Almost time for lunch on Monday. We are just back from the "Mall," well, actually the market in Bohoc. We found rice, beans, corn, spices, and vegetables to purchase for some new friends. We also went to the animal auction site, full of goats, pigs, cows, etc. Our guide and translator was Dawol, he was very helpful to keep us from spending too much! We all bought matching 'reusable shopping bags' from a man. He said it takes one day to make each bag. We went by the bakery for some warm, fresh from the oven, bread. Mmmm it was good. We were able to share bread with the many friends that were along.
We walked to a "water project" that has been recently constructed that supplies clean water to a large area. Quite amazing to see!
Sunday's worship experience was wonderful. We left "home" at 8 a.m., walking for about an hour. We came to the baptism site that began at 9. There were 11 people baptized in the river. JeanJean performed all of the baptisms while a wonderful men's choir sang. It was an amazing experience. We walked another short distance to reach the church where we would worship together with the Haitians. There were 11 choirs that sang for this special Harvest Festival service, very worshipful. The service concluded shortly before 1 p.m. and then it was time to share lunch together with the others from the worship service. We had goat with a HOT relish, beet salad with other vegatables, rice and beans with onion sauce, Haitian lasagne, and popcorn. There was a plastic tub on the floor that contained bottled sodas AND a block of ICE!! Where did that come from? We are treated with such hospitality here sometimes we feel bad.
We were treated to another worship service in the afternoon that was held at the Worship Center near JeanJean and Kristie's house. The youth choir from Maranatha Church sang for us. We had a set of matching T-shirts to give the youth choir that were a gift from a screen printer in the Okoboji area. They were excited to receive the gift and sang another song for us.
The last thing for Sunday was soccer and volleyball to take part in late in the afternoon. Jared and Stacey Nikkel and children were there, nice chance to visit with them. Since the cooks had the day off (Sunday) some in our group were gracious to prepare our meal. A rice and vegetable dish that was very good. Some devotions and a card game before bed to end the day.
Bonswa from Haiti. Hope to send more tomorrow. Thank you for prayers that are being offered for this trip.
Christi and the group.