Haiti Construction Trip Recap
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Our team of 6 guys left Nashville early Saturday morning,
September 29th with plans for a full week of work in Haiti.
Here are some highlights of the trip.
We built 10 storage units at the Lundi children’s home so
that children would have a place to store their clothes and belongings. The kids were excited to see them
installed. As we installed the units in
each home, many of the mamas asked us to install screws into the walls to help
them hang their mosquito nets, which we were glad to do.
We also built stools for the cooks to use, a storage unit
for Madame Once, a shelf and for Pastor Amos, and repaired some of the picnic
tables in the cafeteria.
Our electrical team also fixed some power issues at Lundi,
where 2 buildings were down due to a bad outlet and several homes had
electrical problems with switches and plugs after their new concrete roofs were
installed this summer. The mamas and
kids were happy to have all these issues fixed!
During the 2nd part of the week, we built 40
church benches for some of the area churches that currently had no
benches. Many of them were using cinder
blocks and boards for seating. One of
the pastors of these churches, Pastor Kepler from Abriko, came to help us
build. He told us about his congregation
of 100 and how excited they were to hear that they were getting benches. They had hoped to greet us when the benches
were delivered and thank us and pray over us, but transportation could not be
coordinated to deliver the benches plus our team over the bumpy roads to his
church 90 minutes away. Instead, we
gathered and prayed over Pastor Kepler and the benches that his church would
We accomplished all this in 4 work days, so we had an extra
day. The team generously gave additional
funds to buy lumber and we built and installed 2 picnic tables and a large
utility table for the girl’s transition home on Friday. While we were there assembling the tables, we
also re-hung 2 broken doors and attended to some other maintenance/handyman
requests that the girls had for us.
In summary, it was a very busy and productive week, all
glory to God. Our host, Fanuel told us
that although we were a team of 6, we got done the work of 35. This was largely due to the cheerful, hard-working
help we received from many Haitians each day.
We had several boys from the transition home helping us, plus some local
helpers at the guest house. Pastor
Kepler was a big help too! We established
a pattern for future construction trips—spend time working with local helpers
to get more done and build relationships as we work together. It was a blessing for us to work alongside
such cheerful and energetic workers.
The final highlight of the week was our visit with the kids
at Lundi. After we played for a while,
we gathered in the cafeteria to say goodbye and pass out some treats. Richard, our translator, asked the kids to
recite some of their memory verses. We
were blown away when all the children recited multiple verses from at least 6
different passages in unison for us. It
reminded us of the truly important work that is going on at Lundi, the
discipleship and spiritual development of the kids. We were all glad that we could witness this
and thanked the mamas and pastor for their dedication to raise the children to
know the Word of the Lord.
We left there feeling blessed to share a small part in a
great ministry. The work that we did could
not have been accomplished without the help of the Lord through the prayers,
supplies donated, and financial support of many. We want to give special thanks to:
Domestic’s in Greenbrier and WinElectric Millersville
Willette Christian Church
Steve and Sandy Ivy with Simon Solar
Amos and Valleri Jones with 2COM
Nikkie and Jody Downs with Heaven Sent Automotive
Dawn and Don Ray with Assured Partners Insurance
Angela and Wayne Thurmon with TLP Ventures
Dale and Tami Heim
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