Today was an extremely peaceful and even boring day. Because we came down from the mountains a day early to monitor the political unrest in the city, there was not much work for us to do. Chez went to deliver mattresses, but my body has been in so much pain that I could not fathom walking around Carrefour. The rest of us relaxed for the day. Pastor gave me a job in the office and I was working hard for him all day. Unfortunately, the internet service was so slow that it took me hours, literally hours, to figure out all the answers that I needed.
Final Goodbyes at Love Community (Courtesy of John & Chez)
"This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad it is. This is the day that the Lord has made." Today I received sign number two that I am meant to be in Haiti doing God's work. I saw sign one while I was going up the mountain. I saw my favorite scripture, Romans 8:31, which I have placed permanently on my body, written on a house that was not too far from a voodoo temple. Voodoo is a very powerful curse here, but God always prevails.
Today, I was woken Out of my sleep around 6:30am. It was cold, but I decided it was best to get up then. I could hear voices and men working. I used the toilet, which I was afraid to do originally because I didn't want anybody to see me in the openness. It was actually wonderful. It was more peaceful than I had imagined. The openness allowed for me to look through the trees and over the mountain. I was feeling it! (I have a video of thoughts and opinions, but after further review, I decided that I can and will not post it! Sorry followers!)
I'm not really sure what to say about Bouvier. I have no witty captions or phrases and I am at a loss for words. I do not wish to be repetitive in my writing, so I'll just say this: the people here are simple and gracious. They do not ask for much. They do not want for much. They only wish for the ability to empower their people and their nation and they are very grateful for what we can bring to them because they do not have the means to provide it all for themselves.
10 hours, 12 miles, 28,800 steps, 3 rivers and 3 mountains later, I arrived at Bouvier school and I cried in God's awesomeness. God is so good. Today, my beliefs, intestinal fortitude and tenacity were put to the test as I put myself and my body up to the most intense physical challenge that I have ever undergone. Being proud of myself is an understatement. I accomplished so much today and I'm sure it will impact my life for a long time to come.
Laurie looking at the handmade beads (courtesy of John & Chez)
Today was another eye opening day. We headed to the Apparent Project, a program created for women and families to provide work through making hand made products in an attempt to un relinquish orphans. Everything there was so pretty and genuine. There were custom beads, paper beads, jewelry, metal works, pottery, clothing and bags, ornaments and so many other hand crafted products. Every purchase is used to donate and recycle money back into the program. OH, and all the goods were made from recycled materials.
Today was tiring in a different way. Today, my heart was touched to a different extent. Today was our BIG DAY OUT and boy, was it big.
We rented a bus to take the children from the orphanage to Kaliko Beach Resort, one of the two all inclusive resorts on the island. The ride was about three hours long. The air was hot and filled with gas, and the van seats were uncomfortable to say the least, but we had a little bit of air. None of that matter to the kids however, because they were just excited to leave the city that they are confined in.
When I was 12 years old, I went to Australia. After three weeks, I decidedthat Australian people were the most pleasant and all around lovely people. After three days in Haiti, I've decided that this Is still true. My team here with Frontier Projects are all awe inspiring. I've grown up in America and experienced racism to some of the most drastic extents so forgive me when I say that I'm not here for the bs that is white America, but listening to my team speak so highly of the Haitian people melts my heart.
They're absolutely in love with Haitian skin and the thick, Haitian hair. They're so pure and loving, it restores my faith. Even their joking spirits are insanely sweet. God is truly within them. Chez sees no color. She loves all of God's elements. She speaks to the earth and welcomes its natural beauty. I am happy to be a part of this team.
I'm not sure if I have ever sweat so much in my entire life as I did today. In America, it is acceptable to be bad and boujee. It's a culture. We don't sweat, we glisten and although we work hard, we do manual labor when we have to, not just for fun. Today, my heart was tested. My ability was tested. My endurance and faith were tested. I'm blessed to say that I succeeded.
Myself and Rach pictured with some of the beautiful children of Love Community Home.
Welcome to Port au Prince, Haiti 🇭🇹 Today was day one of my missions trip that I have worked extremely hard to make happen. First things first, thank you to all of you that supported my dream. It means everything to me to know that there are so many of you that love me and are truly inspired by what I do.