Two weeks ago, we welcomed our hometown church team from Roanoke! Our family had been looking so forward to this week, and we had such a special time together! The week flew by, and was over way too quickly, but we were left with some great memories!!
Our first day, we recovered a school roof that had lost its roof in the hurricane! The men worked on the school roof, while the ladies built and painted 10 school desks! The local village children were around all day, and eager to help! Once the desks were finished, we had lots of time to play!
Sunday, we had the opportunity to take the team to Renault Sunday school! It was such a blessing to be able to share this part of our life with those we love!
Sunday afternoon, we took the team to explore one of our favorite places, the waterfalls.
Whats the Roanoke team, without a good tarantula hunt??
Monday was back to business, as we headed off into the mountains to the village of Thomaset. We drove 2.5 hrs, where we parked our vehicles, and prepared for our 3 hour hike in back to the village!
Thankfully, we didn’t have to worry about carrying the lumber and tin for the church and school roofs. The material had been dropped off 1 week prior, and carried back to the church by the church members! We were also thankful to see the mules, that we loaded up with generators, water, cots, and supplies for our 3 day stay.
The hike was challenging! There were many little hills, and 1 large, steep mountain to climb! Thankfully, the ladies of the village, came and helped us with some of our supplies and packs! The Haitian ladies were so inspiring, as they quickly maneuvered the rocky paths, in little plastic shoes, carrying our supplies on their heads and backs! So many spiritual lessons were learned from the journey!
The view when we arrived at Thomaset, was incredible! We were able to see the north shore of the island!
The guys went right to work on the school roof, as the ladies started the church benches.
Many memories were made as we worked, ate, and shared life together.
Tuesday afternoon, just as the men were finishing the church roof, it started raining! We stood inside the church as it rained, and thanked the Lord, that this small community now has a dry place to worship the Lord! The afternoon was topped off with this beautiful reminder of God’s promises!
Wednesday, we packed up, ate a small breakfast, and headed back to our vehicles. I think everyone was thankful to arrive back at the guest house, to have a soft bed, American food, and a shower!
A big thanks, to the guys, who despite wanting to rest and shower when we arrived back, continued working on projects for the Construction Dept.
Thursday, we enjoyed a meal and spending time together at the beach!
We want to thank the Lord for His protection, provision, and for the spiritual blessings on the week! We also want to say thank you to each and every person on the team, for taking time from your schedules to come down and encourage not only our family, but the other missionaries and the Haitian believers. We had a memorable week, spending time out in the “bush” together with you! One we will not soon forget! We are so thankful for the bonds that were formed this week! Love to all!