The day started out with an early morning breakfast followed by a devotion lead by Katheline. Afterwards, we packed sack lunches and headed out to a nearby orphanage to deliver "love bundles". The bundles are made by friends in america and contain snacks, school supplies, a toy, and a towel all appropriate according to age and gender. Handing out bundles at the orphanage was a remarkable experience to say the least. Everyone was so appreciative, gracious, and kind. We sang songs with the children and shared the Gospel with them. It was incredible to see the way that Christ is working in this place. Although poverty coats the village, there is so much hope evident in the eyes of each child, and it was encouraging to see their somber faces taken over by a smile as they were handed gifts. From there we packed up the school bus and headed off to the banana basket market place.We pulled over and ate our sack lunches under a tree in hopes to find some shade. Across the street at the market the women were super excited to have customers and the banana leaf baskets were beautiful. After purchasing baskets we went on our way to a Haitian market. We sipped on cokes and walked along the market streets admiring all the different things for sale. The market was quite a sight. When we passed through the fresh produce and meat section, a stench filled the air. The meat was covered in flies. After the market, we headed back to the mission. Once here, we went out into the village and delivered shoes to an elderly women whose home recently burned down. Once the shoes were on her feet, she began to dance and then proceeded to give hugs to everyone. The day ended with a local soccer game, dinner, and then card games back at the main house.
It was an incredible day to say the least. Our eyes are being opened, hearts are being broken, and understanding deepened. Jesus is teaching each of us more and more each day about His love for this country and His love for His children.