Praise God from whom all blessings flow. We had a great day at Pastor Harry’s church. A very busy day to say the least. We had two meetings at the church and what was so cool about it was neither one had to do with church. Our first meeting was with two dear brothers from a small village that we are praying about. Praying to see if God would allow us to get involved. We have great respect from these two men and have been building a relation for some time now. We have been very open not to make any promises. Our second meeting was with the Evangelical Baptist School of Trinity staff. A very productive meeting with introductions, visions,expectations and encouragement. After all the heavy stuff was over we got back to work on the gift bags. With some help from the church folks we were able to knock it out in a couple of hours. 260 total gift bags. We got done just in time for church to start. A very fruitful day indeed.
I think I would rather hit my thumb with a hammer than do what I had to do today. Harry and I went to PAP proper today to visit some government offices to start the paper work to become a registered NGO in Haiti. It went about like I expected. Absolute controlled chaos. We spent most of the day tracking down one paper that we needed to get the ball rolling. Praise God we didn’t need two papers or we would still be down there. I find it very interesting that no one knows what there doing. Oh well we did get our paper and a face full of dust. I am sure that once the paper is filled out that they will not know what to do with it. But hey, I guess I shouldn’t jump to conclusions. I got back to the guest house at a reasonable time and was able to chill for a while. We have been very busy and tomorrow will be no exception. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
I will say this for a fact. This is the best guest houses to date that I have stayed at. I am truly stoked that Harry found this for me. There is a freedom here that I have not experienced in other guest houses. Harry and JoJo picked me up at 6:00 A.M. And we took off for Jacmel. Jacmel is a town on the south coast of Haiti. Harry and I have been talking about going down there for years but never had a reason until know. Some months ago I met a pastor from Idaho who had gotten himself involved with another Haitian pastor who has a small orphanage in the mountains above Jacmel. The Idaho pastor, Russ had many questions and he grilled me for info while in the PAP airport awaiting our return flight. He was very interested in the school we were starting and wanted to know and understand some of the things that he was experiencing. We talked for some time and agreed to touch bases once we returned to the states. We did start communicating and I promised him that I would go down and check his place out and give him my two cents worth. So that is what took us down south. Once we arrived we made contact with a few point people Russ had put us in contact with. We ultimately made it up to the orphanage and witnessed a pitiful sight. Although the 15 children had shelter they had very little food, no water, nothing to sleep on and none of the children had ever seen a doctor. This situation is worse than I have ever seen so far and I have witnessed some pretty bad stuff. This is all to familiar. The jury will be out until we can start gathering some proper info on this place. We did get food and water to them, a months supply, but I to have many questions. I am not sure this is for us to be involved in but now that we have seen the place I feel a moral responsibility to help Pastor Russ see his vision and offer what I can to help him secure a healthy environment for these children. There are four adults up there that help out on a volunteer basis. They too struggle with what to do with little to no resources. I am happy that God allowed us to do what we could. As Harry always says “God knows”. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Great night sleep even though I was awakened at 2:00 am by two gunshots right outside my door. The guards felt it necessary to run off a couple of unsavory characters that were hanging out so they gave a couple of warning shots to encourage them to move along. I wish they would have given me a warning shot before firing the two warning shots to run the bad dudes off. Scared the sleep out of me.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow, we did have a fairly productive day once I left the shoot out factory. Harry and I went to the market Tebart which is a huge outside market. There we bought 260 bars of soap and 260 wash cloths. We meet this old sales lady who help us get fair market price on the goods. Almost every time a Hairian sees the blanc aka honky, the prices go up. So this lady was a God sent person for us. Harry even got in the o’l church invite to her. Once we had our chum we headed to the church to start putting together our Christmas bags. We got about 125 put together so far. We will make a total of 260 gift bags, 200 for Harry’s church and 30 each for two small orphanages. Tomorrow we head south to Jacmel to check out a possible school start and to deliver 30 gift bags to one ot the orphanages. I can’t wait. JoJo and Harry will pick me up at 6:00 am and then from there we will be road tripping for the day. God knows!
I did sleep fairly well and was stoked to have a room to myself. The lady who runs this place is Sister Mary. A very sweet lady who has been here for a while. This is a Catholic guest house and it seems to stay busy. It’s up on a Delmas 33 and a little closer to where we will be at. Harry came by with JoJo and we took off like a band of gypsies blazing down the oh so smooth roads of Haiti. Our goal today was to see the newly started school and check up on the ever progressing home for Harry. What a joy to see the fruits of your labor. God is truly very cool. And it was very cool seeing those children in school. It was also great to see the good work the builder dudes are doing on Harry’s house. It is taking shape nicely and looks like an incredibly strong structure. We accomplished pretty much what we set out to do today which is a big plus for Haiti. Oh yeah we wre blessed to sit in traffic for about an hour and a half. A very good day, praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Back in the saddle again headed down south to my home away from home. I look so forward to seeing my true brother Harry and his family. As I sit on the tarmac at the Miami Int’l Airport waiting for something that sounds so strange to me (they are actually taking fuel out of the plane) I find myself thinking if we go down for lack of fuel I will be po ‘d haha. Two hours we waited. By the time we were up and flying I knew Harry would be wondering what the heck was going down. When we landed it was dark and I had so much chum for a one man show. With all the dental stuff and other Christmas party stuff it seemed apparent to some that I may be moving into the country. But as usual Harry was there to intercept me from the chaos of the outer PAP Airport madness. JoJo took me to the guest house Matthew 25 and it was a great feeling to be back here. Grabbed some grind that was saved back for me and settled in for what I hope will be a good night sleep.
One of the most exciting things that has happened to me this year was that Pastor Harry was able to come and visit my family and his friends here in the states. This was not the first time he has been to the states but it is first time he has been to my house. It was a joy to share my home and family with him. He even got to share the birth of our new grandson Christian. Totally awesome! His twelve day trip took us to many churches from FWB, Gulf Breeze, FL, Vance, AL and all the way to Lakeside Park, KY to visit Immanuel United Methodist Church where he was the guest speaker at their missions banquet. It was an incredibly fruitful visit that brought much awareness to what and who GMSM is involved in and with in Haiti. We were even able to take in a fishing trip with our good buddy Tim Smith. That was a first for Harry. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, it was such a joy having him spend time with my family.