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.
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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!
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 !!