Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Today has been a whirlwind of excitement! After we got up and around we went to go see the church up in the mountains that West Side Church is helping to have built. We picked up Pastor Isa and Claudy on our way out of town. I don't know what has gotten into us in the last couple of days but we just keep laughing like it's the last time we ever will! Especially Emma and I! She has become like a little sister to me! The four guys in the truck didn't know what to do with us but it was a great trip to the church! When we got there, about 20 children came running out to greet us. They were all very poor and malnourished and it just breaks my heart to see them having to live like this. It was just amazing to see how much a balloon and a lollipop affected all of these sad children. There were smiling faces everywhere! We gave them out to the adults as well and there they all stood laughing and blowing up their balloons! The church is looking awesome! It's unbelievable how quickly they are getting the work done! It's going to be a really great blessing for all of these mountain people to have it! On the way back down the mountain, we stopped to hand out candy to every person on the side of the road. It's crazy how happy it made each and every one of them. I like to believe that to stop beside someone who is just trying to carry water home, crush stones to sell for money or washing laundry in the river, to give them candy is a blessing. Even though it's not much, I like to think that this simple act is letting these people know that they are not forgotten. They are special. They are loved beyond their wildest dreams by their one true Father. It's like the song from Mary Poppins! "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!". A piece of candy from a complete stranger to help bring a bit of sunshine to another dreary day.

When we got back to town, it was time to get Vlad from school. Robinson let us get out and walk in with him and then got us special permission from the principle to be surprise visitors to Vladimir's class! His face was priceless when the four of us walked through the door! His class has probably 50 other children but he was so excited and happy as we took pictures of he and his classmates! His teacher dismissed him from the table and he walked out of there like he was the coolest kid there! It was great! After a very quick lunch at the mission house, we took off for more adventures! Grandpa and Rob dropped us girls off to the church to wait for the water tank to fill so they could pass out water and we could get pictures. While sitting there waiting, we got visited by about 35 kids. We each had at least two on our laps while the rest crowded around to touch us or comb our hair! This is one of my favorite things about Haiti. When I was here back in 2012, I taught Sunday school to over a hundred kids every Sunday morning. I would have 4-5 hours every week that were spent with all of these kids but on team trips I usually don't get any time with them. This is yet another side of Haiti that I will never be able to explain. To have all of these children love you so deeply when you don't know half of their names is something truly precious. They aren't expecting anything from you, they just want to be near you, to see you smile, to get hugs and kisses. Emma and I played ring-around-the-rosy and London bridge is falling down until we were sweated wet and could hardly stand up! The kids were beyond thrilled! When we told them we had to leave, they all gave us a hug and kiss goodbye multiple times for many of them. They waved and waved until we turned the corner in the Toyota. Times like these make me so sad. I love my home in Michigan so much but I love my home here in Haiti just as much and leaving after only being here for a few days breaks my heart. There are people here that are my family just as much as my Dad, Mom and brother and seeing them for a couple of weeks out of the year isn't enough. When I said goodbye this afternoon to all of the kids, I was saying goodbye to most of them for the next 6 months. From the church, we went to the orphanage to spend some time with the kids. We made crafts and blew bubbles but then we pulled out a new soccer ball, basketball and volleyball. We had different games going on all over the yard! Mom played volleyball for a few minutes, but then I took her place to play with Kenley and Emma played with Titi. It was a blast and the kids loved it! They were all asking if they could come back to the mission house after school tomorrow. They don't know yet that tomorrow is our last day with them. It is so hard for them to understand why we have to leave and why wouldn't it be? It's hard for me to understand why we have to leave. I just ask for extra prayers as we get ready for our last day here on the ground.

Before going home for the night, we went to visit a couple of the Monday night prayer services. There are four of them held at four different homes with a total of 400-500 people every week. The first one we went to see was behind the church, up the mountain just a little ways. The path up was steep so Rob had us go up in a "chain" holding each others hands. LOL is all I have to say! We must have looked like quite the group! Manius is the president of the first service we visited. This tiny house up the mountain was filled to the brim with people! It's just amazing! The second one we visited was downtown but it was just as full. Emma and I were talking about how we wished we could have things like this back home but people hardly make it to church Sunday. Back home, our faith is being smothered by the business of life. I totally understand because I live there and I know how life works but I have to wonder why we choose to rush through so many things. Like I said in one of my previous blogs, Haiti is a good perspective change for me. Lots of things I am thinking about tonight. Love to everyone back home!



Jake T said...

Great stuff! Thanks for keeping us in the loop with these awesome blogs. We have been lifting you up in prayer everyday here at the Thomas house. Praying today goes well for all of your kingdom effort.
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—

who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

Anonymous said...

This is Lynn, Lee's sister and Emma's aunt.

Following your trip through the blog has been wonderful. Thank you so much for posting.

Praying for all of you and wishing you safe travels home.

And if anyone has a photo of my sister as Jonah, I would LOVE to see it!

L said...

Hey so glad you all are experiencing even more the great love of our Heavenly Father! Awesome update Krystle and Emma, I'm happy to hear of the different perspective on life and church Haiti is showing you. It changed me profoundly, can't wait to hear how it changed you all again :) Love ya!

Livin Proof said...

Thanks again for your writing. When you described the passing of the candy it brought many thoughts to me. In my journey through life I always wondered before my relationship with Christ, why there were so many darn people doing things almost kind of spontaneous TO me and FOR me. To me, there always had to be some kind of self intertaiing motive behind people doings random acts of kindness TO me and FOR me. Then one day as a stranger stand on the side of my home putting vinyl siding on, in heat over 100 degrees...I asked him. "Bob, why are you here doing this and not getting paid for it"? I just couldn't understand....and here is what he said, "I am doing the work of the Lord, helping another human being without any expectation of something in return". Amazing. This is also why I do what I do today....several of the people I work with, (homeless shelter) look at me in awe when they see I am trying to help them with NO expectations. For what I have learned is that when I place an expectation on another person....if the expectation isn't met, I end up in crisis. Anyways, be safe, have fun, do good things....this life is short!

Anonymous said...

Hey just finished getting caught back up with the blogs again!! It's been so crazy here trying to keep up with things!! I'm so happy to hear that The Lord has kept such a close eye on all of you!! I know tonight and in the morning will be hard with knowing that's its time go home, but know that your in my thoughts and prayers, and that I'm sorry for the bitter pill that has to comes next!! But know this that your family's back home can hardly wait to see you!! And that you have been loved and very missed for the past week!! Can't wait to see you guys tomorrow night!! Lots of Love,