The day started out with an early rise, an invigorating cold shower, and some quiet time on the roof overlooking the mountainous terrain of Haiti glowing in the first light of the dawn. And all this before breakfast! It's such a magnificent way to start out the day. We had a breakfast of cereal, some leftovers, and some much-needed coffee. Mary Jane warned us that Wednesday is usually the most exhausting day of the VBS week, so we prepared for the day with all the energy we could get. During our morning, we learned more about what exactly the Christian church community should look like according to scripture. It was a good reminder to continue to encourage one another and help each other out during the week and to pursue the Haitian children with the same love that God gives us. Our daily Creole lesson immediately followed.
We went down to the gate and met the excited faces of the children coming in. There are very few times in life that I've felt as loved as I have by these children. They always come up to us with huge smiles and take us by the hands into the church to sit next to them in the pews. Even though we can't have many conversations with them in Creole, they simply enjoy our presence throughout the day. I think they set such a good example of what pure love looks like.
VBS was good today, and for some people it didn't feel as busy or chaotic as previous days, which really is a blessing with how busy we've been with one activity after another this week. Our craft for today was slingshots engineered by plastic cups and rubber bands. One cup represented God, and the other represented Jesus, and the launching action represented God sending Christ to Earth for our sins. The kids really enjoyed the craft and seemed to interact with it well. During our post-VBS meeting with the Haitian leaders, they agreed that today was a really successful day. A really cool thing we've noticed throughout the week is how much pure joy the children show as they dance and sing songs at VBS. It's such a beautiful image to see so many kids excited to worship God together, and we feel super blessed to experience it with them.
We had some free time between VBS and youth to rest and have community with our team. We also got this gnarly group picture on the steps of the church:
Our theme of community continued into our time with the youth. We had some nice discussion about what the Christian community should look like and how we can be initiators in building up each other in Jesus Christ ("Jezi Kriz" in Creole).
We had the rest of the evening to rest back at the house and plan for tomorrow. It was overall a really good day, and I feel like our own team community has really been able to grow closer together during our evenings back at the house. We play board games, chill in the kitchen and the living room, cook meals together, and so much more. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to be with this team this week and am excited to see what God will do for the rest of the week.