The hard work, servant’s hearts & willing hands of four men was an encouraging example of the Body of Christ using their gifts and talents to serve in a practical way.
The first week in March, they traveled from from North Dakota, Illinois & North Carolina to Port-au-Prince, donating their time & expertise to help build a chicken-coop at an AWAA partner orphanage in Croix des Bouquets.
The chicken coop project will provide food as well as an opportunity for the older children to obtain the skills necessary to run the chicken coop.
In preparation for this trip, the men began conversing about how to best serve the orphanage in building the coop. They connected via email with the Haitian project manager, who communicated to the team about the necessary supplies for their trip. Each of the men donated their time and resources to help make this project a reality.
All of the men brought special donations for the coop-building project and some for the children at the orphanage. It was clear that they were in their element with this type of project discussing saws, tools, plans & learning what’s available in hardware stores in Haiti. It’s great to see how God has gifted everyone in such unique ways to meet various needs and serve others.
Upon their arrival at the worksite, the men were initially asked to assist in a side-project helping the orphanage repair a 1,000 gallon water tank on the roof. The team did not hesitate to pitch in and help resolve the situation. Over the course of the next few days, the men served wherever they were need on the jobsite. They also made time to connect with the children at the orphanage by holding babies, playing sports and simply giving of their time.
Even after a long day of working outside in the hot sun, they jumped at the opportunity to teach an English class for some of the staff at the guesthouse in the evenings and help with some smaller maintenance projects.
By the end of the week, the coop had made significant progress, which left the team encouraged about the final stages of building. By early April, they hope to have the chicken coop fully completed and up and running.
We are grateful for their willingness to serve and be a part of a project that will provide in an ongoing way for the children at the orphanage.