Our second day on the work site was the day after Thanksgiving. A day we’ve come to call “Black Friday” in the USA.
These amazing volunteers that traveled to Haiti with me were building eternal friendships and helping connect people to God. They were, as Jesus said in Matthew 6, investing in heavenly “treasure”.
Water Tank —
During the course of the day the crew working on the water tank project connected all the pipes to the tank and when the valve was turned on water flowed freely! It took about 65 minutes to completely fill the 300-gallon tank. Prayers had been answered in a powerful way.
Rain Catch System —
God’s blessings continued to magnify when the team encountered a problem with the rain catch system. The block used to construct the building was too porous. Whenever the men attempted to use masonry screws to attach the wooden support brackets to the side of the building the screws easily worked their way out of the wall.
A “best solution” was devised, but it would require bolts that were over 8” long. This would allow the brackets to be securely attached to the side of the building with anchors that went from the outside wall, through the wall and terminated on the inside of the building. We were assured nothing like this existed in this rural mountain region.
In an effort to try every option Greg and Sonel went to the local hardware store. Sure enough, in a pile on one often overlooked corner of a store shelf were long bolts. They were the perfect size! The water catch system could now be completed.
Play Time for the Children —
After Kathy taught more classes in French and the ladies conducted another afternoon VBS there was a little time left for play. The little girls enjoyed having their fingernails painted.
The little boys lined built marshmallow blow guns using 1/4” PVC pipe.
At the end of the day the church held a special time of worship to give glory to God for the new source of water and their new friendships. Greg was asked to preach and Sonel translated.
Food Distribution —
On Saturday the team had the blessing of praying with families in the neighborhood near the hotel. Afterwards the families were invited to come to the hotel. No explanation was given, simply an invitation to stop by the hotel. Everyone accepted the invitation everyone received 55 pounds of rice and other staples for feeding their families.
“21 Some people store up treasures in their homes here on earth. This is a shortsighted practice —don’t undertake it. Moths and rust will eat up any treasure you may store here. Thieves may break into your homes and steal your precious trinkets. 20 Instead, put up your treasures in heaven where moths do not attack, where rust does not corrode, and where thieves are barred at the door. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”