are probably not the best ideas. Love him to death and miss him so very much. Can't wait to give you a big hug when you get home. 😘

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  9. You are all such an inspiration to us here at home. God bless you all as our prayers are with you for a successful mission and safe journey back home.

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  10. I love seeing the pictures and reading the reflections of each day. It sounds like all of you are having such a fulfilling and blessed experience. So happy to hear about the rain...God is good! We are praying for you here at home. Peace & blessings to all! Kathleen

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  11. Wonderful to hear how God is answering prayers! I'm sure the sounds of the storm were joyous and thrilling all at the same time!! Prayers and love to all.
    Xoxo, Marina and Bryan
    Ps. For all those working with Kevin on the Road.... Please watch out, the only knife Kevin knows how to use is a Steak Knife.

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