“See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. Be attentive to him and heed his voice.” Exodus 23:20-21
Even though we heard this beautiful Word this morning it didn’t seem like angels were being sent to us when the day began. It started at 3 a.m with someone preaching through the streets on a microphone. The only words we understood were “accept the Lord.” Then all the dogs in Jeremie began to bark along with everey rooster.
We understood that Mass was going to be in the Bishop’s chapel at 6 a.m. We got up at 5:20 a.m. to make our way to the chapel. We met someone to open the door and we waited until 7:15 a.m. No one came. We decided to go for breakfast and only after we finished we heard the bell that is rung for meals. Yesterday we had dinner at 1 p.m. and supper at 7:30 p.m. So we thought we knew the schedule. Today dinner was at 12:20 and supper was at 6:30 p.m. We have learned that whenever it is ready the bell rings.
After breakfast we returned to our room and had another adventure, the table which had our ptcher of water, glasses, and other things that we brought with us suddenly collapsed. Everything fell and shattered. Water was everywhere. This was not easy to clean without any needed cleaning supplies. The morning just begun and we were soaked from our sweat.
At 9 a.m. We went to see the Missionary Sisters of Charity who have a medical clinic for women, men and children. We had no way to tell the Sisters we were coming but they were very gracious and allowed us to see their place. We were very moved by the small sick children. They are not orphans but are brought to the clinic for medical attention especially from malnutrition. They stay in the clinic until they are well.
On the way back we stopped to buy some water and other needed items, especially bug spray, something we need everywhere we go. And we are not talking only about mosquitoes. We thanked God that we both befriended lizards during our past experinces because here in Haiti they are everywhere as well as in the house. We met the Good Shepherd Sisters in the store and were invited to visit with them on Thursday.
In the early afternoon we sat on the terrace, from which we have a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea, to study our Creole. Two otherr challenges of today was no water or electricity. During this time we wrote (the old fashioned way with pen and paper) the prayers for the rosary in Creole. Later we walked the streets continuing our novena to St. Francis to meet and greet the people in Jeremie. At 5:15 p.m. we went to the Cathedral to pray the rosary with the Legion of Mary. They seem to gather for the month of October to pray the rosary and a variety of other prayers. We are learning to say the rosary in Creole. At the end of the service everyone received a scripture qoute and we were assured through the passages we received that God had not forgotten us and desires us to walk in faith. They are: John 11:40 and Psalm 72:12, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” and “he will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed who have no one to defend them.”