From: Toby Matthews
Dear friends and family I would like to tell you a bit about Haiti.
First off I would like to tell you about the hotel we are staying at, the hotel is a total blessing its absolutely beautiful its right on the water with its own cove and has millions of palm trees, a pool and amazing food. With this as our hotel I feel absolutely horrible in the way that when I went through Port au Prince on the truck I saw thousands of Haitian people living in tents as their homes and they were also living in a garbage filled environment and in a very dangerous area. It is overwhelming seeing their way of living compared to mine that’s why it makes me very sad after seeing kids with no food living in shacks, then to be coming back to the 4 star hotel. Other than that everything seems to be great, being here has also put a lot of thought for my career in what I want to do with my life and how I as a 15 year old boy can make a difference like some of the God driven inspirational people over here.
I can totally see God working through us as a team in many ways, it’s very cool to see his plan unravel and it’s also hard to see your purpose in that. Haiti has turned out to be worth every penny I definitely want to come back and grow in Gods purpose. I would like to give a shout out to my stunning mom Carol and my beautiful sisters Ruthie and Annie.
Encouragement for the day: Gods faith to you has no limits or ends, trust in undying and never surrendering faith.
Well I made it to Haiti!!! Yeah God!!! The sights sound, smells and emotions are unlike anything I have ever experienced but I am taking it all in and am very thankful for each day. Today was day 2 on the job site. We have been working with a Haitian team of men that are digging out the driveway. This is done by shovel, pick and wheel barrel for the clay and dirt parts and sledge hammer for the rock. I have never seen such hardworking men. It was very humbling. We have been lucky to meet a few that can speak a little English. This morning we had a great time with them singing worships songs, first from us in English and then from them in Creole. It was amazing. I highly doubt I would be singing if I had to work like that every day. The only way to describe it is “a God moment”. Parents you have done a fantastic job raising these young people (I guess that includes me..haha). They are so willing and able to work, and they have been working hard. Emily has been amazing with the wheel barrels, hauling dirt and dumping it. Kate had a day of being under the weather but today she was better and able to get in there and help. I am so proud of each and every one of these young people. They are great human beings. It is a blessing for me to spend time with all of them.
This afternoon the ladies were given a real treat. We have met a friend of Nick and Gwen’s named Sarah. Sarah is a midwife and runs a prenatal clinic here in Jacmel. She is working hard to educate the young girls and women about their bodies and the rights they have. She has also been lucky enough to have a few men come and learn about relationship. She is an amazing young woman. Today we ladies got to spend the afternoon at her clinic where we sat in on one of her classes for teens. We also gave the girls pedicures and then they in turn gave us one. Another very humbling experience. Emily, Nicole and I got a rainbow of colours on our toes. I can’t wait to show it off when I get back….if it makes it. The people here have been amazing.
There is so much I could write about but apparently other people need to have a turn as well…lol. Know that we are all well, thanks to your prayers. Please continue to pray for us. Especially that God will keep us healthy and safe and that our team will continue to bond…..what a great team!!!
Kyle can you give Alex the link for this blog. Emily can’t remember if she did. Thanks for your posts, it makes us Lynch women smile…especially Katie.
To my family and friends….BLOG ME!!!
Love and blessing to all of you,