We have now been in Haiti for about two months, so I thought I’d just give you a quick update on how we’re doing and settling in to our new life here. As we’ve stated, everything is so different and there’s so much to learn – new culture, language, people, ways of doing just about everything… It has been a difficult transition, but we feel that each day gets a little easier and we learn and understand just a little bit more about Haiti.
Our first month at the guesthouse was very busy as we had a lot of guests from all over the place doing many different things – working with orphans, building a school, setting up an adoption agency in the U.S., helping out medically in different places… It is really neat to see so many people with hearts to serve and give. We have enjoyed being the “house parents” as people call us, and being available to help people process their experience here, answer questions, and attend to any needs that come up. Though our role is very demanding and tiring at times, it is even more rewarding and energizing.
Our second month here was a lot slower, and we had time to rest a bit more and settle in. We have been able to visit a few places such as a beautiful waterfall up the mountain, go to Indigo Beach for a day off (soooo beautiful – you feel like you’re transported to some other place far away), and go to some restaurants in the area with great food (pizza!) and even swimming pools. We are thankful to be discovering some places to “get away” and recharge.
Our days are still very random, filled with buying groceries for meals, buying diesel for the generator, fixing random things that break, planning meals, confirming reservations, changing money, Ryan helping Heartline with computer issues, and anything else that comes up. We have also been taking Creole classes three times per week, and we have already learned a lot. It is really fun to be able to communicate with our Haitian staff in their language and get to know them.
So overall, I’d say we’re doing okay. Definitely still adjusting and missing things and people from home, but as I said, it gets a little easier each day. We truly appreciate your prayers, phone calls, Skype chats, and comments on our blog. It means so much to know that you are along with us on this journey, and we can learn and benefit from each other’s experiences. Thank you to everyone for your support!
* Pictures taken by Evan Hunt