His Heart for Haiti

Giving Hope Through Child Sponsorship

Highlights of the First Week

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Madame Yadley  is really a bright spot in our day!

Madam Yadley is really a bright spot in our day!

1) We met our Haitian cook (Madam Yadley) who calls me Madam Mike. That is going to take awhile to get used to! She cooks lunch for us four times a week for extra money. It is expected here to provide jobs for the Haitians. Otherwise, you would be looked down upon from the start. We get along really well and had some good laughs already! She eats lunch with us. She knows a little English and we know so little Creole, so our conversations are not too long yet.

2) Star gazing on a hill surrounded by mountains and cows, singing hymns, and getting to know one another better. (We got such a kick out of a cow who started bellowing when we sang!)

3) Tarantula hunting – the kids found some big ones!! Mom screamed when they brought one back and it came towards her. : )

4) Going  downtown to transfer our US dollars to Haitian Goudes and to the market for some groceries (not like Walmart!) Sure is a different world with all the crowds of people everywhere! It is very unfamiliar ground and out of our comfort zone, especially when you don’t know the language. The driving is always chaotic, dangerous, and the sights eye opening!

5)  Four-wheeling is how you get around on short trips! We will all be driving those soon to get around (except for Grace I guess).

6) Taking time out to play basketball and volleyball with the missionaries.

The water was diverted so no falls to see...but more climbing was possible.

The water was diverted so no falls to see…but more climbing was possible.

7) Hiking up the mountains (Rock climbing is more like it). The kids enjoyed swimming in a natural spring and jumping in. The water was such a clear blue that you could see your toes when you looked down! It is so neat to see the world God created – especially one that is new to us.

8) MEBSH (Mission Evangelical Baptist South Haiti) church – First time for kids to experience church the Haitian way. It was so amazing for the kids to see them sing and praise Jesus with their whole hearts while they have nothing! They sang so loud into the microphone we almost had to cover our ears!

9) Beach at Port Salut (45 minutes west of Les Cayes) to enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon and some seafood on the Caribbean Sea with the missionaries.

10) Christmas Eve Outreach – On Christmas Eve, we went with Tim and Joan Reinhard on their annual outreach with the street boys. Wow! What an eye opening event that day! We picked up the kids on the street that Joan had on the list. There was 38 boys. The names were picked by a street mom who supposedly takes care of these kids, since she had been a street kid herself. Each one of these kids had to have their finger spray painted so they wouldn’t have any tag-a-longs and would better be able to keep track of them. There were so many street kids that wanted to go along but only the ones on the list were able. It was a sight to see! Both Tim and Joan were surrounded by many, many kids while we all waited in the vehicles.

Once all the kids were in the vehicles and on the top of the vehicles, they sang loudly as we drove toward the shoe market where each one picked a pair of shoes that fit. (We parked the cars and then walked to the shoe market. The streets were so crowded with people, we could hardly stay together. It was quite an experience!)
We could never figure out how they found the match!

We could never figure out how they found the match!

Having shoes in Haiti is like having a good set of tires on a car. Obviously Haitians mostly get around by walking and do make first impressions (measure each other) by what kind of shoes they have on. So these shoes were a gift that these boys appreciated!

After they got their shoes, and we were driving along, Tim and Joan realized there were too many kids. There were now 41 kids instead of 38! We watched as Tim pulled one boy off the top of the vehicle because he didn’t have a spray painted finger. He had a pair of shoes. Mike and I happened to see the expression on his face when he realized he was caught. His face showed a look of horror and he looked as if he wanted to cry. Tim and Joan finally decided that it was all right for him to come along, knowing how much he needed the shoes.
These boys love "Mr. Tim!"

These boys love “Mr. Tim!”

The sandwich pile kept getting bigger...and so did quite a few eyes!

The sandwich pile kept getting bigger…and so did quite a few eyes!

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They took these boys to a field to play soccer and then we fed them pork sandwiches. They loved it! Another part of the outreach was to bathe them and hand out health kits. Only half of them wanted to be bathed so we took them to a nearby spring. A few of us were sitting on the hill by the spring and I must have been sitting in a cow path. Suddenly a big cow came running down the hill right toward me! I had my back turned so I didn’t even know until Mandy, one of the missionaries, cried out. The cow just missed me by a few inches! It turned the very last minute. That was a little scary! To think I almost got ran over by a cow! I can just imagine that I would have just tumbled down the hill into the spring. Oh how I thank God for sparing me! Only in Haiti, you know?!
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Author: Mike + Susie

Missionaries in Les Cayes Haiti

3 thoughts on “Highlights of the First Week

  1. Thanks for your regular posts!! I love hearing about your experiences!!! Tell Tim and Joan a big hello from me!!! Love you guys and am so thankful you are serving God there! Looking forward to hearing a lot more!! Love, Marilyn

  2. Now that would have been something … Susie killed during the first couple weeks in Haiti by a rogue cow! So glad you were able to move out of the way in the nick of time! =)

    Always praying!

  3. I am enjoying reading about your adventures! Thankful everyone is doing alright. God’s blessings in the New Year! Love, A.Dort

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