Hello everyone! This is Julia Kalusniak, the youngest member of the Haiti mission team. Today was our second day in the beautiful country of Haiti and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Even though my roommates and I overslept, we had a wonderful breakfast prepared by the incredibly kind hotel staff and I led a devotion in the morning before we left for the day. We went to a Haitian school first and the headmaster gave us a tour. He showed us the classrooms for each grade and pictures of the students.
Next we went to our first soccer camp. All of the kids were in uniforms. I was assigned the “shoot the goal” game. I met some amazing kids. I especially bonded with one of the girls’ teams. I can’t speak their native languages, Creole or French, but some of the girls could speak Spanish. It was an awesome experience getting to know these girls. At the second and third camp the team continued running the “shoot the goal” game, monkey in the middle, and Jesus Time stations. Sue Grunewald did an amazing job running Jesus Time. She brought cross necklaces for every kid and each bead represented a part of the Bible. She really got the message across to the kids. It was hard not being able to give a soccer ball to everyone, but seeing the joy on the kids’ faces was unreal.
After the soccer camps the majority of the team went to the Children’s Dream Center orphanage to spend time with the kids. My dad (John Kalusniak), Tyler, Denise, and I went to the market to buy food for the orphans. It was a once in a lifetime trip. I was amazed at how many pounds of rice the Haitian people could carry on their shoulders. The kids at the orphanage were so cute and polite. They will be visiting us at the hotel Wednesday for a pool party and barbeque. The entire day was unbelievable and I look forward to the rest of the week.
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