Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday - Time for school!


Monday

Another beautiful sunrise…
I actually miss watching the sunrise while I brush my teeth outside.











Onto Monday:  time to teach these children! A few of our team members headed to Life is Hope B to start on some construction projects. The rest of us went to Life is Hope A and had a morning of school and learning.  A handful of our team split into smaller teams and taught different activities to the children.
One group taught them how to count to 10 in English and also played a “Days of the Week” game.










Another group taught the kids what germs are and how they spread. I think this was a favorite among the children. We gave all of the kids lotion and then just a few a handful of sparkles. Then, we had them give eachother high-fives, shake hands and play – through this they got to see the sparkles transfer from themselves to someone else, thus learning how germs are spread. Of course then we had to teach them how to wash their hands; they liked this, too!










We also taught them the story of Jesus and gave them bracelets to help remind them of His story.

For lunch the team was provided with ham and cheese sandwiches, cookies and Pringles! Then, we got some mangos! Yummy - they might be very messy but they are very good!

In the afternoon we played games with the kids which included bowling, soccer, jumping, arm wrestling and singing songs.

I have to share this little lady’s picture. She came up behind me and started tickling me – and wouldn’t stop! I was laughing until it hurt, then I turned around and tickled her; she was pretty cute!

A lot of the younger children would often fall asleep in the afternoon. My little boy, David, fell asleep on me and two different times someone tried to take him and put him in bed. He woke up each time and came running and crying back to snuggle with me. Oh, how I miss him!


Later on that afternoon we played peek-a-boo :).








Late in the afternoon we headed back to our house, hard as it may have been. I could have stayed with those kids the whole week!

Dinner and a wonderful time of worship outside filled the rest of our evening.

Goodnight,
Kaileia

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sunday, Church and Fun!


The sunrise was beautiful this morning!
For breakfast we had peanut butter and jelly rolls (the peanut butter is spicy - interesting), bananas, coffee, hot cocoa, and corn flakes. Then, off to Life is Hope A for church and a day of fun! Driving to the orphanage, and really anywhere in Haiti, is scary! On the roads in Bon Repos, where we were, traffic was crazy and there was always a lot of honking. Our transportation was a big yellow bus and we only made it through the streets of Haiti alive with our amazing bus driver, Ellie! If you have anxiety you probably wouldn’t want to watch out the front of the bus, as you pass another car or bus and have a huge dump truck coming directly to you. Somehow, with Ellie and God, we made it through.

Finally got to the orphanage – yeah! When we walked in, a multitude of children rushed us. Some of them were looking for the people who they had met last year when a group from our church came, some others looking for a new face to say hello to and love.

After the initial greeting process was over, we all sat down together while the worship team got up and sang a few songs. One they particularly love is O Happy Day.  They love the motions and we were all dancing right along with them! After worship a few team members shared their testimonies, some others acted out a skit about sin, and then Jesse Weaver preached to the kids. Thank You, Jesus, for our interpreters; we wouldn’t have made it through the week without them!


The rest of the day was spent playing with the kids. The girls loved to comb and braid our hair, and even 
Jesse’s! 












The boys got a game of soccer going.


I took lots of pictures, which each child wanted to see after they smiled nicely at me. They would come up to me and say, “photo?” and smile – I had fun! Mangos were also eaten; the orphanage has a few mango trees which was kind enough to provide us with fresh mangos all week!


Everyone had so much fun with the kids, and I'm sure the kids had fun with us! Late in the afternoon sleepiness settled in on a few of them. 





One little girl who attached herself to me was Madilynn, she was so cute and loved make faces at the camera.






We left late in the afternoon to head back to our house. When we got there Almando had brought a bunch of sugar cane for everyone to try – yummy!

Later that evening, we went over to a church and worshiped along side with some Haitians, singing in Creole and English. Our worship team also had a chance to lead a few songs of worship; it was fun!
Then off to bed – big day tomorrow!
More tomorrow,
Kaileia

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 1&2 of the missions trip to Haiti!


We all made it home safely last night and got some much needed rest. What an amazing week! God did so much through all of our lives and the children’s lives. I can’t wait to share all the stories and photos I have. Thank you to everyone who supported our trip financially and in prayer.

Day 1 and 2
We got out of Pullman on time – with 29 people that’s pretty impressive! We headed over in 2 vans and a Suburban to SeaTac airport for our 10:00pm flight.




Everything went smoothly and we all got checked in and to our gate on time. The first leg of the flight was to Newark, New Jersey and since it was an overnight flight, most of us slept.
The sun greeted us warmly as we flew in. We spent the next few hours in the airport grabbing some food and seeing the New York City skyline from New Jersey.


Around 10:00am we took off for Haiti – by this time it was still surreal that I was going to be in Haiti in a few hours, a whole other country. The flight was great and we got to see some pretty islands as we flew over the Atlantic and Caribbean.












First look at Haiti.

We got to Haiti safely, and were greeted by a mariachi band playing in the airport. Everyone got through customs and we met Almando (our team leader from Praying Pelican Missions) and Ellie (our amazing bus driver) and headed to our house!



The house we were staying in was on some property that also had a small orphanage. When we got there we met two other missionary teams that we would be working with from Mississippi and Texas. We also got to hang out with some of the kids, and the boys started a fun game of football (soccer).


















The worship team - Almando, Beckons, Melissa, Jordan, Julie and I, had a lot of fun practicing as the sun set behind us. 




For dinner we had rice and beans with special red sauce, chicken and fried plantain. Then to bed!

…and that’s just the first two days…
I’m really looking forward to posting about the rest of our time in Haiti.
Please feel free to share this blog with anyone (i.e., family and friends) who would be interested in reading and seeing a lot of pictures from Haiti.
Thank you and goodnight,
Kaileia Sherman

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Missions Trip to Haiti

Hello everyone!
It has been a while since I've blogged but I have some exciting news to share. I will be going to Haiti on a missions trip to work in an orphanage! This is an amazing opportunity and I'm excited about this experience. In a little less than 48 hours I will be leaving with 28 other people from my church to start our journey to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  We will be getting into Haiti on Saturday afternoon. Some things we will be doing; teaching the 90+ children about proper hygiene, teaching them English, singing with them and playing with them. We will also be building them bunk-beds, cubbies and a storage shed. There is also a chance we will help build a wall out of concrete bricks at another orphanage  I have been so blessed financially on this trip and I want to thank those who have donated to my cause. 
We will be flying back into the United States on March 16th and flying back to Washington on the 17th. Soon thereafter I will be going through my pictures (of which I'm sure there will be many) and I will start to blog again. I will blog about the things we did while there and sharing pictures from our trip. 

Please keep me and the other people going on this missions trip in your prayers. 
Talk to you all when I get back!
Kaileia