Journal entry from Eric a member of Lighthouse Foursquare LA, that came at the end of November.
To start off… the bugs here are horrible and I hate them. They have bitten into my arms perfect squares and triangles, one on each arm. So far I have over twenty bites between my two arms, fingers, and knuckles, but who is complaining (not me)? Well besides that the morning was great and we had the best oatmeal ever. After breakfast we went off to English class because us Americans talk not good English…no. We actually went off to teach the Haitians English. Class started with a lecture by Mrs. Debby and then we split off into groups of four Haitians per one American. I had my own group (wow). We had a lot of fun in my group, but at times it was hard to explain certain words like despite and lie. Curiously enough the word “sexy” in Creole means little woman, all I said to them in response was, “Don’t say that in the US.” I loved the English class. The people are so kind and grateful, one of the students in my class wrote this sentence to me, “If I were you, I would come back”. To be honest I was touched, I can’t wait to go back to Haiti. I love the people. The Haitian children and people love to go to school and don’t complain; to them it is a privilege, (wow) not like it is for American kids.
After English class we went off to make cement pavers. We started by sifting the rocks out of the sand with a tiny sifter, but now we have risen above that kind of technology and are now shaking the board up and down so the rocks rise to the surface to be picked out. The process is called, liquefaction. After working with the pavers for a little bit it came time to eat lunch (oh yeah). For lunch it was the usual…sandwiches (my favorite). We went off to the medical clinic to put up tents for some of the people there. In Haiti you have to be an aggressive driver to get from one place to another. At the medical clinic the tents that needed to be put up were roughly 16′ by 16′; they were huge and heavy to put up. One of the tents was infested with ants and those things bite. The experience, in my opinion, was a combination of fun and learning.
Later, we were taken to a local market place, it looked somewhat like a Vons (supermarket), but much smaller. I bought some chocolate, which is my favorite and something that I had not had the entire trip. But the best thing of all was NUTELLA. I had brought Nutella with me, but it was confiscated at the airport, (those punks). We also got treats for the rest of the team and they were happy. The total amount of pavers we made both Friday and Saturday was 113 (wow). Dinner was great and I enjoyed it a lot, the Haitians were great cooks. God Bless.