Mission Haiti – December 2012

In December, 4 days after we got home from the Mexico Mission, we headed to Haiti with the Life Teen Missionaries in formation.  In October, Life Teen started a mission base with the diocese in Haiti. Five of our Life Teen missionaries live at the John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization, along with a team of Haitians.  We were so blessed to get to join them in their mission for a little over a week. 

Life in Haiti…

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View as you’re driving to the Mission Base

 

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Water at the base is passed through a water filter to make it safe to drink, then put into any empty bottles that can be found…even Clorox bottles!

 

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Meal Time – All of our meals were eaten together at the base with typical Haitian food.

 

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The mission base is right on the beach – so beautiful!  This was Theresa’s first time in the ocean!

 

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The electricity in Haiti only comes on at certain times during the day…usually from 6-11pm. Paul and Anna let us borrow a battery operated fan to help this sweaty little one fall asleep in the Haiti heat!

 

Transportation in Haiti…

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Our transportation in Haiti was a huge truck with benches and open, barred sides.  Pretty much every time we got in the back of that truck it was an adventure and Theresa had a blast with all the bumps and jerks and being passed around among all the missionaries.

 

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We drove that truck on all kinds of roads that didn’t look like they could possibly be roads, over huge rocks and through rivers, literally.

 

XLT with the Youth in Haiti…

One of the highlights of the mission was an XLT that we had in the town right down the road from the mission base.  We rented speakers and hired a full band to play praise music in the back of our big truck as the youth walked in procession with the missionaries to the church a few miles away.  We started out with only about 20 young people walking from the base, but as we went, more and more people started joining the procession.  It didn’t matter that it started to rain, the people just sang even louder and danced even more as they made their way to the Church.  When we finally arrived, it was dark and raining…a perfectly good reason for people to turn back and get to their dry homes, but instead the church was completely full of young people praising the Lord.  It was a beautiful sight!

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Anna and I road in the front of the big truck with the babies as everyone processed…but really danced…their way to the Church. Theresa was enjoying every minute.

 

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At the front of the procession, Fr. Luis lead the way by holding up a Crucifix…very much St. Francis Xavier style!

 

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The back of the procession just seemed to keep growing as we walked

 

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Finally arrived at the church after about a 3 hour walk, and everyone is still praising the Lord!

 

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After Adoration, some of the kids wanted to play with Resa

 

Work Projects at the Mission Base…

Since the JPII Center for the New Evangelization is so new, there were lots of little projects that needed to be done in order to get it ready to receive other mission groups starting in the Spring.  We were blessed to get to be a part of the process!

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The first project that needed to be done was hauling buckets of sand from the beach, up the path to patio outside of the kitchen in order to level the ground to lay cement. All of the missionaries (except the moms) got in the assembly line and help pass hundreds of buckets up and down the steep hill. 

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T-Roro motivated the missionaries by his drumming while they worked hard passing buckets

 

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Some of the ladies pained the Bath House

 

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Some of the guys learned the Haitian way to chop down trees by hand with machetes…they were clearing the area of the kitchen patio so the ladies who cooked would be able to have a view of the ocean

 

Visiting the Monastery…

The last day in Haiti we went to a monastery up in the mountains to have our Desert Day and reflect on all the the Lord had said to us individually throughout the mission.  We were able to have a time of prayer for all the people of Haiti as we overlooked the gorgeous landscape. The priests and nuns were so sweet and truly hospitable.

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Image Interceding for Haiti

 

A Few of my Favorite Shots…

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~ by martinsonmission on February 4, 2013.

One Response to “Mission Haiti – December 2012”

  1. Looks like you had a great trip, and like God is definitely moving in Haiti!

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