It's 84 and sunny today in Cap Haïtien, Haiti--a pretty typical January forecast. Fifteen* of us are getting ready to get up close and personal with Haiti's weather and beautiful people, especially the many children at the Kids Alive Children's Village. All indications so far are that we will be working on the second floor of the school that our teams began building last year about this time.
Missions Trip Blog
Kids Alive missionary Erin Higgins will be in Lawrence July 14-20! We'll try to have more information about her schedule and itinerary as the dates get closer. There will be a missions potluck on Sunday, July 17, immediately following the 10:35am worship service, and Erin will be updating us on what's happening in Haiti and what's going on in her life as a KA missionary.
Tomorrow, Saturday, the second team will return from Haiti. The goal for the two teams was to lay brick for the first floor of the new school by the end of the second week (today). They finished not only the first floor of the school, but poured and laid even more than they expected to and were still finished by Wednesday morning! The Haitian foreman found other projects for them: painting the roof on the boys’ transition house and helping the Haitian team get ready for the next phase of the school project.
Thank you for your prayers for our team in Haiti. The first group finished their work on Friday morning, attended the school chapel on Friday afternoon where Richard greeting the children and teachers and spoke on behalf of the team. On Saturday, four of the team members left (Anita, Kevan, Rick and Richard) and four more arrived (Kim, Rocky, Tia and Nathan). The team spent Saturday relaxing by a pool and enjoyed dinner at a restaurant.
We apologize that we have not been able to send more for the missions blog this week; our Internet connection has been spotty at best, and even when it is working, about all I've been able to send reliably is text messages. A few photos have made it through. But today is an off-day, and our team is relaxing at a nearby hotel pool, where there is decent Internet access, so I thought I would try to send a wrap-up post today.
We continued to lay block today quite well, adding five more courses on top of the bond beam that was poured on top of the long back wall last night. Today, the Haitian crew prepared forms for pouring more bond beams atop the walls that separate the classrooms, and slog the front interior wall. Tomorrow, we will continue laying block on the new bond beams.
We are generally quite well, except for one case of heat exhaustion and one allergic reaction to the mortar. All are in good spirits as we head into the last day of week 1.