Last week, we learned about rain catchment tanks, purifying water and rus pumps. A team with Water for Life came to teach us how to build a form for an 11,000 gallon catchment tank, and then how to finish it using an assortment of wires, chicken wire, re-bar and cement. This will provide drinking water in places where it’s not easy to get. This team stayed with us as this week we’ve learned about the gifts of the Spirit and healthcare. Craig and Connie Kline came to teach on these, and today, Dr. Sherfy and family and Dr. Cas joined us today to teach more on healthcare and to go out on our local outreaches with us. We are mostly split up into our international outreach teams, with a little bit of mixing it up. Our locations are Cite Soleil, Kenscoff, Mont-Rouis, up a mountain near Mont-Rouis, and La Gonave (the island in the bay).
I’m on the team going to La Gonave. We have Nathan C., Robert, myself, Genese, Wiclif, Desure, Derose, Solner, Metellus, Bernard, Berline, Bengy, Dani (from the Water for Life team) and Dr. Cas. We’re going to be dropped off with our form, a few other supplies, medical supplies and our day packs, take a boat across the bay, and begin the real adventure. We will be building a rain catchment tank at a church and running a medical clinic nearby. This is where Bernard is from, so we will be staying at his house. Some of our goals are to spread the love of Jesus, teach the locals how to build a catchment tank, and provide medical care as we can. We’re going to have another short medical class tomorrow morning, then around 1 pm we will be heading out. We will be returning on Wednesday from this little adventure.
We’re excited to see how the Lord will provide for us on these trips. Our budget is to go off $5 a day per person. This will give us a pretty good picture of how our international outreaches will go. Since moving to Belvil and living with these 80 people, I’ve come to find out that I’m a little more of a diva and high maintenance than I thought I was. Sometimes I go several days without washing my hair because it’s too much of a hassle to get water and find time in the very busy bathroom (I haven’t had to shower in an alley again though). So that being said, I decided to get my hair braided so it will be a little easier to take care of since I don’t know what the shower situation will be there.
On a sad note, we will be losing 2 great staff this weekend!! So sad! Db is leaving tomorrow and Jon is leaving Sunday to prepare to go to Biola University in California this fall. They have been so great to get to know and have definitely made an impact on all our lives. They will be sorely missed, but we’re excited for what God has in store for them at college! “One love, chou-chou!!”