First full day in Haiti is now complete and was definitely filled with many experiences. The graduation ceremony was filled with singing (one guy even sang the Celine Dion song “I’m Your Lady” – not sure what that had to do with the graduation), dancing, and celebration. Towards the end of the service our group was served food (in some of the other posts) and pop, which made us very uncomfortable because everyone was looking at us and we didn’t know if they would get food as well. They did get food soon after us, which made us very happy.
Later on in the day we were able to take a walk through the neighborhood surrounding Children’s Lifeline. About 5 minutes into the trip a flock of kids were walking with us and holding our hands. Seeing the poverty up close impacted our group in many ways, but probably none more so than seeing little kids without any pants on.
After the tour we were able to play with some of the locals back at the compound. Some played on the swings, some played basketball, some played soccer, and others just socialized with them.
Our night concluded with some preparation for tomorrow and some evening worship at the cross which is on top of the hill that overlooks the Children’s Lifeline compound. Tomorrow we’re going to visit an orphanage. While we’re there we’ll perform a drama on the life of Jonah (Jonah Ridenour will play Jonah – did you see that one coming) and teach the kids some songs.
Please keep our trip and the students in your prayers. May God open and stretch our hearts as He sees fit.