it is usually quite cold. The closer you get to the equator, however, turns that statement upside down.
Not to say that it isn't cold some mornings. It's just that after living in Haiti for over a year our version of being "cold" is about 70-75 degrees.
Ok, truth be told I only went down that bunny trail because I thought it made for a great title.
I truthfully wanted to talk about a couple topics that have been on my mind lately.
The first has to do with the food distribution that we performed a few weeks back. We have done a few distributions over the past year, so it wasn't anything too new or too crazy. There was something that made this distribution different though.
You see, we typically buy all the food in bulk, bring it back to the campus, create family packages of food, and then take those packs out to be distributed. This distribution was the same except for one small but powerful difference:
Sure we bought the food from the same place and still distributed it within the 5th Section. The difference was who was helping us do it and where the packing took place.
Not on the campus, but inside one of the villages (Balalay) where we have been working.
Balalay is one of the furthest villages into the 5th Section and also one of the poorest. Even so, it's difficult to describe to you just how different the people are there. All I can say is that they have been transformed and that was ever more evident in the food distribution.
Where other villages might have tried to horde the food before it could be distributed, the villagers faithfully sorted and packed up some 215 packages! Not only that, but some of the men within Balalay went with us to help with the distribution itself! Keeping things organized and dignified.
But here we have it. A whole village transformed and serving/challenging other villages to do the same!
Cue the segway, because we are switching gears onto the other topic on my mind.
As some of you may know, we are planning to start a new YWAM campus on the northern coast of Haiti in a city called Port-de-Paix (It translates to the "Port of Peace"). It's right up there across from the Ile de la Tortue, or Tortuga island like all the pirate stories say.
It's been on my heart and my mind for quite some time and I believe that this is the year for things to start happening. You probably won't be seeing us move up there anytime this year, unless something crazy happens. What you will be seeing this year is a trip or two to start getting acquainted with the city and for us to seriously consider possible teammates and partners in this ministry.
The first trip will be sometime in the middle of March and we are looking at about 5 days or so. We are still waiting on a Pennsylvania team to decide their exact dates to come here to St. Marc so that we can be here to help with their projects.
We should know our exact dates, costs, and even where we will be staying in the next few weeks and we will pass everything we know along to you so that you can get involved if you so desire.
I for one am very excited to be able to expand YWM Haiti's vision of helping to turn Haiti from curse to blessing and I would be honored if you would join us on this mission too.