Week 2 - Everything Is Awesome
Trip Start Apr 01, 2005
5Trip End Apr 29, 2005
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Well, the past few days have been extremely busy for me personally and us here at the orphanage. Yesterday was picture day and we had to dress up 70 kids in nice clothes and try to get them to smile. It was very tiring for all of us, and we are glad we only have to do that once a month. Also, today I received pictures of all of my children. I was very excited and they changed one of my children on my list. I am now working with a child named Jonathan who will not open up to anyone and is completely expressionless all of the time. Alexandria, my other little girl who came to the orphanage a week and a half ago, finally started smiling a little bit. This was really encouraging because I spend at least two hours a day with her.
Last night, Crystal and I started learning creole together. Creole is the native language in Haiti, and we were getting frustrated with not being able to communicate to the people down here.
This is really good because we are both motiving each other and that makes it a lot easier than learning it on your own.
This past weekend was also very crazy. On Saturday, me an three other volunteers went up to the Haiti Baptist Mission for food and shopping. Bartering here reminded me a lot of Mexico. Except here, the vendors are much more pushy than any of the vendors in Mexico. There were some problems in Haiti on Saturday. The leader of the rebel party that ousted Aristide was gunned down about 8 miles from the orphanage. A couple volunteers from here were going by as this was happening, but they came back to the orphanage a little bit later unharmed. Haiti is still unstable especially in Port-Au-Prince with many shootings a week. I was surprised because you don't hear of them on TV anymore, but they are still happening. So my prayer request for this week is that everything goes well in Haiti and that everything can get sorted out without anymore casualties. On Sunday, I went on an airport run to Port-Au-Prince to drop off and pick up volunteers. There are UN trucks everywhere, due to Saturdays Events, but there were no other disturbances on Sunday.
Everything else is awesome down here and the children are wonderful!!! God could not have given me a better group of volunteers to work with, and we are having a blast. I had better run, creole lessons you know, but I would love to hear back from you guys. Youth leaders, have an awesome meeting tonight. God Bless!!!