May 13 - Cory Jacobsen
Monday, May 13, 2013
Hello from Port au Prince, Haiti. Cory Jacobsen here. This past week the team and I embarked on a wonderful journey traveling throughout Haiti, experiencing their culture and getting the opportunity to serve such lovely people. Our time is running short as we only have one full day left here. It has truly been an eye opening experience that has changed my life.
Today, we got up to eat breakfast and listened to devotion by Tony Fiegen. Tony graduated from SDSU, and from the men’s basketball team, but he continues to lead our team by devotion today and by speaking in church yesterday. He’ll be missed!
Next we traveled out to our first location. Our first stop took about an hour and a half to two hours. The place we spent our afternoon at was called the Joy House. A lady named Norma started the Joy House in 1996. Norma is a U.S. citizen, but has decided to devote half of every year to provide for the Haitian people in need. A church and school also accompany the Joy House. The school’s teacher, Kasey, is also a U.S. citizen and explained that it was Jesus’ word that she devote her time to Haiti and teach.
Pastor Maxo talked before lunch and explained his journey from America to Haiti. He told us that he could have accepted a big corporate job but, decided that his faith was calling him into a different direction to become a pastor. He told us about his trip to Africa, and the difficulties leading up to that, just to preach the word of Jesus Christ. Talk about dedication! Pastor is one powerful man that I respect because of his passion and commitment to his religion.
For lunch we stayed at the Joy House where they provided us with some great food. The Joy House is right off of the ocean, so the view from the balcony was amazing! The team soaked in the sights of beautiful Haiti.
Following the tour of the Joy House, we proceeded to our last shoe distribution of the week. The kids were great. The most patient and well mannered group yet. One little boy, maybe one year-old, named Tijo stood out in the group and grabbed everyone’s attention. Once he got his feet washed and his new shoes the focus was right back on him. He went straight to bouncing the soccer ball and playing soccer outside. Just a ball of fire!
Another thing that stuck out through out the shoe distribution was that Norma and Kasey, unknown to them, were told to come get their feet washed. It was an extremely emotional process for both of them. They are constantly serving others and got choked up because they were the recipients of service.
After leaving Joy House we dropped off jerseys, balls, shoes and other equipment to the sports complex that we visited Saturday. The sports complex belongs to the FCA of Haiti. This time we got to tour the facility. It was amazing! There were outside badminton, volleyball, tennis, handball, soccer and basketball courts. The complex also had a gymnasium for basketball and was filled with various workout equipment.
The day ended with an Insanity workout, a dip in the pool and a tremendous dinner. It was another successful day in Haiti serving to those in need.
Thank you for reading,