We picked up all 24 members of Team 2 last Wednesday. The guys went to the church and started their part on the roof Team 1 had started. It only took them 3 days to finish out the project. The pastor was very grateful for the work they had done. If you want to see photos of the finished project, go to the group Haiti Lifeline Ministries on Facebook and look at the photos.
The ladies stayed back and worked on different little projects. We got the rest of the leftovers from last year’s shipment all sorted or thrown out. (Note to people that send stuff on the shipment: Please don’t send stuffed animals or 5X sized t-shirts – we don’t know anyone that big 🙂 The babies got lots of lovin this week from these amazing girls!
Melissa Shultz asked Nicole at breakfast the other day if they ever eat the goats or just use them for milking. Nicole said they do eat it and that she would make it for dinner for us. That is not what Melissa intended, but we had goat for dinner! We did a food distribution that afternoon. Daniel and Nicole took us to a church that lost everything in the earthquake. They had no church building and the pastor and his family live in a tent. Nicole and Daniel’s church raised some money for them and they got the foundation and the footings done with that, but they need more to finish their building. Right now they meet in a cramped little building made of tin and tarp. The people were very thankful for the food and soap we gave them. We gave them pre-packaged bags of lentil-looking beans. Sabetha High School donated a bunch of protein fortified grain and we are so grateful for it. We packaged up some more of it last night in some tote bags that were donated by a ladies church sewing group for another distribution we are doing this morning. We will be taking more of the pre-packaged bags and soap to another poor area this afternoon.
God has been showing me lately how faithful he is. I always think it’s fun and interesting to be with people experiencing Haiti for the first time. It really gives you a new and different viewpoint every time. He’s also just teaching me to rest in Him and turn to Him for every little thing. As I think about what my future holds, I don’t have to worry about it because I know my Heavenly Father has it under control. It’s kind of an exciting place to be for me – the planner, the worrier who is learning to relax – to take one step, one day at a time.
Last night Nicole shared with the group how she started Lifeline and how faithful God has been through all the trials over the years. Through starting with nothing but a tree to being given a piece of land to unexpectedly receiving a team of 40 from Teen Missions that built her a building. To now when there is much land, several buildings, good employees, 102 children, monthly support, and the government is starting to change how things are done. It’s hard to change things here, but change can be good.
Thank you Lord, that you hold all your children in your hands. Thank you that you see us. Thank you for what you’re teaching me through Mama Nicole and these children (even if that is patience:).