Tracy and Elise here! Hey family and friends, we are adjusting to life here in Haiti very well. We're super sweaty, no makeup and our hair has seen better days, but we are LOVING it! The food is awesome. We have discovered the yummy Haitian treat, spicy peanut butter and we are bringing some home for you! You should see us at night in our bug nets, that are sealed shut, no bugs allowed. Another day taurantula free, in our room at least.

God is doing amazing things here! Last night we met an ex witch doctor (Zourel)who told us his testimony. He shared with us about how he came to know Christ and how he used to live in darkness and now he is sharing his faith with other whitch doctors. Yesterday, we played with about 60 kids at the food distrubution center. The room was full of laughter as we played with balloons and crafts. They are so amazing and joyfull little kids! We are going to miss them. We (tracy and I) painted 3 benches for the worship center yesterday! We feel like so much was accomplished, the other part of our team worked on a house and laying cement! yey.

Today...was eventful, even though it's only about 12:30 right now. We started off our morning at 4:30am!! (yes, that's 2:30am at home) with a hike to a bat cave. This was no easy hike. It took us about 6 hours total. The scenery was beautiful, green mountains, corn fields, and grass so tall it was above all of our heads! We saw some baby goats and cows. We stopped to rest, eat and gaze at the view over the whole city of Pignon. Then we arrived! At the mouth of the cave there were 2 boa constrictors curled up in a tree. AHH!!! They didn't come near us, thank goodness! The whole inside of the cave was covered in guano (bat poo) and we needed flashlights just to see our way. There were bats flying around our heads. So then, I (Elise) decided to venture deeper into the cave with others. To get to the next area, we had to JUMP over a muddy/guano filled pool. Thankfully i made it...on the way there...on the way back, I wasn't so lucky...I jumped and my left foot sank THIGH DEEP into a hole of guano. Yes, that is the picture you are seeing above. My bat poo covered leg. On the way down the mountain, Tracy had a little spill into a bush when she lost her footing on some loose rocks which is nothing new for her. Into a bush she went and her pants got a nice big hole in them. It was more of a tipping over then a fall really.

Other than that, we are doing great! Excited to see what God will do through our team. We LOVE and miss you guys tons, and we are loving the letters. Until our next update! Tracy and Elise, signing off.


jeremice on July 18, 2009 at 1:29 PM  

Ha, owned! Well hey glad to hear from you guys, keep up the hard work!! And let em know who you work for:) Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16
Show some love!! Peace out,


Paula on July 18, 2009 at 3:37 PM  

ok, tell me what have you done with the REAL Elise. Surely this girl that went into a bat cave cannot be my daughter! What an experience you are having. Thanks so much for posting on the blog, it just made my day. I miss our talks. I'm so proud of you!

Karen on July 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM  

Ha ha ha! I love it! Not only the guana episode, but Tracy's slow tumble into a bush...I can totally picture it! (Speaking of which, I hope you got plenty of pictures!) I love you guys! Keep those blogs coming! I check several times a day, 'cuz I'm so anxious to hear how it's going. We're praying for you all the time! Love you!

Dad B. on July 18, 2009 at 4:32 PM  

Dear T & E.,

I can picture the two of you standing there, guano on one and torn pants on the other laughing your heads off. I am so glad you guys are having a good time and also that you are making a difference in the lives of others. I continue to pray for you each day. By the way, when Madre read last nights blog she was crying and all choked up. She prayed hard about which versus to choose and what to write in the daily notes she included in you luggage. I love you Beans and miss you.

Padre B

Timothy on July 18, 2009 at 8:27 PM  

That's my sisty.