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January 31, 2013

Posted by MTH-Team | Posted in General | Posted on 01-31-2013 5:35 PM

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The food is coming in for supper which means I need to get this blog post done or I’ll end up last in line!

It has been a wonderful day. After nine days of service, we had a rest day. Sun, sand and water at the Kaliko resort…it was great.

Tonight, we will be sitting around a bonfire and sharing our experiences of the trip. I know there is going to be lots of laughter and tears–a bonding of a team that has worked exceptionally well together. I heard it said (...)

January 30, 2013

Posted by MTH-Team | Posted in General | Posted on 01-30-2013 8:57 PM

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January 30

It was a full, full day!

Story #1 by Lisa B. Pot

“I could kiss you, I am so happy,” said Dr. Fritz, a Haitian-American dentist after Jack, Cheryl and I delivered a load of medical and dental supplies to the Hospital Centre of the Haitian Academy.

“Kiss her, not me!” declared Jack. And that’s how Cheryl got her first Haitian kiss.

It all began when nurses organized the pharmacy and realized they would never be able to (...)

January 29, 2013

Posted by MTH-Team | Posted in General | Posted on 01-29-2013 6:25 PM

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The days begin early. Before the sun is even thinking about rising, the rooster who perches on the wall outside the orphanage begins his morning song. Then there is the tap, tap, tap on the metal door from the worker who sweeps the dirt-packed ground in front of the orphanage. His broom makes a rhymic ‘swoosh, swoosh’ sound. It’s very comforting and tells everyone that it’s time to get up.

If you get up early, you’ll see a handful of early risers sitting (...)

January 28, 2013

Posted by MTH-Team | Posted in General | Posted on 01-28-2013 5:50 PM

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“There ARE beautiful things in Haiti,” said Susan as she gazed upon the cherubic face of a 10-month-old baby named Gucci.

Gucci came into the medical clinic at Port au Prince with his 22-year-old mother. This was her first baby with her equally young husband and it was clear they were taking good care of their baby. Gucci had nice chubby cheeks. He had new, clean clothes. When Susan weighed him and checked him out, the mother had a clean diaper and set of clothes to dress (...)

January 27, 2013

Posted by MTH-Team | Posted in General | Posted on 01-27-2013 5:51 PM

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January 27

There was a little bit of quiet rumbling about going to church today….how long it would be, how hot it was and how loud the speakers are. Our attendance, however, was a requirement. Turns out, it was a blessing to be in that little concrete church in Cabaret where the goats bleet outside and the pigeons strut on the rafters.

The service began with announcements and celebrations of birthday, all in creole. Then the little boys from the orphanage lined up in (...)

January 26, 2013

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Driving through Port au Prince, Robin noticed the words ‘Nos Bokus’ painted all over concrete walls throughout the city. Curious, she asked Bisson what the words meant. He said, “We are tired.”

Passing through the country and seeing all the poverty, tent cities, garbage and people, it’s not hard to believe that people would (...)

January 25, 2013

Posted by MTH-Team | Posted in General | Posted on 01-25-2013 5:59 PM

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Ed Hettinga did the devotions this morning and he encouraged everyone to use their gifts to serve God. Not only that, but he challenged us to use unexplored gifts to work in God’s kingdom. Here in Haiti, that means if you are a construction worker you should try working in Vacation Bible School or medical and vice versa.

Taking the challenge to heart, math teacher Henry Bruines went to Travo to work on the homes. So far on this mission trip, Henry has used his computer skills to (...)

January 24, 2012

Posted by MTH-Team | Posted in General | Posted on 01-24-2013 5:42 PM

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Jackie was on her knees, trying to squeeze hot little feet into shoes. She was part of the ‘Shoe Crew’ today, handing out some of the 1200 pairs of shoes that were collected and donated by a former team member.

The school children came in, girls on one bench, boys on the other. Jackie would eyeball their feet and dig around in a box until she came up with a pair that might fit. She would hold them up and often, the child would nod and accept their shoes. Then she had a (...)

January 23, 2012

Posted by MTH-Team | Posted in General | Posted on 01-24-2013 7:33 AM

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There’s a sweet smell on the hill above Cabaret where the construction crew labours to finish houses for homeless Haitians.  It comes from a tough, scrubby plant that covers the hill along with thorn bushes, lizards,  giant bees, cattle gungs, goats and gangly-legged spiders.

It’s a nice place to work. Hot and dirty, yes, but nice because of that delicious breeze swirling around the 23 homes there. Eight are lived in, nine are ready save for doors, seven need floors and (...)

January 22, 2013

Posted by MTH-Team | Posted in General | Posted on 01-22-2013 5:08 PM

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“So what are you doing this afternoon,” I asked Tre after lunch. “I’m learning how to test urine.” When you volunteer on a mission trip to Haiti, you never know what you’ll end up doing.
Groups split off into various tasks today. The nurses were busy sorting medical supplies and teaching Tre to not only test urine for pregnancy results, but how to make oral hydration solution using 500 ml of water, 20 ml of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Despite (...)