"Lost people matter to God, and so they must matter to us." — Keith Wright
We got right to work with the visiting team! First thing on the list: clean up a couple of basketball courts that were already in use in the heart of Cap Haitien. The team showed up with tape and paint, ladders and brooms, new nets and donated basketballs. It didn't take long for community members to come out to see what was going on. And, they didn't want to just stand around and watch--they wanted in on the work.
Nevermind cultural and language barriers--let's get 'er done.
Later that day, we got to play in a game that was part of the festivities for the UN Peacekeeping Day.
Unfortunately, that game got washed out. Literally. A deluge that had knee-deep streams of water and sewage flowing through the streets...and people's homes. A good day of hard work and partnering with community, wrapped up by the realities of life for many in Haiti.
Then, there was work at the Sports and Rehabilitation center. We cleaned up another court, painted, and prayed with patients, with the help of our dear friend, Junior, who just graduated from the Emmaus Biblical Seminary in Saccanville.
"Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus." - Elton Trueblood
There were many unforgettable moments during the week the team visited, but I'm willing to bet that the moments in which two people we prayed with accepted Christ were at the top of the list.
We worked with some young men from the Streethearts organization that day. Streethearts is a nonprofit organization caring for street kids of Cap-Haitien, and it was a pleasure to work with them. Nou pou lari a--We're for the streets, too, Lindsey!
There was a basketball clinic...
And a pick-up game at yet another court.
Would you agree that the team earned their delicious meals each evening? Prepared for them by four fantastic ladies of EBS, who were very entertained by their questions and curiosity. And, we tried some fresh cassava bread, too!
There's still more! Part Three is coming up next...