in no particular order...
- watching TV shows online
- having a car to drive
- Chipotle and Wendy's
- understanding the cashier at the grocery store
- the public library
- having a microwave
I really like being in Haiti, but I miss a lot of things about the United States. Recently the arrival of some small treasures brought joy to my heart.
Golden Nuggets is a term I am borrowing from my friend Sini who is spending her senior
year of high school in Indonesia as a foreign exchange student. She
calls all the random facts she's gathered about the country she's now
in Golden Nuggets. In that vein, I am going to periodically share Golden
Nuggets about Haiti.
It's been busy at MTM lately. This is our second week of clinic and my parents' visit was squished in between them. I feel like I need a vacation!
Today is Friday, so I have a discipleship class with some middle school girls at QCS today. (QCS is the American Christian school Willem and Beth's boys attend.) Because I'm not going up to the clinic today, I had planned to get a lot of work accomplished on my computer today. You know, responding to the e-mails that have piled up and finishing my February newsletter. However, I left my computer at home this morning. I guess I'll have to find another way to be productive...
Because the clinic is open today, I will split my time between helping in the dossier room and teaching in the high school. When I first arrive in Gramothe I'll head straight to the dossier room and either help pull the dossiers for the patients waiting to see the doctors or file the dossiers from yesterday. At 11:20 I will walk over to the high school and begin teaching for the day.
Today is my busiest teaching day. I have Rheto, which is the equivalent of 12th grade. I would like to work on reading English texts with them, but I don't have enough of the book I'd like to use. I'll figure something out. Then I have 8th grade and 9th grade. The 8th grade will work on past tense verbs. The 9th grade will probably work on adjectives, but I need to check their notebooks first.
Here are some of the sentences 8th grade will work with. Check your English skills by trying to change these sentences to past tense.
This weekend a medical team arrived at the guest house. They were delayed a couple of days due to the snow in the Midwest, but they finally arrived on Saturday afternoon. I am excited to welcome some familiar faces back to the guest house. It's especially sweet to have Beth Martin and Dr. Marcia on this team because they were both a part of the April 2010 team when I fell in love with Haiti and decided I should move here. I've already enjoyed the little time I've spent with them.
If that wasn't enough, my parents fly in on Thursday morning. They'll only be here a couple of days, but I am SUPER excited to show them my life in Haiti. And, of course, they'll get to meet Arold (ah-wol) while they're here.
For the past week there has been a five person Canadian team staying at the guest house. The team is comprised of three high school seniors named Audra, Ashley, and Hessey plus Audra's dad and grandpa. I have been able to spend a lot of time with the girls. The first day they were here, they sat in on part of my after school computer class. The next day we all went to Dumay together (that will have to be a separate post), and for the past two days they've walked to Gramothe with me and helped in my classes. I've really enjoyed having them around and am sad to see them leave today.
My new friends have more energy than I will ever hope to have. They are constantly running around with the little kids, conversing with the high school students, and helping in general. They practically run up the mountain, and they even convinced me to take the shortcut (goat trail) going down to the riverbed! (It wasn't bad at all, and I'm planning to take it today when I walk up by myself.)
These girls were able to experience more of Haiti than most team members. Part of that is because there were only three of them (the dad and grandpa worked on some maintenance work for us). Another factor is that they were not working in the clinc. Medical teams really only see what happens in the clinic, but these girls were free to go to Dumay for a day and to visit Laboule Children's Home another day. Plus, they were willing to do anything. I loved their humility and servant's hearts.