Bonjour tout moun!!
Hey everyone. Here is my official first post from Haiti! Our internet situation is not the greatest, so I will (unfortunately) not be able to write a novel. Sorry, but I’ll write one later hopefully.
Let me first say that last night the sound of freedom rang through the countryside of Northern Haiti as seven white American boys sang their hearts out to honor our blessed nation. God bless her. The songs were warmed with a spider which we lit on fire with hand sanitizer. The closest thing we could find to fireworks, justice, freedom and love on such a day.
All in all, Haiti is going well. It has been tough adjusting from American life in Seattle and my recent trip to Hawaii; the toughest of all being the language barrier. I suddenly remember what it was like being in Mexico as a high schooler, not really knowing how to speak Spanish – essentially being satisfied with “What is your name”, “soccer” and “very good”. This has honestly been a big frustration since my travels abroad have usually put me in a place where the barriers don’t usually include dialect. I feel like this is greatly affecting my experience and especially my expectations, since personal interactions are so important to me. I have been refined to being the “quiet one who doesn’t know how to say anything” with the older kids and adults. Luckily children care less about talking, so I have been trying to reconcile the lack of language skills with this fact. That said, my Creole is coming along, and each day I know a bit more. I hope that by the end of this trip I will at least be able to understand people and respond in some fashion. We will see.
I am also staying with 6 other young guys, ages 15 to 23. Three are part of the UPC deputation team, and the others are randoms from different parts of the country. All of them are awesome, and I definitely enjoy the variety, humor and ridiculousness they bring to the experience. I will write more about them later.
We’ve also jumped right into the engineering work – my first day here we went and surveyed for an irrigation system that would help 700+ families have food, money and essentially livelihood.
I want to write more but the guys all want to do 8-Minute ABS RIGHT NOW!! So I must depart. Know that I live you all, I think of you all a lot and I appreciate your prayers.