For those who don’t know (which is probably most of you) I spent the last week of my life in Haiti doing a vacation bible school there. It was a fabulous trip and I got to know a lot of incredible Hatian people. On one of our last days there, many of the young men we were working with brought in some goods and crafts they’d made for us to buy as souvenirs, which also served as a good source of income for them. They had coffee beans and necklaces and hand carved jewelry boxes and paintings and decorated machetes. One young man, Elize, who had been our main interpreter during the trip, was selling embroidered dish towels. He told me that he led a class in which he taught people how to embroider, and these towels were made by him and his students. I was very excited by this, not only because I thought it was cool that he knew how to do this traditionally feminine craft, but also that he was teaching others and giving them a way to make money. I got this one for $10 USD, which could probably buy a meal for a family in Haiti. I loved finding people who were doing much the same thing as I am in this very different culture.
Okay but I’ve been out of the country for a week without any form of contact with anyone and I just got back last night and I just really love being around my husband again.