It’s always fantastic when we have former team members returning to work with us again. Last week Willie Blakely, one of the guys who were here in the early days in 2010, came back to spend another three months with us. These are his initial thoughts on getting back to Port-au-Prince.
I spent my time in Haiti between the months of September through December in 2010. I really didn’t know what to expect before I came. In fact, it’s kind of embarrassing but before the earthquake I really didn’t know anything about Haiti. I found that serving here was truly something God really set me up with. It was remarkable to see how happy Haitians are on a daily basis and how ready they are to work despite how little it is that they have, in comparison to America anyways.
Me and the guys I came with previously were really privileged to have gone to places like Jeremie and teach a few select Haitians how to make footings for a wall. We were also very lucky to start a lot of projects on the church property here, such as prepping and pouring the slabs for the chicken coup, tilapia, bathrooms and helping with the church slab. It was even more awesome to see all the work that got done when I returned here in April of 2012. I was very surprised to see that the church was done especially because the whole time I was here before it was in Haiti but it was stuck in customs.
I was also very happy to see the church property here thriving as it was talked about happening someday. The reason for my surprise is that, as anyone who is familiar with Haiti knows, it takes such a very long time to do anything.
I am very excited to get to know the staff here, as I am with any person who has love for Haiti. They seem very excited to serve the Lord as well as people. After having learned that there are now multiple foursquare church properties I think it is a true honour for foursquare Haiti to have such loving and gifted people willing to serve on the staff.
– Willie Blakely