Updates !!!! Hi everyone ! I pray you all are well ! My last trip to Haiti was once again amazing ! As soon as I got off the plane we were at it ! Busy making our plans, opening my barrels that were waiting for me and trying to figure out how to squeeze in as much as we could for that week. We immediately were putting together hundreds of care packages, giving out clothes, food, toiletries, etc. Thanks so much to Sue Fitzpatrick of the Long Island Running Club ! She donated enough brand new hot pink t-shirts so that everyone in our village got one! Everywhere we went... men, women, and even some young ones were in them. It was great. The day after I arrived we had a big get together in Jean's courtyard with a whole lot of people from up our mountain. There was food and jice for everyone as well as goodies for them to take back. We danced, we prayed, we worshiped, we laughed, we cried, we hugged, and we tahnked Jesus for making a way to bring us back togehter. It was a beautiful day and then we did it againthe day before I left. That day there were hundreds of people. It was another joy filled day!
As all this was going on, there was one truck after another bringing our sand, rocks, and all our supplies needed to start our new school for the children and the adults. How the truck makes it up the mountain and through our gate without tipping over is a miracle. Every time I saw them coming, prayers were being lifted up!!!! As soon as the trucks dumped everythig out, everyone runs to help, bare handed and some barefooted. Its so nice to see. Anyway the school is coming along beautifully. I have attached some pics for you to see. I can't wait to see it when I go back March 28th 2015.
A few things we did.... we wanted to visit Madame Francios because it has been too hard for her to come down the mountian. She hasn't been able to make it even down to the church and we all know that has been bothering her, so we decided to take the church to her!We got everyone to suprise her! We carried the drums, tamberines, all the coal and everything we needed to have church there. It was quite a sight ... a trail of us winding through the brush and going up even higher up that mountain carrying all this in that heat! But yet I wouldn't have traded it for anything! I had brought long sticks from back home so we roasted hot dogs over the coals. It was another awesome day. Madame Francios was glowing. It was so nice to see them all hugging each other and before we left, she shared her testimony of Gods faithfulness in her life. It was precious. On the way to her hut, I was able to give out some more of the beautiful dolls that The Giving Doll has been making for the children. To see the kids come out of their huts/tents,and hand them one of these dolls is the best thing ever. Their smiles are priceless ! They have never had anything like it. No toys anf now a beautiful handmade doll. They just cling to their doll with the biggest smiles ever.... barefooted, dirty, and often half naked.
I could go on and on cause this is only a little piece of what we did but I think you get the idea. I just wanted to update you. I also want to say THANK YOU !!!!!!! You are truly an answer to prayer. None of this could be possible without your help, support, and prayers. Each and everyone of you are part of this in one way or another. You go with me. You will never truly understand how much of a difference you have made in these peoples lives. Every time I go, they share more and more stories on how their lives have changed. The common thread in is that they all say the same thing, "Since you have been coming to Haiti, we have hope. God has given us hope. "
Thank you and God bless you. Love, Patty Smith
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