Saturday, October 21, 2017

Haiti Travel Update

The team was up early again this morning, and enjoyed a breakfast of eggs, bread, peanut butter, and bananas before starting the long drive from Port-au-Prince to Bohoc, where they will be staying for the rest of their trip in a guest house known as Haiti Unlocked. Bohoc is just a few miles from Monarch, but the drive actually takes about 30-40 minutes from the guest house due to the condition of the road. In fact, just a few years ago, there wasn't a road to drive on at all!

The team arrived in Monarch at about 2:00pm and were greeted excitedly by our friends in the village. After a warm welcome, the team met with the community Leadership Council to share introductions, community updates, and hopes for the future. Team leader Ellen was part of the group that first came to Monarch, when Nativity chose to partner with them. Since that trip in 2015, much has changed. The Leadership Council continues to be grateful for the new school, and are also more confident in the goals that they want to achieve for their community. There is much to look forward to in Monarch!

After meeting with the LC, the team took a tour of the community, stopping to see a new water pump, a charcoal making station, and a sugar cane press. The methods used for making charcoal and pressing sugar cane are very primitive by our standards - using oxen to pull machinery, for example. Some of the team members who are new to Haiti were surprised and humbled by the lack of developed resources that we often take for granted here in the U.S.

Today was an exciting day, just the first of many to come in the next week as our team continues to share life with the people of Monarch. Tomorrow they will attend church services, and spend some more time getting to know the people of the village.

Please continue praying for the people of Monarch, and for our team! Be sure to leave messages of love and encouragement in the comments!

1 comment:

  1. I am so happy to hear that you arrived safely & are enjoying the sights and sounds of Haiti. Your mission is such an important way to share God's love!
    Nativity is blessed to have so many humble servants who are willing to travel & serve the people of Haiti.

    May our prayers continue to lift you up & fill you with God's love
    Sharon Crook