Friday, July 17, 2015

Day 2 | Miranda Riffle

Today was the first day of work and needless to say it was a very long day. My group was at the house building site where our two main jobs were hauling cinder blocks to the site (which thankfully wasn’t far) and sifting sand. I was the block stacker and Madison and I became champion shifters—we even learned the Haitian way of throwing out the excess rocks. After we had learned how, we wished that someone would have taught us sooner because we got so much more sand sifted. My hopes were to have six pack abs by the end, but I think I’m just going to be extremely sore instead. Overall, we had a really great time. The work was tough but once we got a system going for everything, it flew by. Bill, Shane, Chase and my dad even THREW blocks to each other, they got video footage because Bill doesn’t think anyone will believe that they did it the way the Haitians were. One of our Translators was very talkative and Madison and I ended up learning a lot about the culture/people just by asking him questions—his humor also helped time fly by, fast. The family that we are building the house for seemed very grateful and the father shook all of hands before we left. Keep these families and our groups in your prayers as the week continues… Day one was already a hard one, not only due to the physical work but to have to see the hardships that some of these families have to face and how grateful they are to have so little. Day one was already the beginning of a humble experience for me, and I look forward to the rest of the week.

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