- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 05 June 2012 05 June 2012
We're just a few days away, and Robin, our trip advisor, just sent us an awesome overview of what we'll be up to this week!
Saturday will be a low-key day as everyone arrives. We will have an orientation of the guesthouse where we'll be staying and eat dinner together as a team. Our host, John, the director of Heartline Ministries, will come by the guesthouse on Saturday evening after dinner to meet us and give us a brief orientation.
We will go to church in Port Au Prince on Sunday morning. After church we will take a driving tour (in one of the mission's enclosed pickup trucks) through Port-au-Prince. A few people in the group will be donating blood that afternoon.
The work week: We will begin each morning at 7:00 AM with breakfast and a meeting with John, who will share a devotion and the day's work plan. Then we break into teams and head to our various work sites. After work, we'll gather back at the guesthouse for dinner as a group. We'll spend time talking about "God-sightings" from the day. The rest of the evening, we will be free time at the guesthouse. This is when we will be updating this blog—assuming the internet connection is working (it can be a little spotty sometimes)!
Friday, after we wrap up any outstanding projects, we will go to the Port-au-Prince tin market for some shopping. Robin tells us that this is a very unique Haitian experience.
We're expecting to be challenged in new and emotional ways during this week in Haiti. We also expect to work hard! In Robin's words, "Through your service and your time with the Heartline staff, I guarantee you will also encounter the living God! It’s going to be an amazing experience! You will all return home changed in some way from what you see and experience in Haiti. There will be difficult and challenging moments during the week but also moments of hope and joy."
“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness”, “mercy”, “loyalty”, “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself”, active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?