Today we started off the morning with devotions with Justin leading us in a few worship songs. Dean led the devotions and prayer time to get us ready to start the day.
After a great breakfast we headed to Fayeton and got organized into two teams, Team A led by Justin and Team One led by Gary. We were waiting on some supplies, conduit, wood for making a ladder and the solar mounting racks which were still in the container at customs at the Port of Gonaives.
Today is a holiday in Haiti as was the whole weekend so the port was officially closed but Pastor Dony was able to get in to retrieve our supplies. The container was packed with school furniture for Fayeton donated by Westminster Christian in Miami who graciously shared their container to allow us to ship the solar equipment and supplies to Haiti. Unfortunately some of our supplies were packed at the other end of the container (away from the door) and the port officials would not let us offload the furniture to get to it. Pastor Dony had two helpers that were able to crawl through the furniture and get to our supplies so we had them in the afternoon, Praise God!
The two teams were able to accomplish a lot today, wiring the solar equipment room and the girls’ dorm and even we even got the solar panels partially mounted on the roof. We are ahead of schedule!
Susan and Toni worked with the children (off school today because of the holiday) having the kids put their hand prints on a large mural prepared by Linda Fox of SRC. The kids had a great time putting paint on their hands and making prints and signing their name under each print. In the afternoon, Greg took them outside to play with some playground balls.
We worked until dark, attaching the last rack of solar panels by flashlight and then went back to the hotel where we ate and went to bed early.
We were very tired but feeling good about what we had accomplished on the first day of work.