Hi, my name is Robin Mazariegos. My husband and I have been missionaries in Mexico for over 10 years along with our 6 kids. I have come down to Haiti not having a clue of how I could possibly help, but with a willingness to serve. I am not a stranger to poverty, having spent the last 10 years in Mexico, but “nothing” compares to this. The majority of the country is living in tents in 100 degree days and mosquito infested nights. They live in a state that might appear to be hopeless, but they are a determined people.
Yesterday, at the Foursquare Church, we saw our first glimpse of what Jesus is doing to restore hope to those who put their faith in Him. Practically the only word I understood throughout the whole service was “merci.” They must have said it 100 times. They were giving “thanks” to God even though 10 % of their congregation was killed in the earthquake and their worldly possessions lie under rubble.
I came as part of a construction team to build a stone security wall around the Foursquare Church. In Haiti the security wall does not only provide protection and security to the property, but it represents the people having pride and dignity in what belongs to them. It was our primary goal to work alongside the Haitian people . It was a bit tense at first, but by the end even the foreman got into the concrete with his leather shoes and dress clothes. When they realized how much progress they could make in a day with 11 sets of extra hands, the morale changed a bit! We feared they would think we were here to take jobs away but in reality every team member who comes pays $10 a day to help provide jobs for Haitians. We finished the week “best of friends” and taking home memories none of us will ever forget!