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Visitors!

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Adam and Ann Uhler and two of their children, Lane and Elise, came recently to spend a week with us! We spent part of a day in Port-au-Prince while picking them up, several days at the beach, experiencing Haitian church, meeting their sponsored children, one hiking day and also some touring around Cayes to show them the area and where we shop. Adam & Ann also got to participate in one of our Bible studies. Elise even got to go to school with Grace one day!

It was so nice to have time to show them what we experience daily, to see first hand both the challenges and blessings there are serving here in Haiti. Some of our experiences that week are interspersed between the photos to break them up a bit!

We were blessed with the visit of the Uhlers, friends from our home church in Ohio.

We were blessed with the visit of the Uhlers, friends from our home church in Ohio.

We stopped to visit the Homes of Hope at the Cancer Redemption Center.

We stopped to visit the Homes of Hope at the Cancer Redemption Project.

Meeting some of the kids was quite an experience!

The Uhlers recieving the customary greeting from the kids at CRP!

Lane, Elise and Grace made some new friends easily!

Lane, Elise and Grace made some new friends easily!

The boys from one of the newest houses were pretty excited to see us!

The boys from one of the newest houses were pretty excited to see us!

We had several new and surprising things happen to us while the Uhlers were here! One afternoon we were hanging out at the beach at Port Salut together. As is typical on a weekday, we had almost the entire beach to ourselves and so all the salespeople had us to themselves, too! There is no snoozing on the beach, at least not very long, with the vendors constantly approaching…

Later when the girls were in the water and we adults were resting in chairs watching them, suddenly we noticed there was a long line of people coming onto the beach a long ways down. They just kept coming and coming, at least a hundred of them! They were dressed in a certain uniform like they belonged to a club or organization. And now they were coming our way! Did they walk behind us and leave us alone like most people would probably do? No. They stopped in front of us and started surrounding us. About a hundred young people staring at us! Some took pictures and even a few video cameras were panning over us! We decided to wave and smile… Now, I know Adam and Ann look like models and they probably thought they were famous or something, but we have never been considered a tourist stop before!

New experiences were everywhere!

New experiences were simply everywhere!

We also had many different visitors at our door during their visit. One of them was a Haitian lady selling peanuts. Ann wanted to try and see if she could hold the basket of peanuts on her head. It is harder to do it than it looks!

It is much harder than they make it look!

Balancing a basket on your head is much harder than the Haitians make it look!

While walking through a local village, we stopped to taste sugarcane, which the seller cut on the spot!

While walking through a local village, we stopped to taste sugarcane, which the seller cuts on the spot for you!

Trying sugarcane for the first time...this is how everyone eats it!

Trying sugarcane for the first time! It does have a sweet taste like honey, but the woody core is quickly spit out!

We had opportunity to tour around Cayes and see some Haitian houses and how they live. We enjoyed climbing up a hill to reach one of the houses to get a quick tour inside, visit, give pillow cases dresses, rice, and pork cans. They were so excited for all of them!

Fun at the beach is always a hit!

Fun at the beach is always a hit!

Taking a break to eat lunch on the beach!

Taking a swimming break to eat lunch on the beach!

Who couldn't resist buying shells from this guy?

Who couldn’t resist buying shells from this guy?

The Uhlers met their sponsored child (living with her grandma), Jolly Sophia, for the first time!

The Uhlers met their sponsored child, Jolly Sophia, for the first time! She lives with her grandmother.

Jolly Sophia seemed to really like her new Creole 101 Favorites Story book!

Jolly Sophia seemed to really like her new Creole 101 Favorites Story book!

They also met their other sponsored child, Fardens, who came with his Mom.

They also met their other sponsored child, Fardens, who came with his Mom.

Checking out our shopping spots in Cayes!

We spent one morning checking out many of our shopping spots in Cayes!

Checking out some local vendors near the open-air market downtown.

Ann was brave dealing with local vendors near the open-air market!

The downtown streets full of new sights and smells!

The downtown streets full of new sights and smells!

Experiencing the produce section of the market!

We bought four peppers from this vendor so we could get a picture of the market!

Another surprising experience was awaiting us when we hiked to a natural spring. It was truly eye opening to get there by car to the area where we wanted to hike. We hit market day in Ducis, a town we had to drive through, and we couldn’t get through for quite a while! They really didn’t want cars coming through their market! We handed out gospel tracts from our window and they were more receptive to that…

When we arrived at our parking spot, several Haitian guides went along to show us where the trail was and get to the spring. The hiking was spectacular; walking along the river between mountains, interesting smells of burning charcoal, and unique sounds of birds and goats. When we arrived at the spring, the water was different hues of blue and very clear. It was icy cold, but it was refreshing to swim in after our hot, sweaty hike.

On the way back, we asked one of the Haitians if he could show us where to stop and share the gospel and deliver some rice. Eventually they pointed to a house close to the trail. We followed them and suddenly realized that the flag in the middle of the yard represented voodoo! The people of the house welcomed us, but we turned to Adam and Ann and asked them to really pray! We were friendly and proceeded to ask spiritual questions. The old lady said clearly who she served as her master…she admitted her god was Satan and that she was a slave to him. She was a witch doctor and that is how she made her living. We proceeded to share the gospel and God’s Word. Hopefully, seeds were planted and the ground shaken by God’s power to free her from her sin and slavery to Satan. God covered all of us underneath the shadow of His wings, and He protected us from any spiritual darkness. What a God we serve! It is only through Him that we can stand against the spiritual darkness in high places.

A hiking trip was really a hit with the kids!

A hiking trip was really a hit with the kids!

During the hike, we came across several cute kids like this one!

During the hike, we came across several cute kids like this one! She really appreciated our crackers!

Arriving at Tet Lakil, a natural spring that emerges from a cave!

Arriving at Tet Lakil, a natural spring that emerges from a cave!

The water color and natural beauty of the spring is hard to describe!

The water color and natural beauty of the spring is hard to describe!

One of the sights along the way. Can you find three people in this photo?

One of the sights along the way. Can you find three people in this photo?

The girls had fun getting their hair braided!

The girls enjoyed shopping at the Domestic Center!

Another hit for the girls was getting their hair braided!

Another hit for the girls was getting their hair braided by a Haitian!

Thanks for your visit and the many special memories we have of our time together!

Thanks for your visit and the many special memories we have of our time together! We love you!

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Author: Mike + Susie

Missionaries in Les Cayes Haiti

7 thoughts on “Visitors!

  1. I love hearing about your adventures!! I see the doll clothes from the domestic center. I would love to buy some for Lena’s doll and maybe for birthday gifts for her friends dolls. Or is it possible to get a supply to sell here when I do my craft shows? Let me know when you have a chance. Thanks!
    Marilyn

  2. I was looking forward to this post!! So neat to see Adam and Ann in these Haiti pictures! The story about the witch doctor is really something. Praise God for giving you the courage to plant a seed. May He bring the increase!

  3. I love reading all of your adventures, Walders! So fun to hear about the Uhlers’ visit from your perspective! Love and prayers!

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