One of the most important jobs we have right now as we continue to settle into our new home is to learn the culture and the language. Every day we face situations that are different from anything we’ve ever had to deal with before. Understanding the culture and language can help us navigate our world.
To get a better handle on the language, we spent the first week in January in Port au Prince in intensive language lessons. We also took the opportunity while we were there to visit some of the national monuments and see some local sights.
We spent some time at the National Museum which is small but well done and a great way to learn the history of Haiti.
It’s difficult to get away because there never seems to be a lack of work to do, but as wise and more experienced missionaries say, “The work was here before you came and it will be here after you leave.” I’m thankful we had this time as a family to explore and learn more about the beautiful country of Haiti.
We were blessed to spend a couple of nights at the missionary guest house in Port au Prince. The view from the roof is stunning and we had a great time fellowshipping with the Selden family and the Gilles family.
All 4 of us spent six hours each day in Creole lessons and I’ve got to say that Peter and Gaëlle did so well. They already know a lot of vocabulary because of their background and their French. The 3 French speakers just need a little practice. And a little correction. Our instructors were amazed at the vocabulary the kids already have.
For most of the week, we drove up the mountain to the Baptist Mission where we stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment. The temperatures are quite a bit cooler and we all felt relaxed at the end of each day. The kids played with some fun loving missionary kids and so were able to expend lots of energy running around and being crazy.
On Saturday we headed back to our little island with a package in hand from friends in Nova Scotia. You can see Gaëlle’s delight as she loves her candy. A sweet treat and a great way to end our week.