Moving Day – 1
Bonswa!! I hope this post finds you all loving life and feeling passionate about grand adventures.
I sit today with my computer in my lap as my legs dangle over the edge of a large moving vehicle we used to move several families out to Leveque today. It was another early morning for everyone as we started packing around sunrise in order to leave the current community before 10 am.
Many families are preparing to move tomorrow and Saturday so this part of the saga will continue for another few days. Also waking up around dawn, several people from Mission of Hope traveled to help us pack at La Piste and unpack at the new homes. I was extremely thankful for the help in coordination and manpower today – and also extremely encouraged that while our volunteers from Mission of Hope do not speak sign language, I watched them all in joy and happiness with the deaf families moving today. Proof that joy and service of others transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers.
The families are settled and I am traveling back with Mackenson, Dieffe and Alexis to have a large meeting to coordinate our plan for moving more families tomorrow. We are driving along the coast at the moment and Mackenson turned to me with his typical grin commenting that he is feeling very happy today. With the wind blowing through our hair as we sit a couple of stories above the road on top of the moving truck I think we find ourselves very weary but content with the day’s labor – hopeful for the future.
All is well here in Haiti – understandably some families are experiencing some fear and anxiety over the relocation so please keep them in your prayers this week and as we move forward. Even though they know their current living situation is on the edges of one of the most dangerous slums in the world, the area is familiar to them and they have become comfortable. As we all move forward I think it necessary to applaud their bravery and do all that we can to alleviate fears and anxieties and provide the right level of support.
Gallaudet students – I will answer your posts very soon. If you are at all keeping up with the blog you will understand that the last couple of days have been pretty hectic. I appreciate your insightful comments and questions and I look forward to many long discussions with your class. Keep working hard at the University to raise awareness and fire people up for this awesome project!
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support – your comments bring joy to my heart at the end of very long days. Your prayers are being answered – but keep praying. . . there is no doubt that a whole new batch of challenges is now on our doorstep. We will of course tackle them together with all of the passion that has permeated our first 7 months together here in Haiti.
It is appropriate to end with a text Mackenson just sent me – “I very happy a new houses!”
grace and peace,