October 9, 2017 | Day 4 – The Mountain Church
Today was the notorious hike to Mountain Church. Usually the hike is just under 2 miles each way, which adds up to a whole lot of sweaty people when you consider the hills, the rocks they climb, the heat, and the humidity. This year the trail had some extra difficult sections due to weather damage so the team went an extra half mile each way trekking around the washed out parts of road. Despite the difficulty and heat, this is a normal journey for many of the Haitians in the area. While on the hike, the team passed two very young babies (one of them less than a week old) and their mothers making the same trip. All in all it took them about an hour and a half each direction to make it from the Joshua House up to the Mountain Church and back. Last year when they visited the Mountain Church it had sustained some damage from Hurricane Matthew but this year the congregation has fixed and rebuilt their complex and fenced in the whole thing with barbed wire which is no small feat when you consider that every piece of material had be arduously hauled up the mountain. Our team had a great time with the congregation and again delivered their prepared teachings to the adults, young adults, and children. All the teachings went very well and afterwards they shared another delicious Haitian meal. They also had the special treat of being given fresh coconut milk straight from the coconuts in the area. After their time at the Mountain Church, everyone returned to the Joshua House for a dinner of spaghetti, meat sauce, and rice. Then they went over to Pastor Jean Claude’s home to hang out with the kids. It was raining and they had to stay inside so they ended up playing Uno and a very boisterous game of spoons. There is still some discussion on the correct rules of the game but everyone had a great time together. The team was eager to head home, wind down with some team time, and hit the hay early (but not before showering). They are looking forward to spending time at the EBAC academy and the IDADEE orphanage tomorrow. Please continue to lift them up in prayer as they share Christ’s love with the children tomorrow.