Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 12 | Shannon Robison

This morning, my team had Bible Study with the Haitians at the Mission. Kenton delivered the message. It was really amazing and inspiring to hear him speak. I know that he is a strong, Godly man, but I usually experience his goofy side. He spoke about comforting others because at some point or another, we all need to be comforted. He reminded us that although the world is full of pain, it is also full of love, and it is our duty as Christians to love and comfort people, because God loves each and every one of us the same. After Bible study we went to work on the house. Spoiler alert of how my day went: I blew my nose tonight and sand came out. I spent some time sifting fine sand again, which is used to make the stucco that coats the walls of the house. I was also able to work IN the house for the first time! I helped put stucco on the walls and sand them over. It was surprisingly cool in the house, and I really enjoyed working on the walls! I now have sand and cement throughout my hair (and apparently my nose, too). We were able to finish the inside walls, put the roof on, and put the doors and shutters in. One of our translators, Robinson, taught us new words and phrases in Creole, which was fun and entertaining. My favorite part of the day, though, was getting to meet the family whom we are building for. The father has been working with us all week, but the mother stopped by today with their two kids: Neika and Sheil. The mother, Chery, insisted on helping us work. She spent the entire afternoon sifting sand and refused to take a break. The only problem was that she needed someone to hold Sheil, her four month old son. So, NATURALLY, I volunteered to hold him. He is the most precious little baby. He never made a sound as the girls passed him around. We blew bubbles with his older sister, Neika, and I let her have some of my stickers. She stuck them on herself as well as all over us! I took her picture and we realized that she has probably never seen herself before… This was a humbling realization. These kids have touched me so much. I am so thankful I was able to spend time with them today. After we were back at the compound, we had dinner [rice, bean, beef, and veggie mixture, chocolate chip muffins, and Jello with fruit (Mangos, Dad! Mango…Mango…!)]. After dinner I attempted to kick a soccer ball around on the playground. I attempted this in a skirt that buttoned all the way down the front. Thank goodness I had shorts on underneath because, even after I unbuttoned the bottom button, I busted two more completely off! After soccer and my wardrobe malfunction, we had a really nice Bible study. Thank you, Mom and Dad for your message (they are read out loud to the entire team every night), and thank you, Lala for sending me one every day. ☺


  1. Shannon, you don't know me, but I've been enjoying your blogs so much. I loved your spoiler alert! I appreciate your sharing about Kenton's message; I've never heard him preach yet. I'm looking forward to that. Your detailed descriptions give us such a clear image of what is happening there. Thank you!

  2. Did you master the Haitian flip mud onto the wall? I had a tough time with it. I am very blessed to read you experiences and sad I could not serve with you this week. Keep up the great work and have fun tomorrow. Love you cuz!

  3. I knew it was just a matter of time before you had a baby in your arms Shan. That was quite a sacrifice you made to do that. When you talk about the children it brings back such powerful memories of when Mom & I were there. I still get that funny feeling inside when I think of them. Appreciate the mango update! Love you doll! Can't wait to hear everything.......Dad

  4. MANGO! Mango mango! MANGOOOOO!!! And chocolate chip muffins?? I'm seriously jealous as I currently nibble on my half banana... ;)

    Stan and I watch the videos every night, and in the Day 10 video when we first saw you playing with the kids, we both went, "Ahhh! AhhHAAAA!" And now you've officially held a baby! Life complete :D The videos are also super helpful in teaching Stan about the family.....or at least a small fraction of it. The majority of the video I spend going, "Cousin......cousin..........another cousin...." LOL

    Stan says he's so happy for you, which goes for us both. We both love you Shan!

  5. OH! And P.S. Now we've both officially had a button buster moment! Woohoo!!!