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Haiti 2016 - Update 5

Erik Snyder - Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Haiti – Day 5


     Knee deep in the water somewhere, got the blue-sky breeze blowing wind in my hair, only worry in the world is the tide going to reach my chair…
Today, I believe, was the most fun we have had so far.  We got up and planned on going to the beach. Unfortunately, it had started raining some but we were still going either way. We had eggs and bread with peanut butter and Nutella for breakfast.  After breakfast, we waited about an hour before we left so I got to make some paper airplanes and play soccer with the orphans. 
The drive to the beach was a little over a half hour.  All the driving here has been uncomfortable and crazy in an over-packed van, but getting to see the culture makes the travel time seem shorter than it really is.  We arrived at the coast in the later morning. Driving up to the beach, everyone was so excited; most of us had never experienced the Caribbean sea before.   What made it different was the warmth of the air and the refreshing warm light blue water as we jumped into it.  As soon as we were dropped off, the driver went back to pick up a van full of the older orphans. By the time the kids arrived we had already spent about an hour in the water. It was a lot of fun watching the children experience the ocean for the first time.  Many of them had lived less than 20 miles from the ocean and had never been in it before. Watching them experience it for the first time brought joy to us all.  Some of them jumped right in and enjoyed it, while others were very nervous and wouldn’t let go of us in the water. Later in the day the sun came out and we all ended up getting sunburns. We spent the rest of the afternoon swimming, walking on the beach, and just hanging out with the kids.
Driving along the Haitian coast, you can experience seeing the ocean, the mountains and what look like the jungle all at the same time, which I thought was really cool. We got back and immediately were surrounded by orphans hanging on our sun burnt shoulders, which we quickly applied aloe to.  We ate supper, had devotions and hung out with the kids before going to bed.  I believe the highlight for everyone today was watching the kids jump in the ocean for the first time. 
Something that I have personally been learning is to love kids. Coming on this trip we didn’t know exactly what to expect or what we would be doing. I had in my mind that we would do more building projects but so far we have spent most of our time entertaining and loving on the orphans. These kids have no parents that they can go to everyday for comfort and love, and so they accept it so quickly from us. 

  - Noel Field

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