July 1st my feet hit the ground running. I returned to one of the busiest seasons yet in Haiti.
At 8 am I head out to the school in Boyer for the summer program. We feed and teach kids of all ages the gospel through Bible stories, crafts, games, and Scripture memory. Before they head home their bellies are filled with a bowl of hot rice and a boiled egg. I have many little boys to care for during the program. I bandage burned hands and bruised toes and drain infected ears. I return to the house around 11 am.
Then it’s on to house projects such as painting, crafting, cleaning, preparation for the next day, and meetings if needed.
At 4 pm the house program starts. It mirrors the school program, but it’s slightly adapted for the young ones. I help keep the kids’ attention and offer help with crafts.
When that is finished there are more projects and planning. I often don’t go to sleep until midnight. (Although, several nights it’s been 2 am!)
There are often curve balls thrown into the day as well, such as a woman with orphaned children needing help, a man having an asthma attack, and starting a feeding program in a hidden impoverished dark neighborhood nearby.
If time allows, I go on an evening walk to relax and meditate on the day or cook something for dinner. Then I return to the house for devotions and journaling.
July 24th a long-held desire of mine came true. My parents and two younger siblings came to Haiti to spend five days with me. I wasn’t able to take them everywhere I planned because of the instability and unrest. However, it was a nice time and they got a glimpse of my world and met those who have become my family here. Nelson also had the chance to get my Dad’s permission, in person, to propose to me which he did 3 months later.