The team spent the morning cleaning the school top to bottom and working hard to leave the facility in better condition than when we found it. Two team members, Jason and Ruben, headed next door to help a woman clean debris from the small space where she would be building her one bedroom home. One of the things we are most thankful for is the ability to complete every task we started and be good stewards of God's time and resources while in Haiti.
After lunch at a local restaurant most of the team headed to Hope House orphanage nearby. They were treated to a skit depicting the fall of Adam and Eve and some worship and dancing. After the skit they were all given an opportunity to raise their hands and pray for Jesus to enter their hearts. A few of them raised their hands and were so adorable as they prayed to Jesus. The orphanage is also home to children with various handicaps that require full time care. A few of us branched off to visit these children, play music for them, sing to them, hold them and just share the love of Jesus Christ in an way we could. Despite their handicaps these children smiled and were so loving and animated. One little boy, Peter, who was one of many restricted to a wheelchair spoke a little English. He was the first to ask for a photo which sparked a few others to ask for one as well. They all smiled and posed for the camera and laughed with joy when they were shown their photographs. Many of the children are true orphans but many have been left there by parents who have no means to care for them.
"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world" - James 1:27