Basin Bleu

Hello everyone,

Another beautiful day in Haiti, wow God is really blessing us. It looked like it was raining in the mountains not too far away from our hotel, but not a drop here. Today we went to Basin Bleu, up in the mountains near Jacmel. Wow, it should be one of the wonders of the world. Such vibrant blue colours in each of the three ponds and lots of high waterfalls. Swimming was great as the water was refreshing and no seaweed to feel yucky. We did rock climbing in and out of the third pond and hiked for about forty five minutes to get to the first pond. Some of the Haitians assisted us to get across slippery rocks and also up the steep inclines, they are in such great shape. On our way back to the truck we had a picnic lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cookies, pringles and water.

As we were driving through town back to the hotel we saw a construction crew hauling cement up to the second story of a building. There were about eight men on the rickety ladder, each one passing buckets of cement with their right arm up to the next person, and moving very fast. I think it is called synchronized cement hauling, great team work.

I want to thank all of you back home for all your prayers and blog comments as they help us feel connected to each of you and also encouraged. We really enjoy the updates on the snow falls, we miss that cold white stuff as we look out at the ocean and see the pounding waves. HAHA. Thank you Kait for your letters of support they are so appreciated.

Blessings Janet




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Before I left for Haiti on the 18th I had a really cool encounter on the Sunday upcoming to my departure. Just before the service Amanda Moloney came up to wish me a far well and a good trip. She also told me about her resent mission trip and how hard it was sometimes to trust god. It was what I needed to hear because prior to the trip I was a bit nervous with all my doubts and worries so basically all I had to do was trust god. I thought to myself that going on the trip won’t be too hard. This trip so far has presented it’s self with a good amount of challenges. The hardest things so far that’s come my way, is trusting in god and finding time for him. At the beginning of this trip I had the mindset to help and love the children and families of Jacmel. However, coming closer to the end of the trip, I’ve realized that Gods plan for me was to grow spiritually and push through the hard times by making time for him. By spending time with God I’ll be spiritually prepared and from that will come everything else. Making time for God has seemed to be a lot harder here in Haiti with having no orderly structure which makes it hard to find time. That also is no excuse if you have the mindset to make time you will make time. Nothing is impossible with God.   

2 Corinthians 12:9b-10

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in Insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Hello friends and family at home!  Adam Rebellato blogging again after an eventful week or so as you guys have seen from the others who have been posting blogs. In these past days I have seen who the Haitian people really are and I have seen God showing his love through them; adults and children alike. It has been amazing to see how hard these Haitians work! They give everything they’ve got and have had a few laughs with us along the way. This has been an amazing experience among others such as a dance party with the Mangine kids, hauling dirt and rocks while sweating buckets, and finding a tarantula bigger than Duane’s hand!

But today was an experience like none other. God showed us both the beauty and brokenness of this country in one fell swoop. Today was a relaxation day to Basin Bleu, a natural wonder of Haiti. To get there, we had to make one heck of a mountain voyage by truck in which we witnessed an incredible brokenness. The mountains are littered with small settlements, farms, animals, and many desperate people, most of which were happy to see us for many reasons. As we passed people along the road, many smiled and waved or said “hello” or “how are you” in English. However, there were many children who held out their hands for money as soon as they saw us. I cannot describe how tragic it was to watch as we just drove up that road. But I am thankful for such an experience before going to a beautiful place that is Basin Bleu. This place was a masterpiece of God. After a short trek by foot, we made it to the main cavern that was filled with water, rocks and waterfalls; a paradise in the middle of poverty and brokenness. We managed to enjoy ourselves, do a few cannonballs, and I took a few videos along the way. (Thank the Lord for underwater cameras). After we had a picnic lunch at one of the springs, we made our way back home through the mountains.

I think it was amazing that God showed us the poverty of the Haitians in the mountains both before and after Basin Bleu to prevent us from losing our focus, and forgetting our purpose during a day of rest. I seriously urge you guys back home to pray for the Haitian people. We aren’t here to save them, it isn’t in our power. We are here to know them, to learn from them, to live alongside them and give them the gift of love and letting them know that we genuinely care for them and value them. We don’t want to just give away some free stuff and go our separate ways, that’ll help no one in the long run. Through Christ and Christ alone will this country be free.

I’m definitely looking forward to coming home, I am definitely missing my friends and of course my family (no mom and dad I’m not just saying that.) But I am not AT ALL missing the Canadian winter! A snow day?? REALLY!?!?!? That’s the last thing I want to hear just days before we arrive back home! That snow better be melted in 4 days’ time before I’m given a cold reminder of how much I hate cold! Imagine living down here in Haiti and not even knowing what snow is, wouldn’t that be beautiful? I think so!

Thanks to all of you who have been praying and keep it up!

-Adam Rebellato

Hey everyone, it’s Jenny. Today has been such an incredible day! Probably the best one so far. We went to Basin Bleu! (Be jealous Lianna). It was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. The water was so blue, and so refreshing! I honestly was speechless seeing all the amazing beauty God created. We had hired 3 tour guides to come with us as they won’t let anyone go unless they pay, but we ended up with 9 people following us and helping us across the tricky bits. And trust me there was a lot of those. It was a 45 minute drive in the back of the dump truck and then a 45 minute walk through very rough, and I do mean rough terrain until we came to a small cliff where we had to repel down using a rope. It was terrifying, but also a lot of fun. After that we were able to see only a small area of the basin and we actually had to get in the water and swim over to get to the waterfall. It was so much fun jumping in from under the waterfall. We swam for awhile and Ron took lot’s of pictures, then we headed back up the trail a little bit and stopped to have sandwiches for lunch. We got back to the hotel around 2:30 and several of us jumped in the pool to cool off our sun burns while other people had naps. For dinner we had a pizza buffet at the hotel which was really tasty and now, after I write this I plan on going to sleep along with a lot of other tired people. I’m looking forward to coming home in a few days because I miss everyone so much but I am also really going to miss everything here from Emily’s hugs, to Jon being Jon to just getting to know everyone so much better. This trip has been an amazing experience and I can’t wait to see what the next few days have in store.

P.S. Mum and dad you should be proud, I kept up with the group during the entire hike.

Hey Canada ! I cant believe we are approaching our last few days here in Haiti. For me it’s a bit bitter sweet. I am very excited to see everyone back at home (only 4 more sleeps till I can see you Alex) and share our amazing stories to you all. But at the same time I am going to miss Haiti and this wonderful team. Words cannot describe how much I fell in love with Haiti and their people. I will be back here again one day. A part of my heart will forever be in Haiti. I will also miss waking up at 6:45am everyday to Ron Dunning yelling in our window for Emily and Nicole to wake up, I’ll miss giggling myself to sleep with Nicole every night, Cady’s laugh, Jenny’s hugs and my inside joke with Adam T. Each and every person on this team are amazing people and they will forever have a special place in my heart.

Today was one of the best days here. Well everyday has been the best day, but today we were treated to go to Basin Bleu. It took use about 45 mins to get there on a back of a truck, going up a mountain but the view I saw was priceless. Then we hiked through rocks and went to the waterfall where there was crystal clear water to swim in. I was sooooo proud of my mom in this trip, she climbed up and down the rocks, and even climbed up the water fall to jump in holding hands with my sister and I. It was a great day to finish up our finale days in Haiti, however I did get really burnt from the 45 min drive back to our hotel. One thing that was heart breaking about today was seeing many kids run up to the truck asking for food or money. Watching that broke my heart and I wish we could help them. But I know giving a hand out is not always the way to help.

This afternoon we had some time to relax and hang out as a team, we had dinner at our hotel which was yummy, then we had our worship together and a little team meeting about our plans for our last few days here.

Anyways I’m so thankful to be here and been givin this opportunity and especially thankful to be able to experince this with the 2 greatest people in my life my mom and sister. SEE YOU ON MONDAY ALEX. Be prepared for me to talk your ear off J. PS KYLE REMEMBER TO PICK US UP ON MONDAY AND BRING OUR JACKETS AND MY CELLPHONE :D !!

16 Responses to “Basin Bleu”

  1. Kathy says:

    Wow Team! What a great number of desriptive posts and fantastic pictures today! I really feel that I can visualise your experiences ( yes, including the tarantulas) so much better after seeing photos.
    I am so happy that you were able to go to Basin Bleu and see some of the beauty that is Haiti. I am sure those from the last trip who did not get to go to Basin Bleu will be very jealous. Jenny, we are proud of you for keeping up with the team and Ann also for jumping in with your girls. What a great photo that is!
    Jenny we are happy that others are getting lots of your famous hugs and can hardly wait for ours! Only 3 more sleeps!
    Make the most of your last few days in Jacmel and the transitioning as a team that you will experience as you travel home.

  2. Angela Rabey says:

    What a day you guys had – I’m really looking forward to seeing all your pictures!
    It is always so sad to see poverty amidst such beauty, but you’ve been there to be Jesus with skin on and so I know you’ve been a blessing to them as much as The Lord has filled you with Himself.
    Look forward to hearing lots more, take care of yourselves, put on lots of sunblock for the last few days.
    Don’t worry, we’re having a beautiful sunny day here as you all are there, it’s just a little cooler here

  3. Jean Taylor says:

    THANKS is all I can say for your very descriptive blogs and pictures. Our responses seem very meagre in comparison BUT our hearts and prayers are in Haiti with you daily. Today I am referring back to my original blog; A SMILE. In just a few days you will be hyped-up, weary, and battling emotions as you say farewell altho deep down you are eager for home. This combination will hit quickly and may be expected regardless of the fact that you KNOW GOD put you in Haiti and you were there for Him, and IT WAS ALL SO GREAT. Some will suddenly realize that all your clothes are wrinkled, or dirty, your hair (well, that is another thing!). Nothing is going right. This is the perfect time to use my ‘beauty’ tip: “A SMILE IS AN INEXPENSIVE WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR LOOKS.” Try it – it won’t change the wrinkles, dirt or situation but will change how you feel. My mother lived until she was 86 (120 now) and loved poetry and rhymes. For no particular reason she would give us a recitation and, now and then, quote:
    I had a friendly smile, I gave that smile away – The postman and the milkman seemed glad of it each day. I gave my smile away as happy as could be – And every time I GAVE it, my smile CAME BACK to me.
    (I suspect she was giving her eight kids a ‘hint’ about attitudes/friendships. But, TRY A SMILE.

    Carrie/Alex – Another snow day Wednesday. Liam and Duane were over for an early supper before swimming, Dairy Queen followed then home. While they were here I noticed a twinkle in Liam’s eye as several times he peeked around a corner, gave Duane a poke, then took off. Very relaxed and natural. This Sunday they will drop his computer off before church then, at the Amen, he and Daniel will head here – you know the rest! I honestly feel this has been God’s bonding opportunity – all is well.

  4. Adam's mom says:

    Hey Adam,
    We loved reading about your experiences yesterday. What a range of emotions you all must have felt and probably have felt often during your time in Haiti. I have to say I’m a liitle freaked by the spider description, Dad on the other hand is a little jealous he didn’t get to see it himself. As Monday gets closer, I’m becoming more excited about seeing you. We all have missed you (including Jay) He called yesterday and told me so. Enjoy your last few days of heat because it is still cold here!! We can’t wait to hear more of your stories and see your pictures/videos. We hope every one continues to stay safe and well.

    Love you Mom and Dad
    P.S. You are a better writer than you think you are. Lol

  5. Glenn Cavanagh says:

    Ok, does everyone wear clothes when they swim? :). Thanks again for the great shots and descriptive views of life and times in Haiti. We are eager for your return Josh, so make sure you get on the plane!! Matthews, make sure he gets on!!
    See you all soon, we pray these final days will continue to be safe and full of opportunity to shine bright for Jesus!

  6. Duane says:

    The pictures of the basin are beautiful, and the discussion about the contrasts of the days trip are a good thing for all of us to consider, as the people of Haiti also enjoy the gifts that the God we serve created. Thanks to all of you we will soon share the stories of that contrast, and how God has used it to teach us what is Important.

    Looking forward to the teams safe return in just under three days. <3

  7. Jennifer Jukema says:

    Wow! What a beautiful place you were able to enjoy yesterday!

    We’ll be praying for you as you do Kids Ministry tomorrow! We keep singing that AudioA song and feel connected to you all somehow “Empty hands, shoeless feet, lonely eyes looking back at me…… Just like a drum I can hear their hearts beating, I know my God won’t let them be defeated”. May you be a blessing to the children and may then in turn bless you all!

    Your blogs and pictures made me think of the Psalms, so be encouraged with Psalm 24:
    1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
    The world and all its people belong to him.
    2 For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
    and built it on the ocean depths.
    3 Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
    4 Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
    who do not worship idols
    and never tell lies.
    5 They will receive the Lord’s blessing
    and have a right relationship with God their savior.
    6 Such people may seek you
    and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob. Interlude
    7 Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
    8 Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty;
    the Lord, invincible in battle.
    9 Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
    10 Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—
    he is the King of glory.

  8. Tyrone says:

    Great to sea!! everyone swimming & having fun at Basin Bleu nice to be in fresh water did u all bring your shampoo?? I like that pic at the top of the blog did anyone jump from the high rock that has flat surface which was man made LQQKS like a nice jump or dive.:) wish I was there as a lifeguard

    Great pics & blogs team… we are ALL Totally going to miss Haiti by the team being there all of us rush home to know u’r day there at the end of ours here, also wish I can explain the Team being there and sharing your blogs with ours nothing like it in the World .God Bless:) The Team & Haitians working & helping each other out so much.
    Enjoy your last wkend of THIS journey in Haiti… TEAM You Are ALL
    Amazing wish you the very Best each & every day…

    Will talk to you soon :)

    God Bless everyone… T..

  9. The March 1st blogs are amazing in how they contrast beauty and appalling poverty.

    For example, Adam R, your spiritual insight in your March 1st blog is incredible. Coming a week and a half after your arrival in Haiti, it is emblematic of how your accumulating experiences and those of your teammates each succeeding day have empowered all of you to grow in your understanding of the ways of God.

    This paragraph from your blog says it beautifully: “I think it was amazing that God showed us the poverty of the Haitians in the mountains both before and after Basin Bleu to prevent us from losing our focus, and forgetting our purpose during a day of rest. I seriously urge you guys back home to pray for the Haitian people. We aren’t here to save them, it isn’t in our power. We are here to know them, to learn from them, to live alongside them and give them the gift of love and letting them know that we genuinely care for them and value them. We don’t want to just give away some free stuff and go our separate ways, that’ll help no one in the long run. Through Christ and Christ alone will this country be free.”

    You are all in our prayers as your mission fast draws to an end – a day when you will feel sad at saying goodbye to your new Haitian friends yet excited at the thought of hugging loved ones back home and sharing your deeply moving experiences.

    God bless you for the work you are doing to glorify our Lord — Gray and Esme Cavanagh

  10. Tyrone says:

    Emily & Katie & Mom Miss U all so much spent to much on my last cut off I guess there is a time limit Great Synchronize pic of you all…swiming
    But Let’s not forget about Billons & billons who need Gods ..HELP in are world !!Haiti is a little fraction of WORLD we need to be Help them all with our prayers God Bless :)

  11. Tyrone says:

    As for are weather here team it is really is a downer..Mother Nature has not been on our side. the only good thing is is the days r longer from sunrise at 6:25am today to sunset at 6:09 so you may get a glimpse of all the white garbage on your approach to the airport (: What time is your arrival at not sure is it 18:30 ?? anyways i am writing this at 7am off for my run to the beach on Lake Ontario where the water is always cold & the winds blowing from the north.

    God Bless..T.. :)

  12. Hardy Bordihn says:

    I loved all the blogs today. They were insightful and you can really see how God is giving you all a heart for Haiti and its people.

    After seeing those pictures and looking outside I wish I was there with you all at Basin Bleu.

  13. Tyrone says:

    Did you know it is “Roll Up The Rim To Win” at Tim’s a sure sign of Spring!!! just around the corner.Hold on to your tans & burns Happy B.D. Ann on the first day Spring U look like your 25 again miss you all!!!

    God Bless..T..


  14. Jennifer Jukema says:

    Samuel wants to know why you won’t let Adam bring the crabs home? :-) The boys also love the picture of the tarantula!
    We all miss you and look forward to seeing you soon!
    Jennifer, Samuel, Nathan & Joel

  15. Jean Taylor says:

    Good morning! While checking into your blogs I noticed that on March 15th a 12-party team from College Heights Baptist was returning to Jacmel to carry on hauling dirt, slugging out rocks – VBS etc. Their goal too – a road!
    PRAYER is a constant in both your reports and our comment blogs. Prayer changes things – God hears and always answers. As you will have found – sometimes He says YES, other times NO, and at times WAIT – be patient. Recently I read: “Don’t give God instructions – just report for duty.” You are doing that daily in Haiti. Keep praying!
    Again and again the team have mentioned LOVE. Being a senior I immediately identified with a comment: “Love is like age, it doesn’t stay hidden long!” The men working with you on the road, the !families and children all recognize this. You have shown them Jesus through your actions and love. Keep on!
    It is never easy to say goodbye, however, the Lord is remaining in Haiti and will continue His work in the lives you have touched. The GOOD NEWS for the team is that He is also coming home with you. Thank you, Jesus!

  16. Tyrone says:

    Eh.. Team what’s up u must be so busy this weekend or all blogged out ? no blogs on the 1st and your last wkend in Haiti I hope the team didn’t get invaded by tarantulas. we all miss your blogs team!!!

    God Bless the Children of Haiti U put so much Happiness & Smiles to so many people ♥♥♥♥♥

    P.S. Did you hear there is an opening for a Pope we Catholics are praying that it may be a Canadian as one of the front runners would that be so Cool!!!

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