We enjoyed a quiet, calm Christmas day with just the 5 of us. Enjoying being together. We went to a party on Christmas Eve with the Apage house staff and children and enjoyed it as well.
The day after Christmas the five of us hiked down to the village.
We reversed the direction of our hike from when we went last spring and found it somewhat easier.
Part of the way down, just after a trail branch, Ti Loui caught up with us and put us on an ‘easier’ path that hugged the edge of the mountain side.
Once down we showed Eli two locations with springs. Ti Loui had us stop at a house and borrowed a few chairs. We through we were waiting for a person to come that needed medical advice but it ended up just being a rest stop.
Then we continued on to visit a church, Ti Loui went to the pastor’s house and returned with him and the key so that we could see the church. After a short visit and prayer we started back.
Cory took a couple of mini-side garden trips.
Then we hiked back up, this time there were no scary edges just lots of rocks to watch out for.
The saddest part of our walk was seeing many locations with Voodoo offerings- a dead chicken in a tree, pop on a bamboo pole, colorful banners, corn scattered on the ground… and we heard the drums at night.
Walks around the mountain show the Lord’s power in the great nature and landscapes but they also are a great time to pray for Haiti’s people.
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Both Eli and Anna did very well in their studies this fall. They will be returning to Michigan early next week to start January term on the 3rd. While the good-byes remain hard we will start counting days to our USA visit and Eli’s graduation in May.
|Pastor LeGrand's church in the village|
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