First Families all Moved In!!!!
Bonswa!! Koman ou ye? Mwen kontan ekri aswe a soti comonite nouvo nan Leveque. (Good evening!! How are you? I am happy to write tonight from the new deaf community in Leveque). I hope this post finds you all loving life and finding daily adventures.
We had a wonderful day here in Haiti moving 19 families into their new permanent homes which completes our first phase of moving – SWEET!! Everyone at the new community seems happy and hopeful. In the last two days many families have already built their outside kitchen areas and I arrived this morning to find laundry hanging out on a line between two deaf homes (see included picture). These homes that were empty less than a week ago are full of life, work, laughter, and the beautiful bustle of families going about daily chores.
After unloading all of the families I sat in Mackenson’s new living room with 4 leaders of the Leveque community (all hearing). We talked for awhile and sang songs both in Kreyol and in Sign Language!! The leaders at Leveque are already attempting to learn sign language and the deaf are extremely encouraged by their efforts so far – pray such discipline and opportunities for fellowship continue. . .
The young leaders at Leveque seem like very good guys (yes, they are all men. . . the deaf community will be bringing the first women onto a leadership council out here ). I am sure today is the first of many that will find us all gathered in Mackenson’s home to hang out, learn languages, and sing together. All in all, with 45 new deaf families living at Leveque and the greater community interested in learning sign language and about deaf culture, this was a very successful week.
In other related news, I woke up yesterday morning to many of the staff at the orphanage I call home telling me they saw us on TV several times this week. Coverage of our move in ceremonies has played each night on National Television – I think it is great that the project and the beautiful people of the deaf community are getting that kind of attention. All along, the community has been asking for a chance to show their country that they are capable of great things – well, the attention surrounding our work together is certainly allowing for that opportunity.
With all of the families in this phase moved in, we will spend much of our time next week starting to cultivate gardens, getting all of the children in school, continuing our existing education programs, and beginning free sign language classes for interested residents of the new community.
Thank you all for your prayers this week. Keep checking the blog – I expect to post again in a few days. For now, I am off for a shower and an hour in a good book before heading to bed.
Oh one more item – quotes from Mackenson this week. As he endeavors to learn English, Mackenson has been sending short updates to me via e-mail each night from his new home. Included here are a couple of my favorites (included with his permission). He is an inspiring servant leader!!
“I’m fine with all deaf in cabaret leveque. I let you know I’m here in cabaret leveque wonderful we very happy because we get a new houses in cabaret leveque it was have good place for deaf people live very wonderful was have good place in leveque and beautiful houses. Some deaf family already to move a new houses. and I’m hope you can come visitor a new houses in cabaret leveque.”
“We can dream and gold opening my heart lord and we was want see lord !!!”
“Another highlight quote from a deaf woman today after she moved in – “I am happy to sleep tonight – home now is safe. Thank you very much”
Ok, now I am truly finished with the post. Thank you all of your support that makes so much of this possible.
grace and peace,