|After coming down the mountain, there were kids there at the church and we stopped and played the "slap game" with them. You don't need to speak Creole to make a kid smile or show love. :) This game will work anywhere. Promise. :)|
|On the mountain in Montrouis. : )|
|Many houses have these built around their houses as privacy fences or even for walls. They are handwoven out of palm fronds or other plant parts.|
On this day also, we visited an orphanage. We were not allowed to take photos in the orphanage, which should tell you something right there. It is currently in the process of being shut down by the government. I took the picture below right outside of the gate where you go into the orphanage. To me, it speaks to the feeling and mood I experienced while vising this orphanage. There were probably 15 small children from say age 4-12, outside. We were not able to play with them or give them any gifts. Next was the hard part, we were taken inside to see the babies. There was a room with about 6 or 7 cribs in it, each with a beautiful child inside begging to be held, loved, even noticed. It was one of the hardest thing I have ever experienced. I asked if we were allowed to pick them up and hold them and I was told no. It was emotionally and physically hard to be in that room. In another room, were from what I could tell, special needs children in cribs. We were then taken up on the roof and given some information on the orphanage's situation. At first, I did not understand why God had brought us there to this place where it was apparent our presence made no difference. But, God spoke to me at this place and gave me a glimpse of what my future and purpose will be in Haiti...defending and caring for orphans. In the place, I got a chill...and you don't just get chills in Haiti. It was God! : )
We ended up going into what I considered to be "downtown" Montrouis on their market day. IT WAS CRAZY!!! Only in Haiti could you almost get taken out by a giant fish being carted on a moto down a street about as wide as a doorway! We were all glad to get out of there! But it was cool and different than the markets I had been to in Port-au-Prince.
|At the market in Montrouis.|
Well I thought I could finish recapping the whole trip in 2 blogs....but I'm not going to be able to do that! ; ) So much to tell...I haven't even gotten to Christmas yet. : ) Stay tuned for more. God is good and God is in Haiti! I'll end this post with a picture of one of my Haiti kite runners! I'll never get enough of them.