Friday, January 13, 2012
Darkness falls with uncanny speed here. It seems one moment it's light, the next it's dark. And so ends the day. You can't set up lights and keep pounding out the projects. When darkness comes, so does the end of your labor. Well, most labor anyway. Tonight Ray gave the girls a bit of a break by cooking our supper. It was good. You always seem ready to eat something by a meal time. You burn through the calories in trying to stay cool while you work, but you don't stay cool. Paint got purchased for the orphanage, and we are painting it tomorrow. The walls got washed down by four girls, who did a wonderful job for us. The bathroom facility is almost completely wired, it will be finished tomorrow. There will be lights in every one of the rooms, and that will be a huge blessing. The guys did cabinets for the kids for storing their clothes and personal items. We had a great children's service, right at our 500 kids again, such a joy to work with these kids. so many things are happening, but at such slow speeds you wondering for a moment what is being accomplished, but the end of day tally reveals significant gains. Tonight as I take stock, I wish we had more time, but I guess that creates more trips. The other success I can report is that more and more tasks are being taken over by the people, they are so willing to help and work. They still lack skills set with our tools, so there is still a massive equation to solve, but little by little we chisel away at the talent impediments, which in turn sows more hope. As we drove along in the Toyota we just managed to get into Haiti, I was riding in the back on a special hitch hauler and marveled as we transported 14 people in one vehicle! What great things God continue to bring forth! We had such a great time with the orphans today as well. How good it is to report to you they are eating so healthy, well dressed, clean, loved, and growing so well. They have all healed so much, and are so well taken care of, would we could bring this to every child! But God has granted us this much and so we forge ahead, trusting Him for greater and greater things. I posted up some pictures on Facebook tonight, check out the news ticker or my news feed. How much a single little program has changed the world! We have had to deal with some sadness from our homes this trip, and that has dampened spirits a little, but then a child smiles, or a hug is given, and fresh courage emerges. Strength is infused and your journey continues. For those hurting hearts back home tonight we send our love and prayers, even as we feel yours toward us. Of for a refreshing shower and some rest. Blessings from St. Marc.
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