This past week has flown by! We said goodbye to our five fabulous KCC ladies on Tuesday, and hello to our new team on Wednesday. We have a group of 10 staying with us now. They have many projects going on this week including; laying down new flooring in all three containers, hosting vacation Bible school in Les Bours, planting a garden, and teacher training seminars. The flooring is looking really nice! The guest house container is already complete and the orphanage is well on its way! Two days of vacation Bible school have left the children in Les Bours with food in their bellies and singing about Jesus! This morning part of the team planted a garden on our property with tomatoes, lettuce, pepper, mustard, beets, collard greens, and more! It is only day 2 and so much as been accomplished!
Frentz was able to pick up Jivenson's ashes on Wednesday, after a two week battle with the hospital and funeral parlor. It was bittersweet to bring "him" back to HOPE House. We are having a service on our property tomorrow to spread some of his ashes around the compound. Five of the team members who are here with us now knew Jivenson from their visit last summer. Our staff will all be present as we thank God for allowing us to be part of his short, but sweet, life.
Naika is not feeling well today. She has a terrible migraine and looks miserable. She has been hanging out on my couch, barely moving, since about 8:30 this morning. Please pray for her to start feeling better!
Construction has been coming along really well on the property! The drain field is blocked off and covered, the driveway is paved, and garden areas are enclosed, the patio has been extended, the water tank is complete, the plumbing system is up and running, and both the large and small stoage rooms are complete! Next on the agenda: reinforcing a few of the outside walls and then the base of the future orphanage building! Joseph and his crew are awesome!
This morning we had a tremor that shook our containers. It sent people all over Port-au-Prince screaming and running outside. The shake did not cause any damage, but spread fear and anxiety. All of the terrible, horrifying memories of January 12th came flooding back. Marie, one of our nannies, was very concerned for her son who was in school because when the children panic and run out of the building, some of the children get trampled over. Please continue to pray for the Haitian people.
The next few days we will be having a carnival here at HOPE House for our kids and the children of our staff, hosting one more day of vbs, distributing seed packets for gardening, and starting teacher training! I'm looking forward being part of God's work this week!
"I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back."