Erika Simonds~ Today we went to the Seguin church. This is my first trip to Haiti, so I was shocked when I saw the condition of the church! I saw pictures of its current state before we left, but seeing it in person was a completely different experience. The Haitians don’t let this keep them from their beautiful worship! There are a few speakers, but even without them, the school choir is loud enough to hear a few hundred feet away. During the songs, an adorable two year old was dancing with the music. Whenever he would see one of us watching him and smiling, he would laugh, hide his face in his jacket, and play peek-a-boo with us behind the speaker. These people that Americans imagine as having so little praise God as if they had everything in the world. I loved being at their church today and look forward to coming back to it on another trip!
Stephanie Braun ~ Today was our first day in the clinic; we cleaned the room, set up dental instruments, and started cleanings. I got to assist Dr. Mitchell by giving suction while he cleaned the students’ teeth. It is so amazing how tough these young children are despite the pain they endure while getting their teeth fixed.
Lauren Buczkowski ~ It is my third time back to Haiti yet I am still amazed by the sights, sounds, and ways of life. Driving up the mountain felt different, almost familiar this time. The bumper to bumper traffic and littered roads didn’t surprise me as much because Haiti feels like home. Seeing my close Haitian friends I have known for four years now grow from young boys to tall young men amazes me. This is my first dental trip, so I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to stomach the blood, but after seeing the pain tolerance of these young children, I was inspired to assist in the procedures. I assisted two doctors in cleaning teeth and also helped cleaning and distributing instruments. It was a long day of hard work, but well worth it. The results of this first day had me in awe; I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has to bring!