There’s a somber undertone to our team this afternoon as everyone prepares to say goodbye to this wonderful place we’ve called home for past nine days. We’re all filled to the brim with stories of joy, friendship, adventure, diaper-leaks, pick-up trucks, bartering, waterfalls, and love. No one is excited to hug our friends at the M house tomorrow morning for the last time.
Yesterday after breakfast we headed out to do some sight-seeing in Port-au-Prince and beyond. We first drove to the top of one of Haiti’s tallest mountains and smiled with exhilaration at the breath-taking view of the city below. Steve summed up the scene perfectly stating that from a far, Haiti is beautiful. When you get closer it looks a little dirty or broken, but then when you get even closer and experience the people, you the see the true beauty of this place.
The lookout was lined with many street vendors and we were both anxious and excited to haggle for some souvenirs. While it was slightly overwhelming to be incessantly pursued to spend our cash, the team was able to laugh and enjoy this new experience. On the way back we stopped at a restaurant for some pizza and relaxation.
When we got back to the M house, we immediately filled hundreds of water balloons while the kids were eating lunch in preparation for our second epic water fight. The kids squealed with anticipation as we split them up into teams and prepared for battle. Hours melted away in the 90 degree heat as water guns and 5 gallon buckets joined the onslaught. When all was said and done, no man, woman or child was left with a dry inch to speak of.
This morning the entire team piled in two vehicles to make our last trip to Mother Theresa’s orphanage for sick and dying babies. In our team discussions we have all been sharing where we have seen God and felt fully alive. Many team members have shared the impact “Mama T’s” (as we call it) has had on their faith and heart.
Tonight we are having a final celebration with our M house friends. Music, dancing, and ice cream are just a few of the wonderful things we have in store for this party. Tomorrow morning we will say our farewells as we head to a resort for team fun and debriefing before flying home on Thursday.
Thank you for all your prayers and support on this wonderful God adventure. Blessings and love from Haiti.