From Saint Marc to Port au Prince

We started our day in the Haiti sunshine with a breakfast of hot goat soup. We have heard that it is about 70 degrees colder at home, but we are all nice and warm.  After breakfast we went to church at the Cathedrale De Saint Marc. The congregation was founded in the late 1700s.  We felt welcomed  and enjoyed the service. It was a beautiful old building and it was a pleasure to see the Haitian congregation dressed in their Sunday best!  It is the first chance we have had as a group to just sit down and enjoy some quiet time.  Although we did not understand the language, we could follow along with the mass.

After that we loaded up the bus and headed for Port au Prince.  It was wonderful to arrive at Estinfil Guest House and see our dear friend Jude.  We unloaded all of our suitcases and took a trip to the Deli Mart to stock up on water and snacks.  We came back and organized our supplies for the next few days.  Jude was even able to broadcast the Giants game!  We had a great dinner and are enjoying a relaxing evening.

Tomorrow we will be up early and will be heading to Centre Evangelique Orphanage here in Port au Prince. Our plan is to offer a medical and dental clinic, a lesson on nutrition, some art and music programs, a small ProjectP workshop for the older girls, and provide lunch for the children. There are not too many pictures from today (although I am sneaking in a few selfies) but I can assure you we are all thrilled to be at Jude’s and are enjoying a little down time.

Good night from Haiti!

  4 comments for “From Saint Marc to Port au Prince

  1. mpatrzalek
    January 9, 2017 at 1:40 am

    So wonderful to get these updates. I would like to also know what the goal is for each trip. When we go to Haiti, there are loosely defined goals to allow for things that cube up, including language barriers, and difficulty in finding supplies (a REAL problem).Will you actually be setting up clinics while you’re there? For whom is the nutrition lesson, the children, or instructors? How long will you be there to try to accomplish these goals? We’ve had frustrations trying to realize goals. Just wondering how successful other teams are. Keep up the great work!Mary Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone

    • January 10, 2017 at 3:38 am

      Hi Mary! We always prepare specific projects (based on requests from the communities we serve) for each trip. Our projects are also based around the backgrounds, strengths and interests of the students who take our Health for Haiti class. We do set up medical clinics, always working with a Haitian doctor. We bring some supplies but purchase as much as possible in Haiti. The nutrition lesson is for the children but we always try to leave copies (in Haitian Creole) of any lessons we teach with the teachers. Thank you!

  2. Maryalice Pauley
    January 9, 2017 at 9:23 am

    The beautiful Cathedrale/ coming together for Mass, explains the strength and spirit of the people of Haiti. At mass today, I prayed for your strength too. Hope you feel my love and share my strength.

  3. Jeanfrançois Steeven
    January 9, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    This is really amazing and the bible says in James 4:17 I dedicate to you all for your devotion also enthusiasms to support my country specially Mrs Maureen, you proof how beautiful Haiti is and our nation might be proud for your coming be blessed all of you and God’s blessings.

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