Paradise in a cornfield? That is where I found myself yesterday afternoon. We are in the mountains that overlook Saint Marcus Haiti and undoubtedly this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It was however a bit of journey to get here. A three hour drive from the capital city and then a 50 minute drive up a mountain only to arrive at a spot to begin our walk up and down some very steep and slippery slopes to arrive just above the school. There we began work in a corn field where a sweet lady from Northstar Church is going to build a small home. She plans to work with the people of this village as a missionary. Most of her work will be with the children.
We staked our the house pulled some strings from batter boards to get ready for today’s work which will be to dig the footings, and if we can start to pour a foundation for the small home. The logistics of getting some bags of concrete and enough sand to mix is more than formidable, and will be looking for local help to get this done. However it seems the Lord was smiling on us with a rainbow yesterday afternoon so we are praying for the best.
When we came back down the mountain last night, we are truly blessed to stay at a brand new all inclusive resort that is about 20 minutes down the road from Saint Marcus. The prices were the same as the hotel and the guest house, but the food and the accommodations are first class. Seems a bit like paradise as I look out the window and type with the Caribbean sea shore about 50 yards away.
Sorry, I have only written a few short post so far and had no photos so far, as I have had limited Internet, but we have had a great trip so far. The need here in Haiti is huge. The poverty is a bit depressing. The spiritual condition of the people is one of mixed beliefs of Voodoo, Jesus, and animism. In other words they believe a whole lot of things, and really understand very little about the grace love and mercy of the Lord. It is very hard to communicate because the Haitian Creole is difficult. There is now and then someone who speaks a bit of Spanish and I can get an idea or need across, but for the most part we are dependent on our translator who speaks poor English.
But to sum it up this morning … Staying at an "all inclusive resort" on the beach, working hard on top of the mountain, and telling people about Jesus as I am working, even in a corn field, Yes this is pretty close to paradise for me.