We had a nice breakfast this morning--every breakfast is good; we cook for ourselves in the morning and, aside from cold cereal on Monday, we've had cowboy omelets made with fresh onions we bought on our community walk, pancakes, fresh bananas and pineapple, fried eggs and fried potatoes--fixed by whichever members of the team are up first and willing to jump in on the cooking.
Missions Trip Blog
The weather has been uncommonly beautiful so far this week--today was another mostly-sunny day with the high temperatures in the low 80s, and pleasant breezes as well. Most of our work has been in a shaded area, on makeshift work tables where we assemble rebar cages that will reinforce the concrete footings and columns of the new dining hall.
Our temporary outdoor workshop is set up under trees in a wooded area of the property on which we built the new school, and though the early-afternoon sun can be harsh, shade is just a few steps away.
Today (Tuesday) after cowboy omelets for breakfast and team devotions from Psalm 62, we headed out to the work site where we continued the steel work for the new dining hall.
We built all of the footer steelwork (see pictures on LFMC’s Facebook page) and began building the rebar cages that will become the vertical structural columns for the building. The Haitian crew continued the much more strenuous work of trenching for the footers and fabricating some of the rebar pieces for us to assemble into various parts of the foundation and columns.
We had an early breakfast and headed for the Kids Alive Village for the Monday morning flag-raising ceremony, which took place in front of the new school building. It was a very meaningful time for all of us because everyone on this team worked on the school building over the past two years.
First of all, we want to thank everyone who provided donations for Haiti. We were able to pack seven bags of donations (no more than 350 pounds). We weren't sure we would be able to take all the donations, but, as God would have it, we had about 340 pounds of donations, the perfect amount! Your contributions will have a significant impact on the children in Cap Haïtian.
Our trip here was uneventful except for the $110 fee at the airport for the donation bags. Other than that, everything went smoothly.
Application packets for the 2018 missions trip to Haiti (Jan. 27-Feb. 3) will be available in the church lobby beginning on September 10, but you don't have to wait--you can download them yourself using the links below. The application/deposit deadline is October 1, so it is important to complete an application soon and get payment in to reserve your place on this trip--there is limited space.
We're already beginning to work on plans for the next Haiti missions trip, and we've identified a week that we can book, if there are enough interested people to form the team: January 27 through February 3, 2018. If you are interested in participating in this trip, please contact Doug Heacock by July 7!