Backrow: Jeff VanderMolen, Luther Hansley, Edmund, Standing: Sarah VanderMolen, Stephanie Rohrer, Shannon Bowditch, Liz Miller, Erin Martin, Cassie Schumacher, Melissa Noonan, Jackie Berda, Dan Seigried, Knelling: Jill Morales, Katie Brennan, Mike Bowen, Amy Serridge, Alec Heisey, Lynn Williams, Dadee

Backrow: Jeff VanderMolen, Luther Hansley, Edmund, Standing: Sarah VanderMolen, Stephanie Rohrer, Shannon Bowditch, Liz Miller, Erin Martin, Cassie Schumacher, Melissa Noonan, Jackie Berda, Dan Seigried, Kneeling: Jill Morales, Katie Brennan, Mike Bowen, Amy Serridge, Alec Heisey, Lynn Williams, Dadee

In 1998 Sarah and I brought our second team to Baissin Caimman (trip with Harvest International). We still stayed in the guest house and drove into Baissin Caimman each day. That week the team poured the footer for a new school room. This involves digging a 2 foot trench and filling it with big rocks (gro roche) and cement. We then laid cement block walls. We knocked out block on the first school build to make space for windows. We poured a cement floor and alter for the Church and poured a cement roof for the porch of the Church.

Katie Brennan by the new school foundation

Katie Brennan by the new school foundation

Erin Martin, making room for a window

Erin Martin, making room for a window

mixing cement for the Church floor

mixing cement for the Church floor

Shannon gathers rocks with the kids

Shannon gathers rocks with the kids

This picture of Shannon and the Kids reminds me of all the rocks we gathered; whenever I thought we had enough Luther would laugh and send us out for more. The kids had boundless energy as they taught me words in Creole.

“Ki sa sa ye?”

“en creole, roche”

“en anglais, rock”

This was a conversation I would have for years…

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Jeff