Another astonishing day in Haiti. We trekked up a steep hill (with more than a few stops by me to catch my breath!) to reach the Lalo community school. We were able to go into the very small school and see all the children in their individual tiny classrooms. Then, they came out and sang for us. We had a chance to sing for them (and learn en Kreyol) "I've got peace like a river." We got some amazing photographs in the course of the day and look forward to sharing more - with stories - when internet access (and energies) are a bit more robust.
The afternoon was spent getting to know 40 children in the Haiti Partners choir. We had time to talk with them before they sang for us. Among the many pieces, they agreed to teach us two of the songs. And we did our best to learn from Alex a beautiful song written by him and Merline Engel about the earthquake. Then in our singing for them, we taught several songs. What fun to dance and sing with the children this day! Even better: at the end of the day one of the children said he hoped very much that he would get to sing with us again before we returned to the States. We hope to do that on Friday.
We have no idea just how things will unfold if Aristide does, indeed, show up tomorrow. But we hope for the best. The plan is to go into the city to visit Wings of Hope (of St Joseph's family) and the Lutheran Church in Haiti. If things are calm enough, we also will have some time to do a little "shopping" (crafts and some candy for the choir children)...
Brief though this is, I just want to say that hope for Haiti grows deep within us as we get to know the children (and teachers and administrators) in the Haiti Partners schools. We are so grateful to be here learning. Thanks for all the loving, prayerful support.