Friday, January 4, 2019

2019 !!!

Happy New Year!

On Saturday during our communication time on-line we heard how terrible the traffic in Port-au-Prince tends to be between Christmas and New Years.

Not wanting to risk Eli and Anna missing their plane we arranged to overnight at Ortlip on Sunday night and went down the mountain after worshiping a bit with the Agape kids.

We enjoyed visiting with our teammates the Stephens and Stanlies. Anna and Fritzlin enjoyed swimming in the sea. 

We also took the opportunity to load up 1/2 the Land Cruiser with some of our things from Fauche, still sitting in storage at Ortlip.

Monday we headed off before sunrise for shopping in Port and the airport drop off. All the prayers payed off. We did not run into any traffic jams. 

We got our shopping done in good time and were even able to visit the sugar cane museum near the Embassy before dropping off Eli and Anna at the airport.

We then headed toward home. Teammates Dr. Bob & Marcia & Hope from LaGonave met us on the way up the mountain. 

They had only been able to find one motorcycle so they rode up with us, and Hope experienced her first trip up to Délice via moto. 

All were tired on arrival but after some leftover food we enjoyed celebrating the New Year by roasting some marshmallows over a fire and admired the stars before heading to bed at 8:30. 
Freshly made made guava jam

New Year’s Day we enjoyed fellowship with our visitors and took the morning to go hiking. We started with a short drive to the coffee plantation of Dion, to our east. 

Once there we asked for directions to ones further east and were lead to the plantation ruins of Sabourin. 

An older man pointed out two more ruins that we looked at with binoculars. 

One was out of our way but on our way back home we stopped and hiked up to explore the ruins of Labour. 
New signs at Dion and then at the cross-roads helped us to learn the names as well as to know where to look for additional ruins…part of the National Historical Park of the Mathew mountain chain.

There are 13 marked ruins on the one map in our area. Kris has been to 6 and all 5 of us to a small area not marked. 

We enjoyed the rest of Tuesday and a bit of conversation on Wed. morning before they started off on foot to join up with their moto drivers for the trip down the mountain. 

A phone call Wed. night let us know that they arrived safely back on LaGonave, having made it to the public ferry only 10 minutes before it left. 

The rest of this week we’re doing ’normal’ things like wash, school, organizing, correspondence, watering plants and trees [please pray for rain], working on the house, and planning for 2019.

 Workers will start working again next week. 

Praising the Lord that as we ramp up the work on the Konsey Creole health books we finally found our Creole dictionaries! 

Packing up our home in Fauche occurred in three major parts spanning over two years time [a few things still remain in the North or at Ortlip] and because we didn’t keep detailed records of what items were packed in what action packers or boxes we did not know where many things ended up.  

Praying for 2019 plans. Thankful for a good start.

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