One question comes to mind right away today: How in the world is it already our last day in Haiti? It feels like we’ve been here for both 24 hours and 24 days at the same time. It’s hard to describe. I’ll talk more about how this week has impacted all of us in tomorrow’s blog, but for today, we certainly made it count and worked our tails off in the beautiful Haiti weather! We helped move blocks for Ciltamine’s new house, painted a few rooms in a new property for WWV, and finished building two new tables for the guesthouse. Jon, the master carpenter of the group, took the lead on the project and did an amazing job! Here’s a message from Jon and his story of building the tables.
“Our hosts for the week, Pat and Randy, asked me to build two tables out of some 4x4’s and 1x12’s that they had. Grant helped me a lot with the work, which was super helpful. It started with the legs, then we assembled the top, and then attached the top to the legs. It was a pretty easy and straight forward project, but it was a pretty fun build. There were a few aesthetic touches that took some detail work that turned out really well. The job took about eight hours to complete. I really enjoy being able to use my gifts to bless World Wide Village in this way, and it’s nice to be able to leave my mark here, after we leave, for the future groups and teams.” – Jon
The painting crew was at it again today and put 3 coats of paint in two rooms, including the ceilings, which made Courtney and my faces look hilarious because of the paint splatter. Also, in case you were wondering, never paint a ceiling with your mouth open. Also close your eyes or wear glasses. Painting concrete walls was new for a lot of the team and we learned that it soaks up paint like crazy!
I’ll put a picture below, but it is crazy how far the house has come for Ciltamine. Grant, Jon, and I helped move blocks into the house for the Haitian workers, which saved them a lot of time walking back and forth from the pile and allowed them to get a lot more done today. The progress is incredible! Ciltamine’s new house should be done by the end of next week! So awesome!
I’ll give you a preview of tomorrow’s blog. This week has been such a whirlwind. So much getting done in such a short amount of time. We’ve experienced so much joy, so much encouragement, and so much fun together. God has done some amazing things to us and through us, and we just hope that we’ve brought even a sliver of the encouragement and love that we’ve felt to the Haitian people. It has been a great week. We wish we could stay, but are excited to come home, see our families, and share what we’ve learned with others back home. Also, because we’ve grown so close as a team, Cindy had the great idea that we all get matching Haiti tattoos at the Atlanta airport during our layover!
Please be praying for us that we make it to the airport safely, make it through security and customs with little to no problems, and make it home safely. See you tomorrow!