Who: Cliff Temple family and friends (everyone is welcome)
What: Bayou cleanup, painting, construction, Bible clubs and more
When: March 11th-16th (Spring Break)
Where: Shaw, MS
During Spring Break of 2012 we’ll be heading to Shaw, MS to work with sister churches in the delta of Mississippi. This is in conjunction with CBF’s Rural Poverty Initiative called “Together for Hope”.
Email or call Wes Keyes for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-942-8601
Things I learned in Haiti
- I learned that: I can wake up and be ready to go in 7 minutes
- If you sit in the back of a 15 passenger van while driving down a rd in Port au Prince, you are likely to bounce in your neighbor’s lap
- I should never take water pressure for granted
- Traffic laws are merely a suggestion
- It is possible to curl hot dogs
- It is possible to take a shower one limb at a time
- You can make really good friends in one week
- If you greet someone in their language it makes them smile
- I bruise easily
- A sledge hammer is very therapeutic
- There are multiple ways to play Phase 10 (depending on who you ask)
- You should never leave your iPhone unlocked and unattended
- Bob Marley can cause a blackout
- No matter what their race, all children are the same, some are just more clothed than others
- Jeff snores
- Roosters are not nearly as entertaining as rooster impressions
- If you act like you are building a contraption, you can get out of hard work
- If you speak to someone in their language, they will assume you know a whole lot more than you do
- It is much more fun and rewarding to work in a group
- Luke warm smoothies are actually really good
- An Oreo can make your day
- Free medicine can make a world of difference
- Strangers on an airplane are very interesting
- I still love the beach, even if the sand is more like gravel
- 8 lobsters can be consumed by 12 people in about 4 minutes
- God can do a lot with very little
- One pat down in an airport is never enough
- If you get to the airport 7 hours before your flight, it is virtually impossible to miss it
But most of all I learned that no matter what you look like or whether you are rich or poor, the most important thing we have is our relationship with God and those around us. Everything else is trivial compared to the joy you feel in those relationships. I knew that already but this trip was a good reminder. Thanks to my church for giving us the opportunity to experience Haiti.
It’s 4:28 AM EST…Port Au Prince here we come.
So we’re in the airport waiting on our plane…which takes off at 1pm. If anyone has pull at American to get us in an earlier flight, please let me know.
We’re all very sleepy, especially the girls:
We’re home! So thankful to be so.
It’s our last work day on Haiti. Spaghetti for breakfast again. This time with fish…
God bless Mike Pakard and his granola bars.
Not sure what we’ll be doing today because our liaison, Tiga, became sick yesterday. Oh well, when in Haiti…
So we started the morning with more concrete sifting and rubble moving. The ladies were with is this morning because Jenny is in PAP today.
In our work area we had no shade, but we had a beautiful view:
We also got to see a bee keeper smoke out some bees to get some delicious honey!
Here’s the miel:
This gentleman was much too old to be carrying this much stuff:
Our ladies as they head up the river to a little town called Nantisò.
I call this look: “Salt Water Hair”…
Today our two construction teams worked on slinging mud and digging out a foundation.
The picture below is of the foundation team and the Haitian crew who led us. The man in the orange shirt is named Kanul. We learned today that his brother-in-law was killed last night. Todd, our new friend from South Carolina, prayed with him and the other workers in Kreyol.
Well, the truck broke down. We spent a lot of time walking to and from the work sites. So, as you might imagine, my feet are kinda sore.
And here’s a cute pic of some kids…
This morning we awoke to a breakfast of Pumpkin Soup (Soup Joumou). Read about this traditional Haitian dish usually served on January 1st.
We’ll be heading to church in an hour or so.
At church with our CBF missionaries (notice his tote bag):
Below is Leglisse Temple Baptis. They’re meeting in a tent while they wait on money to build their new church.
After church we had a relaxing day on the beach:
Jesus gives your power…literally the power lines are hanging on the statue.
These kids wanted to work the whole time.
My buddy, Chris from 2 BC Little Rock:
After a half day of work, we went to the Gran Gwav market:
Today our ladies went to work at a clinic up the mountain. They saw over 50 patients and had a really great experience ministering to our Haitians friends.
Pictures of their experience to follow.
While the ladies were up the mountain, the men were working in two places: tearing down the old house/digging the foundation and filling in another rubble cage.
In the afternoon all the men came to fill in the cages. We finished another entire house!
Here’s a picture of dry river bed we walked across to get to the home we worked on. During the rainy season this will be a raging river emptying into the ocean Right now it’s the landfill and favorite hangout for pigs and goats.
The girls will be performing a paracentesis Saturday morning on a lady with liver cancer. This procedure will hopefully relieve pain from the woman’s abdomen.
We’re all quite tired and ready for bed.
We started the day with a good breakfast…spaghetti and hot dogs.
Day 2: We had a good day of work today as we finished Tousen Josèf’s house. He and his family helped us place over 16 yards of stone inside the walls of their new home. We’ve been working with another team from the Carolinas and we’ve enjoyed getting to know fellow Baptists for other states.
Below are some fun and eventful pics from our day:
Here’s the school we worked at last year. This school is located on the same property as the church that we’ll be attending Sunday:
Here’s the house we’ll be working on (I should say tearing down) tomorrow.
A really pretty tarantula.