26. May 2010 18:53
We are now home. Everyone made all their connecting flights without any problems. This trip was by far the best travel experience I have had since going to Haiti. On Monday morning we went up into the mountains to a little village that Pastor had heard about. We drove 3 pickups up as far as we could then walked the rest of the way. The heat bearing down on us from the midmorning sun was brutal. As we walked up and down this rock trail the people of the village lead the way. The small children there were so excited to see us - holding our hands and leading us to where they live. I couldn't believe the kids would carry their shoes instead of wearing them as we stepped on the large rocks. As we rounded a bend their homes came into view. Perched on a 20 ft ledge on the side of the mountain sat 4 homes. They were made of sticks and straw. Some had pieces of canvas tarps woven in. The were A-framed shaped with old suitcases across the top. As we entered in one I couldn't believe how sturdy they appeared. The walls were thick. There was a full size bed in the back with a cleared area in front. Inside smelled of charcoal but was amazingly clean. There was an infant probably 4 or 5 months old taking a nap on the bed. As I came back out of the home Pastor pointed way down the mountain to a few more homes scattered around. So far down I could barely see was the river where they get water. He yelled down to the people there and explained that is how they communicate to each other. This village consisted of about 6 homes scattered along this mountainside. It was like stepping back in time. There was no street traffic noises. No stress. There were dogs tied up as pets. They had eveything they needed to survive. They walk all the way down that mountain every Sunday to attend church at Chambrun. If you looked in the right spot you could see our red and white stripped tent set up that we have been having church in. That is how these people saw us. Although there is still a lot of devastation in Haiti from the earthquake it is encouraging to see how God has used this catastrophe to further His Kingdom. He has brought these people down out of the mountain and allowed us to provide them with food, water and medical care. I met a wonderful little 3 year old girl who lost her left leg in the earthquake. She will be going to school in the Fall and our family has decided to sponsor her. It was encouraging to see more men in church on Sunday then in past trips. The construction projects going on around the clinic is overwhelming. Teams from all over the Country are scheduled to work in Chambrun throughout the year. I heard many times during the trip about how people felt like they didn't do enough. Just remember that the Bible teaches that there is a time for everything and that the seeds we planted while there this week will be harvest by others who will travel there to help.