On the way to Leogane…Rich Stigall
Over five days, GO vision trip teams spend several hours on the bus, but the time is far from wasted.
On the way to Leogane today….
- A 16-year-old girl shared her realization that “almost every problem in her life was a result of her own selfishness.”
- We visited The GO Exchange manufacturing center in Sonapi (Port-Au-Prince), where 22 dedicated tailors, under the gifted eye of Paula Coles, are busy making Christmas presents that support Haitian families and children in need of family.
- We stopped to pick up the Haitian birth mom of a Shelterwood staffer; a reunion made possible by the beauty of adoption and the grace and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ.
- Some enjoyed a standard, vision trip lunch of beef jerky and goldfish crackers, while others sang a Bob Marley tune or cat napped, restoring energy (maybe some pride) after yesterday’s soccer lesson.
- We viewed life outside the window, including everything from rugged open-air markets to the stunning connection of hills and coast; from a public demonstration chanting for peace in Citi Solei to the resolve of people working through today’s challenges.
- And we saw progress, albeit slow, from the reduction of tent cities to the widening of roads.
We saw a slice of life in Haiti; context that makes orphan care necessary and our time now with the children more meaningful.
It is a beautiful day in Haiti, and we are grateful….even for long bus rides.