When you arrive in Haiti,
your senses are assaulted.
All of them,
but perhaps none more than your sight.
does not begin
your eyes trying to take in everything you see.
While you are thinking,
'I want to remember that'
pass through your field of vision
your mind can't process what you see fast enough
your sense of everything else
The sounds and the smells
all become secondary
So many of you were so generous in your donations
to the trip.
I will try to show you where your donations were used.
The initial draw for me to the trip
to teach the students at the orphanage
calligraphy and sign painting skills.
Part of the donations went to buying supplies.
These are skills that the students can use
to supplement their education
hopefully their income.
Several of them astounded me with their abilities!
Michelson was relentless in his concentration.
He worked harder than anyone.
As soon as I would arrive,
he started working and long after everyone left,
he was still sitting at the picnic table
There were others
that worked hard and did amazing artwork
I returned home
rewarded with a small art gallery of drawings.
Everyone crowded around picnic tables
worked very hard.
our pastor's daughter,
who lives in Haiti,
asked for items for this small orphanage.
A huge bag was packed with clothing
purchased with donations
tons of underwear!
I can't get seven grandchildren to sit on my couch for a picture
these twenty one got up on those benches
just sat patiently!
there are stories.
A man that lost his wife
could not bury her
because he had no money,
a mother that lost her
five year old boy.
Cash that was taken along at the last minute
was used to help these people.
A huge thank you to all those that allowed me
to carry your blessings
disbursement of shoes.
This was not my mission,
caught up blessed
with being allowed to help
Really, sometimes these trips can stretch
See all of these kids?
bags and bags of shoes
small closet classroom in this school.
Four of us,
fitted all those little
(and some not so little)
One of the people in our group acted as stock boy
I am pretty sure
his aversion to feet might run a little deeper than mine
(OK, he is the pastor and he really should reread about Jesus washing the disciples feet)
did I mention hot?,
one hundred children
in an area the size of my family room.
I really think that in a mere two hours,
I saw more foot diseases
than the average American podiatrist
would in two YEARS!
Truly, God's sense of humor!
a hike up the mountains
to a smaller village
where shoes were again
but in a more orderly, less crowded fashion.
There are no pictures of me on that mountain
that will ever be shown.
It was a startling
my age and how out of shape I am!
Upon returning from that trip up the mountain
quick trip to the market,
I bought a juice box
that I am pretty sure
was the undoing
of the rest of my trip.
While I normally eat anything on trips
never have had a problem,
within one hour
of drinking that juice,
(that was made in Egypt and not even Haitian)
my trip was essentially over.
The remaining days
the next week
for that matter
close proximity of
Actually, it is now close to two weeks later
I am still
battling the remaining remnants
Guess I don't bounce back as quickly as I used to!
Thank you again to all those that
helped in any way
to allow me to go on this mission.
I was humbled by how many of you
wanted to help!