Monday, April 4, 2011

Ice Cream




Today has flown by! We kind of knew it would, you hope it would go a little slower. But we did get much accomplished all the same. Early this morning Robinson went to the motorcycle store and got a number to purchase a bike when the store opened at 8:00. He went at around 4:00 am to get the #2 purchase of the day. They had 10 bikes ready to sell this morning, and they were all spoken for before the store opened! It was crazy to me. But Robinson bought a black 125CC, and we went to the gas station and filled it up. He went to the police station and registered it. It runs great and starts easy. I can tell he is very pleased. His birthday is tomorrow, and this is a great present he wasn’t expecting, but was so needed. I didn’t plan it this way, but God must have! It has a heavy duty suspension so will work great for those periodic heavy loads. Parts can be easily had for this machine, so it should give more service time than the last one. We are going to fix the old one up a little, and give it to a couple of the associate pastors. They are going to be shocked! Another great event of the day was hooking up our neighborhood well; it doesn’t produce as much as the other wells, but it is going to service this community. There was a lot of fun and excitement in the street as Kelly started a water fight, and Karen finished it. It included water balloons, a garden hose, and a five-gallon bucket. When all was said and done, I’m not sure who was wearing the most water, but it was definitely between Kelly and Karen! Some good laughs and soaked shirts later; it made for a memorable moment on the trip. The property owner had me run the hose into his glass and his exclamation ‘clear!’ said it all. We spent a portion of the day with the orphans, and that was also a magical time. The older I get the more adept I am at seizing a moment; these with the orphans are especially special! Tonight Rick took us down to the Deli Mart and we had Ice cream with the orphans, Robinson, Naromie, and Manius. We had a plan to surprise Robinson by singing Happy Birthday, and it came out that his wife had forgotten it! It made for another joyful and awesome time. We then went down to a couple of stands and the store to pick up a couple of souvenirs’ for the team members. It got eerily quiet on the streets and the announcement for president was made, and then suddenly it was as if a dam broke and they spilled into the streets. It’s hard to read, but there was a lot of celebrating. We made for the house quickly, as they were pretty boisterous. The announcement was an unofficial one, so it is a bit unclear. The musician is the supposed winner; it would appear that those who are knowledgeable of Haitian politics are afraid of more of the same. To have a president who has danced naked in music videos as president does tend to make one a little cautious. But time will tell. This is something only God can fix anyway. We will forge ahead, our task orders do not come from men, but from Him! We had burritos for supper tonight, the ladies have been fantastic with the meals this week, and tonight was no exception. The Haitians viewed their plates with suspicion, but they seemed to have all cleaned their food! We made too many to count! It is time to go deliver this final post from St. Marc. We will finish packing tonight, shower, have our final devotion in Haiti and set our destination north by south in the morning. Wish us God speed on our journey home, and pray for our sadness as we say good-bye once again to this incredible amazing family of loving people who relay on the provisions God seems to be sending through us. We stand faithful in our place on this journey tonight. As God give us strength we will continue to bring hope and help as long as we can! Blessings from St. Marc tonight.

5 comments:

Michelle Cary said...

I am excited to have you guys back home, but I am sure it is very sad and hard to leave. I am very grateful for all the wonderful things you have done on this trip. It is really amazing. I pray for a safe trip home. I cant wait to see all the pictures.
Love and miss you
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Hola to all-absolutely thrilled with your last post from St. Marc! We've been feeling the sadness with you of leaving those who look to us so much. It doesn't take long to mentally switch places with our Haitian family, does it? We're very proud of each of you, & have felt a part of the whole team & trip. Hurry home now so we can keep working for all of them from here. Only Heaven will reveal the results from His great help & Presence in this special effort & time. You each have someone special looking for your returning! Isn't that great in itself? Even Kailani & Rajahn plus Kali are a little anxious for you to come. It's like "You 2 are fine, but let's find our real special family around here. OK? Red soup, homemade bread, salad & Pumpkin pie coming up. Lots of Love, Us. XXXXOOOO "There remaineth a rest, therefore, to the people of God.

Jake T said...

Sounds like another successful trip! Looking forward to seeing you all and remember without your lives here in Michigan there isn't the opportunity to help so much there in Haiti. Rest your spirits knowing God will provide for you all to be of service to the Haitians in one way or another. Godspeed on your return to chillie Northern Michigan. Can't wait to hear all about this trip in person.

Luke said...

Welcome back my friends.

Anonymous said...

I love love love these pics! The happiness in Rob and Naromie's faces.... Otelson being his same ol' silly self that I fell in love with! Robinson on his new ride! It was so nice hearing Deloris and Beth's voices! I can't wait to Hug you all and hear your fun stories.... I just laughed when I read Darlene's comment she posted to you guys.... spelling out the names.... for Jim's benefit! :) Oh we did have fun on Sat. I'll be praying that you have a safe last leg to your journey! Then the adjustment back home! I know you already miss Haiti..... but we are happy you are your way back home... I love you all... drive careful and know that you are amazing!!! Alisa ~