Sunday, April 8, 2012

Thursday Adventures

We left the compound around 10 o’clock AM, and headed up the streets of Anse-a-Gallets toward our destination.  It took two pickup trucks and a four wheeler to carry 120 banana plants, 9 people, and 3 large boxes of Haitian Bibles and health books.  Our journey took about 2 hours to get to La Torre, which is one of the larger villiages up in the mountain, then other half hour to get to Terre Sel.  The village of Terre Sel is a gorgeous one. It has vibrant red dirt, big mango trees everywhere, and a very curious population.  Once we arrived at the small church building where everyone was gathering to see what “blan” were up to; my dad and the CHE workers began to explain our purpose there. They explained to the people that we had brought banana plants and books for some of the families who were part of the CHE program.  The Bibles and health books were taken to the pastor’s house for him to distribute, while the bananas were divided into groups of 10 or 15.
Not every family got a banana tree, because not everyone had a place for them or the knowledge to make it grow.  CHE  is not wealth distribution organization. It’s helping those who want to help themselves but cant, not just giving handouts to everyone.  After talking to some of the community at the church the two trucks went in different directions to drop off plants and to inspect some of the latrines that had recently been built. Some of the houses that we went to were very remote. The access roads to get there included donkey trails and hiking paths. One of the houses that we went to sat right on the top of the highest mountain, the view was incredible. You could see down into the joining valleys and over to the coast and vast ocean.  While we were trying to catch our breath from both the hike  and then the view that was taking our breath away, a group of children had gathered around us. They started shouting “fe photo nou” which translates to “take our picture”. 
The kids were so fun and friendly I had a hard time making myself say goodbye in order follow the rest of the group who had started the descent back to the truck. Once back at the truck we headed down the mountain where we stopped at a town to meet up with the other truck.  They had left early to get a tire fixed because as usual one had gone flat earlier in the journey. As we once again began our trek down the mountain, we had to stop once more but this time by my request.  On one side of the road was a church and school building but on the other side was a cock fighting ring. 
 The moment was just too good to pass up; I had to take a picture! From then on it was smooth riding, well not really the roads were still horrible but there were no more unexpected interruptions. After another two hours we had made it back to the compound exhausted bodies but with our hearts in high spirits.
                                                 Pretty much just another Thursday in Haiti. 

Cassandra -Daughter of the boss 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

more Good News

 A couple of days ago Mikenson (one of our Haitian Trainers) went to a village in the mountains called 
Grand Lagon.  He has gone there previously several times to translate for church services.  Before Community Health Evangelism came to town and delivered Bibles, Health Books and bags of cement for latrines there were between 25 to 30 people in attendance.  
This week there were 90!! 
 At this point we only have this verbal report so are waiting for how many new converts and Bible Studies are happening but I just wanted to praise God of his faithfulness to these people. 

  Bibles being delivered

He is in the saving business!! 

 I can report that 27 people from the Saline have received Christ as their Savior in the last month!!  
We have seen many latrines that were finished and several more being worked on!!