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Haiti #2, Day 5 and 6

October 29, 2010

October 16, 2010

Today is the day we get things organized and packed for the team that will be here next week. All of the tool boxes need to be repacked and make sure there are plenty of supplies to complete the next project. Sheets, pillowcases and air mattresses need to be washed, repacked as well.

Some of the team worked on sanding boards for benches to go in the next church building project while the rest of us helped organize the work shop area. We stacked all of the metal in racks and moved a lot of old scrap roofing out-of-the-way. There is a plan to improve the work area with a concrete floor joining the woodworking area with the metal working area.

After lunch we were given a tour of the campus. There is a tabernacle, chapel, library, class rooms, cafeteria, offices as well at the Work & Witness buildings.

The Campus Chapel

The Tabernacle is used for large gatherings and for District Conventions.

The Tabernacle

 October 17, 2010

Today is Sunday so after breakfast and devotions we are off to one of the local Churches in Port Au Prince for our morning worship. The singing was beautiful and we recognized some of the songs by the music. Even though we don’t speak Haitian Creole we could follow the sermon from 1 Corinthians 13 about love.

1 Corinthians 13:1 “If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” 

The Church After Sunday Morning Service

After church we were off to the metal market. This is an area of town where they take old scrap metal and drums, cut it into shapes, pound it to give it a three dimensional shape and paint or varnish it. It is unique art to Haiti and makes great wall hangings.

Admiring the Local Metal Art

After that it was back to the campus for lunch. After lunch we all relaxed for a while and talked. In the afternoon we loaded up again for a little tour of the downtown area. There is still a lot of devastation all over the city, but the downtown was hit hardest.

Downtown after Nine Months

Many buildings lay in rubble waiting to be cleaned up and maybe someday replaced.

Government Buildings damaged in the earthquake

The Presidential Palace Still in Ruins.

The Presidential Palace

The park across the street from the Palace is now a tent city of homeless people. There are still over one million people living in tents in Port Au Prince.

Another Tent City

After the tour we stopped and did a little shopping at a street market. There were paintings, wood working and metal art there for sale. After that it was out to a restaurant in the Hotel Konoue. We had a buffet style meal which was delicious. The meal included shrimp, beef, fish and goat. Dinner included salad and dessert. We all went back to the campus stuffed.

The end of another great day. Surely we feel blessed after seeing the lifestyle that so many people are forced to live due to the earthquake. All of our prayers are needed for the people of Haiti.

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